2009 Alumni Association Award Recipients


John Garner '59-

John and his wife Margrit devoted their lives to the struggle for civil rights, racial tolerance and justice. Their newsletters describing their involvement with the civil rights movement are on file in the Mississippi State Historical Archive. John served as executive director of the Loyal Democrats of Mississippi and participated in the attempt to seat black delegates at the 1964 Democratic National Convention and at the 1968 Convention in Chicago.

Robert Parsonage '59-

Bob owns an exemplary record of leadership, service, and national influence in the fields of religion and higher education. In particular his transformative leadership of Northland College, and his service as Executive for Education in the Society of the National Council of the Churches of Christ has drawn national recognition. In 2002 Parsonage received both the Cowling Cup from Carleton and the Distinguished Service Award from the Northland College Alumni Association.

Glen Sizemore '59-

Glen has distinguished himself as a physician, scholar, researcher and teacher in the field of endocrinology, with a worldwide reputation as an investigator and innovator. He was one of the first to work out the biology and biochemistry of human parathyroid hormone and calcitonin, and to realize consequent implications in the treatment of metabolic bone disease, thyroid abnormalities and calcium metabolism disorders.

Peter Basquin '64-

Peter is an internationally acclaimed concert pianist and music educator.He has performed at Lincoln Center, Kennedy Center and Carnegie Hall and has appeared as a soloist with the American Symphony Orchestra as well as with international symphonies. Peter taught and served as an administrator at Hunter College in New York and at the CUNY Graduate Center.

Daniel B. Kim-Shapiro '84-

Dany is a physicist and professor at Wake Forest University, whose area of research is at the convergence of biology, chemistry and physics. He has pushed the boundaries of his field and his work has completely changed the understanding of how nitrite and nitric oxide affect vascular function. His work and discoveries will help scientists pursue better treatments for such conditions as myocardial infarction, pulmonary hyptertension, stroke and atherosclerosis, and sickle cell anemia.

Torsten Kjellstrand '84-

A photo-journalist, Torsten was honored in 1996 as the Newspaper Photographer of the Year by Pictures of the Year International, the oldest and most prestigious photojournalism award, for his documentation of daily life. Torsten has received numerous other professional awards and is lauded by colleagues for serving as a champion for community journalism and for telling the “extraordinary stories of ordinary people.”

Peter Ubel '84-

A medical ethicist, Peter has focused on cost-effectiveness and rationing of health care services, and the complexity of decision-making for patients and physicians. Peter won the prestigious Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers and has been one of few to receive this honour who is not focused on basic science. His work in medical ethics has earned him the title of a “thought leader” in his field.


Barbara "Putter" Beck '49-

With infectious enthusiasm and an impressive level of organization, “Putter” has served as the main connection point for her class. And, as a coordinating volunteer for the 55th and now 60th reunion classes, she essentially served as a volunteer adjunct member of the Alumni Affairs Office bringing her expertise to other alumni. Her work helped these reunion classes enjoy a significant increase in engagement and attendance.

Louise Heffelfinger '54-

A stellar record of service recently concluded with ten years as one of the most active members of the Board of Trustees. Louise served as a member of the Alumni Board, volunteered for the AAF, co-chaired three reunions and hosted innumerable events at her home for the Carleton community. She was honored with the William Carleton medal in 2000.

Andrea Grove Iseminger '59-

In addition to her immense professional contribution to Carleton as former director of the off-campus studies program, Iseminger has served since graduation as the Class of ’59 class correspondent, assisted with the AAF and with organizing numerous class reunions, and served on the Alumni Board. Iseminger helped create the Alumni Adventures board, ensuring that Carls’ faculty-led international experiences need not end at graduation.

Russell Brown '64-

This posthumous service award honors a lifetime of service to Carleton College. Russ was still engaged with Carleton when he died in 2005 from complications related to brain cancer. Even towards the end of his life he co-chaired the Northeast Wisconsin Carleton club and attended class mini-reunions. His service included leadership of the Alumni Board and a term as an alumni trustee, work for the AAF and the clubs program, reunion committees, the parents fund, and more. Longtime admissions staff member Jon Nicholson ’58 wrote, “Russ bled maize and blue and gave much of his time and energy to our College.” We are pleased that Russ’s son Courtenay, class of ’95, is here to accept this honor on behalf of the Brown family.

'C' Club Hall of Fame

Tom James '89-Tennis-

One of the most decorated players in the history of Carleton men's tennis, Tom James was a three-time All-American and Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference champion. As a rookie in 1986, he earned top honors in the conference at second singles. After finishing as conference runner-up at first singles in 1087, James won consecutive MIAC titles in 1988 and 1989 and was tabbed all-conference three times. He qualified for the NCAA Championships four times in singles (1986, 1987, 1988, and 1989) and once in doubles when he partnered with David Treichel '87 in 1987. James capped his collegiate career by advancing to the quarterfinals of the singles bracket at the 1989 national tournament. At the time of his graduation, he was only the ninth Carleton student-athlete to ear All-America honors in three different years.

Josh Wilhelm '99-Basketball-

In the century-plus of basketball at Carleton, there have been few all-around performers like Josh Wilhelm. A four-time team MVP, he was named All-MIAC each season and joined Laurie Slocum '55 as the only other Carleton men's basketball player to be selected as first-team all-conference four times. Wilhelm put together two of the top four single-season scoring totals in the program history and finished with a then-school record 1,967 career points, a figure that ranked 17th at the time among all Minnesota (all divisions) collegiate men's basketball players. More than simply a scorer, Wilhelm paced the MIAC in rebounding during the 1996-97 campaign and wrapped up his career with 778 boards, the second-best figure in Carleton history. He also owns the program record for both free throws made (469) and blocked shots (146) and ranks among Carleton's top 10 in steals, free-throw percentage, and three-point shooting. Twice named to the National Association of Basketball Coaches All-West Region squad, he was a second-team choice in 1998 and a first-team selection the following year. The basketball class of 1999 dominated rival St. Olaf as they orchestrated eight victories in as many attempts, becoming the first group in more than 60 years to accomplish the feat.