2006 Alumni Association Award Recipients
DISTINGUISHED ACHIEVEMENT AWARD
Ann Daly Goodwin ’51 and Jack Goodwin ’50, Woodbury, Minnesota, exemplify commitment to community, social justice, journalism, family, and Carleton. Jack spent 41 years with the Minneapolis Star Tribune—20 as a sportswriter, 10 as front-page editor, and 11 as an assistant news editor. He was valued for his journalistic judgment, integrity, and mentoring. Ann was a teacher and journalism professor at two Minnesota high schools and three colleges for 30 years, was an editorial writer and columnist at the St. Paul Pioneer Press for eight years, and was a five-year Minnesota Public Radio commentator. She was named one of five Distinguished Teachers of Journalism in the United States in 1979. Ann and Jack are longtime supporters of the World Press Institute and have both been active community and civic volunteers, as well as dedicated Carleton volunteers. Besides raising their own three children, the Goodwins were foster parents to 13 teenagers over a 10-year period.
Mary Nelson Keithahn ’56, Rapid City, South Dakota, is a prolific writer of hymn texts, anthems, and religious musical dramas that are used in several major denominations in the United States and abroad. The Methodist Board of Discipleship declared Keithahn one of the most outstanding women hymn text writers in the world. In each of the past four years, Keithahn and her composer collaborator, John Horman, have received ASCAP awards for excellence. Keithahn is an ordained pastor and certified church education specialist in the United Church of Christ. She is a life member of the Hymn Society and Choristers Guild as well as a respected clinician of workshops on children and worship. In 1998 Abingdon Press published two collections of hymns written by Keithahn and Horman. The two initiated the much-modeled MAD (music, art, and drama) camp at the United Church of Christ camp near Rapid City. With her late husband, the Reverend Richard K. Keithahn ’55, Keithahn has four children.
Bruce W. McManus ’56, Mendota Heights, Minnesota, is retired from a 42-year career in human services and corrections highlighted by his stint as warden at the maximum-security Stillwater (Minnesota) state prison (1971–76). With a master’s degree from Temple University and U.S. Coast Guard service to his credit, McManus progressed from a corrections agent to an associate warden at the Stillwater prison before joining the Minnesota Department of Corrections (MDC) as director of field services. He earned a second master’s degree, in social work, at the University of Minnesota in 1969. Later, as an employee of the MDC, he was part of a team that designed and planned the new maximum-security facility at Oak Park Heights (1976–79). From 1979 to 1982 he was an MDC deputy commissioner, and from 1992 to 1999 he was president and executive director of the private nonprofit Re-Entry Services Inc. He was named the Minnesota Corrections Association’s Corrections Person of the Year in 1997. He and his wife, Connie Roehrich, have five children.
Norman J. Vig ’61, Northfield and Tofte, Minnesota, is one of the founders of the field of environmental politics and policy. His landmark book, Environmental Policy (CQ Press, 6th edition, 2005), coedited with Michael Kraft, is used by thousands of graduate and undergraduate students. When Vig retired from a 37-year career as a Carleton teacher, he was the Winifred and Atherton Bean Professor of Science, Technology, and Society; he had been chair of the Carleton political science department six times. Department colleagues said he had made “cross-disciplinary research and teaching the hallmark of Carleton political science.” Vig developed and led the off-campus program on the European Union in Maastricht, the Netherlands.
He cofounded and directed several interdisciplinary concentration programs, one of which has evolved into the current environmental and technology studies program. Vig has dozens of book chapters and articles to his credit, as well as 15 books. He is married to Carol Oliver and has two grown sons.
Peter H. Schultz ’66, Providence, Rhode Island, is one of the world’s leading experts in the study of planetary impacts. He was co-investigator from 1996 to 2005 on NASA’s Deep Impact mission. Having earned a PhD in astronomy at the University of Texas–Austin in 1972, Schultz has been a professor of geological sciences at Brown University since 1994. As a staff scientist for 20 years at the Lunar and Planetary Institute in Houston, Schultz built on research that, over time, has resulted in the following: identification of the seismic disruption of the crust of Mercury and moon anti-podal to (and caused by) the last major impacts; discovery of a rich but hidden impact record in Argentina; and development of a new technique to explore the subsurface of planetary bodies using impact spectroscopy. Schultz is science coordinator of the NASA Ames Vertical Gun Range, director of the Northeast Planetary Data Center, and director of the Rhode Island Space Grant Program. Married to Barbara Schultz, he shares his Carleton tie with sister Barbara Schultz Carmichael ’70 and her husband, Chuck Carmichael ’68.
Robert McCamant ’71, Chicago, was one of the Chicago Reader newspaper’s founders in 1971. Today, the Reader is one of the oldest and most successful of the alternative weeklies. For 23 years McCamant was the Reader’s art designer; he continues as vice president of the Chicago Reader Inc., as well as of the Amsterdam Weekly and Washington City Paper. He is also proprietor, designer, and editor of Sherwin Beach Press, a small fine press he established in 1984. McCamant is a member of both the Association Typographique Internationale and the Caxton Club, as well as editor of the latter’s monthly publication, the Caxtonian. In addition, he is a longtime member of the Society for Typographic Arts; his contributions include serving on its board and editing its journal. McCamant is also an adviser to the Codex Foundation, which seeks to promote and preserve the art and craft of the book. He is married to Margaret (Loud) McCamant ’71; they have two children.
Susan Krane ’76, Scottsdale, Arizona, is one of the nation’s foremost arts administrators. Director of the Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art (SMoCA) since 2001, Krane is credited with revitalizing the museum and helping it become a nationally recognized venue for contemporary art. Krane was director of the University of Colorado Art Galleries in Boulder from 1996 to 2001 and curator of modern and contemporary art at the High Museum of Art in Atlanta from 1987 to 1995. She started as an assistant curator at the Albright-Knox Art Gallery in Buffalo, New York, in 1979. In 1994 Krane received the Peter Norton Foundation Award, and she is a nominated member of ArtTable, a national organization for women in the arts. She has served on numerous boards at the national, state, and local level, and from 1994 to 1999 she was on the Federal Advisory Committee for International Exhibitions in Washington, D.C. She is a frequent arts lecturer, jurist, and consultant, and she has overseen dozens of exhibitions. Krane is married to Chuck Albright.
Eugenie Tsai ’76, New York City, is an internationally respected art curator who is currently director ofcuratorial affairs at P.S. 1 Contemporary Art Center in Long Island City, New York. Tsai was an independent curator from 2000 to 2005, undertaking projects for, among other places, the Museum of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles and the Berkeley (California) Museum. Tsai’s scholarship on the work of artist Robert Smithson earned her the International Association of Art Critics Award in 2005 and a first place finish for the best monographic exhibition nationally. Her pioneering exhibition was accompanied by her book Robert Smithson Unearthed: Drawings, Collages, Writings, which received the 1992 CHOICE Outstanding Academic Book Award. Her first International Association of Art Critics Award came in 1999 for best show by an emerging artist, titled Shirin Neshat: Turbulent. A. Magazine named her one of the “100 Most Influential Asian Americans of the Decade” in 1999. Tsai and her husband, Thomas Finkelpearl, have one son.
David Gramit ’81, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, is a scholar and outstanding musicologist who was thefirst person granted a PhD in musicology at Duke University. A Fulbright Grant (1984–85) aided him with his dissertation, titled “The Intellectual and Aesthetic Tenets of Franz Schubert’s Circle.” He received the first-ever AMS-50 fellowship (1986–87) from the American Musicological Society (AMS). In 1994 Gramit received the AMS Alfred Einstein Award for excellence in a musicological article (“Schubert and the Biedermeier”) early in his career. After visiting professorships at St. Olaf College and McGill University, Gramit joined the faculty at the University of Alberta, Edmonton; he was named full professor in 2003. Gramit has one book to his credit, as well as many articles, reviews, and book chapters related to his areas of expertise—Schubert, the lied, and musical activity in 19th-century Austria and Germany. He and his wife, Frieda, have one son.
(John) Karl Scholz ’81, Madison, Wisconsin, is best known for his work addressing Americans’ retirement savings and tax incentives given to low-wage workers. A frequent consultant both nationally and internationally, Scholz has taught economics at the University of Wisconsin– Madison since completing a PhD at Stanford University in 1988. During leaves of absence, Scholz has been senior staff economist for the Council of Economic Advisers, Executive Office of the President (1990–91), and deputy assistant secretary in the Office of Tax Analysis, U.S. Treasury Department (1997–98); he received a Distinguished Service Award for his work at the Treasury. Scholz directed the University of Wisconsin– Madison’s Institute for Research on Poverty from 2000 to 2004 and remains on its executive committee. He recently provided technical assistance to the International Monetary Fund in South Korea and consults with DIW Berlin (the German Institute for Economic Research), Germany. He and his wife, Melissa Auchard Scholz, have three daughters.
Wesley I. Sundquist ’81, Salt Lake City, directs groundbreaking research on the molecular and structural biology of HIV, the virus that causes AIDS. Sundquist holds the H. A. and Edna Benning Presidential Endowed Chair and is professor of biochemistry at the University of Utah; his two most important research accomplishments provide the basis for several new classes of HIV inhibitors that are currently under development. He oversaw production of the first three-dimensional model for the structure of the viral core particle and elucidated how HIV buds from infected cells. Sundquist also directs the university’s graduate program in biological chemistry. He has received many awards, including, in 2004, a MERIT award from the National Institutes of Health and the Bernard Fields Award for Retrovirology. He is a frequent lecturer and has many journal articles and book chapters to his credit. As a Carleton student, Sundquist was co-director of the Faribo Project, an ACT program that provides opportunities to befriend adults with developmental disabilities. He and his wife, Nola, have two children.
IN THE SPIRIT OF CARLETON AWARD
Daniel J. Simons ’91, Champaign, Illinois, has made major contributions to the psychological field of visual cognition while also serving as an inspiring mentor to students. Upon graduating summa cum laude from Carleton, Simons received the 1991 Donald J. Paterson award from the Minnesota Psychological Association as the outstanding senior psychology major in the state. In 2003 the American Psychological Association gave him its early career award, and in 2004 he received the Ig Nobel Prize in psychology. He received the 2001 Harvard University John H. Marquand award for exceptional advising and counseling of undergraduates, and the 2001 Harvard award for excellence in mentoring. The perceptual-blindness studies Simons has conducted have received many accolades and have important practical applications for airline and highway safety, among other areas. An associate professor of psychology at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Simons is a frequent speaker, both in academic circles and in the popular media, has edited a book, and has written many book chapters and papers. Simons and his wife, Katherine A. Richards ’91, have one son.
EXCEPTIONAL SERVICE AWARD
Judson A. Harmon ’56, St. Paul, has devoted much of his spare time over many years to Carleton classmates and causes. Harmon became an assistant class agent for the Alumni Annual Fund (AAF) in 1990. As reunion gift committee chair, he helped lead the Class of 1956 in setting several new records in participation and dollars raised at its 40th reunion. The class’s record 71 percent participation rate achieved in 1996 held for nine years. In 2001 Harmon helped the class reach a participation peak for 45th reunions, and he was co-chair of the class’s 50th reunion gift committee. Harmon was one of the first alumni to meet a $1 million challenge offered in 1996 by Don Cooper ’62. He later established the Vail Music Scholarship for Carleton students, in memory of his maternal grandmother and his aunt Frances Vail ’23. Harmon, who is retired from a career as an education research and evaluation specialist, has one daughter.
Dan F. Pearson ’61, Winston-Salem, North Carolina, has long demonstrated his willingness to work tirelessly on the College’s behalf. He has served in every volunteer position the Alumni Annual Fund (AAF) has proffered, beginning as an assistant class agent in 1990. In 1996 Pearson was an AAF leadership solicitor and key reunion gift committee member, all while being the Class of ’61 class agent. He was co-chair of his reunion gift committee in 2001 and 2006. Pearson served a six-year term on the AAF board beginning in 1997; he was elected AAF board chair in 2000. Throughout his tenure as a decade director for the 1960s classes, that decade led in dollars raised and participation. Additionally, he and his wife, Margie Hoover Pearson ’62, are Heywood Society members. Pearson has been a voluntary leader in many other community efforts, including Habitat for Humanity in Winston-Salem. He is a retired director of media for RJR/Nabisco. He and his wife have three children.
‘C’CLUB HALL OF FAME INDUCTEES
The Carleton College Alumni ‘C’ Club inducted three new members into its Hall of Fame during Reunion weekend.
A standout football player for the Knights, Kevin Birkholz ’76 also lettered four times in track and field and once in basketball during his four years at Carleton. A two-time all-conference free safety in 1974 and 1975, he also earned all-conference second team honors both seasons as a split end. He lettered all four years in football. He set the Carleton single-season record for most interceptions with 11 in 1974, which also led the nation that season, and he ended his career with 13 interceptions. As a pass receiver, he ended his career with 1,657 receiving yards on 81 receptions. His best game came against Ripon College in 1973, when he tallied 166 receiving yards. In track and field, Birkholz was an outstanding long jumper and hurdler, winning multiple conference titles in both events.
One of the best throwers ever for the Carleton women’s track and field team, Michelle Eisenreich ’96 owns five conference titles and was the 1995 Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (MIAC) Outdoor Track and Field Championships athlete of the meet after winning both the shot put and the discus. A four-time NCAA Championships qualifier, Eisenreich earned All-America honors in the discus in 1995. She set school records in the indoor and outdoor shot put, 20-pound weight throw, hammer, and discus. She served as a team captain her senior year.
Kevin Theissen ’96 continued the long Carleton tradition of outstanding distance and cross-country runners by earning cross-country All-America honors in 1994 and winning the MIAC individual title his senior year. He led the Knights’ cross-country squad to conference titles in 1994 and 1995 and earned three straight all-MIAC citations from 1993 to 1995. On the track, Theissen was an all-conference performer three seasons and helped the Knights to a third-place finish at the 1996 MIAC Outdoor Championships. He still owns the third-fastest 5,000-meter time in Carleton history and was the Millen Award winner in 1996.