2014 Alumni Association Award Recipients

George Nicholson  George Nicholson ’59 • Distinguished Achievement

George M. Nicholson is a noted literary agent, editor, and publisher of children’s literature. He is cited as a seminal figure and legend in Minders of Make-Believe, the leading history of the field. Nicholson virtually created the children’s paperback book industry. As an editor, he developed many young authors, and through partnerships with libraries and schools  has made children’s literature more accessible to generations of young people. 

A Carleton English major, Nicholson was hired by Golden Books after graduation. With a vision for bringing books of literary merit directly to young readers in paperback editions, Nicholson was hired by Dell in 1964. There he developed Delacorte Press Books and created the now-classic Dell Yearling imprint, the first quality paperback line of fiction for young readers. For Dell, he acquired E.B. White’s Charlotte’s Web and Stuart Little, gaining respect for the children’s paperback niche. After heading children’s book departments at Viking and Holt, Rinehart & Winston, he rejoined Dell in 1978 and served as publisher of Dell/Delacorte Books for Young Readers from 1988 until 1992. Nicholson has been senior agent at Sterling Lord Literistic since 1995.

Nicholson also helped expand the field of young adult fiction. He saw the rise of bookstore chains—B. Dalton, Barnes & Noble, WaldenBooks—as an ideal marketplace for books written for teens and young adults. His career flourished at a time when individual editors were able to identify outstanding authors and illustrators and assure their publication. Among those whose careers he launched were S. E. Hinton, Richard Peck, Beverly Cleary, Judy Blume, and many others. 

Through connections with Carleton’s Career Center, he has helped students secure internships at several publishing houses. He is a frequent lecturer, author of articles about children’s literature, instructor at City College of New York, and trustee of the MacDowell Colony, the oldest artists’ colony in the U.S.


Keith Libbey  Keith Libbey ’59 • Exceptional Service

Keith Libbey’s dedication to Carleton is demonstrated on many levels, including his service on the Alumni Board (now Alumni Council), his work for the Alumni Annual Fund, and his positive and thoughtful presence on the Board of Trustees. The Class of 1959’s 55th Reunion Committee unanimously recommended Libbey’s nomination for this honor.

Libbey served on the Carleton Board of Trustees from 1997 to 2012, under three presidents—Stephen R. Lewis Jr., Robert A. Oden Jr., and Steven G. Poskanzer. For 13 of his 15 years as a trustee, Libbey was a member of the trustees’ executive committee; he served as vice chair for six years. During his tenure on the board, he also chaired the investment and trustee affairs committees.

President Emeritus Oden characterizes Libbey as possessing every characteristic and talent most welcome in a trustee, including keen intelligence and unremitting responsibility. “Keith brought his uncommonly acute mind to bear on any number of Carleton trustee deliberations,” Oden wrote, “often altering the entire focus of debate through a single, trenchant observation.” 

President Emeritus Lewis concurs. “A good trustee is one who thinks about the college between meetings,” Lewis wrote, “and Keith certainly filled that bill. He was unusual, even among a very good group of trustees during my years, in taking initiative to make the College’s case with potential donors or with the larger community, and he was very good indeed in pursuing issues that he thought could benefit Carleton.”

In addition to his significant contributions as a trustee, Libbey served as a class agent for more than a decade. He provided leadership on the Alumni Board (1974–1978) and has been involved with multiple reunion planning efforts, including his 50th. He has hosted alumni and career networking gatherings at his workplace and supported Carleton’s 2012 strategic planning efforts, working  on the Administrative and Faculty Functions group.

Libbey majored in government at Carleton and graduated from Harvard Law School in 1962. He is chair emeritus of Fredrikson & Byron, a law firm in Minneapolis with more than 200 attorneys.

He lives in Afton, Minnesota, with his wife, Patricia Libbey ’60. Two of their three children are Carleton alumni: Jonathan Libbey ’88 and Heather Libbey ’91.


Bill Gage  Bill Gage ’64 Distinguished Achievement

At the dawn of the computer age, Bill Gage recognized the tremendous potential of this new technology. As a life-long pioneer at the emerging edge of digital technology, he has made significant technical, scientific, and commercial contributions to a dizzying array of industries, including off-shore oil well drilling, nuclear reactor testing, real-time vote processing for broadcast television, robotic controls, acoustic emission analysis, the wine industry, and many more. 

Gage considers himself to be Carleton’s first “computer geek,” a legacy that began in 1961 when the college received an IBM 1620 computer. Gage, a mathematics major, spent his free time in the computer lab. While still an undergraduate, he wrote an educational computer program that he presented at an IBM Conference and that was used at other colleges and universities. The work Gage did as a physics graduate student at the University of California–Berkeley “persists today in its influence of design of newer computers and their operating systems,” writes one nominator. 

Gage left Berkeley in 1970 and, with friend Sam Penny, founded Penny Gage Associates, a software consulting partnership that in 1982 evolved into SBE, Inc., a software consulting and OEM hardware company. A few years earlier, in 

1978, Gage also co-founded Rosenblum Cellars winery. With both companies, Gage developed computer programs that solved many scientific and systems problems. At Rosenblum Cellars, for example, he developed a state-of-the-art business data processing system.

Gage served as CEO and board member of SBE until he retired from the company in 1996. He also continued hands-on work as a programmer and design contributor for the hardware products that had become SBE’s main business. For the last two decades, Gage has been an independent consultant, developing very-high-speed computer-to-computer communication software for One Stop, a company similar to SBE. 

Gage’s accomplishments are testimony to his consistent application of the best of Carleton’s liberal arts principles, and he has contributed much to the continuation of excellence at Carleton through his service and generosity. Gage co-chaired his 50th Reunion gift committee, served as an alumni trustee from 2009 to 2013, and with his wife, Nancy Bauer, funded the Weitz Center for Creativity’s IdeaLab. He and Nancy are recipients of the William Carleton Medal in recognition of their transformational support of the College.


Penny Hunt  Penny Hunt ’64 • Distinguished Achievement

Penny Hunt is a leader and “unsung heroine” in the field of foundation and corporate philanthropy, transforming the philanthropic approaches at major foundations and ensuring that scores of innovative projects at local, national, and international levels received the support they needed to launch and make a difference in the world.

Since 2009 Hunt has led the Minneapolis-based Robina Foundation, where she has been instrumental in developing a program in international institutional governance and a path-breaking program to increase minority involvement in U.S. foreign affairs. These initiatives have been influential in making steps toward increasing diversity in foreign policy and addressing transnational challenges like terrorism, climate change, and infectious disease.

Hunt demonstrates “extraordinary skill and achievement in a difficult role,” said nominator Susan Berresford, a Robina Foundation trustee and past president of the Ford Foundation. Because the foundation’s structure and mission are somewhat unique within the foundation world, the chair of the Robina board  notes that “Penny’s depth of experience combined with her exceptional organizational and interpersonal skills  have contributed greatly to our work.” 

Prior to joining Robina, Hunt served as vice president for community affairs and executive director of the Medtronic Foundation at Medtronic, Inc. for nearly 15 years. Among her major achievements was launching Medtronic’s expansion into international philanthropy. During her tenure, Medtronic Foundation grants grew from $2.4 million to more than $25 million per year.

Before Medtronic, Hunt was director of public affairs for the Department Store Division of Dayton Hudson Corporation. Prior to entering the foundation world, she spent 14 years working for law firms and in private practice. She also taught high school and college-level French.

Hunt’s extensive community involvement includes membership in the Minnesota Women’s Economic Roundtable and on the boards or corporate committees of MacPhail Center for Music, William Mitchell College of Law, Minnesota Council on Foundations, the Conference Board, Council on Foundations, WomenWinning, and United Way of Minneapolis.

Hunt majored in French at Carleton and was a Fulbright Scholar in Lyon, France. She holds a master’s degree in arts and teaching from Duke University and a JD  from William Mitchell College of Law.  She has two children and many Carleton connections, including three siblings, a brother-in-law, niece, and nephew who attended the College.


Jim Loewen James Loewen ’64 • Distinguished Achievement

Sociologist James Loewen has made his mark as an educational innovator, developing new approaches to teaching history that emphasize social justice and racial equality. His 1995 book Lies My Teacher Told Me has sold more than 1.5 million copies and is the best-selling book by a living sociologist. 

Loewen’s lifelong commitment to racial equality began when he spent a term during his junior year at Carleton studying at Mississippi State University. After graduating cum laude with distinction in sociology from Carleton, Loewen obtained a doctoral degree in sociology from Harvard University in 1968, and then returned to Mississippi to become an assistant professor of sociology at Tougaloo College, a historically black college. 

In 1975 Loewen put together a team of Tougaloo students and professors who wrote Mississippi: Conflict and Change, a book intended for use by high school students that received the Lillian Smith Award for Best Southern Nonfiction in 1975. When the state found the book too frank in its treatment of race, Loewen became lead plaintiff in a 1980 federal lawsuit, Loewen v. Turnipseed. The American Library Association cites the case, which Loewen won, as one of nine cases undergirding the “right to read freely.”  Over the past four decades, Loewen has participated as an expert witness in about 75 civil rights, voting rights, and employment rights cases across the country. 

During this period, he also has researched, written, and published works including Lies Across America: What our Historic Sites Get Wrong and Sundown Towns: A Hidden Dimension of American Racism.

In 1976 Loewen joined the faculty at the University of Vermont where, until 1996, he taught courses on the sociology of race relations. In 1981 he received a Fulbright to set up the first course in race relations at La Trobe University in Australia. 

In 2012 Loewen received the Spirit of America Award from the National Council of Social Studies. The council recognized his “deep commitment to including multiple perspectives in social studies curricula.” That same year Loewen also received the Cox/Johnson/Frazier Award for academic excellence and improving society from the American Sociological Association. 

Today Loewen speaks and publishes on U.S. history, standardized testing, and race relations from his home in Washington, D.C., where he lives with his wife, Susan. He is the father of a son and a daughter.


Eve Meyer  Eve Meyer ’64 • Distinguished Achievement

As executive director of San Francisco Suicide Prevention, Eve Meyer has been at the forefront of suicide prevention efforts locally and nationally for more than 25 years. Meyer skillfully expanded a small grass-roots agency into an efficient, high-tech, state-of-the-art operation capable of managing more than 70,000 calls for help annually by phone, email, chat, and text.

After graduating from Carleton, Meyer earned masters degrees in social services administration from the University of Chicago and in health care administration from the University of Michigan. She immediately applied her education through work in health care planning and marketing, and in 1987 began her career  as executive director of San Francisco Suicide Prevention (SFSP), which continues to this day.

During Meyer’s tenure, not a single person has committed suicide while communicating with SFSP volunteers, and San Francisco’s suicide rate has been cut in half since the founding of the agency. Reverend Don Fox, who for years headed San Francisco Night Ministry, writes that Meyer “has tirelessly devoted her time and energy over many years to one of the most important things any human being can do—helping others avoid succumbing to despair and saving them from killing themselves.”

Meyer’s longtime advocacy on behalf of a suicide barrier on the world’s number-one suicide site, the Golden Gate Bridge, is equally noteworthy. After 60 years of negotiations, financing for a suicide barrier on the Golden Gate Bridge will be made available this year. One nominator who worked with Meyer on this effort wrote,
“Eve immediately demonstrated not only a deep knowledge of suicide prevention—often both deeper and richer than the trained psychiatrists in the group—but was able to immediately focus the group on practical steps to advocate for resolving the bridge problem.”

Meyer uses her natural sense of humor to inject levity into her talking points, one nominator wrote, making listeners comfortable around the sensitive topic of suicide. Meyer even does occasional stand-up comedy. 

She and her husband, James A.K. Edlin, live in San Francisco and have one son.


Paul Zitzewitz  Paul Zitzewitz ’64 • Distinguished Achievement (posthumous)

As a scholar, researcher, mentor, and author, Paul Zitzewitz made major contributions in the field of atomic physics and had a marked impact on the way physics is taught in America. 

Zitzewitz grew up in the Chicago area.  At Carleton he discovered like-minded friends who shared his curiosity about the world and passion for contributing to its betterment. He earned a PhD in physics from Harvard, where he studied with Norman Ramsey (who later won a Nobel Prize), then joined the faculty at the University of Michigan–Dearborn in 1973. In 1979–80, he received a Humboldt Fellowship from the German government for a residency at the University of Bielefeld. 

As a researcher Zitzewitz changed and enriched the world’s understanding of positron physics and conducted research that confirmed quantum electrodynamic (QED) theory and advanced methods of precisely measuring time. Though he began his career as an avid research physicist, Zitzewitz soon recognized  that he had the potential to make a  larger contribution by teaching others, succeeding in changing how physics is taught at the secondary and undergraduate levels. 

As an effective physics teacher and textbook author, Zitzewitz reached thousands of students and helped them understand physics. His high school textbook, Physics: Principles and Problems, allowed students to learn physics concepts without advanced math. For years the textbook had about a third of the market. He authored other textbooks and numerous professional articles on physics education.

Zitzewitz became one of two professors in Dearborn history to receive three distinguished faculty awards: for teaching, research, and service. He also took on administrative duties, serving as interim dean and associate dean, as well as chair of two departments. Nationally he was recognized as a fellow of the American Physical Society and American Association of Physics Teaching. 

Donald Bord, Zitzewitz’s colleague at Dearborn, wrote, “He was a truly remarkable human being and one of the most respected and admired faculty members to have graced our campus.” Bord described Zitzewitz’s mentoring style as enthusiastic, patient, wise, tolerant, and self-deprecating. “Paul had a capacity to draw people to him and nurture them in ways I have seldom seen.”

Zitzewitz died on April 30, 2013. He is survived by his wife and colleague, Barbara Shaw Zitzewitz, and two adult children.


Steve Duermeyer  Steve Duermeyer ’64 • Exceptional Service

Steve Duermeyer’s generosity as a volunteer to the College exemplifies going above and beyond the call of service. Perhaps most widely recognized as a leader in a class of leaders—1964 consistently has the highest participation rates in Carleton’s Alumni Annual Fund—Duermeyer also served on the Alumni Board (now Alumni Council) from 1994 to 1998 and helped transform the reunion giving program at Carleton. He has been instrumental in developing Carleton’s model for mini-reunions and frequently volunteers for Carleton’s regional clubs.

In addition to its reputation for giving, the Class of 1964’s exceptional cohesiveness and loyalty is well known within the Carleton community. Duermeyer is perhaps the classmate most responsible for those class characteristics; his personal communications style is credited with being the key to developing 1964’s level of engagement. “Steve’s profile of dedication and service to Carleton is extraordinary,” wrote lead nominator Marlou Garbisch Johnston ’64. “He does everything. He has been our ‘go-to’ guy for many years.”

Commissioned as an officer in the U.S. Navy in 1965, Duermeyer rose to the rank of captain over a distinguished 30-year career. He served at sea on nine different ships and was commanding officer of four. After retiring from the Navy in 1995, he spent a year as special assistant to President Stephen R. Lewis Jr. to initiate a new model for reunion giving, attendance, and participation.

“It seems pretty clear to me that the shift to focus on special efforts for reunion classes was critical in getting Carleton to the top” in alumni giving, observes President Emeritus Lewis. Duermeyer served as a key organizer and cheerleader for the initiative, and “is a model of what I have always valued in a Carleton volunteer.”

Duermeyer hosted the Class of 1964’s inaugural class mini-reunion in the home he shares with his wife, Penny, in Coronado, California, in 2000. Since then, the class has annually celebrated at varied locations, strengthening class cohesion and connection to the College. Duermeyer also served as the Carleton representative at the unveiling of the permanent Larry Gould Exhibit in the Gould-Simpson Building on the University of Arizona campus in 1993. 

Steve’s imagination, determination, and his willingness to work either “on stage” or behind the scenes to accomplish great things for his class and the College truly distinguish his service. Fifty consecutive years of annual giving to Carleton, first in his class to join the Heywood Society, overall reunion committee chair or co-chair for four consecutive reunions, and key gift-raiser for 25th and 50th reunions further accentuate Duermeyer’s unswerving and energetic dedication to Carleton.


Alison Keith  Alison Keith 64 • Exceptional Service

Alison Keith is a steadfast Alumni Annual Fund co-agent, 50th reunion co-chair, and master fundraiser whose tireless energy and cheerleading has been instrumental in 1964’s leadership in giving participation. Keith has helped strengthen bonds across the 1964 classmate community, both through the AAF team’s consistency in staying in touch with classmates and by providing support to the hosts of the annual class mini-reunions.

In her 14 years as 1964’s co-class  agent for the Alumni Annual Fund,  Keith’s strategic approach and sheer determination led the class to levels of participation previously unimaginable. When Keith began in 2000, 1964 claimed  a healthy 60 percent participation, and through her leadership the class jumped  to 90 percent (or better) for the past  seven years, reaching a high of 93 percent in 2013.

“Her dedication and follow-through is the stuff of alumni legends, and I cannot think of the success of the Class of 1964 without calling Alison and her efforts and commitment to mind,” one nominator wrote.

Keith believes her most important contribution to the AAF effort is keeping the team together and in good spirits. Similarly, she feels her most important contribution to her Carleton class is to have strengthened a network among classmates. To that end, she hosted a Class of 1964 mini-reunion at her home in Springdale, Utah, in 2005. Her dedication to creating community continues to be evident in her role as co-chair of her 50th Reunion committee—1964’s bio book has the highest number of contributions of any class in Carleton’s history, which reflects that sense of community.

Keith majored in economics at Carleton and at the University of California-Berkeley, where she earned an MA in 1968 and a PhD in 1986. After Carleton, she taught English at the Women’s College, Aligarh Muslim University, India, on a Fulbright program (1964–65). 

Keith held various positions at the Federal Trade Commission’s Bureau of Economics from 1974 to 1990. She then moved to Pfizer, where she retired as director of economic and science policy analysis. Throughout her career, she has positively contributed to the public policy debate and to creating sound public policy, particularly in the arena of health care. Since retiring, she hikes in Zion National Park, explores monotype printmaking, and is a volunteer mediator with the juvenile court in southern Utah. 


Bob Allen  Bob Allen 69 • Distinguished Achievement

Robert C. Allen is an economic historian whose depth, breadth, and versatility have put him at the pinnacle of his profession. His research and writing on economic history and economic development, technological change, and public policy have earned him six major prizes, including the Ranki Prize and the Explorations Prize twice each. Nominator Patrick O’Brien, past director of the Institute for Historical Research at the University of London, notes, “there is hardly an area or narrative in the subject we both love that has not benefited from Bob’s erudition and research.”

Allen has published almost 90 articles and book chapters and eight books; his ninth, The Industrial Revolution: A Very Short Introduction, is forthcoming. Allen’s 2009 book on the British Industrial Revolution made Books of the Year lists in two prestigious general-circulation periodicals, The Times Literary Supplement and The Economist. 

When study abroad at Carleton was expanding but still not commonplace, Allen was one of six students from the Class of 1969 to do an independent study abroad program. After a brief stint in the Peace Corps in Asia, he earned MA and PhD degrees in economics from Harvard University. He joined the economics department at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver in 1975, attaining the rank of full professor in 1985. He moved to Oxford University in 2000, retiring in 2013 as professor of economic history in Oxford’s Nuffield College. Allen’s academic career continues—in 2014 he became Global Distinguished Professor of Economic History at New York University’s Abu Dhabi campus.

Allen’s other accomplishments include serving as president of the Economic History Association (2011–2013), election as a fellow of the Royal Society of Canada in 1993 and of the British Academy in 2003, and serving as Nuffield College’s investment bursar (property), managing an eight-figure pool of assets and adding to it during a very challenging period (2006–2011). 

A native of Salem, Massachusetts, Allen is married to Dianne Frank. They have one son.


David Loy  David Loy ’69 • Distinguished Achievement

Zen teacher and scholar David Loy is one of the most influential and prolific Buddhist thinkers in the world today. He is well known as a Buddhist social theorist  in the forefront of the modern Buddhist movement called Engaged Buddhism, which seeks both to articulate a Buddhist perspective on the social problems of today and to actively work to solve them. At Commencement this year Loy received the Doctor of Humane Letters, honoris causa, degree from Carleton, the highest honor bestowed by the College.

Loy’s writings, both scholarly and popular, are wide-ranging and award-winning. One of his most influential works, The Great Awakening: A Buddhist Social Theory (2003), represents one of the first attempts—and probably the most successful—to formulate an overall theory through which Buddhists can confront the ills of the contemporary world, in particular climate change and other environmental crises, says Roger Jackson, Carleton’s John W. Nason Professor of Asian Studies and Religion. 

Loy graduated with a degree in philosophy from Carleton, which included a junior year abroad studying analytic philosophy at King’s College, University of London. He earned an MA from the University of Hawaii in Honolulu (1975) and a PhD from the National University of Singapore (1984). Most of Loy’s academic career has been spent in Asia, first as senior tutor at Singapore University (later the National University of Singapore) from 1978 to 1984. From 1990 to 2005 he was professor at Bunkyo University, Chigasaki, Japan. While there he received extensive training in the Sanbo Kyodan tradition of Zen Buddhism, of which he now is an authorized teacher.

Since leaving Japan in 2006, Loy has held a number of visiting positions, including the Besl Chair Professor of Ethics, Religion, and Society at Xavier University in Cincinnati, with shorter stints at the University of Cape Town, the Hebrew University’s Institute for Advanced Study in Jerusalem, Tartu and Tallinn Universities in Estonia, and Naropa University in Boulder, Colorado, where he currently resides. 

Loy lectures nationally and internationally, and his essays and books have been widely translated. He is on the editorial or advisory boards of multiple journals and provides board leadership for Buddhist Global Relief, The Clear View Project, Zen Peacemakers, and The Ernest Becker Foundation.

Loy is married to Linda Goodhew, a professor of English literature and language. They have one son.


Starr Tomczak  Starr Tomczak ’69 • Distinguished Achievement

Starr Tomczak, a pioneer in the world of corporate law, began her career at a time when the field was predominately occupied by men. A “brilliant, innovative, and intellectually demanding lawyer,” Tomczak is a thought-leader who helped shape the regulatory framework for structured finance transactions through her organization and leadership of groups within the American Bar Association (ABA).

A philosophy major at Carleton, Tomczak graduated from New York University School of Law in 1975. After clerking for a distinguished federal appellate judge in Richmond, Virginia, she became a corporate partner at leading law firms in New York City, where she represented clients involved in the emerging market for structured finance transactions.

In 1986, as the structured finance market’s growth accelerated, Tomczak suggested that the ABA help develop a regulatory framework and offered to lead those efforts. Tomczak brought together many of the lawyers working in the field by recruiting top practitioners and sponsoring programs on securitization developments. “As a result, the group was well-positioned to suggest changes to make federal securities regulations more effective for this new method of financing,” notes ABA president James Silkenat.

“Literally, billions of dollars of transactions have been consummated based on regulations that Starr and her drafting committee helped shape,” said a nominator. “Groundbreaking work of national significance,” another nominator said of this work.

Tomczak balanced her stellar career with service. She was a trustee with the American College of Investment Counsel and served as a director of the James Lenox House for senior residents. She used her legal skills to successfully advocate in family court and school proceedings for a foster child’s residential treatment center.

Tomczak’s increasing focus on spiritual issues led to her earning a Master of Divinity degree in 2011 from Union Theological Seminary in New York City, where she received an award for best sermon and published an article in Yale Divinity School’s Glossolalia. She currently writes about the Bible and speaks on spiritual issues at church programs and other events.


Brad Lewis  Bradley Lewis ’69 • Exceptional Service

Bradley Lewis is not only a long-serving Alumni Annual Fund agent and reunion gift chair, but is also a recognized and valued go-to volunteer for Carleton. Lewis has been consistently tapped by Carleton leadership to lead change in the College’s giving programs, including its approach to reunion giving. Lewis, an economist and economic historian, has also generously assisted Carleton’s economics department, filling in to serve after the sudden death of a faculty member. 

Lewis epitomizes the familiar saying, “If you want to get a job done, ask a busy person.” He has taught economics for 35 years at Union College in Schenectady, New York, becoming full professor in 1999. He has served as a visiting professor at several other colleges—including Carleton—and in college administration. He also writes newspaper columns on economic policy and presents seminars  at academic and business conferences. 

In addition to his academic work, Lewis has been deeply involved since 1999 in Schenectady civic affairs, ranging from running for city council to serving on the city planning commission. He began active involvement with the Reformed Church in America in 1986, holding leadership positions at the national, regional, and  local level, culminating as president of the denomination’s highest governing body in 2006–07.

Despite his extensive professional and civic commitments, Lewis has worked unceasingly and successfully for Carleton since graduation. He has served as his class’s AAF class agent for almost 19 years and was assistant class agent for two years before that. He has served on the Class of 1969’s gift committee for every reunion starting with the 25th and helped establish a new 25th gift model centered on the Alumni Annual Fund which “transformed alumni stewardship habits and still drives the fund today,” notes one nominator.

In addition to his leadership on the 25th, Lewis chaired or co-chaired the gift committee for 1969’s 30th, 35th, 40th, and 45th reunions. He also served on the reunion program committee for the 25th and 35th reunions and volunteered as the Carleton in Chicago representative while he was in graduate school in the 1970s.

Lewis holds PhD (1982) and MA degrees (1978) in economics from the University of Chicago. Prior to his academic career, he spent six years with General Electric. He is married to Catherine A. Lewis.


Patricia Wrede  Patricia Wrede ’74 • Distinguished Achievement

A master of the genre of young adult fantasy fiction, Patricia Wrede has over the course of 30 years authored a significant body of nationally recognized work. Wrede has also contributed greatly to the field as a mentor to writers and is a founding creator of Scribblies, a writing group that has produced other important fantasy writers, including Pamela Dean Dyer-Bennett ’75. Teachers, librarians, and the public consistently praise the outstanding quality of her writing. 

Wrede has written or co-written 24 novels, as well as numerous short stories. In a 2012 poll conducted by National Public Radio (NPR), Wrede’s Enchanted Forest Chronicles (four novels), was included in a list of the top 100 Best-Ever Teen Fiction, a list that includes Harry Potter, The Lord of the Rings, and Dune.

Wrede’s novels broke new ground in fantasy writing with twists on the literary genres of fantasy, fairytales, and Regency romance, and did much to establish the strong-minded female protagonists that are prevalent in fantasy and science fiction today. Jane Yolen, Wrede’s editor at  Harcourt Brace for the Enchanted Forest Chronicles, says, “She was someone who could both work inside genre fiction and make gentle mock of it at the same time. Her prose sang. And her characters simply sparked with life.”

Wrede majored in biology at Carleton and earned an MBA from the University of Minnesota in 1977. She has been a full-time writer since 1985. In addition to the Enchanted Forest Chronicles, her work includes the Lyra Fantasy series (five novels), the Sorcery and Cecelia series (three novels), three junior novelizations of the Star Wars prequel trilogy, several other novels, and a variety of short stories. Her most recent novels are part of a trilogy, Frontier Magic, which combines fantasy and historical fiction. 

Wrede, who lives in Edina, Minnesota, has received many award nominations for her writing, including the Minnesota Book Award and American Library Association Notable Children’s Book Award. She is also in demand as a speaker at conferences of educators, librarians, and writers.


Diane Ogawa  Diane Harrison Ogawa ’84 • Exceptional Service

A consistently dedicated Carleton volunteer throughout her adult life, Ogawa’s service to the College is notable in its variety and depth. Over the years, Ogawa has participated in nearly every opportunity for Carleton alumni volunteers, strengthening the College through her creativity and initiative in admissions, fundraising, governance, and alumni engagement. 

Classmate Nancy Pellowe Dennis writes, “Everything Diane does, not only for Carleton but likely for everyone who comes in contact with her at any time, is done with energy, passion, intelligence, and grace.  Just as Carleton is a place where teaching students is the top priority, Diane is a volunteer for whom serving students is  top priority.”

Ogawa cares deeply about admissions and ensuring that Carleton continues to draw the best and brightest students. Ogawa has been an Alumni Admissions Representative since graduating in 1984, served as an admissions team lead for four years, and continues to support recruitment through hosting regional events that draw alumni, students, and prospective students and their families.

A detailed rundown of Ogawa’s service also includes her leadership on the Alumni Board (now the Alumni Council) from 1999 to 2003 (including one year as vice president), her work founding and chairing the New Mexico club, and her involvement planning 1984’s 15th through 30th class reunions. She has a long track record of support and leadership for the Alumni Annual Fund, serving across decades as assistant class agent and chairing her 25th Reunion gift committee. Ogawa joined Carleton’s Board of Trustees as a 25th Reunion Trustee from 2009 to 2012, serving on the enrollment and admissions and external relations committees.

After graduating with a sociology and anthropology major at Carleton and earning a JD from Harvard Law School, Ogawa worked in corporate banking and real estate law before making a career shift to philanthropy. For the past 14 years she has led the corporate citizenship efforts of New Mexico’s largest utility, serving as executive director of the PNM Resources Foundation. She serves on numerous community boards and is a past chair of the United Way’s Women in Leadership initiative.

Higher education and philanthropy have been part of Ogawa’s life since growing up in Luverne, Minnesota, as the daughter of a higher education fundraiser. Ogawa and her husband, Greg Ogawa ’85, are the parents of two daughters and live in Albuquerque, New Mexico.


Clara Jeffery  Clara Jeffery ’89 • Distinguished Achievement

Under Clara Jeffery’s leadership, Mother Jones magazine has become widely recognized and respected as being on the forefront of American investigative journalism. Under her co-editorship, wrote one critic/observer, Jeffery has “pulled off one of journalism’s most difficult tasks: burnishing a venerable magazine’s reputation in the digital age.” The spectacular growth and innovation of the non-profit Mother Jones is even more notable against the backdrop of journalism’s overall contraction.

Jeffery’s accomplishments have been widely recognized. Among numerous other awards, Mother Jones has been nominated four times in recent years for the industry’s highest honor, the National Magazine Award for General Excellence, and has won the award twice, in 2008 and 2012. Mother Jones also won the 2012 Izzy Stone Award, presented by the Park Center for Independent Media Publishing. Most recently, in 2013 the PEN American Center awarded Jeffery and Mother Jones co-editor Monica Bauerlein the prestigious Nora Magdid Award for excellence in magazine editing. 

The contributions of Jeffery and Mother Jones are not just measured through awards, however. Anyone who followed the 2012 presidential election will remember Republican candidate Mitt Romney’s infamous “47 percent” comments. It was Mother Jones’s Washington bureau, which Jeffery and her coeditor established, that pursued and broke this story, which played a major role in the campaign. In an era in which many other publications have reduced or eliminated their investigative presence in Washington, the “MoJo” Washington bureau now has 12 reporters and editors.

Eleven pieces Jeffery has personally edited have been finalists for National Magazine Awards. Jeffery’s work has also been chosen to appear in Best American Science Writing, Best American Essays, Best American Travel Writing, and Best American Sports Writing. 

After Carleton, Jeffery obtained a graduate degree from Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism. She began her journalistic career at Washington City Paper, then served as a senior editor of Harper’s. Jeffery lives in San Francisco with her partner, Chris Baum, and their five-year-old son.


Mark Applebaum  Mark Applebaum ’89 • Distinguished Achievement

In the world of contemporary experimental music, composer and educator Mark Applebaum is well known for creating works that challenge the conventional boundaries of music. From his Carleton years to today he has impelled audiences to confront and think about music in radical new ways.

Applebaum’s solo, chamber, choral, orchestral, operatic, and electro-acoustic compositions have been performed on six continents. The Merce Cunningham Dance Company and Vienna Modern Festival are among the many organizations that have commissioned his work. He engages in intermedia collaborations with filmmakers, florists, animators, architects, choreographers, and laptop DJs. Applebaum also is an accomplished jazz pianist whose music appears on multiple labels, and he designs and constructs original instruments that he calls sound-sculptures.

“Mark’s compositions are impeccably crafted and imbued with earnestness and a kind of giddiness about creating music,” wrote Carleton professor Alex Freeman. “A force in the world of modern music,” says Carleton professor Andrew Flory. Applebaum’s 2012 TED talk, seen by almost one million viewers, describes his motivation for undertaking roles beyond that of the traditional composer—performance artist, carpenter, choreographer, dramaturge, and more.

At Carleton, Applebaum received the Larsen Award for Distinction in the Creative and Performing Arts. He earned a PhD in music composition at the University of California at San Diego. In addition to his artistic output, Applebaum is dedicated to teaching. He returned to Carleton as the Dayton-Hudson Visiting Scholar before assuming a tenure-track position at Mississippi State University in 1997. 

In 2000 Applebaum joined the faculty of Stanford University, where he is currently associate professor of composition. He was named Hazy Family University Fellow and Edith and Leland Smith Faculty Scholar, and received the university’s highest distinction for excellence in teaching in 2003. In 2012 he convened the first-ever national conference to examine the state of music composition pedagogy in higher education.

Applebaum is married to Joan Friedman, whom he met in high school during freshman algebra class. They have one daughter.


Jonathan Capehart  Jonathan Capehart ’89 • Distinguished Achievement

Jonathan Capehart ranks in the top echelons of Carleton alumni journalists. Capehart and the New York Daily News editorial board received a Pulitzer Prize for their series on Harlem’s Apollo Theatre that effectively rescued it from the financial mismanagement that threatened the landmark’s survival. Capehart is credited with leading this effort and playing a key role in the investigative journalism and editorial writing that led to the award.

Capehart’s ongoing work for nationally recognized organizations in the highly competitive news markets of New York and Washington sets him apart and speaks to his influence in the field. “He is a new kind of opinion journalist: a blogger who doesn’t just sit back and tell readers what he thinks, but one who is consistently reporting,” says Washington Post editorial page editor Fred Hiatt. “He looks to persuade and enlarge understanding, not to belittle. In today’s media culture, that makes him a rare and valuable contributor.”

Capehart’s commitment to excellence in journalism has been evident from his early work with the Carletonian, Carleton Observer, and KRLX. “Decency, critical inquiry, humor, lack of pretense, intellectual honesty, a devotion to public interest—these are things that are signatures of the Carleton community,” notes Politico founder John Harris ’85. “These values are amply reflected in Jonathan’s work.” 

Raised in New Jersey, Capehart was a post-graduate assistant to Carleton President Stephen R. Lewis Jr. in 1989–90. He then moved to New York City, where he worked for the WNYC Foundation and The Today Show. In 1993 Capehart moved to the Daily News where, as well as doing daily reporting, he became the youngest-ever member of the paper’s editorial board, serving until 2000. 

He then joined Bloomberg News as national affairs columnist. Soon after, Capehart took a leave of absence to become the first person to join Michael Bloomberg’s campaign for mayor of New York, serving as a policy adviser. After the election Capehart served with Bloomberg’s transition staff and then returned to Bloomberg News. From 2002 to 2005, he served as deputy editorial page editor of the Daily News.

In 2007, Capehart joined the Washington Post editorial board, his current position, where he writes about politics and social issues for the PostPartisan blog. He is also a contributor to various programs on MSNBC and is a frequent guest on political television shows.

Capehart was a 2011 Esteem honoree, which recognizes efforts for the African American and LGBT communities by those involved in entertainment, media, civil rights, business and art. He gave the keynote address for Carleton’s Opening Convocation in fall 2013.


Jay Rubenstein  Jay Rubenstein ’89 • Distinguished Achievement

Jay Rubenstein is a medieval historian whose articulation of a new, more complex understanding of the cultural, religious, and intellectual life of the 11th and 12th centuries is transforming the field. Rubenstein is “one of the most skilled, imaginative, and hard-working medieval historians currently in the profession,” one nominator wrote.

After writing a widely acclaimed book on the 12th-century monk and scholar Guibert of Nogent, Rubenstein received three of the most prestigious awards given for scholarship in the humanities. In 2006–07 he received a Burkhardt Fellowship from the American Council of Learned Societies for research in Rome, followed by a year of additional research in Paris supported by a National Endowment for the Humanities fellowship. While in Paris he was named a MacArthur Fellow for the period from 2008 to 2012. 

His recent work, Armies of Heaven: The First Crusade and the Quest for Apocalypse (Basic Books, 2011) received the Ralph Waldo Emerson Prize from Phi Beta Kappa’s national office. The book, a beautifully written and challengingly revisionist interpretation of the First Crusade based on a complete re-examination of all the relevant primary sources, “is a brilliant piece of work and would be the shining jewel to a historian’s shelf,” notes the San Francisco Book Review.

Jay Rubenstein received an MPhil (1992) from the University of Oxford, St. John’s College, and a PhD (1997) from the University of California–Berkeley. He was an assistant professor of history at the University of New Mexico (1999–2006) prior to joining the faculty at the University of Tennessee, where he is currently the Alvin and Sally Beman Professor of History. Rubenstein taught at Carleton as a Headley House Distinguished Visiting Professor in 2009. 

Thomas E. Burman, Distinguished Professor of the Humanities at the University of Tennessee, says of Rubenstein, “In him Carleton has produced one of the great scholars of this new century.” 

Rubenstein and his wife, Meredith McGroarty, have one son.


Mike Rhodes  Michael Rhodes ’99 • In the Spirit of Carleton

Michael Rhodes’s exceptional service as a physician at home and abroad is helping to build innovative and self-sustaining models for medical systems in developing countries. He is one of the founding champions of the Tufundishane Collaborative, a medical exchange between Tanzania and the University of Minnesota (UMN) designed to enhance medical education and build lasting partnerships to  improve patient outcomes and, ultimately, save lives. 

While attending medical school at UMN from 2001 to 2005, Rhodes founded a free clinic in Minneapolis, the Phillips Neighborhood Clinic. The clinic is focused on holistic care and is staffed by a multidisciplinary group of university health care students. In 2009, the year he formed Tufundishane Collaborative, Rhodes also volunteered as a physician at the American Refugee Committee displaced persons camp in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, and became staff physician at Abbott Northwestern Hospital in Minneapolis. 

Tufundishane Collaborative works at Arusha Lutheran Medical Center and Selian Hospital in Arusha, Tanzania. Tufundishane is a Swahili word meaning “to learn from one another.” University of Minnesota faculty physician and residents make rounds with local doctors, creating a constant exchange of learning and trust. After having established the collaborative model, Rhodes now works to explore what is the most effective and sustainable model for outside physicians to work internationally. The goal is intellectual capacity building, so Tanzanians have the skills and expertise to care for their own people. 

“Essentially, Mike took ‘medical tourism,’ something a lot of doctors do once, and turned it into a long-term learning relationship built on a philosophy of humble, open-minded learners on both sides,” wrote his nominators. “His work is helping to change health care in a meaningful and lasting way.” 

Rhodes says his most significant accomplishment is his daily work with patients, families, and medical trainees on the wards every day in Minneapolis or Arusha: “There is no single accomplishment—rather, it’s the  amazing opportunity to help people.”


Ryeon Corsi  Ryeon Corsi ’09 • In the Spirit of Carleton

Valuing service over salary, Ryeon Corsi has spent the five years since her graduation from Carleton championing environmental and educational issues in a wide range of positions and making a difference in each of the communities she has encountered. Corsi’s commitment to energetic, inquisitive, and innovative service embodies unique values cultivated through her Carleton education.

“Ryeon’s desire to help others has no physical, ethnic, racial, or economic boundaries,” her nominators wrote. “No matter where she is or what problem she tackles, she intentionally leaves behind a lasting contribution to the community.”

As an AmeriCorps member, Corsi was instrumental in creating a community garden in Provincetown, Massachusetts; creating educational websites and video-documentaries in Arizona and California; and developing an after-school activities program for at-risk students at a California high school incorporating dance, African drumming, nutrition, sports, and a mentorship with UCSC undergraduates.

Corsi now serves in the Peace Corps as a forestry extension volunteer in Zambia, where she is working on technological solutions to food security problems and promoting sustainable agriculture techniques. From processing sugar cane into syrups or cassava into marketable snack foods to melding HIV/AIDS prevention programs with tree planting,  she challenges her communities to mobilize and to translate thoughts into actions, perhaps to fail, but then to reflect and persist. She was recently featured for her service in a three-part video series for the Peace Corps which will be aired on ZNBC, Zambia’s public television channel.

At Carleton, Corsi was an American studies major and a captain of the women’s hockey team. She was also a writing tutor at the Write Place and the Summer Writing Program and transcribed the life story of a post-World War II veteran into a published 100-page book. A 2008 Larson International Fellowship recipient, Corsi studied adoption in South Korea and earned a certificate in intercultural communications at Hallym University. She returned to Korea in 2012 on another scholarship from Korean Adoptee Ministries. Her experiences were selected to be visually represented by artist Eun-Kyung Suh, who exhibits her work in universities and galleries around the world.

“Post-Carleton, I’ve found that what compels my travels and service the most is the desire not only to learn from the people I meet but to empower them where I can,” Corsi says. “When you are never fully a community member, the most sustainable activities you can do are to find people who are invested in their local surroundings, encourage their momentum, create tools together to empower others, and ultimately take the back seat to their leadership.”