Arts & Sciences recognizes six alumni at awards dinner

Arts & Sciences at Washington University in St. Louis recognized the achievements of six alumni during the 16th Annual Arts & Sciences Distinguished Alumni Awards ceremony, held April 25 at the Ritz-Carlton Hotel in Clayton.

Barbara A. Schaal, PhD, dean of the faculty of Arts & Sciences and the Mary-Dell Chilton Distinguished Professor, and members of the Arts & Sciences National Council hosted the awards dinner.

The school presented four Distinguished Alumni Awards, one Early Career Achievement Award and one Dean’s Medal.

The 2013 Arts & Sciences Distinguished Alumni Award recipients are:

James Burmeister (AB ’61, MBA ’63, MA ’67), whose time at WUSTL spans nearly six decades, from working part time in the psychology department at age 14; to earning degrees in political science, business and psychology; to serving as university registrar; then to serving in both alumni relations and public affairs; to his current role as Commencement director;

nn Johanson, MD (AB ’56), the first physician in endocrine clinical research at the California-based biotechnology firm Genentech and one of the first doctors to use a groundbreaking biosynthetic growth hormone to treat children with pituitary deficiency;
James Schiele (AB ’52, MLA ’85, MA ’11, doctoral student), consultant and former chairman and chief executive officer of St. Louis Screw & Bolt Co.; and

Darrell Williams
, PhD (MA ’86, PhD ’91), an economist and founder and publisher of, a website that offers news, resources and opinions on issues important to African Americans.

The Early Career Achievement Award recipient is Nicole Kaplan (AB ’92), founding president of Telesto LLC, a Florida-based consulting company that provides financial advisory services to corporate entities.

The Dean’s Medalist is Marie Oetting (AB ’49), a stalwart volunteer for Arts & Sciences and a fixture on campus for more than 60 years, serving on countless planning and advisory committees as well as supporting student scholarships and other important initiatives.

During the awards ceremony, the honorees shared personal stories of their educational experience and the impact it had on their lives and accomplishments.

For biographies and videos on each of the awardees, visit here.