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UI honors 13 with Distinguished Alumni Awards May 31

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- The University of Iowa Alumni Association will honor 13alumni and UI friends who have become leaders in a variety of fields with 1997 Distinguished Alumni Awards Saturday, May 31.

The luncheon awards ceremony is one of the featured events of the 1997 Spring Reunion Weekend May 29 through June 1 on the UI campus. The luncheon will be at noon followed by the ceremony at 1 p.m. in the Iowa Memorial Union Main Lounge. The ceremony is open to the public.

The Distinguished Alumni Awards have been presented annually since 1963 to recognize the outstanding achievements and service of alumni and friends of the UI. The awards are the highest honor presented by the UI Alumni Association.

Six people will receive Alumni Achievement Awards for significant accomplishments in business or professional life or distinguished human service. The recipients are:

--Theodore J. Bauer, 1933 M.D., 1934 B.S., of Wyckoff, N.J. Bauer, a retired senior vice president and director of Becton Dickinson and Company, a New Jersey pharmaceutical firm, has dedicated his career to battling threats to public health. Former medical officer in charge of the Communicable Disease Center (now known as the Center for Disease Control), Bauer also served as chief of the Bureau for State Services in the U.S. Public Health Service.

--Lee A. Daniels, 1965 B.A., of Chicago, Ill. A practicing attorney, Daniels is speaker of the Illinois State House of Representatives. Since he was elected to the Illinois statehouse in 1974, Daniels has written hundreds of laws that address wide-ranging issues, including Chicago school reform, tax caps, stalking, and Illinois' tort liability system.

--Robert B. Glidden, 1958 B.A., 1960 M.A., 1966 Ph.D., of Athens, Ohio. The president of Ohio University, Glidden is a musician who has held academic appointments at Florida State University, the University of Oklahoma, Indiana University, Wright State University and the UI. He has also served as president of the National Association of Schools of Music.

--H. William Lichtenberger, 1957 B.A., 1959 B.S.Che., of Ridgefield, Conn. Lichtenberger is chairman and CEO of Praxair, Inc., the second largest producer of industrial gases in the United States. During his career, he climbed the corporate ladder at Union Carbide, the holding company of Praxair, and he is now ranked by Forbes magazine as 286th among corporate America's 800 most powerful executives.

--John A. Thomas, 1957 P.T., 1958 M.A., of San Antonio, Texas. As vice president for academic services at the University of Texas Health Center at San Antonio, Thomas has distinguished himself as a productive research scientist in the areas of endocrinology, cancer, pharmacology and toxicology. In 1995, Thomas became only the ninth American to be elected into the prestigious Russian Academy of Medical Sciences in Moscow.

--Diane Y. Ying, 1968 M.A., of Taiwan. Ying has distinguished herself as a prominent journalist in the Far East. Author, editor and publisher, she led the way in bringing quality and substance to business reporting in Taiwan through her efforts in establishing Commonwealth magazine.

--One person will receive an Alumni Service Award for faculty/staff achievement or specific meritorious service on behalf of the quality and advancement of the UI and/or the Alumni Association. The recipient is:

--Myrtle "Kitch" Aydelotte, of Iowa City. Aydelotte was named director of the UI College of Nursing in 1948, and one year later became the college's first dean. Although she retired from teaching in 1988, Aydelotte remains a vital figure in the nursing college and serves on the advisory board of the UI's Center for Nursing Interventions Classifications and Nursing Outcomes Classifications.

--Four people will receive Alumni Service Awards for meritorious service in community affairs or the UI. The recipients are:

--Joseph E. Callen, 1942 B.S.Ch., 1943 M.S., 1946 Ph.D., and Ursil Harvey Callen, 1945 B.S., 1945 G.N., of Cortez, Fla. The Callens are longtime advocates for the UI. They have contributed generously to an endowment to provide scholarships to students who demonstrate strong leadership skills and plan to matriculate into advanced studies in chemistry, computer science, creative writing, library science and nursing.

--Richard C. Johnston, 1958 M.D., 1968 residency, of West Des Moines. Johnston is an orthopaedic surgeon who has developed and patented several medical devices, including a prosthetic hip joint -- known as the "Iowa Total Hip" -- which is used by orthopaedic surgeons around the world. He has shared the royalties from his medical inventions with the orthopaedic surgery department at the UI Hospitals and Clinics.

-- Robert J. Osterhaus, 1952 B.S.P., of Maquoketa. A pharmacist and Iowa legislator, Osterhaus volunteers his time and talents to his community, to his profession, and to the UI. A past president of the American Pharmaceutical Association, Osterhaus was more recently appointed to a six-year term on the accrediting agency for his profession, the American Council on Pharmaceutical Education.

-- Christian "Dutch" Schmidt, 1934 B.S.C., of Evanston, Ill. Schmidt worked for the American Hospital Supply Corporation in Evanston for 36 years, advancing from sales representative to executive vice president and chief operating officer/executive committee chairman. Over the years, Schmidt has provided unstinting financial support for many areas of the UI, including the College of Business Administration, the Museum of Art, athletics, and the Museum of Natural History.

--Two people will receive an Alumni Service Award as a friend for specific and meritorious service on behalf of the UI. The recipients are:

--Tom Brokaw. While the anchor and managing editor of "NBC Nightly News" completed his degree at the University of South Dakota, he has shared his time, talents, and financial resources with the UI. He has traveled the world covering stories as diverse as the Tiananmen Square massacre in China to the fall of the Berlin Wall as it literally crumbled around him.

--Earl M. Yoder, of Iowa City. Yoder has been the driving force behind the start-up and success of several prominent local businesses, including his construction company and Iowa City Ready Mix, Inc. He has been a generous contributor and tireless supporter of numerous UI causes, including Hancher Auditorium, athletics, the Iowa Opportunity Fund, and most recently, the Levitt Center for University Advancement.

Tickets for the Distinguished Alumni Awards luncheon and ceremony are $11. Lunch will be served at noon, followed by the ceremony at 1 p.m. To order tickets, contact Laura Gilman at the Alumni Association at (319) 335-3294.