The Cazenovia College board of trustees is pleased to bestow the College’s Distinguished Service Award on James “Jimmy” St. Clair and his late wife, Jill Hebl ’62 St. Clair. This prestigious accolade recognizes individuals whose support of the College has helped to improve the quality of life for others.
Jimmy and Jill St. Clair have been loyal supporters of the College over the last two decades. Following Jill’s death in 2006, Jimmy created the Jill Hebl St. Clair Endowed Scholarship which is awarded annually to a freshman or sophomore female student who has financial need and excels academically. In 2014, Jimmy established the Jill Hebl St. Clair Endowed Chair in Finance and Accounting, which allowed the College to raise the profile of its business department by adding majors in finance and accounting. It was Jimmy’s intention that his beloved wife’s legacy live on at Cazenovia College, the institution that had given her a start to her career.
Jill graduated from Cazenovia in 1962 when it was a two-year college for women. During her time at Cazenovia, she was an active member of The Newman Club, the College newspaper: The Tower, and the yearbook: The Cazenovian. She worked for Shell Oil for 39 years, finishing her career as a financial representative. She volunteered with her church, the YMCA, a garden club, alumni activities, the Shell employees' club, and was a loyal Red Cross blood donor.
Jimmy St. Clair graduated from the University of Texas at Austin in 1959 and worked as a chemical engineer for Shell. He met Jill though a ski club and the two were married in 1994. According to St. Clair, “Jill always spoke fondly of Cazenovia, eagerly read its publications, and made small donations to fund drives. She convinced me to attend her 40th Reunion back in 2002, and I found the College enchanting. If Cazenovia can contribute to the development of young women with the wonderful personality of Jill, it is well worth supporting.”
The Cazenovia College community and its Board of Trustees are honored to recognize Jill Hebl St. Clair ’62 posthumously with the distinguished service award and that the award should be presented to her husband James “Jimmy” St. Clair.