2010 Alumni Association Award Recipients
Harold C. McCarthy ’50 • Distinguished Achievement
One enthusiastic nominator described Harold “Mac” McCarthy as an insurance leader who made a difference.
Initially planning to pursue a career in the ministry, McCarthy spent two years in the U.S. Navy Reserve from 1945 to 1946 and landed a job in the insurance field following his graduation from Carleton. After 17 years with Federated Insurance, McCarthy joined Meridian Insurance in Indianapolis in 1967, beginning as personnel director and progressing to executive vice president. From 1974 to 1991 he was Meridian’s President and CEO, and he was chair of the board from 1991 until his retirement in 1992; he continued as a board member until 1997.
McCarthy guided Meridian through a public stock offering, a series of acquisitions, and a period of rapid growth that tripled its asset base and income. He served on the boards of three national trade associations, the largest of which—the National Association of Independent Insurers—he led as chair of the board from 1986 to 1987. While on that board, he testified before the U.S. Senate Finance Committee about the industry’s views on pending tax reform legislation.
Described by his peers as unassuming, courteous, respectful, sensitive, and an effective leader of sound judgment and sterling character, McCarthy was as valued in civic roles as he was in professional ones. A few of his many commitments included service on the Indianapolis and Indiana Chambers of Commerce, the Methodist Hospital Foundation Board, the Central Indiana Boy Scouts of America Council, and as a trustee of Butler University.
McCarthy has remained active in retirement, serving on the County Commissioners’ Citizens’ Advisory Board of St. Lucie County, with the Indian River Symphonic Association, and with Harbor Federal Bank’s advisory board.
McCarthy shared his time and talents with Carleton over the years as the Indianapolis Carleton Club Chair, an Alumni Annual Fund solicitor, a class reunion planner, and a major supporter of alumni admissions work along with his wife, Barbara Kaercher McCarthy ’49 (a 2004 Exceptional Service Award recipient).
The McCarthys live in Vero Beach, Florida. Their two children, Susan
Weiner ’81 and David McCarthy ’77, are also alumni, as were McCarthy’s parents and his brothers, Richard McCarthy ’45 and Lloyd McCarthy ’50.
Linda Buswell Bartoshuk ’60 • Distinguished Achievement
Scientific peers call Linda Buswell Bartoshuk the leading taste psycho-physicist of our time. Bartoshuk, who coined the term ‘supertasters,’ studies the genetic variation in taste perception, oral pain, taste disorders, and how the ability to taste affects overall health and risk for disease. Her recent work explores whether a link exists between chronic ear infections in children and risk of obesity.
“Linda is a person of rare intellect, effortlessly capable of merging knowledge from multiple domains to bear on a single issue, broad in her thinking and in her impact on science and society,” wrote one nominator. “Spell-binding lecturer,” “remarkable mentor,” and “distinguished scientist of exciting creativity” are a few other descriptors.
A National Merit scholar who graduated from Carleton Phi Beta Kappa and Sigma Xi, Bartoshuk earned a PhD in psychology from Brown University in 1965. She was associated with the John B. Pierce Foundation from 1970 to 1989, and joined the faculty of Yale University’s Department of Epidemiology and Public Health in 1971, serving as professor of otolaryngology at the Yale School of Medicine from 1989 to 2007. When she left Yale in 2007 to become the Bushnell Presidential Endowed Professor at the University of Florida’s College of Dentistry, Yale named her professor emeritus.
Her election to the National Academy of Sciences in 2003—a rare honor, one she shares with only six living Carleton alumni and four other people in her research area, two of them Nobel Prize winners—is further evidence of her eminence. She received an honorary Doctor of Science degree from Carleton in 2001, was elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 1995, received Yale’s Leah Lowenstein Teaching Award in 1991, and was named to the Society of Distinguished Teachers at Yale in 2002, to name only a few in her long list of honors. In 2008 Bartoshuk was elected to a three-year term on the Governing Council of the National Academy of Sciences, representing the disciplines of anthropology, psychology, social and political sciences, and economic sciences. She has many papers to her credit and wrote the chapter on taste in the acclaimed textbook Sensation and Perception.
Bartoshuk has two children and lives in Gainesville, Florida, with her husband, Charles M. Sommerfeld.
John Hamilton ’60 • Distinguished Achievement
Infectious disease specialist John Hamilton, a professor and attending physician in clinical services at Duke University, has made major contributions with worldwide impact to the fields of medicine and infectious diseases, notably viral infections, including Hepatitis B, Herpes, and HIV. His research played an important role in determining national policy with respect to the use of the Hepatitis B vaccine among medical workers, his work on the molecular mechanisms of viral latency advanced the field, and he led national studies of HIV treatment at the early stages of drug development.
Hamilton earned an MD, cum laude, at the University of Colorado in 1964 and completed internship, residency, and advanced training in internal medicine and infectious diseaseas at Cleveland Metropolitan General Hospital from 1964 to 1968. He served as an epidemiology intelligence service officer in the Public Health Service at the National Center for Disease Control in Atlanta. He joined the faculty in medicine at Duke in 1970 and spent a sabbatical year as an independent investigator for the Department of Immuno-hematology at the Academisch Ziekenhaus in Leiden, the Netherlands, in 1977–78, where he studied the immunogenetics of the response to viral infections. Hamilton was promoted to professor of medicine and associate professor of microbiology and immunology in 1988.
His other appointments include chief of infectious diseases from 1971 to 1994 and director of the research center on AIDS and HIV infections from 1988 to 1998 at the Durham, Virginia, Medical Center and chief of infectious diseases and international health at Duke from 1994 to 2008. Hamilton was president of the North Carolina Infectious Diseases Society from 1996 to 1998. He founded the Duke-Kilimanjaro Christian Medical Center Collaboration in Moshi, Tanzania, a program devoted to AIDS treatment and research.
The list of Hamilton’s awards is lengthy and includes the Robert J. Glaser Award in 1964, the Upjohn Achievement Award in 1968, and the 2000 Gorgas Medal. He was also co-recipient of the American Association for Laboratory Animal Science’s award for the most outstanding paper in laboratory animal science in 1992 and co-recipient of the Howard Temin Award from the Journal of AIDS in 1994. At Carleton, he earned six letters in indoor and outdoor track and was inducted into the ‘C’ Club Hall of Fame in 1987.
Hamilton is a fellow of the American College of Physicians and the Infectious Diseases Society of America, among other scholarly societies. He has three children and lives in Hillsborough, North Carolina, with his wife, Carol.
Alison Krotter Johnson ’60 • Distinguished Achievement
The creative, thorough, and indefatigable efforts of Alison Krotter Johnson have resulted in a heightened awareness worldwide of multiple chemical sensitivity (MCS). An author and producer/director of documentaries about MCS, Johnson received the 2004 American Academy of Environmental Medicine’s Carleton Lee Award in recognition of her contributions.
She edited a book, Casualties of Progress: Personal Histories from the Chemically Sensitive, in 1999, and later wrote two other books on the topic: Amputated Lives: Coping with Chemical Sensitivity (2008), which addresses MCS issues affecting Exxon Valdez workers, Gulf War veterans, 9/11 first responders, and Hurricane Katrina victims who were housed in toxic trailers; and Gulf War Syndrome: Legacy of a Perfect War (2001). The latter volume remains the only comprehensive book on its subject, and a former commander of Walter Reed Army Medical Center wrote of Johnson: “Her works on exposure to toxins and chemical sensitivity . . . shed new light on the association of ill-defined illnesses after exposure to even very small amounts of chemicals.”
Johnson’s video documentaries include Multiple Chemical Sensitivity: How Chemical Exposures May Be Affecting Your Health (1998), Gulf War Syndrome: Aftermath of a Toxic Battlefield (2000), The Toxic Clouds of 9/11: A Looming Health Disaster (2006), and Chemical Sensitivity: A 15-Minute Introduction (2007). She has actively lobbied members of Congress, federal agencies, and the media to raise awareness of the problems surrounding MCS, and in 2001 she founded the Chemical Sensitivity Foundation, which she continues to chair.
In a separate writing endeavor, Johnson wrote a family memoir, The Eleventh Hour Can’t Last Forever, in 2008. The book describes how her father hid and buried two tons of gold and silver coins on his property in a tiny Nebraska town because he thought the economy was going to collapse. Her memoir is endorsed by Warren Buffett, who called it “a saga relating how an obsession with money can really mess up a family.”
Earlier in Johnson’s life, she was a summa cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa, Sigma Xi Carleton graduate. She earned an MS in mathematics on a Woodrow Wilson Fellowship at the University of Wisconsin in 1962 after attending the Sorbonne on a National Science Foundation Fellowship in 1960–61. She also formerly taught piano and violin, and worked as a freelance copy editor for university presses.
Johnson has three daughters and lives in Topsham, Maine.
Eric R. Pianka ’60 • Distinguished Achievement
Widely known as the ‘Lizard Man,’ Eric Pianka is a world authority on lizard ecology and one of the globe’s foremost ecologists, especially in the areas of species diversity and interactions, community ecology, and life history. In 2004 Pianka was declared International Distinguished Herpetologist of the Year, and three species are named after him.
Pianka’s 1974 textbook Evolutionary Ecology remains in print (now in its sixth edition) and is a citation classic that has been largely responsible for educating an entire generation of ecologists. Among Pianka’s other books are The Lizard Man Speaks (1994), Lizard Ecology: Historical and Experimental Perspectives (1994), and Lizards: Windows to the Evolution of Diversity (2003), a coffee table book that won several honors.
Pianka’s 2008 field expedition to the Great Victoria Desert in Western Australia was the focus of Lizard Kings, shown on NOVA and internationally. Earlier in his career, Pianka did fieldwork in the Australian Outback as a Guggenheim fellow in 1978 and as a Fulbright Senior Research Scholar in 1990. In addition, Pianka’s studies have taken him to the North American Great Basin and the Mojave, Sonoran, and Kalahari Deserts, and his intercontinental comparisons have become a standard textbook example.
Pianka earned a PhD in zoology from the University of Washington–Seattle in 1965 and a doctor of science in ecology from the University of Western Australia in 1990. He has been a professor at the University of Texas–Austin since 1968, teaching ecology and evolution to thousands of students, both undergraduate and graduate. Eleven of his 19 graduate students hold tenured positions at major universities. In 1986 he was named the Denton A. Cooley Centennial Professor in Zoology.
The prolific Pianka has dozens of papers, articles, reviews, and chapters to his credit, has received numerous grants, and is in demand as a lecturer and symposium speaker around the world. He was elected to the American Society of Naturalists in 1971, was elected a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science in 1981. He is a member or officer of several other professional societies and committees and is on several editorial boards. He was named Distinguished Scientist by the Texas Academy of Science in 2006, among other honors.
Currently, Pianka is engaged in groundbreaking research exploiting molecular techniques and modern comparative methodology in phylogenetic systematics to trace the probable actual course of evolution. He also is organizing his life’s work to save his massive data set for use by future generations of ecologists and herpetologists.
Pianka has two daughters and lives on a small ranch near Johnson City, Texas.
David Robert Ringrose ’60 • Distinguished Achievement
One of the world’s leading scholars in Spanish history and early modern European economic history, David Ringrose brought about a thorough revision of the history and historiography of Spain and its empire with his research and writings. In 2008 Ringrose was elected to the Royal Spanish Academy of History—a significant honor, especially considering that since its 1750 founding, fewer than 15 Americans have been invited to join.
Ringrose earned an MA in history in 1962 and a PhD in economic history in 1966, both from the University of Wisconsin–Madison. He taught history at Rutgers University from 1965 to 1974 before arriving at the University of California–San Diego (UCSD), where he is now a professor emeritus of history. Ringrose was a visiting professor at the University of California–Berkeley in 1977 and at the Princeton Institute for Advanced Study in 1991–92, an exchange professor at the Universidad Autónoma de Madrid in 1998, a senior fellow at the National Humanities Center in 2002–03, and a residential fellow of the Rockefeller Foundation Research Center in Bellagio, Italy, in 2005.
Ringrose, who trained more than two dozen graduate students in his acclaimed UCSD Spanish history program, helped found and develop the Association for Spanish and Portuguese Historical Studies, which has grown from 20 members in 1970 to more than 500 members worldwide today. He has published eight books, including the 1983 Madrid and the Spanish Economy, 1560–1850, and the 1996 Spain, Europe, and the Spanish Miracle, 1700–1900. When the 1992 Olympic Games were held in Spain, the Spanish government invited Ringrose to write a major portion of the capital’s history, resulting in Madrid, Capital Imperial (1561–1833). Currently, Ringrose has two books in progress: Imperial Madrid: Images, Urbanization, and Monarchy in the Eighteenth Century, and Europeans Abroad, 1400–1700: Strangers in Not So Strange Lands.
In addition, Ringrose is a volunteer with the Maritime Museum of San Diego, a long-time Rotary International member, an involved church member, and a co-chair of the Carleton Class of 1960’s 50th reunion gift committee. He and his wife, Kathryn Mackay Ringrose ’60, have been active with the San Diego Carleton Club and admissions work for decades. They have two sons, including Daniel Ringrose ’88.
Frances J. Storrs ’60 • Distinguished Achievement
Frances Storrs is internationally known not only for her stellar career in contact dermatitis and environmental dermatology—including discovering new allergens in the workplace and new therapeutic options—but also for her trailblazing efforts as a mentor. Storrs is director of the Contact and Occupational Skin Disease Clinic and has a private practice at Oregon Health Sciences University (OHSU) in Portland, Oregon, where she is also a professor emeritus. She earned an MD from Cornell Medical College, New York, in 1964. She was the first woman resident accepted by OHSU’s dermatology department.
In 2003 Storrs was recognized with the first Women’s Dermatologic Society (WDS) Mentorship Award for her establishment of the WDS mentor program, and in 2008 she received the Gold Medal, the highest honor bestowed by the American Academy of Dermatology (AAD). Also in 2008, OHSU established the Frances J. Storrs, MD, Medical Dermatology Endowed Fund in her honor. Storrs is the recipient of many other professional citations, including the AAD Master in Dermatology Award, the Humanism in Medicine Award from the OHSU faculty, and numerous medical student teaching awards and named lectures.
Storrs holds honorary memberships in the Danish Dermatology Society, the Canadian Dermatology Society, and the American Contact Dermatitis Society, to name a few, and is a past editorial board member of the Archives of Dermatology, Contact Dermatitis, and Current Opinion in Dermatology. She has 125 articles—plus many book chapters, book reviews, and journal issues—to her credit. In addition, Storrs is in demand as a speaker and visiting professor, both nationally and internationally.
Besides her professional achievements, Storrs is extremely active in her community and state affairs, and for those efforts she was named City Club of Portland Citizen of the Year in 2001. She also received the American Civil Liberties Union’s Civil Liberties Award in 1981; the White Rose Award from Oregon’s March of Dimes, Women of Achievement, in 2000; and the Metropolitan Human Relations Commission Special Award in 1984.
Storrs, who lives in Portland, has one son with John W. Storrs, her late husband, as well as three stepchildren and five grandchildren.
Thomas A. Tollman ’60 • Exceptional Service
A true champion for Carleton, a friend to countless classmates, and a volunteer who executes his tasks with grace, reliability, and a wonderful sense of humor—this is the type of praise Tom Tollman earns from Carleton staff members and classmates for his decades of service.
Beginning with his employment as an admissions counselor from 1960 to 1962, Tollman has continued to support the College, whether as an employee or a volunteer, for 50 straight years. He’s also prioritized consistent annual support of the College’s Alumni Annual Fund (AAF).
Tollman’s volunteer log is lengthy: he served as an alumni admissions representative in the Omaha area from 1979 to 1990, AAF class agent for the Class of 1960 from 1995 to 2000, co-chair of his class’s 40th reunion planning committee in 2000, and assistant class agent both from 1990 to 1995 and from 2001 to 2009. Tollman helped his class maintain an annual AAF participation rate of 55 to 65 percent—well above average. In addition, he has assisted with the Class of 1960’s 50th reunion gift committee since 2007, with the result being a significant class gift. “Tom just knows people, and he is such an effective motivating force,” said one classmate.
Following two years as a Peace Corps volunteer in Bucaramanga, Colombia, from 1962 to 1964, Tollman received a master’s degree in social sciences from the University of Chicago, while simultaneously working part time for Carleton as the Chicago area admissions counselor from 1964 to 1968. He then returned to Carleton, filling the role of assistant dean of the College from 1968 to 1973 before earning an MA in library science at the University of Minnesota in 1974.
Tollman’s professional career included three years as a reference librarian at Northwest Missouri State University, two years as a lecturer at the University of Arizona, and 21 years as a reference librarian at the University of Nebraska–Omaha from 1979 to 2000. He received the Distinguished Service Award of the Nebraska Library Association in 1995 and was a Fulbright Senior Lecturer in Quito, Ecuador, for two months in early 1991.
Tollman also volunteers with the Raptor Center of the University of Minnesota College of Veterinary Medicine. He and his wife, Carol, live in Bloomington, Minnesota, and have eight grandchildren and four children between them, including Dan Tollman ’89.
Marion Ritchey Vance ’60 • Distinguished Achievement
Letters in support of Marion Ritchey Vance’s nomination lauded her innovative career in international community development. In 1969 the U.S. Congress, stunned by reports of failed foreign aid, created the Inter-American Foundation and charged it with getting development assistance directly to the poor. According to one nominator, “Marion was one of the sensitive, savvy, Spanish-speaking professionals hand-picked to help shape this novel agency whose mission was considered radical if not impossible at the time.” Four decades later, IAF’s bottom-up strategy is recognized as the most effective way to improve conditions for marginal populations and give them greater voice in their societies.
Ritchey Vance later joined Inter-American Foundation’s staff, serving as field representative for Colombia, regional director for the Andean region, and director of learning and evaluation. Her many publications include the 1991 book The Art of Association: NGOs and Civil Society in Colombia.
She is best known for innovation in assessing the results of grassroots development through her foundational work with the Grassroots Development Framework. The president of Oxfam America wrote, “within the field of social development, impact assessment is the Holy Grail.” Colleagues note that the conceptual framework proposed by Ritchey Vance in the early 1990s was “an intellectual breakthrough, a paradigm shift in our thinking about how to measure results.” By accounting for the social and policy change critical to sustainable development, “Marion’s framework shows us how the dots are connected.”
A philosophy major who graduated Phi Beta Kappa, cum laude, and with departmental distinction, Ritchey Vance furthered her education at the Interpreters’ School, University of Geneva, Switzerland, in 1962; at the American Institute for Foreign Trade in Phoenix in 1963; and at the United Nations Regional Centre for Development in Michoacán, Mexico, in 1966.
Early in her career, Ritchey Vance worked for the Community Development Foundation in Mexico, Honduras, and the Dominican Republic and as Latin American regional director with Save the Children Federation. She has been sought after as a speaker and writer, even since her retirement in 1995. She transferred her grassroots organizing experience to her native Colorado, where she has won awards for land conservation and preservation of the environment.
Ritchey Vance lives with her husband John Vance in Woodland Park, Colorado. She has three stepchildren and six grandsons.
James L. Van Etten ’60 • Distinguished Achievement
Internationally respected microbiologist Jim Van Etten made a name for himself by discovering and characterizing the first member of a family of algae-infecting viruses, Phycodnaviridae. This discovery has resulted in international research collaborations that involve at least 20 labs in the United States, Europe, and Japan. Van Etten’s algal virus research has been supported by the National Institutes of Health for 26 years and more recently by the National Science Foundation and the Department of Energy, particularly as the possibilities of using algae as a source of biofuels are assessed.
Van Etten is the William B. Allington Distinguished Professor of Plant Pathology at the University of Nebraska–Lincoln (UNL), having joined the faculty in 1966 after a one-year National Science Foundation postdoctoral fellowship in the Department of Genetics at the University of Pavia, Italy. He received UNL’s highest research award, the Outstanding Research and Creative Activity Award, in 1992. In 2003 he became the third person in the history of Nebraska—and one of only six living Carleton alumni—elected to the National Academy of Sciences.
Van Etten earned a PhD in plant pathology at the University of Illinois–Urbana in 1965. A frequent seminar speaker, Van Etten holds four patents, has edited one book, and has published more than 200 articles since 1964. He is a fellow of the American Phytopathological Society, the American Association for the Advancement of Science, and the American Academy of Microbiology. He received the Nebraska Sigma Xi outstanding scientist award in 1999, and in 2004 he received the Omtvedt Innovation Award from UNL.
Van Etten is a member of the American Society for Microbiology, the American Society for Virology, the American Academy of Microbiology, the Phycological Society of America, and the Society for General Microbiology. He was president of UNL’s Sigma Xi chapter in 2005.
Van Etten was the coordinator of the Plant Science Initiative from 1997 to 1999 and has served since 2000 as co-director of the Nebraska Center for Virology. He has been on the editorial boards of six major scholarly journals since 1974 and continues on the editorial board of Virology.
Van Etten and his wife, Geraldine, have two daughters and live in Lincoln, Nebraska. Van Etten has a son from a previous marriage.
Julia F. Wallace ’60 • Distinguished Achievement
Julia Wallace is a tireless and articulate defender and protector of the public’s right to know and a champion for public access to government information. “Ms. Wallace has had an impact on every major national development regarding access to government information in the past quarter century,” wrote a peer nominator.
Wallace played a key role on state and national levels during the transition from print to a variety of electronic formats and delivery systems, ensuring public access along the way. She was cited as one of the nation’s top 50 librarians by Library Journal in the 2003 article “Movers and Shakers: The People Who Are Shaping the Future of Libraries.” She has testified before the U.S. Congress and the Joint Committee on Printing on the subject of public access to government documents.
After earning a masters of library science degree at the University of Minnesota in 1961, Wallace was a reference and catalog librarian before being named head of the Environmental Conservation Library of Minnesota in 1970. From 1983 to 1989, Wallace was head of the government documents department at the Minneapolis Public Library and Information Center—the largest selective U.S. document depository in Minnesota. In 1989 Wallace became head of the Government Publications Library and regional depository librarian for the University of Minnesota libraries; she retired in 2006.
Wallace was elected chair of the Government Documents Roud Table of the American Library Association and was co-chair of the landmark Chicago Conference on the Future of Federal Government Information. In addition, she was appointed by the Public Printer of the U.S. to the Depository Library Council to the Public Printer, and she served on the working group that developed the U.S. Government Printing Office’s “Study to Identify Measures Necessary for a Successful Transition to a More Electronic Federal Depository Library Program.”
The American Library Association named Wallace to its Washington Office Honor Roll and gave her the James Bennett Childs Award for lifetime exceptional contributions to the growth and development of government documents librarianship in 1996. She also received the University of Minnesota’s Academic Staff Award in 1995 and received the John R. Finnegan Freedom of Information Award from the Minnesota Coalition on Government Information.
Wallace has one son and two grandchildren and shares her Carleton ties with her late father, Franklin Wallace ’28, and her brother, John Wallace ’69. She lives in Minneapolis.
John M. Gendler ’70 • Exceptional Service
John Gendler is the ultimate yes man; for 40 years, “yes” has been Gendler’s only answer when Carleton asks for a portion of his time, money, and energy.
Gendler has participated in a wide variety of Carleton events, including reunions, Twin Cities Carleton club activities, an alumni trip to Botswana, and a student/alumni panel at the Cave. In fact, he has attended more than 65 Carleton events, most in the company of his wife, Janet Hollis Gendler ’70.
Gendler also said yes to several volunteer roles. He served as an Alumni Annual Fund (AAF) class agent from 1995 to 1999, coordinated the AAF phonathon from 1995 to 2000, and was an assistant class agent from 2000 to 2005. He also served on the AAF Board from 2000 to 2008, was the 1970s decade director, and was AAF board chair from 2006 to 2008, leading the College to a record alumni participation rate of 56 percent. He also agreed to serve as co-chair of his 25th, 30th and 40th reunion committees.
Beyond his own remarkable service, Gendler often coaxes a yes from his classmates, whether to donations, reunion attendance, or volunteering. “John is a bit of a stand-up comedian, which is perfect for cajoling people to make an effort,” wrote one classmate. Said another nominator, “He continues to be an exceptional ambassador for the school in many different ways.”
Praise flows his way from staff members, fellow volunteers, and classmates alike, with all noting his unique sense of humor, personal generosity, inspirational leadership, willingness to take on tasks others sometimes shun, infectious and genuine enthusiasm, and underlying conviction about the importance of supporting Carleton and ensuring access to Carleton through support for financial aid.
A government and international relations major, Gendler earned a JD at Cornell University and was an assistant Hennepin County attorney from 1975 to 1981. He moved to private legal practice in 1981 and was a co-founder of the Minneapolis firm Smith, Gendler, Shiell, Sheff, Ford, & Maher.
Gendler and his wife, Janet Hollis Gendler ’70, have two children and live in Minneapolis.
Todd R. Golub ’85 • Distinguished Achievement
Todd Golub is a world leader in applying genomic tools to the classification and study of cancers and has helped establish a new culture of collaborative, team-based research. A founding member of the Broad Institute and director of its cancer program, Golub focuses on using the human genome to understand the biological and clinical challenges facing cancer medicine. He has made fundamental discoveries in the molecular basis of childhood leukemia and pioneered the use of genomic approaches, particularly DNA microarrays, to cancer biology.
A peer wrote that Golub has an “international reputation as one of the most productive and creative leaders in cancer genomics contributing to both basic and clinical science and a local reputation as one of the most effective and generous citizens of our biomedical community.”
Golub, a cum laude Carleton graduate with a major in biochemistry, earned an MD at the University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine in 1989. After completing a residency at Children’s Hospital in Boston, he was a fellow in pediatric hematology/oncology there from 1991 to 1994 while simultaneously serving as a research fellow in pediatrics at Harvard Medical School.
Through the Broad Institute, Golub brings together more than 100 people per week from across Boston and from more than 20 labs for a brainstorming meeting that has led to many collaborative projects at Harvard and MIT.
He is a professor of pediatrics at Harvard Medical School, the Charles A. Dana Investigator in Human Cancer Genetics at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, and an investigator at Howard Hughes Medical Institute. In addition, Golub serves on the Board of Scientific Advisors of the National Cancer Institute.
Among Golub’s many awards are the American Association for Cancer Research’s 2009 Richard and Hinda Rosenthal Memorial Award, the 2008 E. Mead Johnson Award from the Society for Pediatric Research, the 2007 Oski Prize of the American Society of Pediatric Hematology-Oncology, the 2007 Paul Marks Prize for Cancer Research, and Discover magazine’s Inventor of the Year Award in the health category.
Golub lives with his wife, Martha, and their two children in Newton, Massachusetts.
John F. Harris ’85 • Distinguished Achievement
From editing the Carletonian to revolutionizing the coverage of national politics and government through the visionary creation of Politico in 2006, John Harris has epitomized qualities such as “hard work without self-absorption, achievement with humor, and success with a commitment to share the credit,”notes one nominator.
Following Harris’s promising start at the Carletonian, a summer internship with the Washington Post led to 21 years at the paper with a succession of beats that began in Virginia politics and continued with his coverage of the White House during Bill Clinton’s presidency. His last position at the Post was national politics editor.
In 2005, Harris’s book, The Survivor: Bill Clinton in the White House, became a New York Times bestseller and was a Times notable book of the year. Clinton insider George Stephanopolous professed, “John Harris’s chronicle of the Clinton years, The Survivor, is simply the best history yet written of that time.” Harris co-authored the highly regarded 2006 book The Way to Win: Taking the White House in 2008 with Mark Halperin.
In late 2006, Harris joined with Post colleague Jim VandeHei to launch Politico in collaboration with publisher Robert Allbritton. Harris is editor-in-chief and co-founder of Politico, one of America’s most popular and influential political news outlets, combining reporting and analysis with ahead-of-the-pack new media savvy. Politico hosted three televised presidential debates in 2008, an unprecedented feat for an online startup.
During his Post tenure, Harris received the White House Correspondents Association’s Aldo Beckman Award and the Gerald R. Ford Library’s Prize for Distinguished Reporting on the Presidency. More recently, Harris was named to the Telegraph’s list of most influential Washington journalists and GQ’s list of the most influential people in Washington. He is a frequent guest on such shows as CBS’s Face the Nation and The Charlie Rose Show, and also is a board member of the German Marshall Fund of the United States and the American Society of News Editors.
Harris and his wife, Ann O’Hanlon, live in Alexandria, Virginia, with their three children. He shares his Carleton roots with his mother, Nancy Furby Hamlin ’55, and his father, the late Dr. Carl Harris ’55.
David Lefkowitz ’85 • Distinguished Achievement
David Lefkowitz calls himself a “resourcerer,” a reference to his use of repurposed materials in his artworks, but his real act of sorcery is balancing a successful career as a visual artist with a highly regarded teaching career at Carleton.
Nationally known for his 20-plus years of art production, Lefkowitz was lauded by one nominator as “one of Minnesota’s most distinguished artists.” His hybrid works (painting, drawing, and some sculpture) are included in the collections of the Walker Art Center, the Miami Art Museum, the Minnesota History Center, Target Corporation, General Mills, and the Langen Foundation of Germany. Lefkowitz’s art has been featured in numerous group shows over the past 22 years, including exhibits at the Weisman Art Museum, Allegheny College, the Minneapolis Institute of Art, Hyde Park Art Center, and the Minnesota Museum of American Art.
Since 1988, Lefkowitz has also exhibited in 18 one- and two-person shows, including “Nature World” at the Minneapolis Institute of Art in 1997, “Improvised Structures” at DCKT Contemporary, New York City, in 2004, “New Cultivars” at Carrie Secrist Gallery, Chicago, in 2009, and the solo, mid-career survey “Other Positioning Systems” at the Rochester Art Gallery in 2009. His work “Breach” was installed at Carleton’s Gould Library in 2006 in connection with a symposium on Hurricane Katrina.
A Carleton studio art major, Lefkowitz earned an MFA in painting at the University of Illinois–Chicago in 1990. Following stints as a teaching assistant, visiting artist and instructor, and assistant gallery director at notable institutions in the late 1980s to early 1990s, Lefkowitz joined Carleton’s art and art history faculty in January 1997, later achieving tenure. He is currently an associate professor of art.
Lefkowitz has received several art fellowships, including a 2002 Bush Foundation Artist Fellowship and a 2005 Minneapolis College of Art and Design/McKnight Foundation Artist Fellowship. In addition, Lefkowitz is the designer and superintendent of the Cowling Arboretum Contemplative Transit System (and is acting president of the related Friends of the Interpretive Kiosk).
Lefkowitz makes his home in Northfield with his wife, Elizabeth Lathrop ’84, and their two sons. He also shares his Carleton connection with his brother Jerry Lefkowitz ’86.
R. Kirk Weidner ’85 • Exceptional Service
Along with family and work, Carleton is at the top of Kirk Weidner’s priority list.
While making seven major moves during his 25-year career with Cargill, Weidner never let Carleton slip into his rearview mirror. Immediately after graduating with an economics degree in 1985, Weidner began assisting as an alumni admissions representative from 1985 to 1995 and as an Alumni Annual Fund (AAF) volunteer, a role he began in 1985 and continues today. From 1998 to 2005 Weidner was an AAF co-class agent, and from 2006 to 2009 he was a dynamic member of the AAF board, credited with generating new ideas at each board meeting, generously thanking other volunteers, and demonstrating a willingness to go out of his way to help in any way asked—whether that meant driving to Northfield to join students in a phonathon or taking time out of an overseas business trip to solicit a top donor prospect.
To Weidner, a high level of participation is always as important as achieving record dollar donations, though it’s not surprising his enthusiasm and drive have helped lead to success on both fronts for the Class
of ’85. As co-chair of the 1985 class gift committee, he led the class to record gifts for its 15th and 20th reunions while continuously improving the class’s participation rate—272 donors contributed during the Class of ’85’s 20th reunion year, which remains a record for 20th reunion giving participation, and the class had record 20th reunion attendance.
Currently, Weidner is on the 25th reunion steering committee and is participation co-chair—as well as the good-natured visual mascot of the reunion class theme, “The Bald Spot Comb-over.”
Professionally, Weidner is a vice president and corporate account leader responsible for building Cargill’s relationship with the Coca-Cola Company on a global basis. Besides his Carleton efforts, he is an active youth sports coach, a church volunteer, an original ‘Founding Farther’ of the Farther Foundation, and a member of the board of trustees of Twin Cities Public Television since 2005.
Weidner and his wife, Angie, live with their three children in Shorewood, Minnesota.
Virginia (Ginny) Anderson ’00 • In the Spirit of Carleton
Ginny Anderson could be described as a scholar, a humanitarian, and an activist. As one nominator put it, “Her passion for teaching, human rights, and the arts is a driving force in everything she does, and everyone around her is influenced by it to be better, and to work harder.”
After graduating from Carleton magna cum laude with majors in English and theater (and departmental distinction in the latter), Anderson earned an MA with distinction in performance and culture at Goldsmiths College, University of London, in 2002, as well as an MA in drama at Stanford University. She returned to Carleton in spring 2003 to direct Frank Wedekind’s Spring Awakening for the Carleton Players. She also has worked for several theaters in the Twin Cities area, at the Minnesota Fringe Festival, and with the Kennedy Center’s Sondheim Celebration of 2002 and its Tennessee Williams festival of 2004.
While earning a PhD in drama at Tufts University, Anderson garnered numerous accolades: a Tisch Active Citizenship Summer Fellowship in 2006, which allowed her to participate in the International AIDS Conference in Toronto, Ontario; a National HIV Prevention Sponsored Fellowship for the 2007 Conference on HIV, STD, and TB Prevention of the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention; and the Rob Hollister Award for Community Service and Citizenship in 2008. In addition, she was thrice recognized as an influential teacher in Tufts student surveys, and she was named a Larry Kessler Scholar with the AIDS Action Committee, Boston, in 2007. She was voted best director for Cabaret, which was voted best major production of 2007–08 at Tufts, and she received Tufts’ Kalman A. Burnim Prize for Scholarly Excellence in Drama.
Anderson’s dissertation examined how the changes—medical, political, and otherwise—that have transpired over the past 25 years since HIV first made headlines have been reflected on and off the Broadway stage. Her research on the theater of the AIDS epidemic has taken her to Cuba, England, and China. Her essay concerning the history of African American theater in the Buffalo Niagara region received first prize in the Black Theatre Network’s S. Randolph Edmonds Young Scholars competition and will appear in the 2010 volume of Theatre History Studies; two of her students won first and second prize in the undergraduate division of the same national competition in 2010 with term papers for her course in African American theater history.
Anderson is now an assistant professor of theater at California Polytechnic State University in San Luis Obispo, California, where she directs for the stage and teaches courses in theater history, women’s theater, and African American theater history.