Which alumni and faculty do you most admire? Share your nominations for the alumni awards by December 15.

In 1941, the University of Chicago granted its first alumni medals and public service awards, establishing a long tradition of honoring our distinguished and committed alumni—those who have shaped the world and strengthened our global alumni community.

To commemorate the 75th anniversary of the alumni awards, celebrate outstanding members of the University community with the Alumni Association at events throughout 2016, including the Diversity Leadership Awards, Volunteer Caucus, the Nora and Edward Ryerson Lecture, and more.

2015 Recipients

The 2015 alumni awardees have affected both the University of Chicago and the global community. The 14 recipients include a pioneer in astronomy, a visionary in the media industry, a renowned mathematician, a preeminent psychologist, and a benefactor of the arts in Chicago.

Alumni Medal

Edward C. Stone

SM’59, PhD’64

  • David Morrisroe Professor of Physics and Vice Provost for Special Projects, California Institute of Technology

Pasadena, California

Professional Achievement Award

L. Gordon Crovitz


  • Chairman, NextNews Ventures

New York

David Eisenbud

SB’66, SM’67, PhD’70

  • Director, Mathematical Sciences Research Institute, University of California, Berkeley

Berkeley, California

Paul Ekman


  • Founder, The Paul Ekman Group

  • Professor Emeritus in Psychology, University of California, San Francisco

San Francisco

Harvey Levin


  • Managing Editor and Executive Producer, TMZ Productions

Playa Vista, California

Public Service Award

Paul Beaver

AM’75, PhD’76

  • President, Amazonia Expeditions

Tampa, Florida

Howard Gottlieb


  • General Partner, Glen Eagle Partners

Evanston, Illinois

Juri Taalman


  • Partner, Brignole, Bush & Lewis

Hartford, Connecticut

Alumni Service Award

Kathleen Abbott


  • Assistant General Counsel, Illinois State Treasurer’s Office


Christopher Rupright


  • Partner, Shartsis, Friese

San Francisco

Young Alumni Service Award

Sean Ahmed


  • Assistant, Baseball Operations, Research and Development, Chicago Cubs


Gahan Christenson


  • Trial Attorney, US Department of Transportation

Washington, DC

Norman Maclean Faculty Award

Leo Kocher


  • Associate Professor, Department of Physical Education and Athletics, and Head Wrestling Coach, The University of Chicago


William C. Wimsatt

  • Peter B. Ritzma Professor Emeritus, Department of Philosophy, The University of Chicago