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2002 Alumni Award Recipients

Alumni Service Award

Mrs. Betty Beryl Falcone

Betty Beryl Falcone, Lansing, a retired Lansing area public school teacher who received her master's degree in 1962. Falcone spent most of her career as an educator, retiring from the Lansing School District in 1987. The wife of the late Leonard Falcone, MSU director of bands from 1927-67, Falcone served as hostess countless times at music department functions. She now serves on the boards of several organizations, including the Leonard Falcone Festival and the MSU Alumni Band Association, for which she has served as executive secretary since 1990. Falcone has headed the administrative support for the twice-a-year gatherings of the band alumni, one for a football game in the fall and one for a spring band concert. She serves as liaison between the music department, current band members and alumni, maintaining a database of several thousand alumni.

Mrs. Kathleen Nowicki Schwartz

Kathleen Nowicki Schwartz, Birmingham, a community volunteer and former vice president for community services at St. Joseph Mercy Hospital in Pontiac, who received her bachelor's and master's degrees in 1971 and 1985, respectively. Schwartz is currently serving a second term as chairperson of the MSU College of Nursing Alumni Association Board. Under her leadership, a College of Nursing Alumni Association Endowed Scholarship Fund was created. She was a founding member of the College of Nursing Board of Visitors and serves as chairperson of the college's capital campaign. She also served as co-chairperson of the college's 50th Anniversary Celebration in 2000. Schwartz was president of the MSUAA's national alumni board in 1998-99. She helped to develop a strategic planning process and to create an endowed scholarship fund. From 1994-97, she served on the alumni board for the Executive MBA Program, chairing the board's Community Services Committee. Members of MSU's Hannah Society, she and her husband, Mike, established an endowed fund in the College of Nursing to enhance the excellence of the college.

Mr. Duane R Vernon

Duane Vernon, Lansing, director of the Credit Bureau of Greater Lansing, who received his bachelor's degree in 1953. Vernon, a Life Member of the MSU Alumni Association and former president of the MSU Alumni Club of Mid-Michigan, received the 'Outstanding Club Presidents Award' in 1969. He served on the MSU Development Council from 1977-81 and became a charter member of MSU's Beaumont Tower Society in 1993. He co-chaired the mid-Michigan business section of MSU's 2000 Campaign. In 1992 he received the Outstanding Service Award from MSU's Varsity S Club. Vernon has volunteered as a member of the sports information crew for home games since 1975. He chaired the1979 and the 2000 parades that honored MSU's NCAA championship basketball teams and has received awards from every major MSU sports booster group. Vernon has received awards from Sparrow Hospital, the Lansing Regional Chamber of Commerce, the American Women's Association and many other groups. In 2000, Sports Illustrated named him to the Sports Fans Hall of Fame.


Distinguished Alumni Award

Dr. Patrick C Alguire M.D.

Patrick Alguire, Doylestown, Penn., professor of medicine at Jefferson Medical School in Philadelphia, and director of education and career development with the American College of Physicians (ACP) and the American Society of Internal Medicine, who received his medical degree in 1975. After completing his postgraduate training at St. Joseph Mercy Hospital in Ann Arbor, Alguire began an academic career at MSU's College of Human Medicine from 1979-95. On four occasions while at CHM, Alguire received the Teaching Award from medical students and the Teaching Award from residents. He also received numerous other awards and held a number of posts, including co-director of the Primary Care Faculty Development Fellowship Program. From 1995-98, he held administrative posts at the University of Florida before moving to the ACP. Alguire has many publications dealing with medical education and assessment. His 2002 book, Teaching In Your Office: A Guide To Instructing Medical Students and Residents, was named one of the Top 100 medical publications in Doddy's Health Science Book Review Journal.

Mr. Darryl Frank Allen

Darryl Allen, Sylvania, Ohio, a private equity investor with Allen Ventures, LLC, who received his bachelor's degree in 1965. Allen began his career as an audit manager with Arthur Andersen & Co. He joined Aeroquip Corp., a subsidiary of Libbey-Owens-Ford Co., and in 1986 was named chief executive officer of Libbey-Owens-Ford. He held this position for 13 years, guiding the company through a series of acquisitions that resulted in the successor company Aeroquip-Vickers, purchased by Eaton Corp. in 1999. Throughout his career, he has served on the boards of a variety of non-profit organizations, with a special emphasis on health care systems and related issues in the Toledo, Ohio, area. He served as president of the Eli Broad College of Business Alumni Association in 2000. Allen and his wife, Sharon, are members of MSU's Kedzie Society.

Dr. Albert David Bolles Ph.D.

Albert D. Bolles, Bradenton, Fla., senior vice president of global technology and quality and chief technical officer with Tropicana Products Inc., who received his bachelor's degree from the Lyman Briggs School in 1980 and his master's and doctoral degrees in 1983 and 1987, respectively. Bolles has served Tropicana Products Inc. with distinction since 1993 and before that, Gerber Products Co. He is credited with many technological innovations and for his visionary goals for citrus fruit industry in areas including production technology, processing, distribution and marketing. A longtime advocate for MSU's College of Agriculture and Natural Resources and MSU's Lyman Briggs School, he has maintained strong support for and fostered collaborative research with MSU.

Mr. Eli Broad

Eli H. Broad, Los Angeles, chairman of the board of SunAmerica Inc., one of the nation's largest issuers of fixed and variable annuities and guaranteed investment contracts, who received his bachelor's degree in 1954. Broad co-founded Kaufman and Broad in 1957 and built it into one of the nation's leading homebuilders. Later he developed SunAmerica into one of the nation's most successful retirement savings businesses. Under Broad's leadership, SunAmerica was the best performing stock on the New York Stock Exchange from 1990 until 1998, when Broad negotiated its acquisition by AIG. He is also a board member of American International Group Inc., a leading U.S.-based international insurance and financial services company. An avid supporter of higher education, Broad and his wife, Edythe, endowed The Eli Broad College of Business and The Eli Broad Graduate School of Management at MSU in 1991, and recently established a special endowment for The Eli and Edythe L. Broad Dean of Business. A leader in Los Angeles civic activities, Broad has supported a wide array of causes, including service as founding chairman of the Museum of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles and as a trustee of the Los Angeles County Museum of Art.

Mr. Eli Broad

Eli and Edythe Broad have deep roots in Michigan. Both attended Detroit Public Schools, and Eli Broad graduated cum laude in 1954 with a degree in accounting from Michigan State University, becoming the youngest C.P.A. in the state's history. Eli Broad went on to found two Fortune 500 companies, KB Home (formerly Kaufman and Broad Home Corporation) and SunAmerica, Inc. His success across a five-decade career in business enabled the couple to become two of the country's leading philanthropists. They established The Broad Foundations to advance entrepreneurship for the public good in education, science and the arts. Since 1970, the Broads have built two of the most prominent collections of postwar and contemporary art worldwide including 2,000 works by more than 200 artists. Since 1984, The Broad Art Foundation has operated an active 'lending library' dedicated to increasing access to contemporary art for audiences worldwide in hundreds of museums and university galleries. Mr. Broad was the founding chairman and is a life trustee of The Museum of Contemporary Art in the couple's adopted hometown of Los Angeles. He is also a life trustee of The Museum of Modern Art in New York and of the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA). The Broads have made leadership gifts to build a Zaha Hadid-designed building at MSU and also the Renzo Piano-designed Broad Contemporary Art Museum at LACMA. After years of supporting other arts institutions, they are currently building The Broad, a museum and headquarters for The Broad Art Foundation designed by Diller Scofidio + Renfro, on Grand Avenue in the heart of downtown Los Angeles. In 1991, the Broads endowed The Eli Broad College of Business and The Eli Broad Graduate School of Management at Michigan State University. They have supported a partnership between the MSU College of Education and Detroit Schools. Recognizing the power of art to inspire and uplift, the Broads gave $28 million to create the Eli and Edythe Broad Art Museum at MSU making possible an architecturally and artistically significant institution for the students and community of East Lansing and beyond.

Ms. Wanda J Herndon

Wanda Herndon, Seattle, senior vice president of worldwide public affairs for Starbucks Coffee Co. for the past seven years, who received her bachelor's and master's degrees in 1974 and 1979, respectively. At Starbucks she is responsible for the development and execution of global communication strategies, including corporate image, executive communications, public affairs, employee relations and issues management. Closer to home, Herndon played a crucial role in bringing MSU's Earvin 'Magic' Johnson together with Starbucks, which led to the opening of a Starbucks store on Grand River Avenue in East Lansing. She has been recognized for the professionalism and innovation she contributes through her department, her approach toward communicating Starbucks' brand image, and also for her strong involvement in numerous community organizations in Seattle and elsewhere.

Mr. Gordon Wayne Kettler

Gordon W. Kettler, Farmington Hills, executive director of global security for General Motors Corp. since 1990, who received bachelor's and master's degrees in 1963 and 1964, respectively. Kettler is responsible for the safety of GM's 386,000 employees worldwide - North America, South America, Africa, the Middle East, Europe and Asia Pacific. Prior to his current position, Kettler was director of investigations and director of security operations at GM's Chevrolet Division, where he served with distinction, winning numerous awards, including the 1999 U.S. Dept. of Justice, Federal Bureau of Investigation's Director's Community Leadership Award. Kettler has served as past chairperson and president of the American Society for Industrial Security and as past president of the MSU Criminal Justice Alumni Association. He is vice chairperson of the Alliance for a Safer, Greater Detroit, a board member of MSU's Criminal Justice Alumni Association and member of the MSU School of Criminal Justice's Wall of Fame.

Mr. Roger Lee Koenig

Roger L. Koenig, Boulder, Colo., co-founder, chairman, chief executive officer and president of Carrier Access Corp., who received his bachelor's degree in 1976. In 1987 Koenig and his wife, Nancy Pierce, founded a communications consulting company that now is a $109 million public corporation with 500 employees in four sites. Carrier Access is a leading provider of multi-service digital access equipment to competitive telecommunications carriers, including local exchange carriers, Internet service providers and wireless carriers. Koenig holds a number of patents and his company has won numerous recognitions and awards. A proud Spartan, Koenig donated $1.5 million to MSU's College of Engineering to establish the Dr. Herman E. & Ruth J. Koenig Endowed Chair in Communication Systems. He has also supported numerous charities in Colorado to help underprivileged families and their children.

Dr. Nancy Kline Leidy R.N., Ph.D.

Nancy Kline Leidy, Washington, D.C., global scientific director and a member of the board of directors at MEDTAP International, a medical research and evaluation firm, who received a bachelor's degree in 1975. An adjunct associate professor of nursing at Johns Hopkins University, Leidy conducts outcomes research on the impact of new treatments on patients with conditions such as asthma, epilepsy, heart disease and musculoskeletal disorders. She has presented her work at local, national and international conferences and has more than 60 papers published in refereed journals, books and monographs. During her stay at MSU from 1977 to 1981, Leidy was committed to undergraduate education, teaching courses in pathophysiology and research, among others, and was awarded the Teacher-Scholar Award for excellence in undergraduate education.

Mrs. Carol Ann Mechanic

Carol Mechanic, Los Angeles, senior vice president of programming at Showtime Networks since 1998, who received her bachelor's degree in 1973. In a very competitive industry, Mechanic's responsibility is to manage programming communication across all of Showtime's constituencies and is the primary liaison between the programming group and other divisions within the company. Before 1998 she held various sales and marketing positions and became the first woman in charge of a region. Mechanic began her career with HBO as an account executive. Mechanic currently serves on the board of directors of Women's Information Network Against Breast Cancer. She also served on the California Cable Television Association board of directors, and on the boards of Southern California chapters of Women in Cable and Telecommunications and the Southern California Cable and Telecommunications Association.

Mr. William Michael Mechanic

William M. Mechanic, Los Angeles, chairman and chief executive officer of Fox Filmed Entertainment from 1993-2000 and head of his own production company, Pandemonium Films, who received his bachelor's degree in 1973. During his tenure at Fox, he led the studio to No. 1 in worldwide box-office gross with such films as 'Titanic,' 'Cast Away,' 'X-Men,' 'Moulin Rouge,' 'Independence Day,' 'Planet of the Apes,' 'Star Wars Trilogy Special Edition,' 'Braveheart,' 'Mrs. Doubtfire,' 'Speed,' 'True Lies,' 'The Full Monty,' 'The Thin Red Line' and 'Minority Report.' Under Mechanic, the studio also released 'Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace.' Fox also produced five of the top 10 best-selling soundtracks in 1998. Under Mechanic, Fox films garnered 50 Oscar nominations, including five for best picture. Prior to Fox, Mechanic served Disney Studios in many posts, including president of international distribution and worldwide video, where he grew the division from $30 million to $3 billion a year and accounted for 15 of the top 20 all-time best-selling videos. He has won numerous awards, including the Crystal Spartan Award for Excellence in the Film Industry. He serves on the board of governors for the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences and on the board of counselors for the University of Southern California Film School.

Mr. Dwight Carl Schmidt

Dwight C. Schmidt, Carmel, Ind., executive director of the Corrugated Packaging Alliance and chairman of the International Corrugated Packaging Foundation, who received his bachelor's degree in 1968. He served six years with Bristol-Meyers Squibb in the areas of packaging, quality, market research and marketing functions. Schmidt later joined Inland Paperboard and Packaging for 27 years, during which time he became senior vice president of specialty packaging. Throughout his career, Schmidt has continued his volunteer work, becoming a strong advocate of the MSU School of Packaging. Through his role with the foundation, he has provided more than $6 million in gifts and grants nationwide to promote education in and awareness of the corrugated packaging industry. He also is active in numerous church and civic leadership and fundraising positions.

Dr. Charles W Sorensen Ph.D.

Charles W. Sorensen, Colfax, Wis., chancellor of the University of Wisconsin-Stout for 14 years, who received his doctorate in 1973. Sorensen provided the leadership to improve his university year after year until it became the first in the nation to receive the Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award for Education. Under his leadership, UW-Stout launched the digital campus initiative and became the state's first university where all entering freshmen received a laptop computer. The university also won the Governor's Diamond Award for its diversity efforts. Under his guidance, the Stout Foundation grew by more than $2 million per year in the 1990s. Very active in community affairs, Sorensen serves as an adviser to the board of directors of the Menomonie Chamber of Commerce and is a member of the Menomonie Development Corporation Board. The Stout Technology Park, created under his tenure, now has 20 businesses and more than 1,000 jobs.

Dr. Richard Lawrence Witter D.V.M.

Richard L. Witter, Okemos, retired director of the U.S. Dept. of Agriculture's Avian Disease and Oncology Laboratory (ADOL) and an internationally renowned researcher on Marek's disease, who received his bachelor's and doctoral degrees in 1958 and 1960, respectively. As a medical officer with ADOL since 1964, the last 22 years as director, Witter helped to develop successful vaccines for Marek's disease, which nearly destroyed the poultry industry in the 1960s. During his tenure he administered a multidisciplinary research program on the biology of important avian viral neoplasms. He continues to collaborate with the USDA in pursuit of his many research interests and as an adviser on issues related to the development of biological weapons. Witter is an adjunct professor of pathobiology and clinical investigations at MSU. He also serves on the National Research Council committee involved with the retention of bioweapons expertise and helps coordinate a U.S. Agency for International Development program involving cooperative research by veterinarians in four Middle Eastern countries.


Honorary Alumni Award

Mr. George Navin Blaha

George Blaha, Troy, sportscaster and play-by-play announcer for Spartan football. Now in his 25th season with the MSU football network, Blaha has helped with many football, basketball and other athletic banquets, spoken on behalf of MSU at many functions and has chaired many celebrity golf tournaments, including many sponsored by MSU. He is a winner of the 'Michigan Sportscaster of the Year' award and has served as the emcee for numerous events sponsored by the MSU Alumni Club of Oakland County. Also the television and radio voice of the NBA's Detroit Pistons for many years, Blaha has supported numerous charities, including Vista Maria, Beaumont's Children's Miracle Network, Spaulding for Children organizations and the Detroit Pistons' Charity for the Hungry.

Mrs. Pauline R Glassbrook

Pauline Glassbrook, Lansing, retired member of the Michigan Department of Education and the Michigan Future Farmers of America Foundation. During her three-decade career, Glassbrook helped many students to attend MSU, helped to support agri-science majors and helped to establish the Glassbrook Future Farmers of America Foundation, now valued at $1.35 million. A member of MSU's Snyder Society, she has also been a generous contributor to MSU's Horticultural Demonstration Gardens and to Sparty's Flowers. A tireless volunteer, she served with the Capital Region Red Cross, with the MSU Horticultural Demonstration Gardens and with the Michigan Future Farmers of America organization. She established the Department of Agriculture and Natural Resources Education and Communication Systems Glassbrook Agriscience Undergraduate Scholarship Endowment, which now has a market value of $210,000.

Mrs. Kathryn Ann Grace

Kathryn A. Grace, Alma, technical and regulatory adviser for KAG Packaging Services, who received her bachelor's degree in 1981. A member of the MSU School of Packaging Hall of Fame, Grace has worked as a packaging engineer for IBM Corp., Hewlett Packard and the Dow Chemical Co., earning renown for creative and revolutionary packaging. A Life Member of the MSU Alumni Association, she has been very supportive of MSU, having served on the MSUAA Kaleidoscope Committee; as secretary, vice president and president of the Packaging Alumni Association's board of directors; as a member of the MSUAA's national alumni board; and as a member of the Agriculture and Natural Resources Alumni Association's board of directors. While she worked at Dow, Grace was an MSU team leader for the in-house development campaign and she also administered Dow scholarships for packaging students. Grace and her husband, Jim, are members of the Presidents Club, the Beaumont Tower Club and the Ralph Young Fund's Honorary Coaches Club.

Mrs. Norma Jean Guyer

Norma J. Guyer (posthumous), wife of former MSU President Gordon Guyer. Guyer was an involved member and former president of MSU's Faculty Folk Club, a group of MSU faculty spouses who raised scholarship dollars. Norma Guyer and her husband, Gordon, lived in East Lansing since 1950. She volunteered for more than 30 years at Lansing's Sparrow Hospital and the Ingham County Regional Medical Center, and was a president of the East Lansing Women's Club and the East Lansing Child Study Club. Guyer was supportive of Spartan athletics as well as academic-related student activities. When she was first lady, she made Cowles House handicapper accessible and was identified as an advocate for students. She was a frequent participant in tour activities sponsored by the MSU Alumni Association.


Philanthropist Award

Mr. Alexander Gordon Adams

A. Gordon Adams Jr., Royal Oak, former vice president of the First of Michigan Corp. and attorney with Haisch & Associates of Detroit, who received his bachelor's degree in 1941. A member of MSU's Kedzie and Legacy societies, Adams has created several MSU scholarships including the Bradford-Adams Endowed Scholarship Fund, the A. Gordon Adams Jr. Alumni Distinguished Scholarship, the A. Gordon Adams Jr. College of Human Medicine Scholarship and the A. Gordon Adams Jr. James Madison Fellows Scholarship. In addition, he has designated gifts for the Clara Bell Smith Student-Athlete Academic Center and MSU's Biomedical and Physical Sciences Building. Adams has been a strong and consistent supporter of the Ralph Young Fund and Hidden Lake Gardens. Adams has provided volunteer fundraising leadership by serving on the Special Gifts for University Development and on the Detroit Development Council. He has also served on the boards of Detroit's Beaumont Hospital, the Presbyterian Church Foundation, the Detroit Historical Society, the Detroit Science Museum, the Founders Society of the Detroit Institute of Arts, the Detroit Symphony Orchestra, the Detroit Zoological Society and the Greenfield Village and Museum.

Mr. Frederick S Addy

Frederick and J. Marilyn Addy, Austin, Texas. Frederick Addy, who retired as executive vice president, chief financial officer and director of Amoco Corp., received bachelor's and master's degrees in 1953 and 1957, respectively. J. Marilyn Addy, a homemaker, received her bachelor's degree in 1953. After earning his second degree at MSU, which followed military service, Frederick Addy joined Standard Oil of Indiana, which subsequently became Amoco Corp. He worked for Amoco for 37 years until his retirement in 1994. Throughout his career he and his wife, Marilyn, have been generous donors to the university. In recognition of Marilyn Addy's music degree, they have established the Marilyn Addy Endowment for Artistic Excellence for the benefit of the Lyric Opera of Austin in Texas. Addy has served as a director of the United Way of Chicago, the Chicago Council of the Boy Scouts of America and the Ravinia Arts Festival. He was also a trustee of Lake Forest College, and a trustee and chairman of the board of Roosevelt University.

Prof. Stanley C Hollander Ph.D.

Stanley and Selma Hollander, Okemos. Stanley Hollander is a professor emeritus in MSU's Broad College of Business. Selma Hollander, who taught In MSU's College of Human Ecology, received her bachelor's and master's degrees from MSU in 1962 and 1965, respectively. Stanley Hollander spent 32 years as a professor of marketing and won many awards, including the MSU Distinguished Faculty Award in 1982. He is a member of the Retail Education Hall of Fame. Selma Hollander taught in the College of Human Ecology and also for the MSU Alumni Association's Evening College. They have made many gifts to MSU, including paintings to Kresge Art Museum, and a sculpture, Girl With Doves, to the Wharton Center for Performing Arts. The Hollanders' interest in charitable contributions does not stop with visual arts. Recent gifts to MSU include the endowment of a chair (first cello) in the MSU Symphony, an addition to the Hollander Endowment at the Wharton Center for Performing Arts, and gifts to the MSU Libraries and the Dept. of Marketing and Supply Chain Management.

Mrs. Selma D Hollander

Stanley and Selma Hollander, Okemos. Stanley Hollander is a professor emeritus in MSU's Broad College of Business. Selma Hollander, who taught In MSU's College of Human Ecology, received her bachelor's and master's degrees from MSU in 1962 and 1965, respectively. Stanley Hollander spent 32 years as a professor of marketing and won many awards, including the MSU Distinguished Faculty Award in 1982. He is a member of the Retail Education Hall of Fame. Selma Hollander taught in the College of Human Ecology and also for the MSU Alumni Association's Evening College. They have made many gifts to MSU, including paintings to Kresge Art Museum, and a sculpture, Girl With Doves, to the Wharton Center for Performing Arts. The Hollanders' interest in charitable contributions does not stop with visual arts. Recent gifts to MSU include the endowment of a chair (first cello) in the MSU Symphony, an addition to the Hollander Endowment at the Wharton Center for Performing Arts, and gifts to the MSU Libraries and the Dept. of Marketing and Supply Chain Management.

Mr. Lynn MacCready

Lynn, Douglas and Willis MacCready, Jackson, co-owners of the Michigan Seat Co. and directors of MacCready Realty LLC. The MacCready brothers are Kedzie Society members, having donated to MSU a family farm and land in Jackson Country valued at $1.45 million. Called the 'MacCready Reserve,' it will be used for demonstration purposes by many departments within the College of Agriculture & Natural Resources, MSU Extension and University Outreach. They also established the Lynn and Thelma MacCready Forest and Wildlife Endowment Fund as a memorial to their parents.

Mr. Douglas MacCready

Lynn, Douglas and Willis MacCready, Jackson, co-owners of the Michigan Seat Co. and directors of MacCready Realty LLC. The MacCready brothers are Kedzie Society members, having donated to MSU a family farm and land in Jackson Country valued at $1.45 million. Called the 'MacCready Reserve,' it will be used for demonstration purposes by many departments within the College of Agriculture & Natural Resources, MSU Extension and University Outreach. They also established the Lynn and Thelma MacCready Forest and Wildlife Endowment Fund as a memorial to their parents.

Mr. Willis MacCready

Lynn, Douglas and Willis MacCready, Jackson, co-owners of the Michigan Seat Co. and directors of MacCready Realty LLC. The MacCready brothers are Kedzie Society members, having donated to MSU a family farm and land in Jackson Country valued at $1.45 million. Called the 'MacCready Reserve,' it will be used for demonstration purposes by many departments within the College of Agriculture & Natural Resources, MSU Extension and University Outreach. They also established the Lynn and Thelma MacCready Forest and Wildlife Endowment Fund as a memorial to their parents.

Mrs. Mary Anne McPhail

Walter and Mary Anne McPhail, Orchard Lake. Walter McPhail is president of the McPhail Corp. and Fair Weather Aviation in Rochester Hills. Mary Anne McPhail, international dressage judge and director of the McPhail Corp., received her bachelor's degree from MSU in 1955. In 1999 the McPhails donated the funds necessary for building the Mary Anne McPhail Equine Performance Center, a teaching facility for veterinary medicine students, veterinarians and horse owners; a hub for clinical evaluations and equine research. It is a state-of-the-art facility that has added computerized gait analysis to its equine hospital. The McPhails also established the Mary Anne McPhail Dressage Chair in Equine Sports Medicine - the only one of its kind in the world. Mary Anne McPhail is an accomplished horsewoman and serves as a member of the U.S. Equestrian Team Board of Trustees. Walter McPhail established the McPhail Corp. in 1968 and is also the former chief executive officer of Lectron Products in Troy.

Mr. Walter S McPhail

Walter and Mary Anne McPhail, Orchard Lake. Walter McPhail is president of the McPhail Corp. and Fair Weather Aviation in Rochester Hills. Mary Anne McPhail, international dressage judge and director of the McPhail Corp., received her bachelor's degree from MSU in 1955. In 1999 the McPhails donated the funds necessary for building the Mary Anne McPhail Equine Performance Center, a teaching facility for veterinary medicine students, veterinarians and horse owners; a hub for clinical evaluations and equine research. It is a state-of-the-art facility that has added computerized gait analysis to its equine hospital. The McPhails also established the Mary Anne McPhail Dressage Chair in Equine Sports Medicine - the only one of its kind in the world. Mary Anne McPhail is an accomplished horsewoman and serves as a member of the U.S. Equestrian Team Board of Trustees. Walter McPhail established the McPhail Corp. in 1968 and is also the former chief executive officer of Lectron Products in Troy.

Mrs. Shirley K Pasant

Shirley Pasant, East Lansing, president of the Athanase & Shirley Pasant Foundation. The Pasant Theatre in the Wharton Center for Performing Arts was named after Shirley and her family. She and her late husband, Athanase, also created the A.J. Pasant Chair in Insurance in 1986, designed to create interest in the field of insurance. In 1997, she created the Shirley Pasant Endowed Scholarship in The School of Hospitality Business for undergraduate or graduate students, especially interns at the Garfield Inn in Port Austin. She also provided a leadership gift for the new American Indian Studies Program. Pasant has generously supported facilities, professorships, scholarships, academic programs and community outreach through broadcasting services to strengthen the liberal arts experience. Her husband was the founder of the Jackson National Life Insurance Company and served on the MSU Development Fund board from 1968 to 1973.

Dr. Clifton Reginald Wharton

Clifton and Dolores Wharton, New York City, former MSU president and MSU first lady from 1970-78. Clifton and Dolores Wharton created the Wharton Center Endowment Fund that provides long-term support for the center named in their honor. The fund-raising for the center began when Clifton Wharton was MSU president. He created the Presidents Club donor society to encourage private gifts to MSU. In addition, the Whartons support a wide variety of areas at MSU such as named funds and special projects, and they have encouraged people of color to give through vehicles such as the MSU Black Alumni Association Inc. Clifton Wharton was the first African American in the United States to head a leading university, and the first black to run a major U.S. financial concern (TIAA-CREF). He also served as chancellor of the State University of New York and as a director for a number of companies, including Ford Motor Co., Time Inc., Tenneco Inc. and the New York Stock Exchange Inc. Dolores Wharton was the founder and president of the Fund for Corporate Initiatives Inc., served on the board of the Museum of Modern Art and was a member of the National Council on the Arts. She is the author of the first history of modern Malaysian art.

Mrs. Dolores D Wharton

Clifton and Dolores Wharton, New York City, former MSU president and MSU first lady from 1970-78. Clifton and Dolores Wharton created the Wharton Center Endowment Fund that provides long-term support for the center named in their honor. The fund-raising for the center began when Clifton Wharton was MSU president. He created the Presidents Club donor society to encourage private gifts to MSU. In addition, the Whartons support a wide variety of areas at MSU such as named funds and special projects, and they have encouraged people of color to give through vehicles such as the MSU Black Alumni Association Inc. Clifton Wharton was the first African American in the United States to head a leading university, and the first black to run a major U.S. financial concern (TIAA-CREF). He also served as chancellor of the State University of New York and as a director for a number of companies, including Ford Motor Co., Time Inc., Tenneco Inc. and the New York Stock Exchange Inc. Dolores Wharton was the founder and president of the Fund for Corporate Initiatives Inc., served on the board of the Museum of Modern Art and was a member of the National Council on the Arts. She is the author of the first history of modern Malaysian art.