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Alumni Tidbits & Briefs


The Class of 1959: Setting the Standard

During this year’s reunion, the Class of 1959 presented a historic class gift. The Class of 1959 Distinguished Scholar Chair will benefi t all of Willamette’s academic programs and students, and the incredible $1.8 million raised toward an ambitious $2.5 million goal is part of the largest contribution from a 50th-reunion class in Willamette’s history.

Each year, members of the 50th reunionclass give back to the university with a charitable project of their own design. Last year’s class funded the Class of 1958 Learning Suite now in service at Ford Hall.

Class Recipients

Celebrating the 2009 Alumni Citation Recipients

Each year, with the assistance of the Willamette University Alumni Association board, the university recognizes several alumni whose accomplishments and service have gone above and beyond the call of duty. Many have been pathfinders intheir industry or field; others have become renowned educators or public service innovators.

We celebrate these alumni through a series of citations at Reunion Weekend. This year’s citation winners comprise quite a remarkable group.

To learn more about our 2009 citation winners and watch biographical videos that were shown at Reunion Weekend, visit willamette.edu/alumni/reunion.

2009 Citation Award Winners

Bill Long ’59 Distinguished Alumni Citation Area: Business

Gary L. Beck ’64 Distinguished Alumni Citation Area: Science

Laurie Monnes Anderson ’68 Distinguished Alumni Citation Area: Public Service

Jim Booth ’64 Lestle J. Sparks Medallion Area: Lifetime Service

Joan McNamara ‘59 Lestle J. Sparks Medallion Area: Lifetime Service

Julie (Trott) Kennedy ’99 Young Alumni Leadership Award Areas: Education and Service

We Need Your Input

Alumni citations begin as nominations submitted by alumni. If you know of someone who deserves recognition, please let us know. Submissions are open until Feb. 15. To learn more about the program and download a nomination form, visit willamette.edu/alumni/recognition.

Distinguished Alumni Citation

The Distinguished Alumni Citation honors graduates who, in professional achievement and service to their communities, reflect the highest ideals of Willamette University.

Lestle J. Sparks Medallion

The Lestle J. Sparks Medallion honors graduates whose lifetime loyalty and service to Willamette University reflects the ideals of one of Willamette’s most devoted alumni, Lestle J. Sparks ’19.

Young Alumni Leadership Award

The Young Alumni Leadership Award is given to recent graduates who have already made noteworthy contributions to their communities, their industries or their causes.