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