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UI Alumni Association presents 1998 Distinguished Alumni Awards
IOWA CITY, Iowa -- The University of Iowa Alumni Association will present
1998 Distinguished Alumni Awards to 13 UI alumni and friends who have demonstrated
superior leadership in a variety of fields.
The awards will be presented Saturday, May 30 as part of the 1998 Spring
Reunion Weekend, which runs May 28-30 on the UI campus. The awards ceremony
is open to the public and will begin at 1 p.m. in the Main Lounge of the
Iowa Memorial Union. The association's annual luncheon for returning alumni
will begin at noon in the Main Lounge and will be followed by the presentation
of awards. Tickets for the luncheon may be purchased through the UI Alumni
Association, (319) 335-3294.
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. The awards are divided into four categories: Achievement,
Faculty/Staff Achievement, Service, and Young Alumni.
The 1998 recipients of the Distinguished Alumni Award for Achievement
-- Philip E. Bernatz, 1942 B.A., 1944 M.D., of Rochester, Minn., a retired
thoracic surgeon who served as president of the staff at the Mayo Clinic
in Rochester, Minn. In addition to his numerous professional activities
and affiliations and more than 180 publications, Bernatz is perhaps most
admired for his compassion for his patients and his respect for his colleagues.
-- Kathleen A. Dore, 1972 B.A., 1984 M.B.A., of New York, N.Y., President
of the Bravo Networks and one of cable television's top executives. During
her tenure at Bravo, she conceived and managed the launch of the Independent
Film Channel, led the expansion of Bravo into Canada and Latin America,
and restructured the company into a profitable basic cable network.
-- Katherine Hammer, 1967 B.A., 1969 M.A., 1973 Ph.D., of Austin, Texas,
a former professor of linguistics and president and chief executive officer
of Evolutionary Technologies International (ETI). Based in Austin, Tex.,
ETI is revolutionizing the way companies worldwide modernize and consolidate
otherwise incompatible computer systems.
-- John B. McLendon, Jr., 1937 M.A., of South Euclid, Ohio, one of the
most respected and influential innovators of college basketball and is
the only UI graduate to be inducted into the Naismith College Basketball
Hall of Fame. In 1961, he became the first African-American to coach a
professional team -- the Cleveland Pipers -- and in 1966, he became the
first African-American head coach at a predominantly white American university
-- Cleveland State University.
-- Herbert Nipson, 1948 M.F.A., of Chicago, Ill., an award-winning journalist
who spent nearly 40 years of his professional career at Ebony magazine.
He joined the staff at Ebony in 1949 and proceeded to move up the
editorial ranks from associate editor to co-managing editor to managing
editor, and finally, in 1972, to executive editor. By the time Nipson retired
in 1987 the publication's circulation had grown to 1.75 million.
-- Eugene E. Rousseau, 1962 Ph.D., of Bloomington, Ind., a distinguished
professor of music and chairman of the woodwind department at Indiana University.
He is one of the world's greatest classical saxophonists. Since his Carnegie
Hall debut in 1965, Rousseau has performed across North America and on
five continents. His 1993 performances at the Mozarteum in Salzburg, Austria,
and at the Prague Spring Festival in the Czech Republic, were the first
saxophone recitals ever presented in those venues.
-- R. William VanSant, 1966 B.S. M.E., 1967 M.S., of Berwyn, Calif.,
currently president and chief executive officer of Lukens, Inc., a Fortune
500 company. He joined the company in 1991 when it was in the midst of
a long strike. Thanks to his steady leadership, the plant implemented an
innovative union contract that guarantees job security in exchange for
productivity and profit gains. The company now competes internationally
as the country's third-largest producer of plate steel.
The 1998 recipients of the Distinguished Alumni Award for Faculty/Staff
-- Dewey B. Stuit, of Iowa City, and Velma Stuit, deceased. Dewey Stuit
served as dean of the UI College of Liberal Arts from 1948-1977 and guided
the college through a period of unparalleled growth in faculty, staff,
and students. While Dean Stuit handled the affairs of the college, Velma
Stuit opened her heart to the entire community, especially those who were
new to the UI. Since Stuit's retirement, the couple has established the
Dewey B. Stuit Award for Honors, the Dewey B. Stuit Fund for Psychology,
and the Dewey B. and Velma P. Stuit Professorship in Psychology.
The 1998 recipients of the Distinguished Alumni Award for Service are:
-- H. Randolph Moore, Jr., 1957 LL.B., of Los Angeles, Calif., a retired
superior court judge for the State of California who is widely respected
for his extraordinary contributions to the Los Angeles County juvenile
court system. A three-time recipient of Judge of the Year honors, Moore
serves on numerous boards, writes publications, and teaches part-time at
the University of Southern California Law Center.
-- Madge Jones Phillips, 1938 B.A., of Cedar Rapids, a human services
activist and volunteer who retired as executive director of the Linn County
Health Center (now the Linn County Department of Human Resources Management)
in 1986. Over the years, Phillips has worked tirelessly to help establish
a center for sexually abused children, an emergency shelter for homeless
and battered women, the Witwer Senior Center, and low-vision service centers
in three Cedar Rapids-area locations.
-- Mary Louise Remy, 1943 B.S., of Los Angeles, Calif., a 10-year executive
board member and former president of the P.E.O. International Chapter who
has devoted a lifetime of service to advancing educational opportunities
for women. Following her term as P.E.O. president, Remy was appointed to
the Cottey College Board of Trustees, one of the five projects in the sisterhood.
The 1998 recipient of the Distinguished Alumni Award for Young Alumni
Nickolas J. Rhodes, 1987 B.A., of Manhattan Beach, Calif., who conceived
and launched the first Spanish language sports cable television station
in the country -- la cardena deportiva in Los Angeles. He also originated
two other cable television stations -- Speed Vision and Outdoor Life. A
two-time Emmy-Award-winner, Rhodes is now senior vice-president of business
development for Daniels Programming Ventures.
For more information or to order tickets for the luncheon, contact the
UI Alumni Association at (319) 335-3294.