Yablonski Memorial

Robert Yablonski Esprit Award

Colonel Robert Yablonski was an Olmsted Scholar in Lyon, France from 1980 to 1982, which began his lifelong support of the Olmsted Foundation. He returned twice to serve as a member of the Olmsted Foundation Board of Directors (1997-1998; 2001-2008), and as the Executive Vice President of the Foundation (2002-2008).

A year after stepping down as Executive Vice President and from the Board of Directors, Colonel Yablonski lost his long, courageous battle with leukemia.

Today, Colonel Yablonski’s infectious enthusiasm, sense of humor, and passionate support of the Olmsted Foundation lives on through the Robert Yablonski Esprit Award.

Yablonski Esprit Award

Established in 2010, the Robert Yablonski Esprit Award is presented to the Olmsted Scholar that best exemplifies the enthusiasm for the ideals embodied in the Olmsted Scholar Program and the dedication to the Olmsted Foundation demonstrated by Colonel Yablonski in his years of selfless service to the Foundation.

Robert Yablonski Esprit Award recipients include:

2021

Lieutenant Colonel Brendan Mulvaney, USMC
Olmsted Scholar Class of 2003
Shanghai, China

2020

Colonel Mike Hopkins, USSF
Olmsted Scholar Class of 2003
Parma, Italy

2019

Captain Dave Sauve, USN
Olmsted Scholar Class of 2001
Santiago, Chile

2018

Lieutenant Colonel Jennifer Hinkle, USA
Olmsted Scholar Class of 2007
Beijing, China

2017

Commander John Bradford, USN
Olmsted Scholar Class of 2002
Yogyakarta, Indonesia & Singapore

2016

Mr. Joe McManus
Olmsted Foundation Sec/Treas & General Counsel
1976-2016

2015

Colonel David Jones, USMC
Olmsted Scholar Class of 2000
Buenos Aires, Argentina

2014

Colonel Rod Tanaka, USA
Olmsted Scholar Class of 1973
Tokyo, Japan

2013

Colonel Dale VanDusen, USAF
Olmsted Scholar Class of 2001
Brussels, Belgium

2012

Colonel Tom Donovan, USA
Olmsted Scholar Class of 1994
St. Petersburg, Russia

2011

Colonel Angela Suplisson, USAF
Olmsted Scholar Class of 2001
Lyon, France

2010

Lieutenant Colonel Will Melton, USMC
Olmsted Scholar Class of 1987
Paris, France