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Release: May 19, 2000
UI Alumni Association presents 2000 Distinguished Alumni Awards
IOWA CITY, Iowa -- The University of Iowa Alumni Association will recognize
the achievements of 13 notable UI alumni and friends at the 2000 Distinguished
Alumni Awards presentation Saturday, June 10 at noon in the Main Lounge of
the Iowa Memorial Union.
The public is invited to the luncheon and awards presentation, which is
part of the Alumni Reunion Weekend June 8-11. Tickets are $15 per person and
can be purchased through Stephanie Jones at the UI Alumni Association, (319)
335-3294 or (800) 469-2596.
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 Distinguished Alumni Award for Achievement is given for significant
accomplishments in business or professional life or for distinguished human
service. The recipients are:
-- James H. Cavanaugh, 1961 M.A., 1964 Ph.D., a leader in the U.S. pharmaceutical
industry and in the recent history of national health policy, was an advisor
to three American presidents. As president of Healthcare Investment Corp.
in Edison, N.J., Cavanaugh now manages the largest venture capital fund devoted
exclusively to health care.
-- James Ericson, 1958 B.A., 1962 J.D., is president and chief executive
officer of Northwestern Life Insurance Company in Milwaukee. He credits his
Iowa boyhood for instilling in him the values that have guided his career
-- from the time he joined Northwestern as an attorney until now, as head
of the nation's fifth largest life insurance company.
-- Alfred Hinton, 1967 B.A., is a mixed media artist and professor of art
at the University of Michigan, has been a leader in the arts community of
his state and a creative inspiration to the prison inmates he's taught. His
work, which is prominently displayed in public buildings in Michigan, has
also helped raise scholarship dollars to support African-American students
at the UI. He was a star on the Hawkeye football team and was its most valuable
player and a Coaches Association All-American in 1961.
-- W.A "Bill" Krause, 1957 B.A., owner, president, and chief executive
officer of Krause Gentle Corporation in West Des Moines, oversees more than
300 Kum & Go convenience stores and more than a dozen other affiliate
companies. Repeatedly honored as an entrepreneur, Krause is an eager supporter
of his alma mater and shares his success through many philanthropic activities.
-- Donald P. Lay, 1949 B.A., 1951 J.D., was appointed to the United States
Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit by President Lyndon B. Johnson in
1966 after a distinguished career practicing law in Omaha, Neb. He retired
as chief judge in 1992, but with senior status he continues to sit often in
various federal and district courts, while also teaching at the University
of Minnesota Law School and William Mitchell College of Law.
-- J. Bernard Machen, 1972 M.S., 1974 Ph.D., is president of the University
of Utah. He has proven to be an accomplished academician at both the University
of North Carolina, where he was dean of the School of Dentistry, and at the
University of Michigan, where he served as provost and executive vice president
of academic affairs. An important leader in higher education, he is known
for building good relations between institutions and people.
-- David L. Maher, 1964 B.S. in Pharmacy, a progressive leader in the pharmaceutical
retail industry, is retired president and chief executive officer of American
Stores Company, headquartered in Salt Lake City, Utah. Having spent his entire
career with one company, Maher has transformed it into a fully integrated
food and drug store that ranks among the top few players in a rapidly consolidating
business. The pharmaceutical care initiatives he has promoted are virtually
unparalleled in the chain drug industry. He will not be able to attend the
event, but will be recognized in 2001.
-- Marcia J. Radosevich, 1978 M.A., 1982 Ph.D., was trained in sociology
and has enjoyed an impressive career in technology and information management
in the health care area. Formerly chief executive officer, president, and
chairman of the board of HPR Inc., an emerging company in health care information
technology in Cambridge, Mass., Radosevich now serves as consultant to the
Health Care Entrepreneurship Program at Boston University's Health Policy
-- Jin Wu, 1961 M.S., 1964 Ph.D., an eminent engineer and internationally
recognized educator, is a Distinguished Professor of Engineering at the National
Cheng Kung University in the Republic of China (Taiwan). As the university's
president and as Taiwan's former Minister of Education, he implemented significant
educational reform in his country. In 1980, Wu was appointed the University
of Delaware's H. Fletcher Brown Professor of Marine Studies and Civil Engineering,
and he was elected to membership in the National Academy of Engineering in
The Distinguished Alumni Award for Service is given for meritorious service
in community affairs or to the UI. The recipients are:
-- Eugene Hickman, Sr., 1959 Ph.D., was the first African American to receive
a Ph.D. in pharmacy at the University of Iowa. He was instrumental in helping
train scores of African American pharmacists at Texas Southern University,
which has produced 33 percent of the nation's black pharmacists, and where
Hickman taught full-time from 1959 to 1998. A superior teacher and extraordinary
mentor, Hickman has inspired a new generation of pharmacists and other medical
-- John E. Tyrrell, 1947 B.A., 1950 M.D., a major figure in Iowa's medical
community and former member of the Board of Regents, State of Iowa, has been
innovative in practicing rural family medicine and in building bridges among
physicians statewide. He helped develop the "UI Consult" system,
offering physicians faster access to university medical staff and providing
more cohesive medical treatment for patients. He has been a tireless advocate
for quality higher education in Iowa.
The Distinguished Alumni Award/Young Alumna is given for significant accomplishments
in business or professional life or for distinguished human service. The Young
Alumna recipient is Ann M. Wheelock, 1984 B.S., a high ranking Latina in the
world of philanthropy. She is senior vice president of the Western Regional
Office of the Fannie May Foundation, a Fortune 100 company with the public
mission of helping more families achieve the American dream of home ownership.
Formerly a municipal bond attorney with a prestigious law firm in Denver,
Colo., and an appointee of Denver mayor Wellington Webb, Wheelock is an advisory
board member of the Joint Center for Housing Studies at Harvard University.
The Distinguished Alumni Award /Friend, recognizing specific and meritorious
service on behalf of the UI, will be given to Richard O. Jacobson, chairman
of the board of the Richard O. Jacobson Foundation in Des Moines and a former
student at the UI College of Business. In 1968, he founded Jacobson Companies,
a warehouse company with six employees, guiding the development of the firm,
now employing nearly 500 people in transportation, trucking, investment management,
and warehousing. A philanthropist who is eager to share his success with many
beneficiaries, Jacobson has provided generous support to Hawkeye athletics
and to the Henry B. Tippie College of Business.