2011 Alumni Awards

On June 4, 2011, the University celebrated the achievements of the 2011 Alumni Award winners. Hosted by the Alumni Board of Governors, the 70th Annual Alumni Awards ceremony took place at Rockefeller Chapel during Alumni Weekend. Alumni and faculty were honored for their tremendous contributions to society, to the University, and to their professions.

Alumni Medal

The Alumni Medal recognizes achievement of an exceptional nature in any field, vocational or voluntary, covering an entire career. It is the highest honor the Alumni Association can bestow.

Janet Davison Rowley

Janet Davison Rowley, LAB'42, PhB'45, SB'46, MD'48

Blum-Riese Distinguished Service Professor of Medicine, University of Chicago
Chicago, Illinois

Janet Rowley will receive the 2011 Alumni Medal for her revolutionary work in human genetics and cancer research. In addition to her medical discoveries, Rowley is a dedicated alumna and professor at the University. Her other honors include the National Medal of Science, the nation's highest scientific honor, and the Albert Lasker Clinical Research Award, the most prestigious American award for medical research. She received the Alumni Association's Norman Maclean Faculty Award in 2006 for her contributions to teaching and student life. In 2009, President Obama awarded her the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the highest civilian honor in the United States.

Alumni Service Medal

The Alumni Service Medal honors a lifetime of achievement in service to the University.

Charles Schilkey

Chuck Schilke, AB'81

Washington, DC

For his transformative dedication and service to the University since his graduation, from his leadership on reunion committees, the alumni club in DC, the Alumni Board of Governors, and Alumni Schools Committee, to perhaps most notably his work in creating Phoenixphest for Young Alumni.

Alumni Service Award

The award for Alumni Service is awarded for outstanding volunteer work on behalf of the University and for efforts made to ensure the welfare of the institution.

Elaine Ravich

Elaine Ravich, AB'70

Baltimore, Maryland

For more than two decades of service to the University. Ms. Ravich's volunteer leadership is characterized in her dedication to the Baltimore Alumni Schools Committee, which she has chaired for more than 20 years, in her service as a founding member of the Baltimore Alumni Club, and through her tenure as a member of the Alumni Board of Governors. She is a role model to alumni and students alike.

Norman Winarsky

Norman Winarsky, AB'69, SM'70, PhD'74

Palo Alto, California

For his leadership in service to the Physical Sciences Division. Mr. Winarsky's efforts through the Physical Sciences Visiting Committee include spearheading initiatives and philanthropic support, which has led to increased graduate student aid and faculty resources, recruitment of key faculty, benefiting the Departments of Astronomy and Astrophysics, Chemistry, and Mathematics.

Young Alumni Service Award

The Young Alumni Service Award—awarded for the first time during the 1992 University Centennial—acknowledges outstanding volunteer service to the University by individuals aged 35 and younger.

Samuel Cohen Solal

Samuel Cohen Solal, AB'00

Paris, France

For his vital leadership in the alumni club in Paris. Mr. Cohen Solal's intense commitment and personal enthusiasm are credited with reviving the club, making it into a sustainable community that connects alumni with each other and with Chicago students who are studying abroad.

Koren Phillips

Koren Phillips, AB'05

Boston, Massachusetts

For her vital leadership in the alumni club in Boston, where her dedicated efforts serve as a model for young alumni—these include leadership roles in Participate Chicago, her class reunion committee, the Alumni Schools Committee, and Phoenixphest.

Professional Achievement Award

The award for Professional Achievement was established in 1967 to recognize alumni who have brought distinction to themselves, credit to the University, and benefit to their communities through their vocation.

Sidney Hyman

Sidney Hyman, AB'35, AM'38

Author and Senior Fellow, Great Books Foundation
Chicago, Illinois

For his contributions to American public intellectual life as a presidential speechwriter, author, and educator.

Alfred Lewy

Alfred Lewy, SB'67, PhD'73, MD'73

Senior Vice Chair and Richard H. Phillips Professor, Oregon Health & Science University
Portland, Oregon

For his lifelong behavioral and pharmacological research, resulting in a better understanding of the role of the pineal gland, the elucidation of seasonal affective disorder and its treatment with light and melatonin, and the first bio-assay of a behavioral disorder. His work has given psychiatry a new perspective on the physiology of sleep and mood disorders, which are also relevant to the problems of blind people, as well as individuals who must cope with the discomforts of shift work and jet lag. Dr. Lewy is also professor of ophthalmology, physiology/pharmacology, and director, Sleep and Mood Disorders Laboratory, at Oregon Health & Science University.

Alfred Lewy

Justin Yifu Lin, PhD'86

Global economist
Washington, DC/China

For his contributions to the field of development economics and his role as an influential and important economist, especially in Asia. Dr. Lin is one of the first University of Chicago social science PhDs to return to China, introducing the ideas of market economics learned at the University of Chicago. Dr. Lin founded the China Center for Economic Research at Peking University and has given extensive lectures and written numerous articles and books on economic development. He is the senior vice president and chief economist of the World Bank, the first person from a developing country to hold this position.

Sir Geoffrey Palmer

Sir Geoffrey Palmer, JD'67

Former Prime Minister of New Zealand
Wellington, New Zealand

For his international diplomacy and leadership. Sir Geoffrey Palmer has distinguished himself as a statesman not only in his native New Zealand, where he held important positions such as attorney general, minister of justice, and prime minister, but also in global matters in which he has served as an ad hoc judge in the International Court of Justice and as chairman of a United Nations panel. For five years he served as president of the New Zealand Law Commission and for eight years was the New Zealand commissioner on the International Whaling Commission.

Joel Smirnoff

Joel Smirnoff, EX'71

President of the Cleveland Institute of Music
New York, New York

For virtuosity in the field of music. As a world-class violinist, conductor, teacher, and leader, Mr. Smirnoff is a living legend who presently serves as president of the Cleveland Institute of Music, served as chair of the violin department of the Juilliard School, as a member of the Boston Symphony Orchestra and as faculty and head of string studies at Tanglewood. He was recently awarded the Lifetime Achievement Grammy Award for 23 years as member of the Juilliard String Quartet.

James Zagel

James Zagel, AB'62, AM'62

United States District Judge for the Northern District of Illinois
Chicago, Illinois

For his significant contributions to the law. From serving as an influential advocate in the Supreme Court of the United States and drafter of legislation, to his service as director of the Illinois State Police, to his current role as one of the country's most distinguished federal judges, Judge James Zagel has presided over some of Illinois's most high-profile cases. He is renowned for his standard of excellence, not only from a legal standpoint, but also for his exceptional display of fairness, integrity, and compassion in the courtroom.

Public Service Award

The awards for Public Service honor those alumni who have fulfilled the obligations of their education through creative citizenship and exemplary leadership in service in ways that benefit society and reflect credit on the University.

Marianna Choldin

Marianna Tax Choldin, LAB'59, AB'62, AM'67, PhD'79

Mortenson Distinguished Professor Emerita, University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign
Chicago, Illinois

For her contributions to improved library services in more than 70 countries, promoting new technology and especially freedom of information, and for exceptional services to promote Russian culture and cultural and educational exchange between Russia and other countries, for which she was awarded the Pushkin Gold Medal.

Thomas Cole, Jr.

Thomas Cole, Jr., PhD'66

President Emeritus, Clark Atlanta University
Atlanta, Georgia

For his more than 38 years of dedication to serving the academy, especially his efforts to expand higher education to African Americans during a time of many barriers and increase the representation of minorities in science, math, and engineering fields. Dr. Cole presided over the historic consolidation of Atlanta University and Clark College in 1988 that created Clark Atlanta University, which became the largest of the United Negro College Fund institutions. He has been influential in his efforts to support community change through his involvement with the Martin Luther King Center for Nonviolent Social Change and other social organizations, his support of Boy Scouts in inner-city neighborhoods, and his work with the business community in positive reform of public education in Atlanta.

Mahar K. Mangahas

Mahar K. Mangahas, PhD'70

Cofounder and President, Social Weather Stations Inc.
Quezon City, Philippines

For promoting meaningful economic progress, social justice, and civic engagement in the Philippines. Through his decades of research in public opinion and his analysis of social survey data, Mr. Mangahas has had a powerful influence in helping to define a nation's identity and to restore democracy by demonstrating the public will through numbers. As president and cofounder of Social Weather Stations, Mr. Mangahas's work—much of which was done under difficult political circumstances—has led to important public dialogue and policy changes for his nation.

Norman Maclean Faculty Award

Named for Professor Norman Maclean, PhD'40, who taught English at the University for 40 years, this award recognizes emeritus or very senior faculty members who have made outstanding contributions to teaching and to the student experience of life on campus.

Gregory Hillhouse

Gregory Hillhouse

Professor, Chemistry
Chicago, Illinois

For his outstanding teaching, mentoring, and guidance of chemistry students for nearly three decades, motivating and inspiring them in the classroom and beyond.

George W. Stocking

George W. Stocking

Stein Freiler Distinguished Service Professor Emeritus, Anthropology
Chicago, Illinois

For his influence and encouragement of generations of students, his tireless efforts in advancing their careers, and for his creation and support of a community among them.

Howell Murray Alumni
Association Award

One of the College’s highest honors, the Howell Murray student medals were first given 50 years ago in 1961 to recognize graduating students for their outstanding contributions to the University through co-curricular activities. The awards were named in honor of Howell Murray, PhB’14, a distinguished alumnus and trustee of the University.

Cindy Agustin

Marc-André Allen

Stephen Bonnett

Grace Chapin

Claire Denz

Jordan Dexter

Marie Joh

Judith Kituku

Diana Li

Allen Linton II

Greg Nance

Marie Otsuka

Mark Redmond

Graham Rosby

Rohan Thadani

Omaris Zamora