2007 Alumni Association Award Recipients
DISTINGUISHED ACHIEVEMENT AWARD
Eleanor Kuester Nicholson ’52, Evanston, Illinois, had an outstanding 38-year career in education. Since 1969 Nicholson has been a teacher or administrator at various times with the University of Chicago’s Laboratory Schools, the Latin School of Chicago, Ancona School, Forest Ridge Academy, and the Erikson Institute, where she continues to work as a senior instructor. In 1989 Nicholson founded High Jump, an enrichment program for disadvantaged but promising students in Chicago; she remains a board member of this successful project. During the 2004–05 academic year, Nicholson was interim principal of Kodaikanal International School in Tamil Nadu, India. Nicholson earned a master’s degree in educational administration at the University of Chicago in 1981 and a PhD in historical foundations of education at Loyola University in 1995. She has been a board member of several professional educational organizations and received the Anne Tyskling Award for Distinguished Service in 1989. With her late husband, Tom, Nicholson raised four children.
Betty Bonham Lies ’57, Princeton, New Jersey, is a nationally recognized arts educator who remains active as a poet and artist-in-residence. The New Jersey State Council on the Arts designated Lies a Distinguished Teaching Artist in 2000, and she received the New Jersey Governor’s Award in Arts Education in both 2000 and 2003. Her poetry is published in many journals, including Kalliope, Green Mountains Review, and US 1 Worksheets. Her book, The Poet’s Pen: Writing Poetry with Middle and High School Students, was published in 1993. Lies earned a master’s degree in English literature at the University of Wisconsin in 1958. She taught at the Stuart Country Day School in Princeton from 1971 to 1996 and was a finalist for the New Jersey Distinguished Teacher Award from Princeton University in 1983. Lies is a member of the US 1 Poets’ Collaborative and Cool Women Poets, among other organizations. With her late husband, Thomas, Lies has two children.
Michael Frame ’62, of Northfield and Kathmandu, Nepal, is a lifelong promoter of sustainable agriculture and economic development in Nepal. Frame established Mike’s Breakfast restaurant in Kathmandu in 1988 and reopened the Fewa Hotel with Mike’s Restaurant in Pokhara, Nepal, in 1997. His book, Mike’s Breakfast: Cooking in Nepal and Then Some, was published in 2002. Frame volunteered with the Peace Corps from 1962 to 1966 as an agriculture teacher and extension worker and later worked in rural development for the U.S. Agency for International Development in Nepal. After a stint in the 1970s as a farmer and president of Bubbling Springs Farm in Menomonie, Wisconsin, Frame returned to the Peace Corps—and Nepal—in 1980 as an associate director of rural development. His Nepalese restaurants and hotel are credited with raising tourism industry standards in Nepal. Frame shares his Carleton ties with his late mother, Minnie Errington Frame ’26, and his sister, Mary Ellen Frame ’57.
Gary Vikan ’67, Baltimore, is director of the Walters Art Museum. Vikan joined the museum in 1985 as assistant director for curatorial affairs, then was curator of medieval art before being appointed director in 1994. Under Vikan’s leadership, the museum has expanded its attendance by more than 100,000 visitors annually, raised more than $100 million, undergone a $24 million facility renovation that was completed in 2001, and in 2006 initiated free admission to the museum. Vikan earned a PhD in art history at Princeton University and completed the Executive Program for Growing Companies at Stanford University in 1995. Earlier in his career, Vikan was a Kress Fellow at the National Gallery of Art and a senior associate for Byzantine art studies at the Dumbarton Oaks Center for Byzantine Studies at Harvard University. He has written three books and has numerous awards and honors to his credit, including the French Chevalier de l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres, which he received in 1999. He and his wife, Elana, have two daughters, one of whom, Nicole Vikan ’98, is a Carleton graduate.
Bruce Zuraw ’72, Del Mar, California, is an international leader in the field of inflammatory disorders. A doctor and scientist at the University of California, San Diego (UCSD), since 2004, Zuraw was associated with the Scripps Research Institute from 1986 to 2004. His groundbreaking research in hereditary angioedema has led to new therapeutic approaches to treatment of the disorder, and his studies of the molecular mechanisms that regulate airway inflammation are important to asthma sufferers. Zuraw has been funded continuously by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) since 1986 and is a permanent member of the NIH Lung Cellular Molecular Immunopathology study section. Dozens of young scientists have benefited from his mentorship, and he is the training program director at both Scripps and UCSD. Zuraw, who earned an MD at Loyola University Stritch School of Medicine, has published extensively in his field and has many awards and honors to his credit. He and his wife, Sandra Christiansen, have two daughters, one of whom, Jessica Zuraw ’02, is a Carleton graduate.
Brian Bent ’82 was a Columbia University professor of chemical engineering at the time of his premature death at age 35 in 1996. A specialist in surface chemistry, Bent pioneered methods for mimicking catalytic reactions on single crystal surfaces under conditions where a wealth of vacuum-based spectroscopies can be applied. His research had a major impact on the field of metal-catalyzed organic synthesis, and his findings helped resolve the long-standing debate over the role of radicals in classic synthetic reactions. His work garnered many awards and honors, including the Camille and Henry Dreyfus Teacher-Scholar Award in 1993 and the Union Carbide Innovation Recognition Award in 1995. Bent earned a PhD in physical chemistry at the University of California at Berkeley in 1986 and was a postdoctoral fellow at AT&T Bell Laboratories before joining the Columbia University faculty in 1988. He was admired both
personally and professionally by colleagues and students alike, and was also an accomplished musician, athlete, and naturalist. He is survived by his wife, Stacey, and their two children, Rachel and Andrew.
Bob Daily ’82, Los Angeles, is one of the most respected writers in the entertainment industry. In 2004 Daily won an unprecedented second consecutive Writers Guild of America Award in the category of Outstanding Script–Television Comedy, both times for his work on Frasier as writer and co-executive producer. As writer and co-executive producer for Desperate Housewives since 2006, Daily was nominated for a 2007 Golden Globe Award. He’s been nominated for two Emmy awards and a Humanitas Award for past endeavors. Daily has published six books for children, including the biography Elvis Presley, which was named one of the best books for young readers in 1996 by the New York Public Library. Daily earned a master’s degree in English from the University of Chicago and began his career as a journalist, writing for Spy and Men’s Journal, among other publications. He was a committee co-chair for the Class of 1982’s 25th reunion, and he often mentors Carleton students and alumni who are pursuing careers in the entertainment business. He and his wife, Janet, have two children.
Kathy Hudson ’82, Washington, D.C., is the founder and director of the Genetics and Public Policy Center at Johns Hopkins University. Founded in 2002 with a grant from the Pew Charitable Trusts, the center addresses legal, ethical, and policy issues related to human reproductive genetic technologies, genetic testing quality and oversight, and public engagement in genetic research. In addition to her work at the center, Hudson is an associate professor in the Berman Bioethics Institute, the Institute of Genetic Medicine, and the Department of Pediatrics at Johns Hopkins University. Hudson was assistant director of the National Human Genome Research Institute from 1995 to 2002 and previously was a senior policy analyst in the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and a science fellow with the U.S. Congress. She earned a master’s degree in micro-biology at the University of Chicago and a PhD in molecular biology at the University of California at Berkeley. Hudson serves on numerous boards and committees in her field and has published several articles, book chapters, and reports. She and her husband, Joe Palca, have two sons.
Kristi Kirschner ’82, Chicago, is a national leader and pioneer in the field of disability ethics. Kirschner holds multiple titles: medical director and co-founder of the Women with Disabilities Center; director of the Donnelley Family Disability Ethics Program and Coleman Foundation Chair, both at the University of Chicago; and associate professor of physical medicine and rehabilitation and of medical ethics and bioethics at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. In 1992 and 1996 Kirschner was named one of the outstanding physicians in Chicago by Chicago Magazine, and she is consistently listed in Consumers’ Research Council of America Guide to America’s Top Physicians. Kirschner has published several book chapters and journal articles, and is a frequent lecturer at medical conferences and symposia. She earned an MD degree at Pritzker School of Medicine at the University of Chicago and is a diplomate of the National Board of Medical Examiners and the American Board of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation. Kirschner and her husband, Raymond Curry, have two sons; her brothers are Mike Kirschner ’81 and David Kirschner ’84.
Laura Silber ’82, New York City, is one of the foremost experts on the Balkans and a widely respected journalist, author, and policy expert. Since 2000, Silber has used her experience and insight to help shape the policies and programs of George Soros’s Open Society Institute (OSI). As OSI’s director of public affairs, Silber oversees the communications department and plays a leading role in advocacy for human rights and the rule of law, both nationally and worldwide. In addition, Silber teaches at Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs, from which she earned a master’s degree in 1987. Silber is a co-author of the critically acclaimed Yugoslavia: Death of a Nation, and has been a consultant to award-winning documentary series, including The Fall of Milosevic. From 1990 to 1999 Silber reported for the Financial Times, first from the Balkans and later as United Nations correspondent; she was a Fulbright Scholar at Belgrade University from 1987 to 1989. Silber is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and was a U.S. State Department consultant from 1999 to 2002. She and her husband, Dusan Knezevic, have three daughters.
Dara Moskowitz Grumdahl ’92, Minneapolis, is one of the most awarded food writers of her generation. After graduating cum laude as an art history major, Grumdahl worked as a caterer and cocktail waitress, which, along with her experience as a teenage dishwasher, pastry chef, and sous chef, all played a part in her being named in 1997 to the role of permanent restaurant reviewer for City Pages, a weekly newspaper serving Minneapolis and St. Paul. Grumdahl’s freelance food and travel writing has appeared in USA Today, Gourmet, Bon Appetit, Wine & Spirits, Midwest Living, and Condé Nast Traveler. Her fiction writing has earned her two Minnesota Arts Board grants, a Tamarack award, and a fellowship from the Loft McKnight Foundation. Grumdahl is a seven-time nominee for the James Beard Awards and has won four—two for wine writing and one each in the categories of restaurant criticism and restaurant columns. She and her husband, Nathan Grumdahl, have one son, Asa.
Thomas Colwell ’52, Wayzata, Minnesota, was a Carleton trustee from 1991 to 2005. During most of that time he was a member of the board’s executive committee, and he co-chaired the development and external relations committees. He was named a trustee emeritus in 2006. At various times, Colwell was an Alumni Annual Fund TOPS solicitor, assistant class agent, class agent, and leadership solicitor. He also served on Carleton’s capital campaign steering committee in the early 1990s and was a member of the Class of 1952’s 50th reunion gift committee. With his wife, Phyllis Daughterty Colwell ’52, he is a Heywood Society member and recipient of the Donald J. Cowling Cup (2002) and the William Carleton Medal (2001). Colwell is chair of the board of Colwell Industries, a multinational commercial printing business, and has given generously of his time and resources to other arts and educational organizations. The Colwells have two children and numerous familial Carleton connections.
Arthur Schulze Jr. ’52, Edina, Minnesota, was a Carleton trustee from 1976 to 2003, when he was named a trustee emeritus. He was vice chair of the board from 1993 to 2003 and served on investment, audit, and development committees. Schulze received the Donald J. Cowling Cup in 2002. Additionally, Schulze chaired the College’s annual fund in the mid-1970s and filled leadership roles on capital campaign steering committees. He served on his 50th reunion gift committee and applied his professional marketing skills to a presidential task force on communications and marketing in 1991. Schulze and his wife, Joan, received the William Carleton Medal in 2000; the Schulzes are also members of the Heywood Society. Schulze earned an MBA degree with high distinction from Harvard University in 1958; he retired from General Mills in 1993 as vice chair of the board after a 30-year career with the company. The Schulzes have four children.
Ann Iijima ’72, of Northfield and St. Paul, has lent her boundless energy and enthusiasm to many Carleton alumni endeavors over more than 30 years. Iijima was a longtime career network volunteer, Career Center panelist, and active alumni admissions representative before serving on the Carleton Alumni Council (1999–2002), when she also was the council’s liaison to the College Council. From 2001 to 2002 Iijima was on the Multicultural Alumni Network’s executive committee; she then served as an Alumni Annual Fund (AAF) class agent (2002–05) and as a member of the Campaign Priorities Committee (2003). She was the AAF board’s ’70s decade director (2005–07) and helped lead her decade to top the ’60s classes in giving, for the first time, in 2006. Iijima also has led several successful class phonathons and assisted with Class of ’72 reunion planning. She is the vice dean for academic affairs at William Mitchell College of Law in St. Paul, has one son, and is married to Myles Bakke, who retired this year as manager of Cowling Arboretum and McKnight Prairie.