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Release: May 26, 1999

UI Alumni Association presents 1999 Distinguished Alumni Awards

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- The University of Iowa Alumni Association will recognize the achievements of former Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad, former Iowa Hawkeye football Coach Hayden Fry, and 13 other notable UI alumni and friends at the 1999 Distinguished Alumni Awards presentation.

The awards ceremony will be Saturday, June 12 at noon in the Main Lounge of the Iowa Memorial Union. All graduates and friends of the UI are invited to the luncheon and awards presentation, which is part of the Spring Reunion Weekend June 10-13. Tickets are $13 per person and can be purchased through the UI Alumni Association, (319) 335- 3294.

The Distinguished Alumni Awards are the highest honor presented by the UI Alumni Association. They have been presented annually since 1963 to recognize the achievements and service of UI alumni and friends. The awards are given in five categories: Achievement, Faculty/Staff Achievement, Service, Young Alumni, and Friends.

The 1999 Recipients of the Distinguished Alumni Award for Achievement are:

-Terry E. Branstad, 1969 B.A., of Des Moines, youngest governor in the nation when he was elected in 1982, he stepped down this year as the nation’s most senior governor. During his 16-year tenure, he moved Iowa from the depths of the farm crisis to the prosperity now enjoyed by most Iowans.

-John W. Colloton, 1957 M.A., of Iowa City, is UI vice president for statewide health services. He served as director of UI Hospitals and Clinics from 1971-1993. Under his leadership, UIHC has grown to be one of the finest academic medical centers in the world.

-George F. Garcia, 1972 M.A., of Tucson, Ariz., who has been superintendent of Tucson Unified School District since 1991. He is a distinguished educator and educational administrator. In 1993, he was named one of North America’s best administrators by Executive Educator magazine.

-Marjorie "Mo" Mowlam, 1974 M.A., 1977 Ph.D., a former administrator who won a seat in Great Britain’s parliament in 1982 as a Labour Party member. Now Britain’s Northern Ireland Secretary of State, she is the key advisor to Britain’s prime minister in efforts to negotiate an Irish peace settlement. Mowlam accepted her award in October when she spoke at the UI as a part of the Global Focus Human Rights Lecture Series.

-Darlene Paris, 1962 B.B.A., of Chicago, is a 1990 inductee into the Black Woman Hall of Fame. She is founder and CEO of ASI Personnel Service, the nation's largest and oldest minority-owned-and-operated full-service personnel firm.

-Richard H. Stanley, 1963 M.S., of Muscatine, is chairman of the board of Stanley Consultants, Inc., and president of the Stanley Foundation in Muscatine. He has distinguished himself both as an engineer and as a societal leader and has stretched his profession to find ways to benefit humanity.

-V. Hale Starr, 1976 M.A., 1979 Ph.D., of Scottsdale, Ariz., is owner and president of Starr Litigation Services, Inc., in West Des Moines. She is a pioneer in the field of trial consulting, helping to make the practice of law a more sophisticated and fair enterprise. She is also a founding member of the American Society of Trial Consultants.

-R. William Van Sant, 1966 B.S., M.E., 1967 M.S. of Eden Prairie, Minn., is the former president and chief executive officer of Lukens Inc., and a nationally recognized business leader. He is widely respected for his ability to build shareholder value for some of America’s most respected companies.

The 1999 Recipients of the Distinguished Alumni Award for Faculty/Staff Achievement are:

-Hayden Fry, of Iowa City, recently retired head football coach at the UI. He is Iowa’s winningest football coach and just the sixth football coach in Big Ten history to coach 20 seasons. Fry has a 143-89-6 record with the Hawkeyes and a career mark of 232-178-10. He ranks tenth in all-time Division I victories.

-David Morrell, of Santa Fe, N.M., former professor of English at the UI. He garnered critical attention with his debut novel, "First Blood," in 1972. A prolific writer known for his well researched "no frills" writing style, he is considered by many critics a master of suspense.

The 1999 Recipients of the Distinguished Alumni Award for Service are:

-McKinley "Deacon" Davis, 1955 B.A., of Iowa City. A former Harlem Globetrotter, he is a national sales director with Primerica, a member of Citigroup. He has shared his leadership skills and financial resources in numerous ways and was instrumental in organizing the UI Black Alumni Association.

-Lois H. Eichacker, of Fort Madison, is a community activist who has dedicated her career to helping the disadvantaged, especially children and the working poor. She is also a dedicated Hawkeye and loyal supporter of the university. She served as president of the UI Alumni Association from 1995 to 1996.

-I.J. "Jim" Holton, 1941 B.A., 1947 J.D., of Austin, Minn., retired chairman and CEO of Geo. A Hormel & Company and chairman of The Hormel Foundation in Austin. He has served with distinction as a member of many professional and philanthropic organizations and has maintained generous and consistent support of the UI.

The 1999 Recipient of the Distinguished Alumni Award for Young Alumni is:

-David Hamod, 1981 B.A., of Washington, D.C., founder and president of Intercom, an independent consulting firm. He has become highly successful in solving problems that cross borders and cultures, working with businesses worldwide to enhance U.S. competitiveness.

The 1999 Distinguished Alumni Award for Friends of the UI will be given to Ailene H. Liechty of Iowa City. She created and endowed scholarships in journalism, family medicine, and men’s and women’s athletics. She has provided gifts to many programs and projects, including Hancher Auditorium, the Museum of Art, and the Museum of Natural History.