ALUMNI ACTIVITIES • Summer 2001  


The John M. Olin School of Business held its Distinguished Alumni Awards Dinner on April 17 at the Ritz-Carlton, St. Louis.

Distinguished Business Alumni Award recipients included:

William W. Canfield, M.B.A. '62, president and chief executive officer, TALX Corporation—a $42 million application service company, based in St. Louis, that provides human resource and employee self-service solutions for about one-fourth of the nation's work force.

John F. Danahy, E.M.B.A. '85, chairman, the Famous-Barr Company—the St. Louis–based division of The May Department Stores Company with 43 stores in seven states and annual sales of $1.3 billion—and a member of Olin's inaugural EMBA class.

Alvin Goldfarb, Class of '37, president, Worths Stores Corporation; a founding sponsor of the Scholars in Business Program; and generous donor of many named gifts to WU, including Alvin Goldfarb Hall, home of the George Warren Brown School of Social Work.

Cuba Wadlington, Jr., B.S. '72, president and chief executive officer, Williams Gas Pipeline—the nation's largest transporter of natural gas, serving more than 48 million residential, commercial, and industrial natural gas users in the United States.

The Dean's Medal was awarded to the John M. Olin Foundation, Inc., for its exceptional dedication and service to the School of Business. Through its 1987 challenge grant of $15 million, the foundation not only gave the business school its name, but also allowed the School to move into the top ranks of business schools worldwide.

The School of Engineering & Applied Science held its Alumni Achievement Awards Dinner on April 18 at the Ritz-Carlton, St. Louis.

Receiving Alumni Achievement Awards were:

Lilia A. Abron, M.S. '68 (environmental engineering and sanitary engineering), founder, president, and chief executive officer, PEER Consultant, P.C., an environmental engineering consulting firm; PEER Environmental and Occupational Medicine Services; and PEER Africa, an architectural/engineering firm in Johannesburg that has built the first home in a black township that is both energy-efficient and the largest affordable home ever built for South Africa's poor.

C. Baker Cunningham, B.S. '64 (civil engineering), chairman, president, and chief executive officer of Belden Inc.—a leading global supplier of specialty wire and cable for the electronics and communications industries, with annual revenues of more than $1 billion.

Donald F. Essen, B.S. '43 (mechanical engineering), retired general manager and president of Don Essen Chevrolet, St. Louis; former chair, St. Louis County Planning and Zoning Commission and its study committee whose report became the basis for the city of Wildwood.

John M. Morgan, B.S. '52 (civil engineering), chairman, Subsurface Constructors, St. Louis—a recognized leader in the foundation industry, completing approximately 200 projects per year, with recent projects that include the law school's Anheuser-Busch Hall and the social work school's Alvin Goldfarb Hall, both on the Hilltop Campus.

Robert E. Myers, B.S. '52 (civil engineering), first Missouri state surveyor; primary author, Missouri Minimum Standards for Property Boundary Surveys, used in numerous other states as the modern-day standard for surveys; and member, Missouri Boundary Commission that settled a 70-year dispute with Nebraska.

The Young Alumni Award recipient was:

Dinesh S. Bhatia, B.S. '90 (computer science), B.S. '90 (electrical engineering), co-founder and chief executive officer of EdgeMatrix—a pioneering innovator in infostructure technology products that facilitate multi-channel communication, enabling businesses to reach a multifaceted array of new media arenas including the Internet, wireless, and emerging media spaces.

Presented with the Dean's Award was:

Gene K. Beare, B.S. '37 (mechanical engineering), in recognition of his ingenuity and initiative to grow companies and expand their markets for the advancement of the telecommunications, electronics, and aerospace industry, and for his many contributions to the School of Engineering & Applied Science.

The School of Architecture presented its 2001 Distinguished Alumni Awards on April 20 in Holmes Lounge on the Hilltop Campus.

Honored were:

Terry L. Brown, M.Arch. '79, principal, Terry Brown Architect, Cincinnati, and adjunct associate professor of architecture and interior design at the University of Cincinnati College of Design, Architecture, Art, and Planning, whose work has been extensively published and exhibited.

Karl A. Grice, AIA, A.B. '74, M.Arch. '76, M.S.W. '76, chair, Planning Commission, City of St. Louis; board member, Landmarks Association of St. Louis, Inc., whose practice reflects his belief that the fusion of architecture and social work is essential to the design process.

Christopher A. Grubbs, A.B. '72, M.Arch. '74, known internationally for his architectural illustration on projects such as the redevelopment of Pennsylvania Avenue in Washington, D.C.; master plans for Hanoi and Saigon South; and the 2000 Sydney Olympics Public Domain master plan.

Earle G. Hamilton, Jr., FAIA, B.Arch. '43, founder of Harrell & Hamilton, now known as Omniplan, Inc., in Dallas, who has served as president of the AIA Dallas Chapter and of the National Council of Architectural Registration Boards.

W. Stephen Saunders, AIA, A.B. '72, noted landscape photographer; principal, Eckenhoff Saunders Architects, Chicago (cofounded in 1983 with fellow graduate Walter Eckenhoff, A.B. '72, M.Arch. '75), one of the most successful mid-sized firms in the Midwest, having completed more than 100 new buildings and 50 renovations.

Recipient of the Young Alumni Award was:

Elva Rubio, M.Arch. '92, senior vice president, ISI/Epstein and Sons, Chicago; partner, Rubio/Durham Architects, St. Louis and Chicago, which has received AIA awards in Illinois and Missouri and is a finalist in the Grand Center Housing Competition in St. Louis.

 

HEY, ALUMS! PARTICIPATE IN SOMETHING GREAT!

Last year, it was an online WU alumni directory! This year, it's online Career Connections at your service! Thinking about a career change, relocating to another city, finishing up (or applying to) graduate school? Career Connections gives you access online to 5,000+ WU alumni volunteer contacts!

IT'S SO EASY ...

Go to alumni.wustl.edu. Access Career Connections through the Alumni Directory link.

Click on Alumni Directory & Career Connections, and follow the easy instructions for registered users or for registering for the first time. (Your WU ID# appears over your name on mail you receive from WU.)

While you're at alumni.wustl.edu, please take a moment to click on Making a Gift. Use your credit card to make a gift to the WU Annual Fund, that indispensable, budget-relieving resource that helps increase the margin of excellence of your favorite school or program. Your gift—small, medium, or large—will do a lot of good! Thanks!

Don't want to go online to make your gift? Call (314) 935-4646 or (314) 935-5219 and charge your gift by phone.

 

Ken Burns (center), one of the most acclaimed chroniclers of the American experience, previewed JAZZ, his 10-part documentary on the history of jazz, at an Assembly Series lecture in December 2000. At a reception for members of the Eliot Society, preceding the screening, Burns met with Eliot members Gerald L. Early, the Merle Kling Professor of Modern Letters and professor of English and African and Afro-American studies in Arts & Sciences, who is interviewed in the film, and Ida H. Early, director of WU's Annual Giving Program.

 

 

The 2001 William Greenleaf Eliot Society "Search" Award was presented to Robert L. Virgil (right), former dean of the Olin School of Business and executive vice chancellor for university relations, at the Society's 34th annual dinner, held on April 4, 2001. Historian Doris Kearns Goodwin (left), winner of the 1995 Pulitzer Prize for No Ordinary Time: Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt and a regular on PBS' The News Hour with Jim Lehrer, was the evening's guest speaker.

Virgil retired from Washington University in 1993 to become a general principal at Edward Jones, though he recently has been appointed to chair the Washington University Sesquicentennial Commission. He will lead the celebration of the University's 150th anniversary in 2003–04. Over 40 years, Virgil also served as a professor and as chairman of numerous campus committees.

In presenting Virgil with the award, James V. O'Donnell, the Society's president, praised Virgil's lifetime of distinguished service to the University. Chancellor Mark S. Wrighton said, "Bob Virgil's leadership, academic distinction, business acumen, and dedication have helped advance Washington University to the internationally acclaimed teaching and research institution it is today."

 

VOLTAIRE SAID, "LOVE TRUTH BUT PARDON ERROR."

The editors of the 1999–2000 Washington University Honor Roll of Donorsfrom the Office of Alumni and Development hope that the following alumni and friends are big fans of Voltaire and will forgive the mangling of their names.

JoAnne Levy, A.B. '83, J.D. '86, M.B.A. '99, and her husband, Jim Thomeczek, should have been listed together, rather than separately, in the 1999–2000 Honor Roll of Donorsas well as in the 1999–2000 Eliot Society Honor Roll.

Mrs. Michel Masson, B.S.O.T. '55, should have been listed as Mrs. Maureen Masson, the name by which she is known professionally.

Diane Mullin, A.M. '89, Ph.D. '99, and David Wulfman, A.B. '85, M.Arch. '89, should have been listed together, rather than separately.