At the 2001 Founders Day dinner, the Honorable Bill Bradley (left) meets with alumnus Santanu Das, who received a Distinguished Alumni Award.

Founders Day 2001

Honoring Distinguished Faculty, Alumni, and Friends

On Saturday, October 27, 2001, the Alumni Association paid tribute to the founding of Washington University at the annual Founders Day celebration. The evening included presentations of the Distinguished Alumni and Faculty Awards and the Board of Trustees' Robert S. Brookings Awards. The Honorable Bill Bradley was keynote speaker.

A presidential candidate in 2000, Bradley served as U.S. Senator from New Jersey from 1978-1997. He was a three-time All-American in basketball at Princeton, a member of the United States' gold medal basketball team at the 1964 Olympic Games in Tokyo, a Rhodes Scholar, and a star with the New York Knicks from 1967-1977 (including two NBA Championship seasons). He was elected to the Basketball Hall of Fame in 1982 and is a best-selling author.

Distinguished Alumni Awards

Santanu Das, M.S.E.E. '73, D.Sc. '73, a founder, president, chief executive officer, and chairman of the board of TranSwitch Corporation, is an innovative leader in telecommunications engineering and computer design. A dedicated supporter of Washington University, in 2000 he, his wife, and sons endowed the first Das Family Distinguished Professorship in Electrical Engineering, held by Ron Indeck. Das is a Life Patron of the Eliot Society and a member of the New York Regional Cabinet. He received an Alumni Achievement Award from the School of Engineering and Applied Science in 2000.

John M. Eisenberg, M.D. '72, is director of the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality in the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Among his many achievements as a clinician, educator, and researcher, Dr. Eisenberg is a professor of medicine at Georgetown University, a member of the Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences, and a master and former member of the Board of Regents of the American College of Physicians. The Washington University School of Medicine honored him with an Alumni Achievement Award in 1997.

Dexter M. Fedor, B.F.A. '79, B.S.B.A. '79, is senior vice president, strategic marketing, for the Walt Disney Motion Pictures Group. Widely honored for his work with leading advertising agencies, Fedor launched the original Levi's® 501 "Blues" ads and the famed California Dancing Raisins commercials, winner of three Clios for Best TV Commercial of the Year and ranked No. 2 in the top 20 commercials of all time in the USA Today TV Commercial Hall of Fame. He is a member of the School of Art National Council and has conducted seminars at WU that stress the importance of both business and creative skills to succeed in a global marketplace.

Nancy Spirtas Kranzberg, A.B. '66, is a philanthropist, volunteer, and dedicated supporter of the arts in St. Louis. Currently she is active with the Saint Louis Art Museum, Laumeier Sculpture Park, the Forum for Contemporary Art, the Center for the Humanities at the University of Missouri-St. Louis, Craft Alliance, the Sheldon Art Galleries, KDHX Radio, and Art St. Louis—and many other arts organizations. At Washington University, she founded the Nancy Spirtas Kranzberg Illustrated Book Studio and serves on the National Council and Campaign Cabinet for Washington University Libraries. Among her many awards, Kranzberg received the University Libraries' first Dean's Medal in 1996.

Robert J. Messey, B.S.B.A. '68, is senior vice president and chief financial officer of Arch Coal, Inc., the nation's second-largest coal producer. Before joining Arch Coal in 2000, Messey spent six years as senior vice president and chief financial officer of Sverdrup Corporation, one of the top 10 U.S. architecture, engineering, and construction firms, and 24 years as a C.P.A. and partner in Ernst & Young. A dedicated supporter of Washington University, Messey has served as chairman of the Alumni Board of Governors, as a member of the Board of Trustees, and as president of the Business School Alumni Association. He and his wife co-chaired class reunions in 1978 and 1993.

William J. Shaw, M.B.A. '72, is president and chief operating officer of Marriott International, Inc., a leading worldwide hospitality company. He has been with Marriott since 1974. An active volunteer for many institutions and community organizations, including Washington University, Shaw serves as a member of the Washington, D.C., Regional Cabinet; is a benefactor of the Scholars in Business scholarship program; and is a business school placement volunteer. The Olin School of Business honored him with a Distinguished Alumni Award in 1996.

Distinguished Faculty Awards

Erika C. Crouch, professor of pathology and immunology, excels in basic medical research, medical education, and patient care. Her laboratory has established an international reputation, including the important discovery of pulmonary Surfactant Protein D. Crouch is an internationally recognized leader in the rapidly growing field of pulmonary innate immunity.

Robert G. Hansman, associate professor of architecture and artist-in-residence, is director of the Hewlett Program in Architecture, an undergraduate program that introduces cultural and social dimensions of architecture. He is widely involved in the St. Louis community, serving as director of City Faces, a nationally honored art program for youth living in public housing, and as a professional adviser and instructor for several educational and social programs.

Daniel L. Keating, the inaugural Tyrrell Williams Professor of Law, has been a member of the School of Law faculty since 1988. Keating has served in the School's administration since 1993, mostly as associate dean for academic affairs and as dean in 1998-1999. He specializes in bankruptcy and commercial law and developed a program for mentoring new faculty that has become a model for law schools nationwide.

Donald L. Snyder, is the Samuel C. Sachs Professor of Electrical Engineering in the School of Engineering and Applied Science and professor of radiology in the School of Medicine. He served as associate director of the Biomedical Computer Laboratory at the medical school and is the founding director of the Electronic Systems and Signals Research Laboratory in the Department of Electrical Engineering. His current research focuses on improving the capability of X-ray imaging technology (CT scanners).

Robert S. Brookings Awards

Presented by the Board of Trustees to individuals who exemplify the alliance between the University and the community.

Bernard Becker, professor emeritus of opthalmology and visual sciences at the Washington University School of Medicine, is internationally honored as an expert on the diagnosis and treatment of glaucoma and continues to be active in teaching and research. For more than 35 years, he led the Department of Opthalmology as it developed into a research and teaching center recognized worldwide. In 1978, students, patients, and colleagues raised funds in his honor, which now endow two professorships, the Becker Research Professor and the Becker Clinical Professor.

Lynne Cooper Harvey has been dubbed the "First Lady of Radio." For more than 40 years, Paul Harvey News has been No. 1 in audience ratings, reaching an international audience of more than 24 million people via approximately 1,400 ABC network radio stations and 400 stations abroad. Known since childhood as "Angel," she has been the developer, producer, director, editor, and writer of several innovative programs, including the famed The Rest of the Story. In 1997 she became the first producer ever inducted into the Radio Hall of Fame at Chicago's Museum of Broadcast Communications. A dedicated and active philanthropist, Angel and her husband are strong supporters of Washington University and the American Culture Studies Program in Arts & Sciences. They endowed the Lynne Cooper Harvey Distinguished Chair in English, held by Wayne Fields, and the Harvey Fellows Program, which supports the work of graduate students. A Life Member of the Danforth Circle, Angel is a member of both the Chicago and Phoenix Regional Cabinets. She was honored with a Distinguished Alumni Award in 1997 and an honorary doctorate in humanities in 1998. (See "My Washington." )













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Saturday, November 9, 2002
Founders Day 2002
Keynote Speaker:
Tom Brokaw, NBC news anchor and best-selling author




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Alumni Trip to Italy's Lake District

Travel Program 2002

Passport to Knowledge

October 1-9, 2002

Join us for eight days of educational enrichment on the shores of Lake Maggiore and Lake Como, one of the most beautiful regions in the world. Breathtaking Alpine vistas, romantic towns, palatial villas, and flowering landscapes.

For more information on this and other exciting trips, please call the Alumni Association Travel Office, (800) 247-8517, (314) 935-5279, e-mail: Or visit our Web site, You'll find "Travel Program" when you click on "Other Alumni Services."