Founders Day 2011

Doris Kearns Goodwin, a Pulitzer Prize–winning historian, served as the 2011 Founders Day dinner guest speaker. (David Kilper)

Alumni and friends gathered for the Founders Day dinner on Nov. 5, 2011, at the St. Louis Union Station Marriott. This annual event commemorates the founding of Washington University in 1853. The guest speaker for the evening was Doris Kearns Goodwin, a Pulitzer Prize–winning historian. The Alumni Association honored distinguished alumni, faculty and friends for their achievements:


Susan Sanders Block, BFA ’76
The Designing Block

Robert W. Frick, BS ’60, MBA ’62
Retired Vice Chairperson of the Board of Directors
Bank of America

John C. Gannon, MA ’72, PhD ’76
President, Intelligence and Security
BAE Systems

Kenneth B. Steinback, BSBA ’66
CSI Leasing, Inc.

Jessie L. Ternberg, MD ’53, PhD ’08
Professor Emerita of Surgery
Washington University in St. Louis


Jeffrey I. Gordon
Dr. Robert J. Glaser Distinguished University Professor;
Director, Center for Genome Sciences
School of Medicine

Barton Hamilton
Robert Brookings Smith Distinguished Professor of Entrepreneurship
Olin Business School

Charles R. McManis
Thomas and Karole Green Professor of Law
School of Law

Martha Storandt, BA ’60, PhD ’66
Professor of Psychology and Neurology
Arts & Sciences


Carol B. and George P. (BS ’53, MS ’59) Bauer

Scott and Pyong Rudolph

Call for Founders Day 2012 Nominations

The deadline for the 2012 Founders Day Awards nominations is Jan. 13, 2012.
Nominations received after this date will be eligible for consideration for the 2013 Founders Day Awards.

Founders Day Awards Criteria

Distinguished Alumni Awards recognize outstanding professional achievement, public service, exceptional service to Washington University or all three. The criteria for the award include the following:
• Professional achievement — National success and achievement in field of expertise (Judgment of others in the field will be given special attention.)
• Public service — Significant contributions in areas of public service
• Service — Active engagement in university or alumni affairs for a minimum of five, but preferably 10 years

Members of the Executive Committee of the Alumni Board of Governors, members of the Washington University Board of Trustees, current employees and former employees within five years of departure from the university are not eligible for this award.

Distinguished Faculty Awards recognize outstanding commitment to the intellectual and personal development of students. The criteria for the award include the following:
• Quality of instruction
• Relationship to students
• Availability to students outside the classroom
• Reputation for scholarship
• Distinguished service to Washington University

The nominee must be a full-time tenured faculty member with a minimum of seven years of teaching experience at Washington University and actively teaching when nominated (unless on the “Clinical Track” in the School of Medicine, in which case the tenure criterion is not applicable). Faculty on sabbatical are considered active members, but visiting faculty members are not eligible. Retired faculty members must be nominated within one year of retirement.

You can access a chronological list of past winners of both awards at

A complete Founders Day nomination consists of the following:
• A nomination letter that outlines the nominee’s professional accomplishments, civic involvement, and his/her volunteer and/or philanthropic contributions to Washington University.
• Supporting materials, including at least two of the following: biography, résumé/vitae, magazine articles, news clippings or journal articles.

Please submit your nominations and supporting materials by Jan. 13, 2012.
• Online:
• By Mail:
Founders Day 2012 Nominations
Washington University
Campus Box 1210
One Brookings Drive
St. Louis, MO 63130-4899

The nomination and selection processes are confidential.

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