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Distinguished Alumni Award Honorees

Hal V. Barron, MD, BS ‘85

President of Research and Development


Hal V. Barron is one of the most respected physician-scientists and successful drug developers in the biotechnology industry. Before assuming his current role at Calico, a Google-backed life sciences company that devises interventions to slow aging and counteract age-related diseases, he was executive vice president, head of global product development, and chief medical officer of F. Hoffmann-La Roche AG. There, he oversaw all of the products in the combined portfolios of Hoffmann-La Roche and biotechnology company Genentech Inc., now a part of the Roche Group.
Barron joined Genentech as a clinical scientist in 1996. Over the next several years, he held positions of increasing responsibility and leadership in cardiovascular research and specialty therapeutics at the company. He became vice president of medical affairs in 2002, senior vice president of development in 2003, and chief medical officer in 2004. In 2009, he rose to the position of executive vice president.

Barron earned his bachelor’s degree in physics from Washington University and his medical degree from Yale University. He completed his training in medicine and cardiology at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) School of Medicine.

Barron has held numerous academic positions, including associate adjunct professor at UCSF. He holds several patents for his work in the areas of thrombosis and angiogenesis, and he has published more than 90 papers in peer-reviewed scientific journals.
Barron received the School of Engineering & Applied Science’s Alumni Achievement Award in 2014. He lives in San Francisco with his wife, Carol.

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Soo K. Chan, AB ‘84

Founding Principal and Design Director

SCDA Architects

Soo K. Chan is the founding principal and design director of SCDA, a multidisciplinary firm engaged in architecture, interior design, landscape, and product design. SCDA has offices in Singapore, Shanghai and New York, with projects spanning 70 locations across five continents.

Chan has led the design of projects ranging from master planning, hospitality, residential, and commercial developments to cultural and institutional buildings. Chan was the recipient of the President's Design Award and the Award for Distinction from the Sam Fox School of Design & Visual Arts at Washington University. The firm has won three Royal Institute of British Architects International prizes, the SIA-Getz Architecture Prize for Emergent Architecture in Asia, and nine Chicago Athenaeum International Architecture Awards. SCDA works have been published extensively, and were presented at the Venice Biennale and the Salone del Mobile Milano.
In addition to his professional practice, Chan is the owner, designer, and developer behind Soori, comprised of the Soori Bali resort and Soori High Line in New York City, a residential building located in West Chelsea; Soori Niseko, a ski resort in Japan, currently is under design.
Chan earned his BA from Washington University and his master’s degree in architecture from Yale University. Chan is a professor in practice at the National University of Singapore. He also has lectured at several international architecture schools, including the University of Notre Dame; the University of Paris; Nanjing University, China; and Tamkang University in Taiwan. He serves on Washington University’s International Advisory Council, the advisory committee of the School of Design & Environment at the National University of Singapore, and other international design and planning advisory boards.

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Gaurav Garg, BS ’88, BS ’88, MS ’90

Founding Partner

Wing Venture Capital

Gaurav Garg is a founding partner of Wing Venture Capital, a Silicon Valley venture firm that makes early stage investments in business technology startups leveraging the Data-Mobile-Cloud revolution. He is on the board of several fast-growing private companies, including Cohesity, Shape Security, and Instart Logic.

Prior to founding Wing, Garg spent 11 years at Sequoia Capital, where he helped develop companies such as Ruckus Wireless (IPO 2012), FireEye (IPO 2013), and Jasper (acquired 2016 for $1.5B) from incubation into significant companies over decade-long tenures as a board member. He served as a long time board member and early stage investor at several other companies that had successful exits, including MobileIron (IPO 2014), and Netscaler, which now generates $1B+ in revenue as part of Citrix. He also sponsored Sequoia’s initial investments in Aruba Networks (IPO 2007) and RingCentral (IPO 2013), and worked extensively with their management teams for a number of years.

Prior to joining Sequoia, Garg founded Redback Networks, a major internet infrastructure company that went public in 1999. The company was subsequently acquired by Ericsson in 2007 for $2.1 billion.

Garg has received numerous accolades during his investing career. He has been named to the Forbes Midas List of Top Tech Investors every year since 2014. Also in 2014, he was named Silicon Valley Venture Capitalist Of The Year at the Technology Fast 500 Awards.

Garg earned bachelor’s degrees in both computer science and electrical engineering, as well as a master’s degree in electrical engineering, from the School of Engineering & Applied Science, and currently serves on its National Council. In 2015, he was the keynote speaker at Startup Connection, St Louis’ largest event for early stage startups, held annually at Washington University.

Outside of his investing activities, Garg enjoys versing himself in contemporary art, learning to fly single-engine airplanes, and accompanying his son to car races around the country.

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Lynn E. Gorguze, MBA ‘86

Chair and Chief Executive Officer

Cameron Holdings Corporation

Lynn E. Gorguze co-founded Cameron Holdings Corporation in 1993. With offices in San Diego and St. Louis, Cameron acquires and operates middle-market manufacturing and service companies. The company has established a successful history of acquiring, operating, and growing a variety of companies in North America, Europe, Asia, and Australia and currently employs just under one thousand people.

Prior to incorporating Cameron with her late father, Lynn Gorguze was vice president of corporate development and strategic planning at Aldila Inc., one of the world’s largest manufacturers of carbon fiber golf shafts, from 1989 to 1993. She helped Aldila grow by creating new facilities and establishing an assembly plant to convert raw materials to finished products.

While Cameron has completed more than 45 acquisitions with an aggregate transaction value in excess of $1 billion, Gorguze is proudest of the company’s equity participation program for its operating company employees.

Gorguze enjoys serving on nonprofit boards, including Washington University’s San Diego Regional Cabinet. She currently is finance committee chair of the New Children’s Museum in San Diego, investment committee chair of the La Jolla Playhouse, past chair of the board and emeritus board member of the Nicholas School of the Environment of Duke University, and board member of the La Jolla Community Foundation. She previously served on the Olin Business School National Council.

In addition to her MBA from the Olin School, Gorguze earned a bachelor’s degree in geology and oceanography from Duke University. In 2006 she received the Olin School’s Distinguished Alumni Award.

Gorguze’s husband of more than 30 years, Scott Peters, is serving his third term in the United States House of Representatives for California’s 52nd District. They have two adult children, Ellie and Ben Peters, who were born and raised in San Diego.

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Michael R. Holmes, AB ’79

Chairman and Founder

Rx Outreach

Michael R. Holmes founded Rx Outreach, America’s largest nonprofit pharmacy, which offers affordable medicine to people throughout the country. Last year alone, Rx Outreach provided $100 million in savings to patients.

Holmes negotiated and led the spin-off of Rx Outreach from Express Scripts in 2010 and converted it to a nonprofit organization. Prior to the spin-off, he was an executive vice president at Express Scripts responsible for strategic planning, the domestic emerging market businesses, research and clinical services, human resources, and most corporate staff functions. He played a key role in the organization’s explosive growth during his tenure.

A St. Louis native, Holmes earned his bachelor’s degree in political science from Washington University in 1979. He completed a Coro fellowship in public affairs through Focus St. Louis and earned a Masters in Business from Webster University in 1993.

Holmes began his career in human resources, working for Monsanto Company and PepsiCo before joining ADP, where he rose to the position of chief human resources officer.

In 1995, he returned to St Louis and joined Edward Jones & Company as a partner and chief human resources officer focused on building the firm’s human capital infrastructure while preserving its core values. During his tenure, the company tripled in size and became Fortune magazine’s “Best Company to Work For” for two consecutive years. Holmes served on both the management and executive committees overseeing the firm’s direction.

Because Holmes believes that “to whom much is given, much is required,” he is active in the university and the community. He serves on St. Louis’s Regional Business Council, the board of directors for BJC HealthCare, and the Brown School’s National Council. He previously served on Arts & Sciences’ National Council. Holmes is past chairman of the national board of the Sickle Cell Disease Association of America and the board of Mary Institute and St. Louis Country Day School. He and his wife, Gail, have also co-chaired the Charmaine Chapman Society for United Way of Greater St Louis.

Michael and Gail have been married for 36 years. They live in St. Louis and have two children and three grandchildren.

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Chrissy Taylor, MBA ’10

Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer

Enterprise Holdings

Chrissy Taylor is executive vice president and chief operating officer for the world’s largest car rental company, as measured by revenue and fleet. Enterprise Holdings Inc. operates the Enterprise Rent-A-Car, Alamo Rent A Car, and National Car Rental brands. In her position, Taylor oversees the company’s operations and serves on the corporate board of Enterprise Holdings. She is part of the third generation of leadership of the privately owned company, preceded by her father, Andrew Taylor, and grandfather Jack Taylor.

Taylor joined Enterprise Rent-A-Car’s Management Training Program in 2000 and worked at several different rental locations before relocating to London in 2006. While there, she developed Enterprise Rent A Car’s consumer rental market in the United Kingdom, Germany, and Ireland. She was promoted to assistant vice president of rental soon after and in 2008 returned to St. Louis, where she worked in various leadership roles. She joined Enterprise Car Sales in 2011, and one year later she was promoted to vice president of the division. She was named senior vice president of North American Operations in 2013, prior to her promotion to her current position in 2016.

Taylor earned a bachelor’s degree in sociology from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio, before earning her MBA from Washington University. Outside of her professional duties with Enterprise Holdings, Taylor serves on the boards of several St. Louis organizations, including the Crawford Taylor Foundation.

She and her husband, Lee Broughton, live in St. Louis with their two children.

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Distinguished Faculty Award Honorees

Carolyn Baum, PhD '93

Elias Michael Director and Professor of Occupational
   Therapy, Neurology, and Social Work

School of Medicine

As the head of the top occupational therapy program in the country, Carolyn Baum is a national role model for occupational therapists and occupational performance and participation scholars. Baum challenges students and clinicians to understand the importance of everyday living for individuals who experience disability, and she shapes the profession by introducing new models of intervention. She has worked throughout her career to transform occupational therapy practice using clinical evidence, client-centered care, and a passion for making a difference in the lives of people experiencing disabling conditions.

Baum joined the Washington University faculty as an instructor and director of the occupational therapy clinical service in 1976. She and a colleague developed the Person-Environment-Occupation-Performance model, which forms the basis of Washington University’s occupational therapy curriculum and has been implemented internationally. In 1988 she became the Director of the Program in Occupational Therapy which began as an academic program and has grown to have a research and clinical division.

In 1996, Baum became inaugural director of the research program that formed the Cognitive Rehabilitation Research Group (CRRG) at Washington University School of Medicine. Begun with a planning and then implementation grants from the James S. McDonnell Foundation, the CRRG has built and maintained a patient registry with Barnes-Jewish Hospital that has more than 24,000 patients admitted and diagnosed with stroke. Through the CRRG, Baum and her colleagues in neurology, psychology and rehabilitation have studied the brain and developed better rehabilitation approaches to improve stroke patients’ everyday performance in home, work and community activities.
Baum’s research centers on enabling people with chronic neurological conditions to live independently by focusing on their abilities rather than their deficits. Her work has been recognized by funding from the National Institutes of Health, the Social Security Administration, and the National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research, as well as the James S. McDonnell Foundation. .

The author of numerous peer-reviewed and invited papers that have changed practice in national and international rehabilitation systems, Baum served on the National Institutes of Health committee that wrote the plan for Congress to implement the National Center for Medical Rehabilitation Research. She also contributed to the Institute of Medicine’s report to Congress on the status of rehabilitation titled Enabling America; Assessing the Role of Rehabilitation Science and Engineering. Baum earned her bachelor’s degree in occupational therapy from the University of Kansas in 1966, her master’s degree in health management from Webster University in 1979, and her doctorate in social work from Washington University in 1993.

Baum’s daughter, Kirstin, earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration and a law degree from Washington University.

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Ron K. Cytron

Professor and Associate Chair of Computer Science and Engineering

School of Engineering & Applied Science

Ron K. Cytron is a co-founder of Exegy, a St. Louis–based company that provides hardware-accelerated platforms for financial market trading and data analysis in North America, Africa, and Asia. Cytron helped launch the company in 2003 with three colleagues and support from the university to commercialize computing technology developed in the School of Engineering & Applied Science.

Before joining the faculty at Washington University in 1991, Cytron was a research staff member at IBM’s Thomas J. Watson Research Center. His research interests include parallel processing, static analysis, and automatic storage management. He has published more than 100 articles and holds more than 10 patents, and he received a Programming Languages Achievement award for his research from the Association for Computing Machinery’s Special Interest Group on Programming Languages (SIGPLAN).

In the School of Engineering & Applied Science, Cytron worked with fellow faculty members to develop an introductory computer programming course that currently attracts more than 1,000 students a year. The school recognized Cytron with the Northcutt-Coil Professor of the Year award, and the Department of Computer Science & Engineering presented him with its Excellence in Teaching award. He is a member of the university’s Faculty Senate Council and has served as speaker of the engineering school’s Faculty Assembly.

Cytron has been chair of SIGPLAN and editor-in-chief of TOPLAS, the premier journal for reporting research advances in the areas of programming languages and systems. He participated in writing the Computer Science GRE Subject Test for eight years, chairing that effort for three years. For his service, SIGPLAN recognized Cytron with its Distinguished Service Award.

Cytron is interested in both music and sports. He is a member of HaShemesh, a local Israeli folk music group that performs regularly at bar mitzvahs, weddings, and services, and has participated in recreational ice hockey for many years.

Cytron earned a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from Rice University in 1980 and a master’s degree and doctorate in computer science from the University of Illinois in 1982 and 1984, respectively.

Cytron and his wife, Betsy, live in St. Louis. They have three children: Jess, Melanie, and Jacob. Jacob currently is a student in the School of Engineering & Applied Science

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Henry L. Roediger III

James S. McDonnell Distinguished University Professor
Professor of Psychological and Brain Sciences

Arts & Sciences

Henry L. “Roddy” Roediger III is a nationally recognized expert on human memory who has co-authored three textbooks on research methods in psychology. The books have been published in a combined 23 editions, helping to educate generations of students since the 1970s.

Roediger joined Washington University in 1996 as chair of the Department of Psychology, now Psychological & Brain Sciences. During his eight years as chair, the department doubled in size to about 30 full-time faculty members and is now ranked 13th in the country by U.S. News & World Report. In 2004, he became dean of academic planning in Arts & Sciences, serving for eight years and helping to lead the successful effort to re-establish the Department of Sociology in Arts & Sciences.

Roediger has a keen interest in all aspects of human memory, including the role memory plays in the criminal justice system. He has developed techniques for studying illusions of memory, or false memories, and implicit memory, how past experiences can unconsciously influence current behavior. Recently, he has begun to study collective memory, how groups remember the past. In 2014 he co-authored, with Peter Brown and Mark McDaniel, the book Make It Stick: The Science of Successful Learning.

The founding editor of Psychonomic Bulletin & Review, the flagship journal of the Psychonomic Society, Roediger also served as editor-in-chief of The Journal of Experimental Psychology: Learning, Memory, and Cognition. Over the course of his career, he has served as associate or consulting editor for 19 journals. He holds these roles with 11 journals and has edited or co-edited 10 books.

A beloved educator, Roediger has advised dozens of undergraduate and graduate students as well as postdoctoral fellows, many of whom have gone on to distinguished careers in academia. He received the Washington University Graduate Student Association Mentoring Award and the Outstanding Mentoring Award from the Association of Psychological Science.

Roediger earned his undergraduate degree from Washington and Lee University and his doctorate in cognitive psychology from Yale University. He is married to Kathleen Blythe McDermott, also a professor in Psychological & Brain Sciences, and has two children: Kurt Roediger of New York City, and Rebecca Roediger, MD, a gastroenterology fellow at Washington University School of Medicine.

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Wayne M. Yokoyama, MD

Sam J. Levin and Audrey Loew Levin Professor of Arthritis Research
Professor of Medicine and of Pathology and Immunology

School of Medicine

Wayne Yokoyama is director of Medical Scientist Training Program (MSTP) at Washington University School of Medicine. The MSTP creates future leaders in medicine and science by training the nation’s most gifted students in both clinical care and research. Consistently one of the most highly respected MD-PhD programs, the MSTP has nearly 200 students, making it the largest such program in the world.

Yokoyama also is associate director of the Andrew M. and Jane M. Bursky Center for Human Immunology and Immunotherapy Programs (CHiiPs), which works to better understand how the body’s immune system protects against infections, like Zika virus, and may be deficient in children who are prone to infections. CHiiPs also studies how the immune system may go awry in human diseases, including cancer, arthritis, lupus, and eye disorders.

Recruited to Washington University in 1995 as chief of the Rheumatology Division, Yokoyama invigorated Rheumatology’s clinical and educational missions, recruited new faculty, and significantly increased the division’s National Institutes of Health (NIH) funding. He also organized an inter-departmental group that obtained a large NIH grant to support core facilities that enable basic research in rheumatic diseases. He became director of the MSTP in 2007.

In the laboratory, Yokoyama made seminal discoveries regarding the molecular basis for how the natural killer (NK) cell, a type of white blood cell, differentiates between harmful and normal cells. He discovered a cluster of genes called the NK gene complex that encodes NK cell receptors involved in this process, and inhibitory receptors that account for the “missing-self” hypothesis.

Awards for Yokoyama’s research include the Novartis Prize for Basic Immunology, the top prize in the field of immunology, and the Lee C. Howley Sr. Prize for Research in Arthritis, the top prize in arthritis research. He was elected to the National Academy of Sciences and the National Academy of Medicine, indicating broad recognition of his achievements.

As a Washington University professor, Yokoyama has received several Distinguished Teaching Awards from medical students, the Samuel R. Goldstein Leadership Award in Medical Education, and the Carl and Gerty Cori Faculty Achievement Award.

Yokoyama earned his bachelor’s degree in biology from the University of Rochester and his medical degree from the University of Hawaii. Following clinical training in internal medicine and rheumatology at the University of Iowa, he received postdoctoral research training at Iowa and the NIH. Yokoyama previously served on the medical faculties of the University of California, San Francisco and Mount Sinai in New York City.

Yokoyama and his wife, Lynn, have two children, Christine and Reid, and two grandchildren. Christine will graduate in spring 2018 from the MSTP at Washington University with an MD and PhD in immunology, while Reid works for Google in the San Francisco Bay Area.

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Robert Brookings Awards​​ Honorees


James McKelvey Jr., AB ’87, BS ’87

James M. McKelvey is a St. Louis entrepreneur best known for co-founding the mobile payments company Square. He is the eldest son of Edith McKelvey and James M. McKelvey Sr., former dean of the School of Engineering & Applied Science at Washington University.

McKelvey also is a co-founder of Cultivation Capital, a venture capital firm specializing in technology and life sciences, and he currently serves as an independent director of the St. Louis Federal Reserve. He has founded, helped to develop, or worked with more than a dozen companies.

In 2013, McKelvey founded the nonprofit LaunchCode Foundation to address the worldwide shortage of computer programmers. LaunchCode provides educational opportunities and job placement assistance to people who want to break into the industry but are shut out because of a lack of traditional education, experience, or access to resources.

In 2016, President Barack Obama recognized LaunchCode as a national model for workforce development. That year LaunchCode directly placed 209 apprentices, a 25 percent increase over all placements the previous year, for a total of more than 700 apprenticeship placements since its founding. More than four out of five apprentices went on to be offered full-time, permanent positions at their companies, and more than 60 LaunchCode–trained candidates found jobs on their own.

A master glass artist and author, McKelvey wrote the world’s most widely read textbook on the subject, The Art of Fire. In fact, the idea for Square was born when he had difficulty accepting credit card payment for his art. McKelvey founded Third Degree Glass Factory, a premier center of glass blowing arts, and his designs have been featured in both the Smithsonian Institution and the Museum of Modern Art.

McKelvey holds a bachelor’s degrees in economics and computer science from Washington University. In 2012, he received the School of Engineering & Applied Science’s Alumni Achievement Award.

In July 2017, McKelvey became a member of the Washington University Board of Trustees.  He contributed the lead gift for James M. McKelvey, Sr. Hall, one of the new academic buildings under construction as part of the east end transformation.  The building is named for his father. It will house the Department of Computer Science & Engineering and support Washington University’s data science efforts.

McKelvey believes that nothing is impossible and that problems are beautiful things. He tackles challenges with breakthrough ideas, all driven by his personal motto, “If not you, then who; if not now, then when?”

McKelvey lives in St. Louis with his wife, Anna, and son, Jimmy.

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Michael and Noémi Neidorff

Michael F. and Noémi Neidorff have served the St. Louis community for decades as visionary leaders in business, health care, the arts, education, and culture.

Michael Neidorff became president and chief executive officer of Centene Corporation in 1996 and was named chairman and chief executive officer in May 2004. Since joining Centene, he has led its transformation from a closely held $40 million corporation to a publicly traded Fortune 100 healthcare company with annual revenues of more than $40 billion. Centene specializes in providing health-care plans through Medicaid, Medicare, and the federal health insurance marketplace.

Under Michael’s leadership, Centene has grown substantially, from 40,000 covered members when he took the helm to more than 12 million members in 28 states today. In March 2016, the company completed a $6 billion acquisition of Health Net, which made Centene the country’s largest Medicaid managed-care provider.

In addition to his service with numerous St. Louis organizations, Michael currently is chairman of the boards for the National Urban League and Trinity University and is on the board of trustees for the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts.

At Washington University, Michael served on the Brown School National Council. Last year, Centene became a partner in the Envolve Center for Health Behavior Change, an industry-academic collaboration among the Brown School, Centene, and Duke University. The center, based in St. Louis, implements behavioral and public-health research to improve the health of vulnerable populations.

A native of Budapest, Hungary, Noémi Neidorff was 8 years old when she and her parents escaped on foot during the October 1956 Hungarian Revolution. Trained as a classical pianist since the age of 4, she went on to earn undergraduate and graduate degrees at the Manhattan School of Music.

Noémi serves currently as Chairman of the Board of the Opera Theatre of Saint Louis, Vice-Chairman on the Executive Committee of the Board of Trustees of the St. Louis Symphony, and Secretary of the Board of Trustees of the Manhattan School of Music. She is also on the board of the Radio Arts Foundation. “Express the Music,” an essay contest Noémi created for the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra, continues to attract thousands of students annually, and it was awarded a Gold Ribbon at the American Symphony Orchestra Volunteers national convention.

Noémi has been the recipient of various awards, including a Woman of Achievement; Variety’s Woman of the Year; A Visionary Award as “Champion in the Arts” and in May of 2017, she was awarded an Honorary Doctorate by the Manhattan School of Music.  In December, Noémi will be honored as a member of the YWCA Academy of Leaders, Class of 2017.

In 2014, the Neidorffs established the Neidorff Family and Robert C. Packman Professorship in the School of Medicine, and earlier this year, Mary McKay, dean of the Brown School, was installed as the inaugural Neidorff Family and Centene Corporation Dean. The Neidorffs received the Jane and Whitney Harris St. Louis Community Service Award in 2015 to recognize their efforts to enhance the St. Louis region.

Noémi and Michael married in 1974. They have two children, Monica and Peter.

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