ALUMNI ACTIVITIES • Spring 2001  

Honoring Distinguished Faculty,
Alumni, and Friends


Founders Day, the Alumni Association's annual commemoration of the University's founding, was held on Friday, November 3 in St. Louis.

U.S. Army General H. Norman Schwarzkopf, one of America's contemporary military heroes, delivered the keynote address. The evening included presentation of the Distinguished Alumni and Faculty Awards and the Board of Trustees' Robert S. Brookings Award.

Receiving Distinguished Alumni Awards were:

Jamie Cannon, B.Arch. '60, FAIA, founder of Jamie Cannon Associates, Architects and Planners. Long involved in downtown St. Louis' redevelopment, he also is a dedicated alumnus of the School of Architecture. He serves on the School's National Council and co-chairs the Campaign for the School of Architecture Major Gifts Committee. In 1994, he received the architecture school's first Dean's Medal.

Virgil H. Carr, M.S.W. '68, president of United Way of Southeastern Michigan. He forged alliances with United Way and other Detroit-area nonprofits to form a single organization uniting the region's leading charitable human service providers. Former CEO of Detroit and Wayne County Family Services and of United Way of Chicago, he serves on the George Warren Brown School of Social Work National Council and the Detroit Regional Cabinet.

Charles A. Lebens, B.S.Ch.E. '57, founder of Bridge Information Systems. His career has merged his expertise in computer systems and investment finance. Developer of the first computerized portfolio tabulation process, he continued his leadership in computer innovation in the institutional financial industry at Bridge, including the use of financial data charts available on CRT terminals. A School of Engineering & Applied Science National Council member, he received the School's 1994 Alumni Achievement Award.

Ned Lemkemeier, J.D. '62, a partner in the international law firm, Bryan Cave LLP. Active in the St. Louis community and an advocate of community service, he has also served WU well—as Alumni Board of Governors chair, vice chair for the School of Law's Building for a New Century campaign, and a member of the law school's National Council. He received a Distinguished Alumni Award from the School in 1994.

Allan H. Rappaport, M.D. '72, a physician, attorney, entrepreneur, and founder and chair of National Emergency Services (NES), one of the nation's largest physician-owned, multi-specialty health-care contract management firms. Recognized as a major influence in the revolution of emergency-room care, he also founded eDoctorUSA.com, which delivers medical services via the Internet. A School of Medicine National Council member, he sponsored the 1996 Rappaport Reunion Challenge to increase medical school alumni membership in the William Greenleaf Eliot Society.

Bradley Siegel, A.B. '79, head of the Turner Broadcasting System, the largest network of entertainment, media, and Internet communications in the world. He began his career while still at the University, serving as a booking agent for performers. Past leadership positions include vice president of programming and production for American Movie Classics and executive vice president of TNT, where he launched Turner Classic Movies. A member of the Eliot Society, he serves on the Arts & Sciences National Council.

Receiving Distinguished Faculty Awards were:

John N. Drobak, professor of law at the School of Law and professor of economics in Arts & Sciences, and a widely published expert on economic regulation and the law's relevance to economic growth.

Jane Phillips-Conroy, professor of anatomy at the School of Medicine and professor of anthropology in Arts & Sciences, and a primatologist whose career in biological anthropology has allowed her to combine interests in anatomical sciences and primate studies.

Sarah Spurr, associate professor of art and area coordinator for the visual communications program in the School of Art, where she has led the effort to integrate innovative teaching techniques with classic instruction for visual arts students.

Michael Wysession, associate professor of earth and planetary sciences in Arts & Sciences, and an international leader in the area of solid earth geophysics and geophysical education. He was the first faculty member to become a "faculty fellow," moving with his family into a freshman residence hall in 1998.

Presented with the Robert S. Brookings Award by the University Board of Trustees—as individuals who exemplify the alliance between the University and the community—were:

E. Desmond Lee, B.S.B.A. '40, a noted philanthropist and successful entrepreneur whose interest is in fostering collaboration among institutions. His contributions over the years to the St. Louis area total more than $40 million and are designed to involve organizations toward the benefit of the greater community. A longtime member of the William Greenleaf Eliot Society, he has been honored with several major awards at Washington University, including a Distinguished Alumni Award in 1997 and an Honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters in 1998. A letterman in basketball and track, he was inducted into the Washington University Bears Sports Hall of Fame in 1999. He and his wife are Life Danforth Circle members of the Eliot Society.

Robert Brookings Smith, a descendant of Robert S. Brookings, who continues the tradition of his ancestors: giving generously to local institutions that advance the environment, the arts, and education. In addition to his career in investment banking, he served as a director for a variety of firms and nonprofit organizations. During the 1950s and 1960s, he helped lead the charge for the eradication of smog from downtown St. Louis. He has served on the board of trustees for the family-named think-tank, the Brookings Institution in Washington, D.C., for nearly a half-century and remains the sole family member associated with the institution.

He supports a number of civic, educational, and charitable causes, including Washington University scholarships, visual and performing arts programs, and neurological research. He is a University emeritus trustee, and he and his wife are Life Eliot Patrons of the Eliot Society.

 

 

The 2000 Distinguished Alumni Award recipients were:

Anthony Jenkins, M.S.W. '63, a prominent leader in the field of children and family services. He worked for the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services for more than 30 years, retiring as regional administrator of the Southern region. He has served on GWB's Dean's Advisory Council and the Alumni Association board of directors.

Ralph J. Koeppe, B.S.W. '51, M.S.W. '53, an early pioneer in the racial integration of neighborhood groups and executive director of Kingdom House in St. Louis until his retirement in 1978. Kingdom House offers neighborhood services and provides various programs for people in need. He died on February 11, 2000, at the age of 87.

Nazneen S. Mayadas, D.S.W. '70, professor of social work at the University of Texas at Arlington. Her most recent book is International Handbook on Social Work Theory and Practice. She serves on the National Association of Social Workers, the Council of Social Work Education, and the Inter-University Consortium for International Social Development.

Stephen Rabinowitz, M.S.W. '81, deputy director of the New York State Office of Mental Health's Manhattan Psychiatric Center, which serves more than 1,000 clients. He is charged with developing new programs for the mentally ill, improving the quality of services, integrating services with local managed-care networks, and improving the center's general rehabilitative philosophy.

Linda Rosenman, Ph.D. '76, professor of social work and executive dean of the Faculty of Social and Behavioral Sciences at the University of Queensland, Australia. She directs the schools of psychology, education, and social work and social policy, and oversees programs in political science and international relations, anthropology, archaeology, sociology, and journalism and communications.

Awarded the 2000 Dean's Medal for his exceptional dedication and service to GWB was I.E. Millstone, B.S. '27, St. Louis philanthropist and civic leader. Founder of Millstone Construction Co., he is president of the Millstone Foundation, which benefits local charities. He is a lifetime University trustee, serves on the School of Architecture National Council, and has made numerous generous contributions to the University, including a $1.2 million commitment in 1997 to support 60 annual scholarships in the social work and architecture schools, College of Arts & Sciences, and the School of Engineering & Applied Science.

Honored with the 2000 Distinguished Faculty Award was:

Martha N. Ozawa, the Bettie Bofinger Brown Professor of Social Policy. She has spent three decades studying America's public assistance network, including studies on Medicaid, Social Security, and other social welfare programs for older adults, women, and children. She has published in leading academic journals and written three books on social issues in the United States and Japan.

 


 

Rex Witherspoon, D.D.S. '46, received the 2000 Distinguished Alumni Award at the School of Dental Medicine Alumni Association's annual awards banquet, held on February 23 at the Frontenac Hilton Hotel, St. Louis. He was recognized for his many contributions to dentistry and to his community.

Past president of the Midwestern Society of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons, the Missouri Society of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons, and the Springfield District Dental Society, he has maintained a dental practice in Springfield, Missouri, for almost 50 years. He served as editor of the Missouri Dental Association journal for 10 years and received the 1984 Missouri Dentist of the Year Award.

He is a fellow of the American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons, the American College of Dentists, and the International Society of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons.

From 1997 to 2000, he served as team leader on medical missions to Nicaragua, where he and his group provided dental health care to as many as 500 patients a day.

 


 



Renaissance and baroque scholar Mark Weil will present lectures and field commentary on "Ancient Harbors and Historic Treasures of Spain and Her Islands," a "Passport to Knowledge" trip aboard the tall ship Lili Marleen, scheduled for June 2-15.

Weil, the E. Desmond Lee Professor for Collaboration in the Arts, director of the Washington University Gallery of Art, and director of the University's new Visual Arts and Design Center (VADC), will provide access to special sites through his many professional contacts and personal friends in Spain.

For information, contact Passport to Knowledge" travel office at 800-247-8517 or 314-935-5279; e-mail: travel@aismail.wustl.edu; Web site: alumni.wustl.edu. Click on "Travel."