2015 Alumni Award Recipients
The Lucia Russell Briggs Distinguished Achievement Award
Presented to an alumnus or alumna of Lawrence University or Milwaukee-Downer College of more than 20 years for outstanding contributions to and achievements in a career field. This award honors Lucia Russell Briggs, second president of Milwaukee-Downer College and one of the most beloved and influential figures in that college’s history.
Christopher Murray ’75
“Over the years of my career with the State Department, moving from one U.S. Embassy to another, I saw many examples of leadership. I saw examples within the walls of the embassies in which I worked, and outside the walls, as I observed heads of government, cabinet ministers and senior corporate executives, all trying to make a difference. There were two positive traits that stood out: first, a commitment to sharing their ideas, vision, and knowledge; and second, a commitment to taking a personal interest in those around them. It was these two traits, as I observed throughout my working life, which marked my experience at Lawrence. The faculty is the core of an academic institution. The professors I had at Lawrence took a personal interest in us as students, and they transmitted, to the very best of human ability, the knowledge, whether it be chemistry, poetry, or philosophy, that they believed would be of most use to their students.”
The George B. Walter '36 Service to Society Award
Presented to an alumnus or alumna of Lawrence University or Milwaukee-Downer College who best exemplifies the ideals of a liberal education through its application to socially useful ends in the community, the nation or the world. This award honors George B. Walter ’36, faculty member, coach and dean of men, whose work at the college and beyond was guided by his conviction that every individual can and should make a positive difference in the world.
James Lace ’70
“Young brains often put things into black and white categories in the world. Shades of gray don’t often exist in those brains. Unfortunately this linear concept also permeates the political thinking of our times. There is no room for the shades of gray or all the other colors that make up our complex world ... Revolutionaries that gain fame or notoriety can be become role models to some degree for developing minds ... I did not come from a background of extreme poverty or racial prejudice. The reality of what non-democratic governments meant in the world was beyond my naivety.
“How does the culture that promotes the educational system at Lawrence teach undergraduate students to open up to the full colors of our society and of the world? How does one move from the black and white choices that often make up the attitude and approach to problem solving in the adolescent and young adult brain? [Lawrence] encourages students … to reach out and learn as much as possible about the world we live in ... We need informed and compassionate people who dedicate their lives to promote the health and welfare of each person.”
The Gertrude Breithaupt Jupp M-D '18 Outstanding Service Award
Presented to an alumnus or alumna of Lawrence University or Milwaukee-Downer College after his or her 20th Cluster Reunion who has provided outstanding service to Lawrence University, this award honors Gertrude Breithaupt Jupp, voted Milwaukee-Downer alumna of the year in 1964 for her long-standing service to the college as president of the alumnae association board, class secretary and public-relations officer.
Sue Pepper Joys M-D’51
“The liberal arts education I received at Milwaukee-Downer College and its emphasis on service to society ignited in me a desire to use my skills in a vocation where I could make a difference. This led me to pursue a long and meaningful career with the Girl Scouts of the U.S.A., followed by continued service in many volunteer roles in my retirement years. Our family knew Lawrence well: my two brothers graduated from Lawrence (Marshall ’54 and Bob ’66), and the college had a wonderful reputation in liberal arts. My classmates and I take pride in the many ways in which Lawrence has strived to ensure that the legacy of our alma mater lives on.”
Susan Nelson Goldsmith ’65
“Lawrence is a place of possibility, a place to stretch—to test and retest yourself—to find and grow into opportunities ... It is not the past that ties me to Lawrence today. It is the present and the future. Today’s students demonstrate that Lawrence continues to be a place of possibility for college students, and that the college has identified today’s opportunities for young people. The interdisciplinary programs, the growing engagement with the whole planet, the consistent search for new ways to be meaningful in the 21st century while holding fast to the best of liberal arts education—these are the things that tie me to LU today.”
Presented to an alumnus or alumna of Lawrence University or Milwaukee-Downer College whose exemplary leadership and notable actions have contributed to the betterment of the entire Lawrence University community.
Dale Schuh ’70
“A driving desire to perpetuate, cultivate, endorse and continue to make accessible the Lawrence learning experience, despite a whimsical and forever changing future, is testimony of the impact it has had on many. Preservation of the essence of Lawrence requires continual nurturing of an intimate, welcoming and supportive community where engaged, individualized and rigorous learning is the norm and personal discovery its reward.”