Arts & Sciences presents Distinguished Alumni Awards, Dean’s Medal

Arts & Sciences at Washington University in St. Louis recognized a beloved faculty member, a Pulitzer Prize winner, a driving force in continuing education, a devoted advocate, and entrepreneurs in energy and public relations during its 17th Annual Arts & Sciences Distinguished Alumni Awards ceremony, held April 24 at the Hilton Frontenac Hotel.

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

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

The 2014 Arts & Sciences Distinguished Alumni Award recipients are:

Joe Daniels (AB ’94)
(Early Career Achievement Award)
Daniels is president and CEO of the National September 11 Memorial & Museum at the World Trade Center Foundation.

Carol Epstein (BS ’08, MA ’08)
Epstein is a well-known community volunteer, lifelong learner and activist for animal welfare and humane education.

Gayle Jackson (MA ’69, PhD ’72)
With more than 38 years in the international energy industry, Jackson has become an expert on global fossil-fuels markets and government relations strategies for energy companies.

Hank Klibanoff (AB ’71)
Klibanoff is the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of “The Race Beat: The Press, the Civil Rights Struggle, and the Awakening of a Nation.”

Ken Makovsky (AB 62, JD ’65)
Makovsky founded a top public relations firm and won the Stanley M. Isaacs Human Relations Award for distinguished leadership in forging ties between the Jewish people and other peoples of the world.

Professor Murray Weidenbaum
(Dean’s Medalist)

Weidenbaum, PhD, the Edward Mallinckrodt Distinguished University Professor in Arts & Sciences and honorary chairman of the Weidenbaum Center on the Economy, Government, and Public Policy, was honored posthumously. He died March 20 in St. Louis.

A highly influential economist and policy adviser, Weidenbaum, 87, has a legacy in the academic and governmental realms that began in the early 1960s. He served as the first chairman of President Ronald Reagan’s Council of Economic Advisers.

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