2004 Alumni Award Winners Announced
Alma College recognized four alumni during Homecoming weekend Oct. 8-10 for contributions to their communities and professions and to the College.
Dr. Abraham Zaleznik '45 of Boston, Mass., received the Alma College Distinguished Alumni Award, the highest honor presented to alumni. The award recognizes alumni who have brought distinction to the College through their professions, have set strong examples for others and have served their communities.
Before his retirement in 1990 from the Harvard Graduate School of Business, Zaleznik was the Matsushita Professor of Leadership at Harvard and a faculty member of the Boston Psychoanalytic Institute.
A prolific writer, he has published 14 books and 45 articles on workplace motivation and leadership. His study of Freudian theory led to many books and articles about turning good executives into better leaders and motivating people for the betterment of the corporation. An intense interest in developing explanatory theory from interviews and observations in the field made Zaleznik one of Harvard?s most productive researchers. Zaleznik maintains a hectic pace and is working on another book titled Hedgehogs and Foxes, Encounters with Power and Command.
After graduating from Alma magna cum laude with a degree in economics as part of the U.S. Navy's V-12 Officers Program, he earned an MBA from Harvard and stayed there his entire career. He earned his doctorate in commercial science at Harvard and became certified as a clinical psychoanalyst through Boston Psychoanalytic Institute.
Alma awarded him an Honorary Degree Doctor of Letters and he delivered the College?s commencement address in 1993. In 1996, Harvard University bestowed upon him its highest honor, the Distinguished Service Award.
He is fond of saying he met his two loves at Alma College; his love of learning and the love of his wife, Beth, a 1944 Alma graduate. Their son, Ira, an attorney in Boston, and daughter, Dori, a Harvard Medical School staff physician, have given their parents four grandchildren.
Todd Campbell '94 of Lewiston, the director of golf operations and rooms at Garland Resort received the Outstanding Young Alumnus Award. Since 1995, the Alma College Alumni Association has presented the award to graduates who have exhibited early outstanding achievement, gained exceptional recognition in a career field or have otherwise distinguished themselves in society.
After graduating from Alma College with a degree in business administration, Campbell was hired at the AAA 4 Diamond golf resort known for its four championship golf courses, corporate and private meeting venue, all-season outdoor activities and 'theme' dinners. He has risen from an apprenticeship position to overseeing resort activities and supervising more than 200 employees during the peak of the season.
Captain of Alma's golf team, he signed away his amateur status in 1992 before graduation and began serving an assistant golf pro apprenticeship at Garland. In 1995, he became one of the youngest Class A PGA members in history and was selected Assistant Golf Professional of the Year by the Michigan PGA. He finished third in the Michigan PGA Section Pro Golf Tournament at Oakland Hills. Garland promoted to him to head pro later that year.
In his community, Campbell helps sponsor a golf tournament that has raised $600, 000 over eight years for Hospice of Michigan, Habitat For Humanity, Special Olympics and other charitable foundations. He and his wife, Amy, have two children Parker, 6, and Taylor, 4.
Art '38 and Carra Jones '42 Smith of Alma received the George Hebert Distinguished Service Award. Since 1961, the Alma College Alumni Association has presented the Hebert Award to alumni for unusual loyalty and service to the College and the association. The award was named in memory of the 1920 alumnus whose love of Alma College and his work on behalf of the institution was an inspiration to all alumni.
The Smiths met and married at Alma College. They have been ardent supporters of the College ever since. They have been chairs of the Annual Community Fund Drive for the College. The Smith Alumni House was named in their honor for a generous donation that helped provide a campus center for alumni meetings and guest rooms. Their latest contribution is a $1 million gift meant to challenge alumni to donate to the College.
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Posted: Mon, October 11th, 2004 at 5:05PM