ALUMNI ACTIVITIES • Spring 2003  

 

Tom Brokaw (left) was the keynote speaker at the 2002 Founders Day celebration. He is pictured with F. Gilbert Bickel, III, B.S.B.A. '66, who received a Distinguished Alumni Award during the event.

Founders Day 2002

Brokaw Praises Old-Fashioned Virtues

Alumni and friends celebrated Founders Day on November 9, 2002, at America's Center in St. Louis, where distinguished alumni and faculty were honored. Tom Brokaw, anchor of NBC Nightly News, was the guest speaker.

Reflecting on the challenges facing our society and the world today, Brokaw emphasized the importance of "the old-fashioned virtues of vision and courage and common cause," paid tribute to the honor of public service, and defined patriotism as "not blind loyalty but informed participation." He said, "America remains a place more interested in solutions and in unification than in division and confrontation," and concluded that this is "an unparalleled opportunity to define our time and leave our legacy."

Distinguished Alumni Awards

F. Gilbert Bickel, III, B.S.B.A. '66, is a first vice president of the Merrill Lynch Private Client Group. In addition to his career in the financial services industry, Bickel serves as a director of many public and private companies and is very active in the St. Louis community. A longtime volunteer at the Olin School of Business, he is director of the Skandalaris Fund and is a former president of the School's Alumni Association. He is a past and current member of the Alumni Board of Governors, where he is currently vice chair for Annual Giving.

In 1983, Zhangliang Chen, Ph.D. '87, was one of the first young scientists from China permitted to study in the United States. As a graduate student he became one of the pioneer scientists in transgenic plant technology. Chen then established the National Laboratory of Plant Genetic Engineering at Peking University. Today he is president of China Agricultural University and vice president of Peking University, where he is in charge of high-tech enterprises. He is also the founder of one of the largest biotech groups in China. Chen has received many international honors and was named to TIME's "Global 100 Roster of Young Leaders for the New Millennium."

Joseph M. Davie, M.D. '68, spent 10 years as head of microbiology at the School of Medicine before leaving to join G.D. Searle & Company, where he became president of Research and Development in 1987. Before coming to the School of Medicine, Davie was a resident in pathology at the National Institutes of Health. He retired in 2000 as senior vice president at Biogen, Inc., where his pioneering research led to new therapies for hepatitis and multiple sclerosis. Davie is a member of the Institute of Medicine in the National Academy of Sciences. He is an active volunteer at Washington University and received an Alumni Achievement Award from the School of Medicine in 1993.

Mark Levin, B.S.Ch.E. '73, M.S. '74, launched Millennium Pharmaceuticals in 1993. The company has been revolutionizing the biopharmaceutical industry ever since, by applying genetics to drug discovery with the eventual goal of targeting drugs to individual patients. The company partners with top pharmaceutical firms to accelerate the process of drug discovery and development, and it fosters a corporate culture that helps attract top scientific talent. Levin's background includes association with top biotechnology and biomedical firms and the field of venture capital. He is a peer-appointed member of the National Academy of Engineers.

Thomas E. Lowther, J.D. '62, M.L.A. '99, is a partner with the Stolar Partnership in St. Louis and has been associated with the firm since 1961. Lowther is a dedicated volunteer in the community and at the University, where he served on the Alumni Board of Governors for seven years, including a term as chair. At the School of Law, Lowther is a member of the National Council and has served on several committees, and he received the School's Distinguished Alumni Award in 1997. He pursues his interest in history and archaeology through travel and continuing education at University College.

Richard B. Teitelman, J.D. '73, was appointed to the Missouri Supreme Court in February 2002 after serving on the Missouri Court of Appeals from 1998-2002. He spent 23 years at Legal Services of Eastern Missouri, almost 18 years as executive director and general counsel, and led the organization to a national reputation for programs and services for the underrepresented. He is president-elect of the Missouri Bar Association, and his tireless service to his profession and the community has earned him a long list of awards and honors. At the School of Law, he is a member of the Order of the Coif and serves on the Alumni Executive Committee; he received the School's Distinguished Alumni Award in 1999.

Distinguished Faculty Awards

Rosa M. Dávila is an associate professor of pathology and immunology at the School of Medicine and the first board-certified cytopathologist in the St. Louis area. She joined the medical faculty in 1988 and has become a national leader in her field. Students have honored her with seven awards for teaching excellence.

Lee Epstein, the Edward Mallinckrodt Distinguished University Professor of Political Science in Arts & Sciences, came to the University in 1991, and in 2000 she also joined the faculty of the School of Law. She has received Faculty of the Year and Professor of the Year awards and is recognized as one of the nation's leading scholars on law, the courts, and judicial politics.

Ronald A. Leax, who was installed as the Halsey Cooley Ives Professor of Art on November 15, 2002, has been a faculty member of the School of Art for 17 years. His innovative sculptures have been widely exhibited, and he is a dedicated and popular teacher. In 1990, he received the Missouri Arts Commission's Missouri Visual Artist Biennial Award.

James T. Little, professor of finance and economics and academic director of the EMBA program in the Olin School of Business, has been a member of the University's faculty for 30 years, first in Arts & Sciences until 1982, when he joined the Olin School. As associate dean from 1983-1987, he led the effort to restructure Olin's undergraduate curriculum and helped create Olin's study abroad programs, which serve as a model nationwide. He recently received three outstanding teaching awards.

Robert S. Brookings Awards

Whitney R. Harris was awarded the Legion of Merit for his service as a prosecutor of German war criminals at Nuremberg, of which he later published the definitive book Tyranny on Trial. His distinguished career has included serving as a professor of law, director of public and governmental legal organizations, and executive director of the American Bar Association, as well as working in corporate practice for Southwestern Bell Telephone Company and in private practice. In 2002, the School of Law honored his achievements by naming the Whitney R. Harris Institute of Global Legal Studies in his honor.

As successful entrepreneurs and dedicated philanthropists, Robert and Julie Skandalaris established the Skandalaris Entrepreneurship Program at the Olin School of Business to further the development of entrepreneurial skills in America's next generation. The Skandalarises served as co-chairs of the Parents Council in 2001-2002 and continue to serve on the Detroit Regional Cabinet, Campaign Committee, and Alumni and Parents Admission Program. Bob is a member of the Olin School National Council and recently was named to the University's Board of Trustees.



Travel & Learning

Wayne Fields, the Lynne Cooper Harvey Distinguished Professor of English, will lead the Alumni Association trip, "In the Wake of Lewis and Clark," in October 2003. Founder and director of the American Culture Studies Program in Arts & Sciences, Fields is an expert on American literature, nonfiction, rhetoric, and American political argument. He is a noted author and has received several awards for excellence in teaching.

For information on this and other faculty-led trips, please call the Alumni Association Travel Office:

(866) WUTRIPS or
(314) 935-5212;
e-mail: travel@aismail.wustl.edu;
or visit our Web site: www.alumni.wustl.edu.

You'll find "Travel Program" when you click on "Other Alumni Services." Trip information is subject to change.

 

 

 
Alumni and their families sorted and packed groceries at the San Francisco Food Bank.

Month of Caring 2002

Alumni and friends around the country participated in community service projects as part of the Washington University Alumni Network Month of Caring in October 2002. We are proud to report that more than 500 alumni across the country participated, and plans are under way for a very special community service month in 2003 to celebrate the University's Sesquicentennial.

By serving local communities on behalf of Washington University, alumni and friends continue the University's great tradition of service to others.

Each alumni club selects an organization that meets important needs in its community, from preparing home-delivered meals to building a house to donating blood. Each project provides fun and a meaningful experience for all who participate.

 
In Kansas City, alumni removed overgrown shrubs at the Cliff Drive Natural Community as part of the Kansas City Wildlands Fall Workday.