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John Gannon and Chancellor Mark Wrighton

John Gannon, MA ’72, PhD ’76, receives the Founders Day Distinguished Alumni Award from Chancellor Wrighton.

 
Each year, Washington University recognizes the exceptional achievements of alumni, faculty and friends of the university.
  
Distinguished Alumni Awards recognize outstanding professional achievement, public service, exceptional service to Washington University, or all three. 
 
Distinguished Faculty Award
Distinguished Faculty Awards recognize outstanding commitment to the intellectual and personal development of students. 
 
Robert S. Brookings Award
The Robert S. Brookings Award is conferred by the Board of Trustees and presented at the university’s Founders Day celebration. The Brookings Award is given to individuals who by commitment and generosity exemplify the alliance between Washington University and its community.

 
Arts & Sciences

Distinguished Alumni Award
Distinguished Alumni Awards honor alumni who exemplify the ideals embodied by an Arts & Sciences education. Those honored have attained distinction in their academic or professional careers and have demonstrated service to their communities and to Washington University. 
 
The Dean’s Medal
The Dean’s Medal is awarded to a person with an exemplary record of leadership and service who has made an exceptional contribution to the advancement of the ideals of an Arts & Sciences education.
 

The Jane and Whitney Harris St. Louis Community Service Award

The Jane and Whitney Harris St. Louis Community Service Award is presented each year by Washington University to honor a St. Louis husband and wife who have contributed in an outstanding manner to the culture and welfare of the greater St. Louis community. 
 
A generous bequest from a longtime community supporter and advocate, the late Jane Freund Harris, established this inspirational award. Jane’s untimely death in April 1999 left a void in St. Louis. Renowned for their remarkable generosity, compassion and dedication, Jane and Whitney Harris exemplified the best qualities of service to fellow citizens. This prize is designed to encourage other St. Louis couples to follow in Jane and Whitney Harris’ footsteps.

 
Sam Fox School  

The Awards for Distinction recognize Sam Fox School alumni and other individuals for professional achievement in the fields of art, architecture and design and/or for service to their profession, the community or the Sam Fox School and Washington University.
 
The Young Alumni Award recognizes the achievements of those who have graduated within the last ten years.  Their contributions distinguish them as future leaders in the fields of art, architecture and design.
 
The Dean’s Medal honors an individual whose extraordinary contributions have elevated the fields of art, architecture and design.
 

Eliot Society “Search” Award   

The William Greenleaf Eliot Society “Search” Award is presented annually to an individual(s) whose service to Washington University has been outstanding over a period of years. The award recognizes an alum or friend who, through his or her efforts and vision, has contributed to the university’s progress; or a member of the faculty who, with unusual dedication, has heightened the quality of academic life. Recipients have demonstrated responsible leadership, commitment to the ideals of the institution and a willingness to work on behalf of its goals. In the tradition of earlier recipients, each awardee should be an inspiration to others who serve Washington University. The “Search” Award itself is a hand-wrought replica of the sculpture The Search, designed by Heikki Seppä, professor emeritus of art. 
 

Engineering Alumni Achievement Awards honor distinguished alumni who have attained the highest levels of professional success.  Awardees are selected on the basis of several factors, including career achievement, demonstrated leadership and service to their communities.  Honorees may have excelled in the field of engineering, or followed other career paths while using their engineering background as a foundation for success.

Young Alumni Award
The Engineering Young Alumni Award is bestowed each year to a distinguished alumnus or alumna under the age of 40. This honoree is selected based on career achievement, innovation and public service. 

Dean's Award
The Engineering Dean’s Award is one of the School’s highest honors.  Presented annually to an alumnus or alumna, a friend or a faculty member, the Dean’s Award honors those who have provided extraordinary service and demonstrated unwavering dedication to the School of Engineering & Applied Science. 
 
The Engineering Volunteer of the Year Award is presented each year in honor of alumnus Jack Kourik, BS ’48.  This award recognizes alumni and friends who have given generously of their time and talent to the School of Engineering & Applied Science.  Recipients are honored for their dedication, service and ongoing support of Engineering education.
 

Olin Business School 

Distinguished Business Alumni Award
The Distinguished Business Alumni Award honors Olin Business School alumni who have attained distinction in their careers. Those being honored share the characteristics of leadership: progressive thinking, high standards, uncompromising integrity, commitment, courage and confidence. Their careers serve as models for all Washington University students and alumni.  

The Dean’s Medal is awarded to special friends whose dedication and service to Olin Business School have been exceptional. By providing wise advice, pursuing high objectives and generating the enthusiasm and support of many others, these friends have made significant differences to the School. Special friends of this caliber greatly enhance the School’s progress.

 

The Distinguished Law Alumni Awards honor alumni who have obtained distinction in their professional or academic careers. Those being honored share the same characteristics of leadership, progressive thinking, high standards, uncompromising integrity, commitment, courage and confidence. Their careers serve as models for Washington University law students and alumni.  
 
The Distinguished Young Law Alumni Awards honor alumni who graduated from the School of Law within the past 25 years. The recipients exemplify achievement and commitment to the ideals embodied in a School of Law education. 
 
Dean’s Medal
Created in 1995 by Dorsey D. Ellis, Jr., now dean emeritus, the Dean’s Medal recognizes individuals who have made outstanding contributions to the law school. The dean personally selects the recipient of this rare distinction as a means of paying tribute to the recipient’s “high objectives and ability to inspire the enthusiasm and support of many others while making a significant difference to the law school and greatly enhancing the school’s progress.”
 

Brown School

The Distinguished Alumni Award honors Brown School alumni who have made outstanding contributions to the fields of social work or public health. Through tireless commitment, innovation and strong leadership, these alumni have applied their Brown School education to alleviate society’s most urgent concerns.
 
The Dean’s Medal is presented to those exceptional friends of the Brown School whose generosity has made it possible for the School to initiate and sustain innovative educational programs. These friends provide financial resources to the School, serve on its advisory bodies, provide wise counsel, interpret its mission to the larger community and serve as its ambassadors to groups outside the university.
 

Awarded for outstanding personal achievement and/or professional accomplishments, Alumni Achievement Awards may also recognize community service or particular dedication to Washington University Medical Center.  Washington University School of Medicine alumni whose class years are celebrating a reunion that year are eligible for the award.
The Faculty Achievement Award honors current full- or part-time faculty at Washington University School of Medicine for outstanding professional accomplishment with clear evidence of dedication to Washington University Medical Center for at least a significant portion of his or her career.
The Distinguished Service Award is bestowed on men and women whose careers are characterized by particularly laudable accomplishment and a substantial contribution and/or service to the Washington University Medical Center.
Any present or former member of the Washington University Medical Center family (not necessarily a graduate of the School of Medicine) is eligible for the award. The current chancellor of the university, the executive vice chancellor for medical affairs and the dean of the medical school are excluded.

Resident/Fellow Alumni Achievement Award  
The Resident/Fellow Alumni Achievement Award recognizes outstanding personal achievement and/or professional accomplishments that may include either community service or particular dedication to Washington University Medical Center.
 
Former residents and fellows, including those currently on the faculty, who completed training at Washington University Medical Center are eligible for this award; however, individuals who earned their medical degree from Washington University School of Medicine are NOT eligible.
 
Second Century Award
Bestowed annually, the Second Century Awards mark Washington University School of Medicine’s entry into its second century of leadership in patient care, teaching and research.
 
The award recognizes individuals whose long-term commitment and participation truly have made a difference, enabling the School of Medicine to look to the future with strength and confidence.
 
Heikki Seppä, professor emeritus at the School of Art at Washington University in St. Louis, designed the sculpture presented to award recipients. It symbolizes both the collaborative efforts and the positive results that characterize the School of Medicine’s past achievements. Made of the most valued materials, gold and silver, to signify the School’s highest purpose—the healing of humanity—the award is fashioned from a flat triangular sheet into a strong form suggesting the corners of the world from which knowledge is gathered. Knowledge refined and expanded by dedicated researchers, teachers and clinicians is manifested as a pure silver flame in the center. The black base represents the work still ahead, challenging and as yet unknown.
 

The Gerry and Bob Virgil Ethic of Service Award is an annual award recognizing a select group of Washington University community members who exemplify a character of service and giving to the St. Louis region. Any member of the Washington University community, past or current, who resides in and serves the St. Louis community is eligible to receive the award.
 
 
 

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