Distinguished Alumni Award

Since 1963, the University of Iowa Alumni Association has recognized the University's most accomplished alumni with the Distinguished Alumni Award.

There are six award categories: Achievement, Service, Hickerson Recognition, Faculty/Staff, Young Alumni, and Friend of the University. Nominate someone for a Distinguished Alumni Award.

2012 CLAS Distinguished Alumni Recipients

  • Marion Elmquist, BA '72, Journalism
  • Tanna Frederick, BA '99, Theatre Arts
  • Randall Gray, BS '72, Psychology; MA '75
  • Stanley James, BA '53, Physical Education; MD '62

Past Recipients

Name UI Degrees
Adler, Philip D. BA '26 English
Adorno, Rolena BA '64 Spanish
Albrecht, Richard R. BA '58 Chemistry; JD '61
Alexander, Margaret Walker MA '40, PhD '65 English
Allard, William D. MFA '75 Dramatic Art
Anderson, Thomas J. PhD '58 Music
Anneberg, Walter A. BS '23 Liberal Arts and Medicine; MD '23; MS '24
Armstrong, Benjamin R. "B.J." , Jr. BA '89 Communication Studies
Arvidson, Cheryl R. BA '69 Journalism
Austin, Lois M. BS '31 Liberal Arts and Nursing; GN '31
Bailey, Ray V. BA '35 Political Science; JD '37
Baird, Bil B. BA '26 (unspecified)
Baker, Steven W. BA '72 American Civilization
Bandura, Albert MA '51, PhD '52 Psychology
Barrent, Milton E. BS '40 Liberal Arts and Medicine; MD '40; R '49
Bauer, Theodore J. MD '33; BS '34 Liberal Arts and Medicine
Becker, Samuel L. BA '47, MA '49, PhD '53 Communication and Theatre Arts
Beckwith, P. Sue BS '80 Psychology
Beem, Clifford H. MA '31 Communication and Theatre Arts
Bell, Marvin MFA '63 English
Benson, Mildred Wirt BA '25 (unspecified); MA '27 Journalism
Bernatz, Philip E. BA '42 Liberal Arts and Medicine; MD '44
Bosch, Donald T. BS '39 Liberal Arts and Medicine; MD '41
Bouma, John BA '58 Political Science; JD '60
Boyle, T. C. MFA '74, PhD '77
Bramson, James BS '76 Science Education; '79 DDS
Branstad, Terry E. BA '69 Political Science
Briggs, Shirley A. BA '39, MA '40 Art
Brinkhous, Kenneth M. BA '29 Liberal Arts and Medicine; MD '32
Brownlee, S. J. BA '48 Economics
Buchanan, Ellen Hasse SE '77 Elementary Education
Bucksbaum, Matthew BA '49 Economics
Burroughs, John A., Jr. BA '59 Political Science
Bywater, Janet NcNeill BA '35 Commerce and Science
Bywater, Ray L. BA '33 Journalism
Calkin, Homer L. BA '35, MA '36, PhD '39 History
Callen, Joseph E. BSCh '42; MS '43, PhD '46 Chemistry
Callen, Ursil Ione Harvey BS '45 Liberal Arts and Nursing; GN '45 Nursing
Cameron, Cornelia C. BA '33, MS '35, PhD '40 Geology
Cannon, Craig D. BA '97 History
Carver, Martin G. BA '70 Mathematics
Chapman, Don W. BS '37 Liberal Arts and Medicine; MD '39; R '44
Clancy, Gerard BA '83 Biochemistry; MD '88
Cochran, John J., Jr. MA '67 Journalism
Coffey, Daniel J. MFA '75 Dramatic Art
Conrad, Paul F. BA '50 Art
Crowley, Joseph N. BA '59 Political Science
Cutler, Howard A. BA '40 English; MA '41 Economics
Dahl, Eva BA '73 General Science
Dakin, Allin W. BA '26 (unspecified); MA '27 Commerce and Science
Dancer, David A. BA '17 History
Daniels, Lee A. BA '65 Political Science
Danner, David A. BA '47 Spanish
Davis, McKinley "Deacon" BA '55 Political Science
Dawson, Jr., Horace PhD '61 Journalism
Day, Cornelia "Cornie" Shrauger BA '40 Journalism
Day, Robert BA '40 Liberal Arts and Law; JD '42
DeKock, William H. BA '60 Science Education; DDS 63'; MS '67 Orthodontics
Dixon, James A. BM '52, MA '56 Music
Dore, Kathleen A. BA '72 Communication and Theatre Arts; MBA '84
Dove, Rita F. MFA '77 English
Drewelowe, Eve BA '23, MA '24 Art
Duke, Wayne BA '50 Journalism
Eble, Charles L. BA '40 Music
Engle, Paul H. MA '32 English
English, John W. BA '55 Geography
Ericson, James D. BA '58 History; JD '62
Estes, Simon BM '86 Music
Falb, Kent P. BS '65 Physical Education; PT '65
Falsey, John H., Jr. MFA '78 English
Felton, Norman Francis BFA '40, MA '41 Communication and Theatre Arts
Feniger, Jerome R., Jr. BA '48 Communication and Theatre Arts
Frazer, George E. BA '09 (unspecified)
Frederick, John Towner BA '15, MA '17 English
Gallup, George H. BA '23 Political Science; MA '25, PhD '28 Psychology; LLD '67
Ganske, Greg BA '72 Political Science; MD '76
Garcia, George F. MA '72 History
Garfield, Theodore G. BA '15 Political Science; LLB '17
Gentry, Nolden I., Jr. BA '60 Political Science; JD '64
Gilliam, Franklin D., Jr MA '78, PhD '83 Political Science
Glidden, Robert B. BA '58, MA '60, PhD '66 Music
Godwin, Gail MA 68 Writers' Workshop; PhD, '71 English
Gorkin, Jess BA '36 Journalism
Grahame, Orville F. BA '25 Liberal Arts and Law; JD '29
Grahame, Paula BA '26 English
Granner, Daryl K. BA '58 Science Education; MS '62, MD '62
Grannon, Alice Fay BA '41 Sociology
Green, Edwin B. BA '29 Journalism
Greer, Joel T. S. BA '75 Political Science; JD '78
Greer, John J. BA '42 Political Science; JD '43
Guggenheim, Charles E. BA '48 Communication and Theatre Arts
Haefner, Ruth E. BA '18 Home Economics
Hageboeck, Eleanor (Gildner) BA '29 Art
Hageboeck, William T. BA '28 Journalism
Hall, W. Earl BA '18 English
Halmi, Katherine BA '61 General Science; MD '65
Hamilton, Milo BA '50 Communicatin and Theatre Arts
Hamilton, William K. BA '43 Liberal Arts and Medicine; MD '46; R '51
Hammer, Katherine Gonet BA '67 English; MA '69 Linguistics; PhD '73 English
Hamod, David A. BA '81 Political Science
Hancher, Virgil M. BA '18 Political Science; JD '24; LLD '64
Hankins, Andrew J. BA '64 Science Education
Hansen, James E. BA '63, MS '65 Mathematical Sciences; PhD '67 Physics
Hardin, Robert C. BS '35 Liberal Arts and Medicine; '37 MD
Hargitt, R. Jerry BA '55 Journalism
Hartley, Jack MA '50 English
Hawkins, Max S. BA '41 Geology
Hawkinson, H. John BA '36 Commerce and Science
Hawley, Anne BA '66 English
Henningsen, Victor E. BA '30 (unspecified); MS '31 Mathematical Sciences
Hershey, H. Garland BA '63, General Science
Hickerson, Loren L. BA '40 Journalism
Hickman, James C. MS '52, PhD '61 Mathematical Sciences
Hinton, Alfred BA '67 Art
Hoegh, Leo A. BA '29 Political Science; JD '32
Hogg, Robert V. MS '48, PhD '50 Mathematical Sciences
Holt, Bertha M. BS '26 Liberal Arts and Nursing; GN '26
Holton, I. J. "Jim" BA '41 Economics; JD '47
Hook, Henry B. BA '33 Journalism
Horner, Charles A. BA '58 Science Education
Houghton, H. Clark BA '44 Economics; JD '49
Houser, Robert N. BA '47 Mathematical Sciences
Huit, Marion L. MA '49 Psychology
Irving, John MFA '67 English
Iyengar, Shanto MA '71, PhD '72 Political Science
Jolly-Fritz, Roletta BS '21 Liberal Arts and Medicine; MD '23
Jones, Laurence C. BPh '07 Philosophical
Jurgensen, Reynold P. BA '31, MS '32 Chemistry
Kaplan Light, Dorothy  BA '59 Political Science; JD '61
Karro, Roy G. BA '42 Sociology
Kash, Don E. BA '59, MA '60, PhD '63 Political Science
Kay, G. Marshall BA '24 (unspecified); MS '25 Geology
Kemp, Barry M. BA '71 Communication and Theatre Arts
Kessler, Merle B. MFA '73 English; MFA '74 Dramatic Art
Kierscht, Charles M. BA '62 Psychology; JD '62
Knowler, Lloyd A. BA '32, MS '34, PhD '37 Mathematical Sciences
Knowler, William C. BA '68 Mathematics
Koop, Theodore F. BA '28 Journalism
Krause, W. A. "Bill" BA '57 Journalism
Krohn, Shirley Rich BFA '44 Communication and Theatre Arts
Kueter, Jeffrey BA '93 Political Science
Lancaster, Edwin B. BA '38 Mathematical Sciences
Larson, Alan BA '71 Political Science; MA '78, PhD '82 Economics
Larson, Carroll B. BS '31 Liberal Arts and Sciences; MD '33
Lasansky, Leonardo BGS '71, MA '72, MFA '72 Art
Lay, Donald P. BA '49 Liberal Arts and Law; JD '51
Levitt, Richard S. BA '52 Economics, JD '54
Lichtenberger, H. William BA '57 Science Education; BSChE '59
Lierle, Dean M. BS '19 Liberal Arts and Medicine; MD '21; MS '23 Ophthalmology and Visual Science; R '26
Lindsley, Donald B. MA '30, PhD '32 Psychology
Lodwick, Gwilym S. BA '42 Liberal Arts and Medicine; MD '43; R '50
Lohaus, Brad BGS '90 (unspecified)
Luthans, Fred BA '61 Mathematical Sciences; MBA '62; PhD '65 Business Administration
Lutwack, Wilton J. BA '38 Journalism
Macagno, Matilde MS '58, Mathematical Science
MacDonald, Kenneth P. BA '26 English
Mahon, Casey D. BA '73 Social Work; JD '76
Maibaum, Richard BA '31, MA '32 Communication and Theatre Arts
Martell, Leon C. MFA '75 Dramatic Art
McDevitt, Sue Penney BA '60 Psychology; MA '62, PhD '67 Education
McDonald, Robert H. BA '22 (unspecified); JD '26
McGregor, Ruth Van Roekel BA '64, MA '65 Communication and Theatre Arts
McKay, Carol R. BA '71 Journalism
McKay, Richard A. BA '52 Liberal Arts and Medicine; MD '56; R '63
McLaughlin, Jill N. BA '53 Science Education
McLendon, John B., Jr. MA '37 Physical Education
Meyer, Nicholas BA '68 Communication and Theatre Arts
Milch, David S. MFA '70 English
Miller, Francis C. BA '41 Social Studies
Mora, Elizabeth Catlett MFA '40 Art
Morse, John H. BA '30 (unspecified)
Mowlam, Marjorie "Mo" MA '74, PhD '77 Political Science
Moyers, Robert E. BS '42 Liberal Arts and Dentistry; DDS '42; MS '47; PhD '49
Mulligan, Terrence J. BS '68 Physical Education; SE '68
Mussell, Kay Johnson BA '65 English; MA '70, PhD '73 American Civilization
Myers, Robert J. MS '34 Mathematical Sciences
New, Michael J. (1942-2006), BA '64 Journalism; MA '67 Sociology
Nipson, Herbert MFA '48 English
Nye, Frank T. BA '36 Journalism
Obermann, C. Esco BA '27 (unspecified); MA '31, PhD '38 Education
O'Donoghue, Don BS '23 Liberal Arts and Medicine; MD '26
Ojemann, George A. BA '56 Science Education; MD '59
Ojemann, Robert G. BA '52 Science Education; MD '55
Olsen, Lance MFA '80 English
Olson, Harry F. BE '24 (unspecified); MS '25, PhD '28 Physics and Astronomy; EE '32
Opitz, John M. BA '56, Zoology
Pawley, Thomas D., III MA '39, PhD '49 Communication and Theatre Arts
Peters, Charles M. BS '74 Psychology; JD '80
Petersen, Ann C. BA '73 Political Science
Petersen, H. Rand BA '51 Economics
Petersen, Mary Louise BA '51 Science Education
Peterson, Trudy Huskamp MA '72; PhD '75 History
Phillips, Madge Jones BA '38 Journalism
Prestage, Jewel Limar MA '52, PhD '54 Political Science
Putney, Mark W. BA '51 Political Science; JD '57
Radosevich, Marcia J. MA '78; PhD '82 Sociology
Rathe, Herbert W. BS '23 Liberal Arts and Medicine; MD '25
Ray, Dorothy "Dottie" Klein BA '44, MA '45 Journalism
Reasoner, Carroll J. BA '73 Psychology, JD '76
Rees, Marian J. BA '51 Sociology
Reich, Helen L. BA '30, MA '35 Journalism
Reynolds, W. Ann MS '60, PhD '62 Zoology
Rhodes, Nickolas J. BA '87 Communication and Theatre Arts
Ritter, Patricia Sleezer BA '41 Political Science
Roberts, Simon O. BA '59 Sociology
Robinson, Eddie G. MA '54 Physical Education
Rogler-Canino, Lloyd H. BA '51 Philosophy; MA '52, PhD '57 Sociology
Ross, Brian E. BA '71 Journalism
Rousseau, Eugene E. PhD '62 Music
Schaeffer, Glenn MFA '77 English
Schierbrock, Thomas R. BS '70 Science Education; DDS '74
Schlotfeldt, Rozella M. BS '35 Liberal Arts and Nursing; GN '35
Schmidt, Herman J. BA '38 Journalism
Schnieders, Richard BA '70 Mathematics
Schrimper, George BA '64, General Science
Seegar, Murray BA '51 Journalism
Segal, Sheldon J. MS '51, PhD '52 Zoology
Seymour, Raymond B. PhD '37 Chemistry
Shapiro, Mark S. BA '92 Communication Studies
Sheets, Alice W. BA '32 Journalism
Sherman, Jerome K. PhD '54 Zoology
Smiley, Jane G. MA '75, MFA '76, PhD '78 English
Smith, Mary Louise BA '35 Social Work
Smith, Phillip M., Sr. BA '49 Zoology
Sparks, Robert BA 55 General Science
Speigner, Theodore R. MA '33 History
Spence, Janet Taylor MA '49, PhD '49 Psychology
Spriestersbach, Duane C. "Sprie" MA '40, PhD '48 Speech Pathology and Audiology
Starch, Daniel MA '04, PhD '06 Psychology
Starr, V. Hale MA '76, PhD '79 Communication and Theatre Arts
Stegner, Wallace E. MA '32, PhD '35 English
Stewart, Walter L. BA '10 (unspecified), LLB '12
Stout, Juanita Kidd BA '39 Music
Stuit, Dewey B. non-UI grad
Stuit, Velma E. Pottorf non-UI grad
Sulentic, Wallace J. BA '54 Political Science
Tallman, Ann M. BS '84 Psychology; BS '84 Political Science
Terrell, Glenn PhD '52 Child Behavior and Development
Thomsen, Michelle F. MS '74, PhD '77 Physics
Tone, Philip W. BA '43 Liberal Arts and Law; JD '48
Toohey, Linda Glazer BA '70 Religion; MA '77 Journalism
Tyrrell, John E. BA '47 Liberal Arts and Medicine; MD '50
Van Allen, James A. MS '36, PhD '39 Physics and Astronomy
Voxman, Himie BSChE '33, MA '34 Psychology
Warner, Emory D. BS '27 Liberal Arts and Medicine; MD '29
Watson, James L. BA '65 Asian Languages and Literature
Waxenberg, Alan M. BA '56 Journalism
Weber, Irving B. BA '22 (unspecified)
Wegman, Edward J. MS '67, PhD '68 Statistics and Actuarial Science
Wheeler, Sheba R. BA '96 Journalism and Mass Communication
Wilcox, Francis O. BA '30 (unspecified); MA '31, PhD '33 Political Science
Wilder, Gene BA '55 Communication and Theatre Arts
Witte, John H., Jr. BA '10 (unspecified)
Wood, William Ransom MA '36, PhD '39 English
Wuest, Mark K. BA '84 Dance
Yager, Robert MS ’53 PhD '57 Botany
Ying, Diane Y. MA '68 Journalism
Zamberletti, Fred BA, BS '55 Physical Education