2010 Less Distinguished (But Still Remarkable) Alumni Awards
(a.k.a. The Bald Spot Comb Over Awards)
These awards recognize a few of our many deserving classmates for their efforts to make their little part of our world a better place.
Steev inspired our Reunion theme through his Graduation Convo Speech titled “In Praise of Mediocrity”. In his speech, he reminded us how we came to Carleton as stars—the high achievers in our high schools—only to find out that at Carleton, we were just one of many stars. Which made us all feel a bit deflated. But as we got used to the idea, we realized that even though we felt mediocre in a sea of stars, we all had a lot to contribute to the world. And here we are, 25 years later, many of us still very undistinguished but yet very big contributors to the betterment of our families, our communities and our world.
Barb receives this award for her very bold career decision to teach Middle School Science. While all of those with teenage children question her sanity, we are also profoundly thankful to her and her colleagues who do their best to teach our relativity un-teachable bundles of hormones and insecurities.
You can’t help but admire Jeanne’s spunk, resilience and relentlessly positive attitude and her “I’m not going to let that damn cancer spoil my Reunion” mantra. She inspires us with her humor and good cheer. Life may have given her lemons, but she has turned them into lemonade, lemon mousse, lemon pie, lemon bars, lemon martinis, and lemon chicken
Kathy Buckman Ruby
Speaking of unanticipated turns, who would have thought that a member of our class would be caught dead uttering the words “Um Ya Ya”? Yet one of our very own is working in the Admissions and Financial Aid Office of our cross town rival. We honor Kathy for her service to the blonde-haired, blue-eyed, high school students of Scandinavian descent.
In his Bio Book entry admitted to “channeling his inner Grebner” by being a Rec League hockey coach. While we question whether or not channeling your inner Grebner is a responsible thing to do, we are grateful for Jerry and the others who have coached our children’s sports teams. But Jerry is more than just a great volunteer coach. He also wins for the Best Leisure Suit Zoo Book Photo.
Deb Parker Junod
Words we never thought we would hear: “I do auditing and I love it!” Deb said those words and she means it. And we’re glad she did. Known as the Empress of Nagging and the Queen of the Spreadsheet, she was a critical part of our “Get Everyone to Show Up” effort.
Jill didn’t get enough of winter in Northfield, so she moved to Rochester New York. When she is not shoveling snow, she grows apples.
Maggie (Dean) Rapp
Maggie admitted in her Bio Book entry that she felt like a glorified chauffeur to her 5 children. How many of us with kids know what that feels like? In honor of all of the parents who spent hours each week driving their children to soccer, music lessons, theater practice, dance troupe, religious ed and football practice, we recognize Maggie’s efforts.
Speaking of children, and the sacrifices we make for them, we’d like to recognize Baird for making the unusual choice to be a stay-at-home Dad. We honor him for his willingness to challenge traditional gender roles.
Sarah Ladner Maris
Sarah wins the “Just Once I want to sit around eating bonbons and watching Oprah instead of doing laundry” award. A self-described laundry expert, we commend Sarah for her cleanliness—and hope she finds more time to eat bonbons as two of her children head off to college in the next few years, presumably taking their laundry with them.
Bob Goldman and Bob Robinson
The two Bobs win the award for being good sports. There was a bit of a mix-up when we were putting the awards together and Bob Robinson was listed as an award winner instead of Bob Goldman. (Let’s just say that we learned that it is NOT a good idea to try to finish a PowerPoint presentation while simultaneously supervising a slumber party of 12 ten-year old boys—all Bobs tend to look and sound alike at 2am). But both Bobs took it in stride and enjoyed a laugh.
Bob Robinson’s award was admittedly a bit of an after-thought. (We called him up on stage so we had to give him an award, right?) But in retrospect, it was meant to be. If you saw Bob at the Reunion, you will agree that he deserves the award for having the best display of facial hair—especially after he inserted his giant comb award into his beard. A classic Bald Spot Comb Over moment.
Our original intention was to honor Bob Goldman for coming up with idea to have these awards. His thought was simple—let’s recognize the amazing things many of us do every day to make to benefit our families, our friends, our communities, and our workplaces. We thank Bob for inspiring us to seek out the remarkable in our outwardly mediocre lives—and for forgiving us for our more than mediocre mess-ups during the awards presentation.