Founders Day is an opportunity to reflect upon the university’s many milestones and accomplishments—and the people who helped make them possible. Washington University began celebrating Founders Day in 1953 to commemorate the university’s 100th anniversary. Since then, this special event has honored WashU’s distinguished alumni, outstanding faculty, and most treasured friends.

2022 Honorees

Robert S. Brookings Award

David and Dorothy Kemper

Joanne Knight headshot photo

Joanne Knight

Distinguished Alumni Award

John Dains headshot photo

John Dains, BSBA ’68
CEO Emeritus
HELM FINANCIAL CORP.

Portrait of Carrie Johnson

Carrie A. Johnson,
AB ’89
Design Strategist and Social Activist

Lori Lee headshot photo

Lori M. Lee, BSBA ’88,
MBA ’89
CEO
AT&T LATIN AMERICA
Global Marketing Officer
AT&T INC.

Shirley Sahrmann headshot photo

Shirley A. Sahrmann,
BS ’58, MA ’71, PhD ’73
Professor Emerita of Physical Therapy
WASHINGTON UNIVERSITY SCHOOL OF MEDICINE

Distinguished Faculty Award

Headshot of Timothy J. Eberlein, MD

Timothy J. Eberlein, MD
Spencer T. and Ann W. Olin Distinguished Professor; Director of the Alvin J. Siteman Cancer Center; Senior Associate Dean for Cancer Programs
SCHOOL OF MEDICINE

Arthur Holly Compton Faculty Achievement Award

Jean Allman headshot photo

Jean M. Allman, PhD
J.H. Hexter Professor in the Humanities
ARTS & SCIENCES

Adrienne Davis headshot photo

Adrienne D. Davis, JD
William M. Van Cleve Professor of Law
SCHOOL OF LAW
Professor of Organizational Behavior
OLIN BUSINESS SCHOOL

Adia Harvey Wingfield headshot photo

Adia Harvey Wingfield, PhD
Mary Tileston Hemenway Professor; Vice Dean for Faculty Development and Diversity
ARTS & SCIENCES

Carl and Gerty Cori Faculty Achievement Award

John Atkinson headshot photo

John P. Atkinson, MD
Samuel B. Grant Professor of Medicine; Professor of Molecular Microbiology; Director of the RVCL Research Center
SCHOOL OF MEDICINE

Joan Luby headshot photo

Joan L. Luby, MD
Samuel and Mae S. Ludwig Professor of Psychiatry; Director of the Early Emotional Development Program
SCHOOL OF MEDICINE

Lilianna Solnica-Krezel headshot photo

Lilianna Solnica-Krezel, PhD
Alan A. and Edith L. Wolff Distinguished Professor;
Head of the Department of Developmental Biology

SCHOOL OF MEDICINE