Outstanding alumni to be honoredLeaders in business as well as front-runners in the quest to better the world through social services will be among those honored this year at the Alumni Assembly, to be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, June 3, in Rockefeller Memorial Chapel. The assembly will follow the 9 a.m. Reunion keynote panel -- "Surveying Sexual America," with Edward Laumann, the George Herbert Mead Distinguished Service Professor in Sociology -- and the All-Alumni Cavalcade of Classes from Botany Pond. For a schedule of Reunion events that are free and open to the public, see page 4.
The Alumni Medal, the University's highest alumni honor, will be presented to Jong-Hyon Chey (A.M.'61), an international leader of industry and the most distinguished University alumnus in Korea, for extraordinary distinction in his field of specialization and extraordinary service to society.
Chey is an educational philanthropist whose generous efforts have helped build and strengthen universities within Korea and have provided opportunities for numerous Korean students to continue their advanced study in the United States.
Chairman of Sunkyong Textiles Ltd. for more than two decades, Chey joined the company when it was a small manufacturer of woven textiles. Using his education in economics, Chey led Sunkyong's growth from a 350-employee local company to a 22,000-employee international operation that provides a broad range of products and has developed a strong global presence in the fields of energy, petrochemicals, international trade, telecommunications, financial services, engineering and construction. He has a long record of involvement with organizations that promote Korean industry, and he serves as chair of the Federation of Korean Industries.
As a result of his experience at Chicago, Chey founded the Korea Foundation for Advanced Studies to support research and graduate education in the United States for the most promising Korean students. A loyal alumnus, he has guided scores of Korean students to the University and has assisted Chicago graduates in finding jobs in Korea. He founded the University of Chicago Club of Korea, which has more than 200 members. In November 1994, he welcomed President Sonnenschein to Seoul on the first visit to Korea made by a University of Chicago president.
During the past two decades, Chey has made significant contributions to the University for the support of Korean studies, from language instruction to library collections. He is cited for supporting the mission of the University by deed and example, working both for the benefit of his alma mater and for the advancement of higher education in his own country.
University Alumni Service Medal
George Rinder (Col.'41, M.B.A.'42), former vice chairman of Marshall Field & Co., will receive the University Alumni Service Medal for extended, extraordinary service to the University.
Rinder is cited for being a loyal and supportive alumnus of the University for 54 years. Cutting short his undergraduate education to study for an advanced degree in business, he skipped a bachelor's degree to earn an M.B.A. with honors in 1942, after which he joined the Army for the duration of World War II. Returning to civilian life, Rinder began his long tenure with Marshall Field & Co., rising to the position of vice chairman. He retired in 1986 with a reputation as a source of great strength in the ranks of top management.
Throughout his distinguished business career, Rinder remained committed to his alma mater and worked energetically to support the University. Beginning in the late 1950s, he built an extraordinary record of nearly continuous fundraising service on behalf of the Graduate School of Business. When the GSB launched its Annual Fund in 1958, he agreed to act as co-chair, and under his leadership, the fund increased fivefold. In addition to his 30-year involvement with the annual-giving program, he has served as a member of the GSB's Alumni Association Board of Directors and as a member of the Council on the Graduate School of Business.
Although his service to the GSB has been extraordinary, it has not been the exclusive focus of his interest in the University. He has been a member of the University of Chicago Club of Metropolitan Chicago (UC2MC), he has served as a class agent for his University High School class, and he was the gift chair for the 50th reunion of the Class of 1941, raising a record-breaking $817,672. He also served on the committee that helped plan the University's centennial celebration. In 1990, Rinder was honored with an Alumni Service Citation.
Professional Achievement Citations
The Professional Achievement Citations recognize those alumni whose attainments in their vocational fields have brought distinction to themselves, credit to the University and real benefit to their fellow citizens. Honored will be:
_ Jack Cella (EX Divinity School), who has been instrumental during the past two decades in the establishment of the Seminary Co-op Bookstore as an invaluable resource to the University community and as what is considered by many to be one of the finest academic bookstores in the world. Under Cella's direction as manager, the Seminary Co-op has grown from a student-run organization with 1,500 members to a cooperative with 38,000 shareholders and annual sales of more than $4 million. Although not officially part of the University, the Seminary Co-op serves as the major distribution site for course books in the humanities and the social sciences.
_ Mary Lou Gorno (M.B.A.'76), vice president for Leo Burnett Worldwide Inc. and a leader in the international advertising community. Upon graduation from the University, Gorno joined the firm of Tatham, Laird & Kudner and was named the youngest equity partner in the agency's history. Recruited to become president of Hamilton, Carver & Lee, a worldwide health-care agency, she quickly built it into a $180 million specialty agency and a top contender in the industry. She then joined the advertising agency of Leo Burnett Worldwide Inc., which broke a long-standing corporate policy of only promoting from within to make her part of its senior management team.
_ Attallah Kappas (M.D.'50), a leading authority on metabolic and genetic disorders. Currently the Sherman Fairchild Professor at Rockefeller University, he served for many years as Rockefeller's vice president and physician-in-chief. Kappas has made major contributions in several areas of biochemistry, pharmacology and clinical medicine and has received many honors for his research over the past 35 years, including the first annual award for excellence in clinical research from the National Institutes of Health. Recently he and his colleagues developed and introduced into clinical practice a new drug to treat jaundice in newborns.
_ Lewis Lipsitt (A.B.'50), who has been a pioneer in the study of infant behavior, developing many of the basic research methods by which newborn learning and perception can be measured. After joining the Brown University faculty in 1957, he established one of the first laboratories in the United States dedicated to the behavioral study of infants. A mentor for dozens of young psychologists, Lipsitt received the 1994 Lifetime Mentor Award of the American Association for the Advancement of Science for his special attention to the careers of women and minorities. He also has been a staunch advocate for children, bringing the plight of children in the United States to the attention of Congress, funding agencies, international societies and the public at large.
_ Elroy Rice (Ph.D.'47), one of the world's top authorities on allelopathy, the science of chemical interactions among plants and microorganisms. A pioneer in the field, Rice has published more than 100 articles in scientific journals and written four books on plant biology. His book Allelopathy was the first scientific monograph on the subject. His work has had a tremendous global impact, stimulating research in hundreds of laboratories, and his leadership has transformed cutting-edge research into environmental solutions in countries around the world. Rice also has received several awards for teaching from the University of Oklahoma, where he has taught since 1948.
_ Terrance Sandalow (A.B.'54, J.D.'57), a distinguished faculty member and former dean of the law school at the University of Michigan. With the vision of law as one of the liberal arts, Sandalow has refined, developed and expanded Michigan law school's educational and scholarly programs, keeping it to the highest standards while strengthening and broadening the interdisciplinary character of the faculty and the school's approach to legal studies. He is also an expert in the fields of constitutional law and federal courts and has testified before many congressional committees and judicial panels.
_ Joel Segall (M.B.A.'49, A.M.'52, Ph.D.'56), former president of Baruch College. After receiving his first graduate degree, Segall joined the faculty of the University's Graduate School of Business. After 21 years at Chicago, he left teaching for public service, holding positions under two U.S. presidents, first in the U.S. Treasury Department and then in the Department of Labor. In 1977, he returned to education as president of Baruch College, a senior college of the City University of New York. Under his leadership, faculty appointments increased, faculty output surged, all academic programs received full accreditation and a new building program was launched. Segall is currently a public member of the board of managers of the Coffee, Sugar & Cocoa Exchange of New York and chairman of the independent trustees of the Pimco Advisors group of mutual funds.
_ Carl Wolz (A.B.'59), who has combined his scholarly training in art, dance and Asian studies with his talents as a performer, teacher and arts administrator to significantly improve understanding of artistic traditions throughout the world. Perhaps best known as the founder of the World Dance Alliance, Wolz is also a distinguished scholar in the field of dance. His work, which includes the book Bugaku: Japanese Court Dance, has significantly improved the documentation, analysis and dissemination of Asian dance forms. He is the former head of dance at the University of Hawaii and former dean of dance at the Hong Kong Academy of the Performing Arts. He recently accepted the challenge of developing a graduate dance program at Japan Women's College of Physical Education.
Public Service Citations
The Alumni Public Service Citations honor those who have fulfilled the obligations of their education through creative citizenship and exemplary leadership in voluntary service. Honored will be:
_ Roger Axford (A.M.'49, Ph.D.'61), professor emeritus at Arizona State University, who has spent the majority of his volunteer work behind the scenes on campus and community projects, particularly in adult education. His work led directly to the creation of the Re-Careering Institute, an organization that helps individuals with job redirection and retraining. His other volunteer activities include serving as president of the Tempe, Ariz., chapter of the ACLU and on the ACLU state board and establishing the Coalition for World Peace, a student and faculty group at Arizona State. He also spearheaded the organization of the Tactile Museum of the Blind and Visually Impaired, a mobile museum that features art for the visually impaired, and he has taken a leading role in the Valley Memorial Society, a group that informs the public about the costs of funeral services.
_ Barbara Engel (A.B.'75), who, in the past 20 years, has played an integral role in the movement to stop violence against women. As the director of women's services at the Metropolitan Chicago YWCA from 1978 to 1988, Engel used personal experience and information from clients to develop rape and domestic-violence sensitivity training for counselors, police officers, state's attorneys and judges. She worked with community-based rape-crisis services to form a statewide network under the auspices of the Illinois Coalition Against Sexual Assault. She also co-authored Illinois sexual-assault statutes -- among the most respected of their kind in the country -- and has consulted with many other states to develop similar laws. She helped create the Chicago Foundation for Women and is a gubernatorial appointee to the board of directors of the Illinois Criminal Justice Information Authority. Most recently, she chaired the mayor's task force that wrote and implemented a landmark sexual-harassment policy for the city of Chicago.
_ Norman Gill (Ph.B.'32), who has served on more than 250 state, local and private task forces and commissions in the Milwaukee metropolitan area during the past 55 years. He has worked to improve the area's transportation, law enforcement, health, welfare and water systems. Wisconsin governor Tommy Thompson calls Gill an "outstanding asset" to the people of the state and has appointed him to state planning groups, including the Council on Public Libraries and Community Learning and the Governor's Commission on Quality Schools for the 21st Century. Much of Gill's volunteer service has grown out of his 40 years as executive director of the Citizens' Governmental Research Bureau and his 11 years at Marquette University, where he is a senior research scholar at the Bradley Institute for Democracy. At age 83, he continues his indefatigable work on behalf of others and has received 27 awards for distinguished community service in Milwaukee and Wisconsin.
Alumni Service Citations
The Alumni Service Citations are awarded for outstanding service to the University. Honored will be:
_ Geraldine Alvarez (Ph.B.'34), who has been a volunteer for the University since the time she graduated from the Laboratory Schools. She has been a member, often serving in a leadership capacity, of the Alumni Cabinet, the Alumni Schools Committee, the University of Chicago Club of Metropolitan Chicago, the Women's Board, the Oriental Institute and the Children's Research Foundation, which raised research funds for young doctors at Wyler Children's Hospital.
_ Linda Braidwood (A.M.'46), a specialist in late Pleistocene prehistory, who has spent 50 years doing volunteer work for the Oriental Institute. Although nepotism rules prevented her from proceeding with doctoral work at Chicago, she worked beside her husband, Robert Braidwood, Professor Emeritus in the Oriental Institute, to co-direct major archaeological expeditions throughout the Middle East. A specialist in the analysis of flint tools, she has been a vital member of the excavation and research teams for numerous excavations, as well as co-author of three site publications.
_ Anita Brickell (A.B.'75, M.B.A.'76) who began her extraordinary record of volunteer leadership two years after graduation, when she and her husband, Mark, co-chaired the New York Alumni Fund's 1977 drive, one of the most successful regional fund drives the University has held in the past 20 years. From 1988 to 1991, she worked diligently and creatively to plan the successful University Centennial gala in New York.
_ Mark Brickell (A.B.'74), who began his distinguished term of volunteer service in 1976 and became co-chair, with his wife, Anita, of the New York Alumni Fund the following year. In 1977, he joined the National Alumni Fund Board and was appointed to its executive committee, where he served for the next 12 years. In 1984, he became the University's first 10th-reunion gift chair, garnering such support from his former classmates that the Class of 1974 doubled its giving and set a record for 10th-year contributions.
_ Adrianne Harvitt (A.B.'75, M.B.A.'76), who has, despite a busy legal career, found time to serve the University through reunions, alumni organizations and fundraising efforts. She has been a member of the Women's Business Group, the University of Chicago Club of Metropolitan Chicago and the Women's Board. She is also co-chair of International House's Annual Fund and, since 1982, has been a hard-working member of the Modern Era Committee for the Campaign for the Next Century.
_ Maurine Kornfeld (A.B.'42, A.M.'48), who has been a driving force behind the activities of both the Los Angeles alumni club and the Alumni Association of the School of Social Service Administration. She has distinguished herself as one of SSA's national alumni leaders. In 1980, she drafted a detailed proposal outlining how the school could meet the demands of the future by cultivating strong relationships with its alumni; the implementation of her proposal substantially increased alumni support for SSA.
_ John Lyon (A.B.'55), who has devoted time to building the alumni club in Los Angeles, to leading the Alumni Association and to raising support for the University among his fellow alumni. During the University's centennial, he provided valuable assistance to the general University effort and to planning programs that would be of special interest to graduates of the Hutchins College. Lyon has also been a longtime volunteer for the Annual Fund and is a volunteer for the Campaign for the Next Century.
_ Steffi Wallis (A.B.'67), who is among a small group of volunteers who built the Washington, D.C., alumni club into one of the most active and consistent University volunteer groups around the country. A former officer of the club, she continues to support the club, initiating and maintaining programs that bring together volunteers, alumni and University personnel. Her annual summer barbecue for undergraduates interning in Washington and new students setting off for their first year in the College has become a D.C. alumni club tradition, and she is known as a mentor to students she has recruited for the College through the Alumni Schools Committee.
Young Alumni Service Citations
The Young Alumni Service Citations, which were awarded for the first time during the Centennial, acknowledge outstanding service to the University by individuals age 35 or younger. Honored will be:
_ Shaunessye Curry (A.M.'88), who has been an outstanding representative and advocate for the School of Social Service Administration from the time she arrived as a student in 1987 -- first as a student working in the development office and then as a member of the SSA Alumni Association since graduation. She currently serves as the association's vice president.
_ Elizabeth Steiner (A.B.'85), who has held various leadership positions among Portland-area alumni, currently serving as club president. She also has been an active member of the Portland Major Gifts Volunteer Committee and a longtime member of the President's Council, and in 1992 she created the Arthur and Alice Rubin Undergraduate Scholarship Fund.
_ Brett Walley-Saunders (A.B.'85), who has played an instrumental role in the reorganization and growth of the University of Chicago Club of Metropolitan Chicago. Over a two-year period, she helped prepare and implement the first strategic plan in the club's history. She currently serves as vice president and chair of the executive committee, and she has led the planning for her College class's 10th reunion.
Howell Murray Awards
The Howell Murray Awards were established in honor of a distinguished alumnus and trustee to recognize graduating students for outstanding contributions to the University's extracurriculum. This year's awards will be presented to Kathleen Abbott, Emily Ashton, Joanna Bellios, Dale Andrew Curtis, Sara Hallman, Andrea Koutoulogenis, Scott Larson, Mehvish Mirza, Kirsten Moline, Colin Novick, Celina Schocken and Simon Eduardo Weffer.