Founders Day 2012 Features Robert Gates

Former U.S. Secretary of Defense Robert Gates served as guest speaker for Founders Day, Nov. 3, 2012. (Joe Angeles)

Alumni and friends gathered for the Founders Day dinner Nov. 3, 2012, at the St. Louis Union Station Hotel. This annual event commemorates the founding of Washington University in 1853. The dinner’s guest speaker was Robert Gates, former U.S. secretary of defense. During the evening, the Alumni Association honored distinguished alumni, faculty and friends for their achievements.


John Michael Clear, AB ’71
Partner, Bryan Cave LLP

Hal Daub, BSBA ’63
Partner, Husch Blackwell LLP

Diane DeMell Jacobsen, MLA ’95, MA ’00, PhD ’03
Retired President and CEO, Dependable Insurance Group

Mary Strauss, MA ’69
Co-owner and Director of Restoration, Fox Theatre

Gregg Walker, AB ’94
Senior Vice President, Sony


Pratim Biswas
The Lucy and Stanley Lopata Professor
Chair, Department of Energy, Environmental & Chemical Engineering
Director, McDonnell Academy Global Energy & Environmental Partnership
School of Engineering & Applied Science

Ronald R. King
The Myron Northrop Professor of Accounting
Senior Associate Dean, Special Projects
Olin Business School

Amanda Moore McBride, MSW ’95, PhD ’03
Associate Professor and Associate Dean for Social Work
Director, Richard A. Gephardt Institute for Public Service
Research Director, Center for Social Development
Brown School

Marcus E. Raichle
Professor of Radiology and Neurology
School of Medicine


Nancy Green

Howard L. Wood, BSBA ’61

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