2012 Alumni Association Award Recipients
Bardwell L. Smith • Exceptional Service Award
Perhaps it is because Bardwell Smith has lived his life according to the philosophy “we do nothing alone” that he has singlehandedly had such a lasting impact on Carleton and its alumni. From 1960 to the present, Smith has embraced Carleton and Northfield, coaxing growth and change from each while nurturing and educating at a laudable level.
Instigator of the renowned Carleton Japanese “Garden of Quiet Listening” behind Watson Hall in 1976, Smith also helped create Carleton’s Asian studies program; he was its director from 1973– 1977, 1985–1986, and 1988–1990.
Recruited to Carleton in 1960 by Professor Ian Barbour, the Yale-educated Smith joined the young Department of Religion, serving as its chair from 1962– 1964, 1976–1981, and 1988–1990.
Smith was dean of the college from 1967–1972 under Presidents John Nason and Howard Swearer, and his calm presence, active engagement, compassion, and good humor during that turbulent era are said to have enabled Carleton to build bridges among students, faculty members, administrators, and academic disciplines, and between Carleton and both Northfield and the world beyond. Smith played a key role in implementing student participation in faculty evaluations, increasing study-abroad opportunities, and including student participation in governance and major College decisions.
Smith served as a consultant to Asian studies programs at more than 20 colleges and universities in the United States, Canada, and Asia from 1970–2002. He was a leader in establishing consortial off-campus Asian studies programs in Pune, India; Sri Lanka; Tokyo; Kyoto; and Tianjin, China. Smith served on the advisory committee for the Luce Foundation from 1999–2002 and has been involved with the International Association of Buddhist Studies since 1974.
Smith was co-editor of Contributions to Asian Studies (1973–1985), Journal of Developing Societies (1985–1986), and Journal of Asian and African Studies (1986–1995). He has written and edited 14 books and 35 articles dealing with Asian religions.
Smith also has been active in the Northfield community; he was on the Northfield Arts Guild board (2006–2009) and was a co-founder of the Northfield Downtown Development Corporation (2000–2005) and the Just Foods Co-op.
With his partner and wife Charlotte, who played a key role in Smith’s activities over the years, Smith is a Heywood Society member. The couple, whose family includes five children and seven grandchildren, continues to live in Northfield, where they enjoy the Japanese garden in their own backyard as well as the one across the street.
E. Philip Krider ’62 • Distinguished Achievement
Philip Krider is among the world’s foremost experts on lightning and atmospheric electricity.
A professor emeritus and former head/ director of the Department of Atmospheric Sciences/Institute of Atmospheric Physics at the University of Arizona, Krider received the Karl Berger Award in 2010 for distinguished achievements in the science and engineering of lightning research at the 30th International Conference on Lightning Protection.
After earning a BA in physics at Carleton, followed by MS (1964) and PhD (1969) degrees in physics at the University of Arizona, Krider began working in cosmic ray physics at the NASA Manned Spacecraft Center in Houston, Texas, where he coordinated an analysis of the Apollo 12 lightning incident during lift-off. In 1971 he led a team that developed the gated, wideband sensing technique now used in the U.S. National Lightning Detection Network (which monitors about 25 million lightning strikes annually) and by similar networks in more than 40 foreign countries.
In 1976 Krider co-founded a Tucson company, Lightning Location and Protection, Inc. (now a division of Vaisala), that manufactures and installs lightning locating systems around the world. In addition, Krider conducted research at the NASA Kennedy Space Center for many years, and he currently chairs a NASA/ Air Force/FAA advisory panel that ensures lightning safety during spaceflight operations.
Krider has written eight book chapters, 28 invited articles, and more than 140 refereed articles. He also is an accomplished inventor who holds eight patents and a noted scholar of 18th century electricity. A Fellow of the American Geophysical Union and the American Meteorological Society (AMS), Krider is a popular lecturer and has appeared on NOVA, the Weather Channel, the Discovery Channel, and the Learning Channel, among other programs in the United States and internationally.
He is a former co-chief editor and editor of the Journal of Atmospheric Sciences, associate editor of the Journal of Geophysical Research, and a past president of the IUGG/IAMAS International Commission on Atmospheric Electricity. In 1985 he received the AMS award for Outstanding Contributions to the Advancement of Applied Meteorology and, in 2008, the Blitzer Award for teaching excellence from the University of Arizona’s Department of Physics. In 2009 he was elected a Fellow of the Galileo Circle by the University of Arizona’s College of Science.
Krider is married to Dr. Patricia MacCorquodale ’72, with whom he lives in Tucson. He has two children—Ruth and Reed ’94.
Charles W. Lofgren ’62 • Exceptional Service
“It would be hard to find an alumnus who cares more for or who has personally done so much to influence the future well-being of Carleton both in deed and financial support,” wrote one classmate in nomination of Charlie Lofgren.
Lofgren’s lifelong devotion to Carleton has borne much fruit, as he was a key force in creating and organizing the current Alumni Annual Fund (AAF) and also in helping to create a new paradigm for Carleton reunions.
In 1987, following the successful 25th reunion of the Class of ’62, Lofgren was one of about a dozen Carls who met with incoming Carleton president Stephen R. Lewis Jr. to advocate for a new annual fund that was volunteer-driven but professionally staffed, with adequate resources to accomplish its goals. Due to the efforts of Lofgren and others, Carleton’s AAF is now “the envy of virtually every college west of the Hudson river,” according to Lewis. Lofgren served on the AAF board for 10 years and also was an AAF decade director from 1988–1991.
Lofgren has chaired the Lofgren Alumni Business Fellowship Program since its inception in 1984. The program, which was established by Charles Lofgren Sr., has awarded more than $1.5 million to date in scholarships to 44 Carleton alumni seeking to return to business school mid-career.
As a Carleton trustee from 1996–2010, Lofgren served on nearly all the board’s committees at one time or another during his tenure and was valued for his concise but insightful questions. Lewis called him a “terrific member of the board of trustees.”
Additionally, Lofgren was a volunteer for Carleton capital campaigns led by presidents Lewis and Howard Swearer, and he is an active participant in Chicago Carleton Club events.
Professionally, Lofgren co-founded an international manufacturer of specialty packaging materials, ADE Inc., in 1981 in Chicago. Previously Lofgren worked in marketing for the Permacel Division of Johnson & Johnson Corp. He is a past trustee of the Newberry Library and a past member of the Art Institute of Chicago’s acquisitions committee. He continues as a board member and treasurer of the Society for Contemporary Art at the Art Institute of Chicago.
Lofgren has numerous Carleton connections, as both his late father and mother (Charles Lofgren Sr. ’27 and Mary Carpenter Lofgren ’29) were alumni. He and his wife, Mary (Moses) Lofgren ’62, continued the Carleton Lofgren line with two of their three children—Stephanie ’86 and Wesley ’87.
Barbara Mitchell Mauk ’62 • Exceptional Service
Lauded by classmates for her enthusiasm, optimism, and sense of adventure, Barbara Mitchell Mauk has been called the “Gorilla Glue” that has bonded the Class of ’62 in many ways over the past 50 years. “It is difficult to imagine that Carleton has a more dedicated, active, and capable advocate than Barbara Mauk or that any alumna has made a more valuable contribution of time, energy, and creative imagination,” extolled one classmate.
As early as October 1967, Mauk hosted at her home a picnic that was attended by 40 New York-area Carls. Her Carleton zeal increased with time; she served on the Class of ’62 reunion committees for her 25th through 50th reunions and was a co-chair for her 35th reunion. She has organized at least two pre-reunion get-togethers for classmates and developed the “mini-reunion” concept for the Class of ’62, which resulted in gatherings in Santa Fe, New Mexico; San Diego, California; and Tucson, Arizona.
Mauk planned and promoted the “Going Like 60” journey to Nepal in 2000, with 26 members of the Class of ’62 taking a three-week trip to India and Nepal (including a visit to Mike Frame ’62 in Kathmandu). She also was instrumental in a 2004 Class of ’62 excursion to Umbria, Italy, and a 2010 trip with 28 travelers from Nice to Paris, France (dubbed “Sailing Along at 70”). Mauk is now planning a 2012 cruise in the Aegean Sea and is looking ahead to 2020, when the Class of ’62 is invited to mark 80th birthdays with visits to observatories in Chile erected by classmate Sidney Carne Wolff ’62.
Not surprisingly, Mauk served on the Carleton Alumni Adventures Committee from 2008–2011 and has traveled on several Carleton-organized Alumni Adventures herself.
In the Twin Cities Mauk has organized monthly breakfasts for Class of ’62 members and other Carls since 2007, has frequently been involved with Twin Cities Carleton Club activities, and has assisted with coordinating events ranging from baseball tailgating parties to book-making workshops.
Mauk is hailed for her hands-on care of ailing classmates, including some in far-flung cities who needed help following surgery or moving to an apartment. She truly values her Carleton classmates as her “hometown” and as family.
Professionally Mauk was an educator, teaching preschool through eighth grade and serving as an elementary summer school principal (1985–1991) and a library media specialist (1996–2005). She lives in Minneapolis and has two children with former spouse Lee Mauk ’63.
Polly Nason McCrea ’62 • Exceptional Service
Discerning, engaging, compassionate, and astute are among the words nominators used to describe Polly Nason McCrea. She also has been called a highly revered leader with a keen intellect and a “talented listener.”
McCrea has served Carleton with diligence and flair ever since graduating as a biology major. She has been a part of every Class of ’62 reunion planning committee (including the class’s record-breaking 25th reunion) and chaired the class’s 50th reunion program committee this year, having been a co-chair of her 40th reunion.
Since 1990 McCrea has been a valued member of the five-person Lofgren Fellowship selection committee, devoting time annually to choosing recipients of this meaningful and often life-changing award. Her own experiences as a small business owner give her useful insight into candidates’ goals, helping the committee ascertain which applicant would make the most of the fellowship opportunity.
From 2004–2008, McCrea was an alumni trustee on Carleton’s Board of Trustees; she served on both the enrollment/ admissions and external relations committees and was a trustee liaison to the Alumni Council.
In addition, McCrea has been a Carleton Alumni Annual Fund assistant class agent for more than 15 years, contributing a great deal to the Class of ’62’s continued bar-raising gifts and class participation rates.
After completing her Carleton biology degree, McCrea worked at Stanford Medical Center as a radiology research assistant and as a medical research assistant at the University of Minnesota Medical School (1962–1967). She was a partner from 1970–1980 in The Needle Nest, and from 1980–1987 she managed (and founded) Collector’s Gallery, a manufacturer and marketer of specialty stationery and gift packaging products.
McCrea has a lengthy volunteer service resume in addition to the time she has given to Carleton. Among the other beneficiaries of her talent are the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum, Opportunity International USA, the Minneapolis YWCA, the Greater Twin Cities United Way, Voyageur Outward Bound School, St. Martin’s by-the-Lake Episcopal Church, and CARE.
Her Carleton roots are shared with numerous family members, including her late father and mother, Philip Nason ’33 and Katherine Berge Nason ’33, uncle John W. Nason ’26, and additional uncles, aunts, grandparents, and cousins. McCrea and her husband, Robert McCrea, live in Long Lake, Minnesota; they have three children and nine grandchildren.
Bob Nelson ’62 • Distinguished Achievement
A chance detour into business led Carleton philosophy major Bob Nelson to the top of General Electric Co., where as a financial analyst he helped guide a large network of GE managers as they learned to embrace the global economy.
Upon his retirement from GE in 2003, Nelson had been vice president of corporate financial planning and analysis since 1991 and had served as a valued advisor to GE’s CEO Jack Welch for two decades. Recently Welch said of Nelson, “Bob has both the intellect and the rare ability to translate complex global issues into clear, understandable formats. His deep understanding of financial issues and global economic trends played a key role in GE’s success from 1981–2001.”
Current GE CEO Jeffrey Immelt said of Nelson at the time of his retirement, “Bob’s combination of realism and vision has enabled him to play an essential role in GE’s success.”
Nelson first earned a master’s degree in general studies in the humanities at the University of Chicago in 1963, and he also completed coursework for a PhD in the school’s history of culture program. However, before completing a dissertation, Nelson joined GE’s Financial Management Program, starting in 1966 at entry level at GE’s Hotpoint Division facility in Cicero, Illinois.
By 1978, Nelson was working at GE’s corporate headquarters in Fairfield, Connecticut, reporting to GE’s CFO but later serving as a primary advisor to Welch. Nelson integrated business financial plans, issued internal financial performance reports, lectured at GE’s management development center, and prepared board and investor presentations for GE’s top officers during his tenure, among other tasks.
Nelson has made many contributions outside of the corporate world as well. Since 2000 Nelson has been a Carleton trustee, and board chair Jack Eugster ’67 notes that Nelson “played a very critical role in reformulating the building plans to make the Weitz Center for Creativity financially viable for the College,” and was also an advocate of new student residence space. From 1994–2002 Nelson was a trustee of Bridgeport Hospital in Connecticut; since his retirement, he has been a trustee of the Minnesota Historical Society (2005–present) and the Minneapolis Institute of Arts (2007– present). Recently Nelson became chair of the board of Classical South Florida, a subsidiary of American Public Media.
Nelson and his wife, Carolyn Williamson Nelson ’63, divide their time between the Twin Cities and Boca Raton, Florida. They have three children: Eric ’89, Melissa ’91, and Thomas.
John P. Nelson ’62 • Distinguished Achievement
As a businessman in the greater Omaha, Nebraska, area for decades, John Nelson has left a lasting legacy through his service to the community outside of his work. “What you do in the business world is important, but most people don’t leave a mark in the world because of their business. You leave your mark with your life and what you’ve done for your community,” Nelson was once quoted as saying in the Omaha World-Herald.
The chair and CEO of SilverStone Group, which provides employee benefits, wealth transfer, executive compensation plans, risk management, and human resource consulting services, Nelson has given unstintingly of his time and talents to his surrounding community.
Less than 10 years after graduating from Carleton with distinction in economics, Nelson was named the Jaycees’ Outstanding Young Man of Council Bluffs and the Outstanding Young Man of Iowa in 1971. By 1984 he had received the Harry Voss Award for Community Involvement from the Council Bluffs Volunteer Bureau, and in 1985 the President’s Award from the Council Bluffs Chamber of Commerce came his way.
A member of the Bellevue University board of directors since 1985, Nelson has played important roles in the institution’s financial and leadership growth and has served continuously on its University Foundation Board since 1987. In recognition of his contributions, Bellevue awarded Nelson an honorary doctor of commerce degree in 2000.
Other awards and honors reflecting Nelson’s tireless community leadership and involvement include the People of Vision Award from Prevent Blindness Nebraska (1999), Sertoma Club’s Outstanding Humanitarian Award (2001), the Citizen of the Year honor from United Way of the Midlands (2001), King of the Knights of Ak-Sar-Ben (2003), Citizen of the Year from Boy Scouts of America (2006), and induction into the Omaha (2005) and Nebraska (2010) Business Halls of Fame.
In all, Nelson has served as director or chair of at least 20 nonprofits over the past 50 years. Additionally, he has maintained business memberships in the Chartered Property & Casualty Underwriters, the Chief Executives Organization, the Nebraska Presidents’ Organization, and the World Presidents’ Organization.
Nelson and his wife, Anne (Tucker) Nelson ’63, have two daughters and one son. They live in Council Bluffs, Iowa.
Tony Smith ’62 • Exceptional Service
“It doesn’t make much difference what Tony asks for, because it all boils down to a heart-felt plea for continued identification with and support for Carleton College,” wrote one classmate about Tony Smith’s significant volunteer contributions to Carleton.
As a class agent with the Carleton Alumni Annual Fund (AAF) since the early 1990s, Smith has made his mark with a solicitation style typified by encouragement and gratitude. In Smith’s years as a persuasive AAF volunteer, the Class of ’62 has maintained a 60- to 70-percent participation rate annually—well above the overall alumni participation average of 51- to 56-percent—and he has helped raise more than $3 million for the AAF.
AAF staff members credit Smith for his mentorship of other AAF volunteers and for his reliability, grace, and wonderful sense of humor while going above and beyond.
Smith’s Carleton involvement extends to his early days as an alumnus, when he coordinated a St. Paul downtown luncheon for Carls in the mid-1960s. He has long participated in Twin Cities Carleton Club events, including the “Second Thursday” breakfasts since the 1970s, and he served on Class of ’62 reunion planning committees for his 35th, 40th, 45th and 50th reunions. A lifelong birdwatcher, Smith has led or co-led Arboretum bird walks during his reunion weekends as well.
Professionally Smith turned his Carleton math major into a successful 38-year career with the St. Paul Companies, retiring in December 2001 as director of data management for Corporate Actuarial. In 1995 he received the St. Paul Companies’ Chairman’s Award for exceptional work in developing and implementing a system for actuaries to analyze and report claims data.
Smith’s other civic contributions include leadership at Plymouth Congregational Church for the past 50 years, board and officer service with the Minnesota Ornithologists’ Union, political party work, volunteerism with the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board, and involvement with the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum.
Smith and his wife, Heather, live in Minneapolis and have one daughter, Keera. Smith’s Carleton roots are shared with his late father, J. Morton Smith ’32, and aunt, Elizabeth “Biz” Smith Dornacker ’43, among other relatives.
Roy T. Steigbigel ’62 • Distinguished Achievement
As a physician and biomedical researcher, Roy Steigbigel developed internationally recognized programs in research, clinical practice, and education related to HIV/AIDS.
“His leadership during the height of the AIDS crisis in ensuring the highest quality of medical care to those suffering from this horrible illness . . . epitomizes his compassion and devotion to patients. This is matched by his commitment to the scientific study of HIV-1,” wrote a medical colleague of Steigbigel.
Steigbigel was instrumental in developing new therapies for HIV/AIDS and conducting investigations that have had a significant impact on understanding the pathophysiology of and therapy for infectious diseases. He is the founding head of the Division of Infectious Diseases at the State University of New York (SUNY)–Stony Brook and has served as director of University Hospital’s Comprehensive AIDS Center since founding it in 1987.
After earning an MD degree at the University of Rochester in 1966, Steigbigel completed postdoctoral fellowships with the United States Public Health Service, the Stanford University School of Medicine, and the Palo Alto Medical Research Foundation. He has been board certified in internal medicine since 1970 and in the infectious diseases subspecialty since 1974 and is a fellow of the Infectious Diseases Society of America and the American College of Physicians.
From 1973–1983 Steigbigel taught at the University of Rochester’s School of Medicine and practiced at Strong Memorial Hospital. He joined the staff at SUNY– Stony Brook in 1983, serving as chief of the Clinical Microbiology Laboratory at University Hospital since then. He holds the title of Distinguished Service Professor, Professor of Medicine, Pathology, Microbiology and Pharmacology, and he was vice chair of the Department of Medicine from 1997–2002.
Steigbigel has served as an adviser to national medical agencies, including the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases within the National Institutes of Health and the U.S. Pharmacopeia Expert Advisory Panel. He has published more than 110 peer-reviewed research articles and multiple chapters in medical textbooks, and he developed the premier medical school journal devoted to research-related scholarship, Anastamosis, in 2008.
Having mentored many pre-doctoral students and post-doctoral fellows, Steigbigel is a recipient of the Aesculapius Award for teaching excellence at SUNY– Stony Brook.
Steigbigel has three sons, including Glenn ’95, and lives with his wife, Sidonie Morrison, in St. James, New York.
Sidney Carne Wolff ’62 • Distinguished Achievement
Sidney Carne Wolff is a “starblazer,” the first woman to serve as director of a major U.S. observatory and to have led the construction of six premier telescopes. She also is the founding editor of Astronomy Education Review. In addition, Wolff’s research on stellar atmospheres and the evolution, formation, and composition of stars (particularly A-type stars) is internationally recognized.
After earning a BA magna cum laude from Carleton as a Phi Beta Kappa, Sigma Xi astronomy major, Wolff completed a PhD in astronomy in 1966 at the University of California–Berkeley. Carleton awarded her an honorary doctor of science degree in 1985.
Since 2008 Wolff has been president of the Large Synoptic Survey Telescope Corporation; from 2001–2008 she was an astronomer with the National Optical Astronomy Observatories (NOAO). Having begun her professional career as a research associate at Lick Observatory in 1966, Wolff rose to be the associate director of the Institute for Astronomy at the University of Hawaii (1976‑1984) before moving into a series of directorships (Kitt Peak National Observatory, 1984–1987; Gemini Project, 1992–1994; and NOAO, 1987–2001). Her tenure as director of NOAO marked the first time a woman had directed a major U.S. observatory.
Wolff was president of the American Astronomical Society from 1992–1994 and of the Astronomical Society of the Pacific from 1984–1986, among other leadership positions she has held with both organizations. She has served the National Research Council (NCR) in many capacities since 1981, including as chair of the task group addressing the usefulness and availability of NASA’s space mission data in 2002.
Co-author of two widely used introductory level astronomy textbooks— Abell’s Exploration of the Universe (1995) and Voyages Through the Universe (2003)— Wolff also has written more than 200 refereed scientific contributions.
Wolff received the American Astronomical Society Education Prize in 2006 and the Meritorious Public Service Award from the National Science Foundation in 1994. In February 2010 a vista point in Chile was dedicated as Vista Sidney Wolff as a tribute to her leadership in construction of the SOAR and Gemini telescopes in the Andes.
Wolff has served on Carleton’s Board of Trustees since 1989; she also was a member of Carleton’s Presidential Search Committee in 2001 and served on her class’s 50th reunion planning committee. She and her husband, Richard J. Wolff ’62, live in Tucson, Arizona.
Judith Berling ’67 • Distinguished Achievement
Judith Berling, a scholar in Chinese and comparative religions, is a pioneer in interreligious education.
Currently a professor of Chinese and comparative religions at Graduate Theological Union (GTU) in Berkeley, California, Berling previously was dean and vice president of GTU from 1987–1996. Prior to that assignment, Berling was an assistant and associate professor in the Department of Religious Studies at Indiana University (1975–1987). In addition, Berling served as Director of Incarnating Globalization, a project of the Association of Theological Schools, from 1996–2000.
A Carleton religion major who graduated Phi Beta Kappa, magna cum laude, and as a member of Mortar Board, Berling earned an MPhil (1974) and a PhD (1976) at Columbia University. She received several fellowships and grants over the years, most notably a Henry Luce III Fellowship for Theology on two occasions (1991–92 and 2001–02).
Among her many honors are the Herman Bachman Lieber Distinguished Teaching Award at Indiana University in 1986, the Sarlo Excellence in Teaching Award at GTU in 2003, the Ray L. Hart Service Award from the American Academy of Religion in 2005, and her selection as the GTU Distinguished Faculty Lecturer in 2000.
Berling was president of the American Academy of Religion from 1990–1991 and is a past president of the American Society for the Study of Religions (2002–2005). She is a past trustee and vice chair of the United Board for Christian Higher Education in Asia, a founding co-editor of Teaching Theology and Religion, and a member of the Association of Theological Schools Commission on Accreditation (1988–1994, chair in 1994).
Berling has supervised more than 20 doctoral students in religious studies and is in demand as a speaker and consultant in North America, Asia, and Europe. She has written several books; her textbook,Understanding Other Religious Worlds, remains a key text as schools prepare students for work in a religiously plural society.
Berling’s partner of 28 years, Rhoda Bunnell, died in 2008. Berling continues to live in Berkeley, California.
Robert Paarlberg ’67 • Distinguished Achievement
Robert Paarlberg’s contributions to international food and agricultural policy are stellar, and he is also a celebrated teacher and mentor.
The B.F. Johnson Professor of Political Science at Wellesley College and an adjunct professor of public policy at the Harvard Kennedy School, Paarlberg has been a member of the Board of Agriculture and Natural Resources at the National Research Council of the National Academies and is a past consultant to the Department of State, the United States Agency for International Development, the International Food Policy Research Institute, the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, and the World Bank.
Paarlberg was class salutatorian and a magna cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa government major at Carleton; he earned a PhD in government at Harvard University in 1975 and joined the political science department at Wellesley in 1976. He has been an associate at Harvard’s Weatherhead Center for International Affairs since 1976 and was a legislative aide in the U.S. Senate from 1968–1969 and an officer in the U.S. Naval Intelligence Command (1969–1972).
The author of five university press books on various topics in international food and agricultural policy, Paarlberg has conducted research in 15 different African countries and provided expert testimonies to the U.S. Congress on six occasions. Two of his recent books are Starved for Science: How Biotechnology is Being Kept Out of Africa (2008) and Food Politics: What Everyone Needs to Know (2010).
He is currently completing a study of U.S. agricultural development assistance policy for the Chicago Council on Public Affairs and is writing a book on the politics of overconsumption.
Paarlberg is a recipient of Wellesley’s Pinanski Prize for Excellence in Teaching and has delivered the college’s Distinguished Faculty Lecture. He is known for his mentorship of women and junior faculty and has twice been a scholar in residence at the Rockefeller Foundation’s Conference and Study Center in Bellagio, Italy.
Recently, Paarlberg has commented on food and agricultural policy issues on National Public Radio, in Foreign Affairs and Foreign Policy magazines, and on Atlantic.com and Bloggingheads.tv.
Paarlberg and his wife, Marianne Perlak, live in Watertown, Massachusetts.
Terrance Odean ’72 • Distinguished Achievement
Terrance Odean is a leader in the field of behavioral finance, and his research on how psychologically motivated decisions affect investor welfare and securities prices has appeared or been discussed more than 1,000 times in various media outlets. He has made professional presentations from Stockholm to Taipei and is increasingly in demand as a speaker and writer.
After starting with the Class of ’72 and pursuing interests in mathematics and creative writing, Odean left Carleton short of a degree and spent the next 15 years working at various jobs. Upon returning to academia, however, he soared.
Odean earned a BA in statistics at University of California–Berkeley in 1990, followed by an MS in finance (1992) and a PhD in finance (1997). During his undergraduate time, Odean studied judgment and decision making with Daniel Kahneman, who was the 2002 Nobel Laureate in Economics.
From 1997–2001, Odean taught in the Graduate School of Management at the University of California–Davis; he has been with the Haas School of Business at Berkeley since 2001. He was named the Willis H. Booth Professor of Banking and Finance there in 2006 and, in 2008, the Rudd Family Foundation Professor.
Odean is an associate editor at the Journal of Finance, an associate editor at the Journal of Behavioral Finance, and co-editor of a special issue of Management Science. He is a member of the Journal of Investment Consulting editorial advisory board, of the Russell Sage Behavioral Economics Roundtable, of the Russell Investments Academic Advisory Board, and of the WU Gutmann Center Academic Advisory Board at the Vienna University of Economics and Business. He is a former director of UC–Berkeley’s Experimental Social Science Laboratory and a former editor of the Review of Financial Studies.
Odean’s research has been cited in the Wall Street Journal, the New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, the Washington Post, the International Herald Tribune, Money, Time, Newsweek, U.S. News and World Report, Forbes, Businessweek, and several other publications.
Honors that have come his way include Barclays Global Investors Award for Best Conference Paper at European Finance Association Meetings in Moscow in 2005, a National Science Foundation career grant, and the Graham and Dodd Award of Excellence in 2000.
Odean and his wife, Martha Wollbaum, have three daughters and live in Berkeley, California.
Lee Roderick Blons ’82 • Distinguished Achievement
“A strong and compassionate leader in her field,” wrote one nominator of Lee Roderick Blons, whose work for social justice and supportive housing programs in the Twin Cities area is meaningful and exemplary.
As executive director of the nonprofit Plymouth Church Neighborhood Foundation (PCNF) since January 2003, Blons has made safe, affordable housing possible for more than 433 families and has taken steps to help end homelessness in the Twin Cities.
In 2010 Blons shepherded PCNF through a merger with another nonprofit organization (Families Moving Forward) that allowed PCNF to begin providing emergency shelter in partnership with 42 more congregations than previously. In addition, Blons is leading PCNF in creating 167 more affordable housing units at six new sites; indeed, PCNF has grown tenfold in such units with Blons at the helm.
St. Paul Mayor Christopher Coleman wrote of Blons and PCNF, “PCNF has emerged as a tenacious force in the region’s affordable housing industry . . . as important to Lee as building safe and affordable housing is building the capacity of others to affect significant change in their communities. . . . Like a pebble dropped in a pond, Lee’s gift for equipping and encouraging others ripples across the landscape in ways that she could not have anticipated.”
A cum laude political science major, Blons was a Sloan Fellow in the Science, Technology and Public Policy program during her undergraduate years. She was positively influenced by the late Carleton professors Paul Wellstone and Mike Casper and was honored to speak at Casper’s funeral. She has spoken about her efforts to create innovations to end homelessness at the Twin Cities Carleton Club’s alumni breakfasts.
Recently, PCNF was asked to contribute to a book about affordable housing in the United States (Making Housing Happen by Jill Shook) due to PCNF’s unique congregational partnership and overall success.
Blons has spent her entire professional career working either as a community organizer or for other nonprofit emergency shelter and/or housing organizations. She is a board member of the Metropolitan Consortium of Community Developers in Minneapolis (2010–present), previously served on two other taskforces related to homelessness in Virginia and Ohio, and was a member of the Minneapolis Foundation Advisory Committee from 1989–1992.
Blons lives in St. Paul, Minnesota, with her husband, Chuck, and their son, Tyrone.
Carl Colonius ’87 • Distinguished Achievement
He’s a ski instructor, swift water rescuer, ropes course trainer, and landscape designer, but above all, Carl Colonius is a trailblazer best known for his work with the Rocky Mountain Youth Corps (RMYC) of Taos, New Mexico.
Colonius co-founded the RMYC after stints as an English teacher and mountain guide abroad (1987–1988), a builder (a partner in Pinnacle Construction, Boston, from 1988–1990), and a youth corps apprentice (at East Bay Conservation Corps in Oakland, California, from 1991–1995).
In 1995 Colonius synergized his diverse talents and skills when he was awarded a Social Entrepreneurship Fund fellowship from Youth Service America and the Kellogg Foundation to start the RMYC, the first year-round youth conservation corps in New Mexico.
First as RMYC’s Director of Programs (1995–2000) and then as its executive director since 2000, Colonius has led the nonprofit in providing holistic youth development through the completion of community and conservation service projects while building new skills and a sense of community among its participants. The RMYC has worked with more than 1,900 youths (providing job training, personal development, and college preparation) and has offered over 200,000 hours of meaningful community service in the under-resourced region of rural northern New Mexico.
Colonius was recognized in September 2011 with a Champion of Change award from the White House. The RMYC received the Excellence in Corps Operations (ECO) award for its commitment to high-quality standards and continuous improvement, and earlier in 2011 RMYC earned a three-year, $988,409 grant from the Kellogg Foundation.
A Carleton English major who spent his junior year in Europe studying Italian culture and art history, Colonius was an active intramural Rotblatt player and co-captained the Carleton swim team as a senior. Colonius exhibited an early interest in youth development during his college years as a volunteer with Big Brothers/Big Sisters in Northfield.
Colonius chaired The Corps Network in 2004–05 and initially joined its board in 1998. Since 2001 he has been an ex-officio director of the Taos Mountain Film Festival board, and has served on the Taos County Juvenile Justice Reform Board since 2004, among other community involvement.
Colonius lives with his wife, Rosamond, and their three children in Arroyo Hondo, New Mexico. His siblings are Matthew Colonius ’85 and Gretchen Colonius ’86.
Lia Gore ’87 • Distinguished Achievement
Premier cancer researcher Lia Gore is committed to finding more effective, less toxic therapies for children with cancer.
An internationally recognized expert in pediatric experimental therapeutics, Gore helped establish an experimental therapy service at Children’s Hospital Colorado, and she co-founded a national group, POETIC (Pediatric Oncology Experimental Therapeutics Investigators Consortium) that today includes 10 of the nation’s major pediatric institutions providing experimental therapy to children with cancer, both in the United States and in other countries.
Gore wears several hats: she is an associate professor of pediatrics and medical oncology at the University of Colorado School of Medicine, program leader of experimental therapeutics at Children’s Hospital of Colorado’s Center for Cancer and Blood Disorders, director of the Early Phase Hematological Malignancies Program at the University of Colorado Cancer Center, and co-founder and co-director of POETIC.
A Carleton psychology major, Gore earned an MD at George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences in 1993. She was a pediatric resident at Children’s National Medical Center in 1994 before moving to the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center, where she completed her pediatric residency.
With the help of the Paul Newman Hole in the Wall Foundation, Gore was among the founders of a camp in Colorado—the Roundup River Ranch—for children with cancer and other life-threatening diseases, and she is its medical director.
Her awards and honors are many: she has been among the “Best Doctors in America” since 2005, was the 2007 Physician of the Year for the Rocky Mountain Chapter of National Association of Pediatric Nurse Practitioners, was named New Inventor of the Year in 2007 by the Technology Transfer Office at the University of Colorado–Denver, and was elected to America’s Top Oncologists in 2008, among other distinctions.
Gore is widely published in medical journals, is a popular speaker nationwide, has directed more than 100 clinical trials, and sits on advisory panels to the National Cancer Institute and several pharmaceutical development organizations.
An active Alumni Admissions Representative for 25 years, Gore is also on the Class of ’87’s 25th reunion committee and volunteers with the Carleton Career Center. She lives in Denver, Colorado, with her son Alex and partner, Dr. Frank Haluska, and shares her Carleton connection with her brother Paul Gore ’91.
Raul I. Raymundo ’87 • Distinguished Achievement
A community-minded risk-taker with a passion to propel others toward active civic participation—that’s Raul Raymundo.
Raymundo co-founded Chicago’s The Resurrection Project (TRP) in 1990 with $30,000 in start-up funds from a coalition of six Catholic churches. With Raymundo’s leadership, TRP has leveraged more than $250 million in community reinvestment through multiple channels and has created affordable housing, community facilities, and economic development projects.
TRP now has more than two dozen initiatives and is the lead organization in the Lower West Side for Chicago’s “New Communities Program.” The nonprofit, community-based organization’s mission is to “build relationships and challenge people to act on their faith and values to create healthy communities through organizing, education, and community development.”
As TRP’s CEO since 1991, Raymundo has seen TRP selected for awards such as the Fannie Mae Foundation Maxwell Sustained Excellence Award (1998), the Sara Lee Foundation Chicago Spirit Award (1999), and the BP Amoco Leader Award (1999). Raymundo himself was named one of the 40 Chicago Pioneers between 1970 and 2010 by Chicago Magazine (November 2010) and one of “40 Who’ve Made a Difference” by the Business and Professional People for the Public Interest of Chicago (2009), and he received the De La Salle Community Leaders Award from Lewis University (2011). He has received numerous other awards and recognitions for his work and civic contributions.
Raymundo returned to Chicago, his boyhood home, after earning a sociology degree at Carleton; he later was a Leadership Greater Chicago Fellow (1995). The fifth of six children, he moved at age seven with his family from Mexico to the Pilsen neighborhood in Chicago.
Other civic groups have benefited from Raymundo’s initiative and vision, as he serves on several boards and in 2009 was appointed by Cardinal Francis George to the Archdiocese of Chicago Catholic School Board, and in 2007 to the Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning by Mayor Richard M. Daley. In addition, Raymundo is the board chair for the National Association of Latino Asset Builders. Carleton is another recipient of Raymundo’s talents, as he was president of the Alumni Council (2000– 2002) and has been active in the Alumni Admissions Representative program, the Multicultural Alumni Network, and the Chicago Carleton Club.
Raymundo continues to live in Chicago’s Pilsen community with his wife, Maria Luisa, and their three children.
Sebastian Meyer ’02 • In the Spirit of Carleton
Sebastian Meyer is on the front lines of photojournalism and documentary filmmaking, having covered the conflicts in Iraq, Afghanistan, and Libya in recent years.
As an embedded journalist in Iraq since 2009, Meyer chronicles unfolding events in that troubled country from angles that demonstrate a social conscience. In 2010, along with his Iraqi colleague, Kamaran Najm, Meyer founded Iraq’s first photo agency, Metrography. He also works as a photography teacher in Iraq and Central Asia.
Meyer’s global sensibility was evident as he majored in French literature at Carleton, going on to teach English in France during 2002–03. Thereafter, he was a photographer for the New York Sun (2003) before moving to Manchester, England, where he worked at the Manchester Evening News from 2004–2006.
In 2006, Meyer moved to London, where he was employed over a three-year period by the Sunday Telegraph, Getty Images, the New York Times, and other publications. In 2009 he moved to northern Iraq. He has since covered the Afghanistan conflict for Guardian, PBS, and Time magazine.
Meyer’s photos have appeared in numerous publications, including the Christian Science Monitor, the New York Times, the Washington Post, the Wall Street Journal, and the Sunday Times Magazine, among others. His video work—which includes series on the plight of Iraqi migrant workers, drug addiction in northern England, and the Libyan rebel uprising—has appeared on PBS, CNN, Fox News, Time Magazine Online, and ITV, to name a few.
Meyer was shortlisted for the Minneapolis Photo Center Portrait Award in 2009, the British Journal of Photography Picture of the Year in 2009 and 2011, and the Art of Photography Award in 2010. Three of his photos were chosen for the Foto8 Summer Show Award in 2009 and 2011, and he received the Exposure Award–Photojournalism Category, in 2011.
A nominator wrote of Meyer’s “commitment to raise awareness of human conditions around the world, sometimes at considerable peril.”
Meyer currently lives in Sulaimaniyah, Iraq.