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 15 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 15th 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.”

 

 

Presidential Award

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.”

2014 Award Winners

Lucia R. Briggs Distinguished Achievement Award

  • Peter Betzer '64
  • Richard G. Fessler '74

Nathan M. Pusey Young Alumni Distinguished Achievement Award

  • Garth Neustadter '10

George B. Walter '36 Service to Society Award

  • Renee Goral Boldt '85
  • Judy Frater '74

Gertrude Breithaupt Jupp M-D’18 Outstanding Service Award

  • Ruth Legler Qualich M-D '55
  • Cynthia Liebich Reff '63

2013 Award Winners

George B. Walter Service to Society Award

  • Javier Arau ’98

Lucia R. Briggs Distinguished Achievement Award

  • Sara Quandt ’73
  • Jose Luis Romero Hicks ’79

Gertrude Breithaupt Jupp M-D’18 Outstanding Service Award

  • Elizabeth Kortenhof Kumbalek ’78
  • Harry Jansen Kraemer Jr. ’77

Presidential Award

  • Overton Parrish Jr. ‘55
  • Marlene Crupi Widen M-D ’55

2012 Award Winners

The Lucia R. Briggs Distinguished Achievement Award
  • Marcia Duin Mentkowski M-D '61
  • David Gray '66
  • Alice Peacock '92
The Gertrude B. Jupp M-D’18 Outstanding Service Award
  • Hugh Denison '68
  • Marian "Kirk" Kirkpatrick Torian M-D '44
  • George M. Chandler '51
The George B. Walter '36 Service to Society Award
  • Robert VanDale '57
Presidential Award
  • Richard Boya '52

2011 and Earlier

2011

Lucia R. Briggs Distinguished Achievement Award
• Douglas Powell ’56
• Rick Rothschild ’71

Gertrude Breithaupt Jupp M-D'18 Outstanding Service to Lawrence Award
• Arlene Attwood Trettin ’61
• Margaret Carroll ’61

Nathan M. Pusey Young Alumni Achievement Award
• Cindy Regal ’01

George B. Walter '36 Service to Society Award
• Louis Jost ’80
• Cheryl Orgas ’82


2010

Lucia R. Briggs Distinguished Achievement Award
• Joel Blahnik '60
• Paul Schmidt '70

Gertrude Breithaupt Jupp M-D'18 Outstanding Service to Lawrence Award
• J. Thomas Hurvis '60
• Joseph Kortenhof '50

Marshall B. Hulbert '26 Young Alumni Service Award
• Andrea Powers Robertson '94
• Erin Stahowiak '94

2009

Lucia R. Briggs Distinguished Achievement Award
• David Mulford '59
• Michael Lepawsky '59
• Robert Mac West '63

George B. Walter '36 Service to Society Award
• Elizabeth Cole '63

Gertrude Breithaupt Jupp M-D'18 Outstanding Service to Lawrence Award
• Bonnie Laird '64
• Susan Voss Pappas '69

Marshall B. Hulbert '26 Young Alumni Service Award
• Kathleen Callaghan '99

Presidential Award
• J Gilbert Swift III '59

2008

Lucia R. Briggs Distinguished Achievement Award
• Robert E. Spoo ’79
• John Holdridge ’77

George B. Walter '36 Service to Society Award
• Farnham Jarrard ’58
• Judy Huffman Sutherland ’58

Gertrude Breithaupt Jupp M-D'18 Outstanding Service to Lawrence Award
• Jo Howarth Noonan ’78

Marshall B. Hulbert '26 Young Alumni Service Award
• Steve J. Tie Shue '04


2007

Lucia R. Briggs Distinguished Achievement Award
• Virginia L. Danielson '71

Nathan M. Pusey Young Alumni Achievement Award
• Jennifer Baumgardner '92

George B. Walter '36 Service to Society Award
• Margarita Thompson Oliver '42
• Rev. Martin Deppe '57
• Nancy J. Rigg '72
• Duffie A. Adelson '73
• Thomas A. Oreck '73

Gertrude Breithaupt Jupp M-D'18 Outstanding Service to Lawrence Award
• Richard K. Weber '57
• Mary L. Carlson-Mason ’72

Marshall B. Hulbert '26 Young Alumni Service Award
• Ryan L. Tarpley '93


2006

Lucia R. Briggs Distinguished Achievement Award
• Arthur D. Ullian '61

Nathan M. Pusey Young Alumni Achievement Award
• Catherine A. Statz '96

George B. Walter '36 Service to Society Award
• Jose Hernandez Ugalde '96

Gertrude Breithaupt Jupp M-D'18 Outstanding Service to Lawrence Award
• Margaret Banta Humleker '41
• Kathleen Karst Larson '60
• Peter G. Kelly '87


2005

Lucia R. Briggs Distinguished Achievement Award
• Kathleen M. Krull '74

Nathan M. Pusey Young Alumni Achievement Award
• Heidi R. Stober '00

George B. Walter '36 Service to Society Award
• James M. Auer '50 (posthumous)
• Richard B. Snyder '65

Gertrude Breithaupt Jupp M-D'18 Outstanding Service to Lawrence Award
• Stephanie Howard Vrabec '80

Marshall B. Hulbert C'28 Young Alumni Outstanding Service to Lawrence Award
• James Spofford Reeve III '95


2004

Lucia R. Briggs Distinguished Achievement Award
• David R. Hawkanson '69
• Jean Bragg Schumaker '68

Nathan M. Pusey Young Alumni Achievement Award
• Mary Louise Knutson '88

George B. Walter '36 Service to Society Award
• William D. Mittlefehldt '68

Gertrude Breithaupt Jupp M-D'18 Award for Outstanding Service to Lawrence
• Barbara Ives Isaac and Walter J. Isaac, both '64

Marshall B. Hulbert C'28 Young Alumni Service Award
• Gina Perri Jaeckel '94
• Kelly Carroll Rhodes '89


2003

Lucia R. Briggs Distinguished Achievement Award
• Terry P. Moran '82

George B. Walter '36 Service to Society Award
• Austin J. Boncher '63
• David L. Hoffman '57

Gertrude Breithaupt Jupp M-D'18 Outstanding Service to Lawrence Award
• Jonathan W. Bauer '83
• Michael P. Cisler '78
• Priscilla Wright Hausmann '53

2002

Lucia R. Briggs Distinguished Achievement Award
• Bob Landis '62
• Bonnie M. Morris '72
• Thomas A. Steitz '62
• Frederick I. Sturm C'73

Nathan M. Pusey Young Alumni Achievement Award
• Mark W. Uhlemann, C'96

George B. Walter '36 Service to Society Award
• Wilhelmine Harms Pollard '37
• Constance Pfitsch Vanderhyden '72

Gertrude Breithaupt Jupp M-D'18 Outstanding Service to Lawrence Award
• Frank J. Hammer, Jr. '42
• Kristen Olson Lahner '73
• Betty Thompson Messenger '47


2001

Lucia R. Briggs Distinguished Achievement Award
• James B. Sinclair '51
• Jane Tibbetts Schulenburg '65

Nathan M. Pusey Young Alumni Achievement Award
• Stephen J. Edwards C'85
• Amy R. Thiel C'85

George B. Walter '36 Service to Society Award
• Cecilia Goetz '85
• Christopher Laing-Martinez '87

Gertrude Breithaupt Jupp M-D'18 Outstanding Service to Lawrence Award
• Jane Voss Holroyd '61

Marshall B. Hulbert C'28 Young Alumni Outstanding Service to Lawrence Award
• Stephen L. Albrecht '86

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