Alumni Achievement Award (Est. 1957)
The highest honor bestowed upon alumni by the Illinois Alumni Association on behalf of the University of Illinois. The award is presented to those alumni who have attained outstanding success and national or international distinction in their chosen profession or life’s work, and whose accomplishments reflect admirably on or bring honor to their Alma Mater.
Robert H. Liebeck, ’61 ENG, MS ’62 ENG, PHD ’68 ENG
Robert H. Liebeck’s trailblazing career in aerodynamics has touched air, land and sea. A senior technical fellow and chief scientist for Boeing, he has led several classified, advanced-concept aircraft programs that resulted in successful flight vehicles. As a consultant, Liebeck has designed America’s Cup-winning yachts, NASCAR’s “Car of Tomorrow,” and wings for Formula One racing cars.
A member of the National Academy of Engineering, and a fellow with the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics and the Royal Aeronautical Society, Liebeck has earned worldwide recognition for his work in aerodynamics. Notable honors include the General Charles E. Yeager Award for Aeronautical Innovation and the International Council of the Aeronautical Sciences’ Award for Innovation in Aeronautics. Liebeck has shared his expertise with the next-generation of engineers as well, teaching courses in aerodynamics, flight mechanics and airplane design at such universities as the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and University of California, Irvine.
A resident of Irvine, Calif., Liebeck received the University of Illinois College of Engineering’s Distinguished Alumnus Award in 1996 and was inducted into the College’s Engineering Hall of Fame in 2011. He endowed the Dept. of Aerospace’s first professorship in 2014, in honor of his mentor, Professor Allen Ormsbee.
James A. Spudich, ’63 LAS
The Douglass M. and Nola Leishman Professor of Cardiovascular Disease at Stanford University’s School of Medicine, James Spudich is one of the world’s most respected biochemists. A former Guggenheim Fellow, he has conducted groundbreaking research on molecular motors and is credited with advancing the field of single-molecule biology. Spudich also has developed novel therapeutics ranging from medications to improve muscle function for ALS patients to others treating rare, genetically based cardiovascular diseases.
A member of the Stanford faculty since 1977, Spudich served as founding director of that university’s pioneering Bio-X program. The interdisciplinary effort, which includes researchers from the fields of physics, biology, chemistry, engineering, computational sciences and the clinical sciences, aims to create new knowledge of biological systems.
A widely sought-after speaker, Spudich has shared his innovative research with audiences around the globe. He is a member of the National Academy of Sciences, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and the American Association for the Advancement of Science.
A native of Benld, Ill., Spudich earned his undergraduate degree in chemistry while working under Woody Hastings, a renowned University of Illinois biochemistry professor. Spudich received the UI College of Liberal Arts and Sciences Alumni Achievement Award in 2016.
William F. Baker, MS ’80 ENGStructural Engineering Design Partner at Skidmore, Owings & Merrill
Stephen J. Elledge, ’78 LASWorld renowned geneticist and cancer researcher
Mary-Dell Chilton, ’60 LAS, PHD ’67 LAS
Nick Holonyak Jr., ’50 ENG, MS ’51 ENG, PHD ’54 ENGRetired Professor of Electrical Engineering
Sylvia Puente, MS ’80 LASExecutive director of the Latino Policy Forum in Chicago
Don B. Wilmeth, PHD ’64 LASAsa Messer Professor Emeritus & former Department head of Theatre at Brown University
George R. Carruthers, ’61 ENG, MS ’62 ENG, PHD ’64 ENGSenior Astrophysicist, Naval Research Laboratory
Fred R. Volkmar, ’72 LASIrving B. Harris Professor, Yale University
Donald R. Scifres, MS ’70 ENG, PHD ’72 ENGFounder and Managing Director, SDL Ventures LLC
Thomas Siebel, ’75 LAS, MBA ’83, MS ’85 ENGChairman and CEO, C3 Energy
William Edelstein, ’65 LASRetired General Electric Researcher
Bradley Oltmanns, PHD ’79 BUSPartner, PricewaterhouseCoopers International Ltd.
Shahid Khan, ’71 ENGPresident, Flex-N-Gate
Brenton Wadsworth, ’52 FAAFounder, The Wadsworth Golf Construction Co.
Fu-Kuen Lin, PHD ’71 ACESConsultant, Amgen
Scott W. Atlas, ’77 LASChief of neuroradiology and professor of radiology, Stanford University Medical Center
Roger L. Plummer, ’64 ENGOperations Vice President, Illinois Bell
Mohamed T. El-Ashry, MS ’63 LAS, PHD ’66 LASGeology scholar and former adviser to Environmental Defense Fund
James M. Benson, ’68 LASCEO, Clark Benson LLC
Gerald Schoenfeld, ’47 DSSWVChairman, Schubert Organization
William E. Geist, ’68 MEDIACorrespondent, CBS “Sunday Morning”; author, humorist
Sheila C. Johnson, ’70 FAACEO, Salamander Hospitality LLC; Musician, Philanthropist
Freeman A. Hrabowski III, AM ’71 LAS, PHD ’75 EDPresident, University of Maryland, Baltimore County
Doris Kelley Christopher, ’67 ACESFounder & Chair, The Pampered Chef
Dr. Arnyce R. Pock, ’81 LASDirector, United States Air Force Medical Corps
R. Eden Martin, ’62 LASPresident, The Commercial Club of Chicago
Phillip L. Francis, ’68 ACESPresident & CEO, PetSmart
John McDonald, ’43 LAS, JD ’46 LAWRetired Diplomat and Co-Founder of the Institute for Multi-Track Diplomacy
Susan Lindquist, ’71 LASDirector of the Whitehead Institute for Biomedical Research at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Roger Ebert, ’64 MEDIAFilm Critic, Author and TV Personality
James J. Stukel, MS '63 ENG, PHD '68 ENGPresident, University of Illinois (1995-2005)
Alfred G. Harms Jr., '71 LASRetired Vice Admiral, U.S. Navy
Roxanne Decyk, '73 LASDirector-International, Royal Dutch Shell Group of Companies
Clifford B. Saper, '72 LAS, MS '72 LASGroundbreaking Neuroscience Researcher
Robert T. Fraley, '74 LAS, MS '76 LAS, PHD '79 LASAgricultural Biotechnology Pioneer
Robert Falls, '76 FAATony Award Winning Broadway Director, Artistic Director, Goodman Theatre
Phillip Allen Sharp, PHD '69 LASFounding Director and Institute Professor McGovern Institute for Brain Research Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Paul D. Schrage, MS '59 MEDIARetired Senior Executive Vice President & Chief Marketing Officer McDonald's Corporation Chairman, Ronald McDonald House Charities
Robert Badgett Morgan, PHD '74 FAARetired Director of Jazz Studies High School for the Performing and Visual Arts, Houston, Texas
Sophie Lau Leung, '69 LASChair, Women's Commission Legislative Council of Hong Kong
Steven L. Miller, '67 ENGChairman, President and CEO Shell Oil Co.
Jerry A. Hadley, MS '77 FAAGrammy Award-Winning and Internationally Renowned Opera Singer
Walter L. Robb, MS '49 ENG, PHD '51 ENGSenior Vice President for Corporate Research and Development General Electric Co.
Charles William Gear, MS '57 LAS, PHD '60 LASPresident Computer Science Research Division at the NEC Research Institute
Sheldon Good, '55 CBAFounder and Chairman Sheldon Good & Company President International Real Estate Federation (FIABCI)
Alfred Y. Cho, '60 ENG, MS '61 ENG, PHD '68 ENGSemiconductor Research Vice President Bell Laboratories, Lucent Technologies Father of Molecular Beam Epitaxy (MBE)
Linda K. Bunker, '68 ALS, MS '69, PHD '73Nationally Renowned Sport Psychologist and Author
Joseph H. Burckhalter, '38 LASResearch Professor, Chemist Florida Institute of Technology
R. Rolando Hinojosa-Smith, PHD '69 LASAuthor Professor of English and Creative Writing The University of Texas at Austin
Archie R. Clemins, '66, ENG, MS '72 ENGAdmiral, U. S. Navy Commander-in-Chief, U. S. Pacific Fleet Pearl Harbor, Hawaii
Gary K. Bielfeldt, '58, ACES, MS '59 ACESACES Managing Partner, Bielfeldt and Company Chairman, The Bielfeldt Foundation
Robert D. Novak, AB '52 LASNewspaper Columnist, Television Commentator, Author Washington, D.C.
Leo M. Henikoff, Jr., MD '63 MED (UIC)President, Rush University President and Chief Executive Officer Rush Presbyterian-St. Luke's Medical Center Pediatric Cardiologist
John A. Georges, '51 LASRetired Chairman and Chief Executive Officer International Paper Company
Jerry J. Colangelo, '62 ALSOwner, Phoenix Suns (National Basketball Association) Owner, Arizona Diamondbacks (Major League Baseball Team)
Cesar Pelli, '54 ARCHArchitect, Designer, and Distinguished Architectural Educator Cesar Pelli & Associates
H. Richard McFarland, '52 ACESBusinessman, Philanthropist, Patriot President and Owner McFarland Foods Corporation
Mannie L. Jackson, '60 ALSChairman and Owner, Harlem Globetrotters Retired Senior Vice President and Corporate Officer Honeywell, Inc.
Edwin G. Krebs, AB '40 LASProfessor Emeritus, University of Washington Senior Investigator Emeritus Howard Hughes Medical Institute Nobel Prize Winner
Donald C. Johanson, AB '66 LASPhysical Anthropologist President, Institute of Human Origins
Nancy Goodman Brinker, AB '68 LASFounding Chairman The Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation
Richard Cline, AB '57 LASChairman and Chief Executive Officer NICOR Inc.
Steven B. Sample, '62 ENG, MS '63 ENG, PHD '65 ENGEducator, Inventor, Administrator President, University of Southern California
David H. Blackwell, AB '38 LAS, AM '39 LAS, PHD '41 LASStatistician, Educator, Author University of California, Berkeley Member, National Academy of Sciences
Lynn Morley Martin, AB '60 LASCongresswoman, Teacher Former Secretary of Labor
George M.C. Fisher, '62 ENGChairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer Motorola
Albert Leslie Babb, MS '49 LAS, PHD '51 LASChemical Engineer, Biomedical Engineer, Humanitarian Designer of the First Portable Kidney Dialysis Machine
Dennis D. Swanson, '61 MEDIA, MS '66 MEDIAPresident ABC Sports, Daytime and Children's Programming New York
Steven R. Nagel, '69 AAEColonel, U. S. Air Force NASA Astronaut
Richard H. Frank, '65 CBAPresident Walt Disney Studios
Samuel K. Skinner, '60 CBAUnited States Secretary of Transportation
John F. Burke, '47 LASSurgeon, Scientist and Educator Harvard University Medical School
James S. Brady, '62 MEDIAVice Chairman National Organization on Disability, Washington, D.C. Former Press Secretary for President Ronald Reagan
B. Kenneth West, AB '55 LASChairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer Harris Bankcorp, Inc.
Arnold R. Weber, AB '50 LAS, AM '51 LASPresident Northwestern University
Charles Marshall, '51 ACESVice Chairman of the Board American Telephone and Telegraph Co.
Sybil C. Mobley, PHD '64 CBADean, School of Business and Industry Florida A & M University
David F. Linowes, '41 CBAEducator, Political Economist, CPA Consultant to U.S. Presidents Professor of Political Economy and Boeschenstein Professor Emeritus University of Illinois
David Herbert Donald, AM '42 LAS, PHD '46 LASDistinguished Civil War Historian Pulitzer Prize Winning Biographer Charles Warren Professor, Harvard University
Charlotte Herman Kerr, '40 ACES '46 MED, MD '48 MEDPresident American Medical Women's Association
Richard E. Heckert, MS '47 LAS, PHD '49 LASChairman and Chief Executive Officer Du Pont Company
Sidney D. Drell, AM '47 PHYSICS, PHD '49 PHYSICS, HON. '81Physicist, Educator, Arms Control Specialist, Professor and Deputy Director Stanford Linear Accelerator Center
Robert C. Underwood, JD '39 LAWJustice, Illinois Supreme Court (Deceased)
Godfrey Sperling, Jr., '37 MEDIAChief, Washington News Bureau Christian Science Monitor
Jerome S. Gore, '41 CBAChairman Hartmarx Corporation
Prentice H. Marshall, '49 LAS, JD '51 LAWJudge, United States District Court Northern District of Illinois
Karl A. Folkers, '28 LASDirector, Institute of Biomedical Research Ashbel Smith Professor of Chemistry, University of Texas at Austin (Deceased)
Helene R. Foellinger, AB '32 LASPresident of Foellinger Foundation Former publisher, News-Sentinel Fort Wayne, Indiana (Deceased)
Alfred B. Swanson, '45 MED, MD '47 MEDPhysician, Orthopaedic Surgeon, Teacher
James R. Martin, '40 LASChairman of the Board Massachusetts Mutual Life Ins. Company (Deceased)
Alan M. Hallene, '51 ENGPresident Montgomery Elevator Company
Julia Henderson, AB '36 LAS, AM '37 LASFormer Secretary General International Planned Parenthood Federation
Harold R. Bruno, Jr., '50 MEDIADirector of Political Coverage ABC News
Richard E. Albrecht, '40 ACESFormer President Farm Progress Publications (Deceased)
Wilma L. Vaught, '52 CBABrigadier General, U.S. Air Force Commander, U.S. Military Entrance Processing Command
John L. Strohm, '35 MEDIAEditor, Publisher, Foreign Correspondent, Founder, National Wildlife Magazine (Deceased)
Dorothy Martin Simon, PHD '45 LASVice President, Research AVCO Corporation
Julius B. Richmond, '37 MED, MS '39 MED, MD MEDProfessor, Harvard Medical School Assistant Secretary for Health and Surgeon General U.S.P.H.S. 1977-81
Eugene P. Odum, PHD '39 ZOOLOGYDistinguished Professor and Director Institute of Ecology University of Georgia
Helen 0. Dickens, '32 MED, MD '34 MEDProfessor of Obstetrics & Gynecology University of Pennsylvania
Mark Shepherd, Jr., MS '47 ENGChairman and Chief Executive Officer, Texas Instruments, Inc.
Mostafa Khalil, MS '48 ENG, PHD '51 ENGFormer Prime Minister of Egypt
Earl B. Dickerson, AB '14 LASHonorary Chairman of the Board Supreme Life Insurance Co. of America (Deceased)
Gardner W. Heidrick, '35 CBACo-founder, Heidrick and Struggles, Inc. International Recruiter, Organization Builder, Industry Leader
Harry J. Gray, '41 MEDIA, MS '47 MEDIAChairman and Chief Executive Officer, United Technologies Corporation
Lew Allen, Jr., '52 PHYSICS, PHD '54 PHYSICSChief of Staff United States Air Force
J. Robert Schrieffer, MS '54 PHYSICS, PHD '57 PHYSICSProfessor of Physics University of Pennsylvania
Everette B. Harris, AB '35 LASPresident Emeritus Chicago Mercantile Exchange (Deceased)
Rowine Hayes Brown, MD '39 MEDMedical Director Cook County Hospital (Deceased)
Rosalyn S. Yalow, MS '42 PHYSICS, PHD '45 PHYSICSSenior Medical Investigator Bronx Veterans Administration Hospital Nobel Prize Winner
Lee L. Morgan, '41 ACESChairman & Chief Executive Officer, Caterpillar Tractor Company
Gayle B. Aydelott, '36 CBAPresident & Chairman Denver and Rio Grande Western Railroad (Deceased)
George W. English, '21 CBAAttorney, Bank Executive Community Builder (Deceased)
Kenneth 0. Emery, '37 GEOLOGY, PHD '41 GEOLOGYMarine Geologist, Senior Scientist Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (Deceased)
Temple Hoyne Buell, '16 ARCHArchitect, Founder, Chief Executive Officer Buell Development Corporation (Deceased)
Thomas A. Murphy, '38 CBAChairman, General Motors Corporation
Carl S. Marvel, AM '19 LAS, PHD '20Professor of Chemistry University of Arizona (Deceased)
Arthur W. Sloan, '22 LASFounder, President Atlantic Research Corporation (Deceased)
W. Leonard Evans, Jr., '35 CBAPresident and Publisher Tuesday Publications, Inc.
Clayton Kirkpatrick, AB '37 LASEditor, Chicago Tribune
Polykarp Kusch, MS '33 PHYSICS, PHD '36 PHYSICSProfessor of Physics The University of Texas at Dallas Nobel Prize Winner (Deceased)
Robert W. Holley, '42 LASProfessor of Molecular Biology, The Salk Institute. (Deceased)
Roy J. Carver, '34 ENGFounder and Chairman, Bandag, Inc. (Deceased)
Walter P. Blount, AB '21 LAS, BS '23 MEDPhysician, Surgeon and Teacher (Deceased)
William L. Pereira, '30 ARCHArchitect, Planner, William L. Pereira Associates (Deceased)
William A. Marsteller, '37 MEDIACharman of the Board, Marsteller, Inc. (Deceased)
Jack S. Kilby, '47 ENGInventor, Engineer, Dallas, Texas
George H. Lesch, '31 CBAChairman of the Board, Colgate-Palmolive Company (Deceased)
Philip Handler, PHD '39 LASPresident, National Academy of Sciences (Deceased)
Barton A. Cummings, '35 MEDIAChairman, Executive Committee, Compton Advertising, Inc. (Deceased)
Milton C. Mumford, AB '35 LASChairman of the Board Lever Brothers Company (Deceased)
Fred H. Turner, AB '22 LAS, AM '29 PSY, PHD '31 EDUDean of Students, Emeritus University of Illinois (Deceased)
Ralph A. Connor, '29 LASChairman, Executive Committee, Rohm and Haas Company (Deceased)
John W. Queenan, '27 CBAManaging Partner, Haskins and Sells (Deceased)
Charles Luckman, '31 ARCHChairman and Chief Executive Officer, Charles Luckman Associates (Deceased)
John C. Houbolt, '40 ENGSenior Vice President, Aeronautical Research Associates of Princeton
Glen P. Brock, Sr., '22 CBAPresident Gulf, Mobile and Ohio Railroad Company
Louis K. Eilers, '29 LASPresident and Chief Executive Officer, Eastman Kodak Company
Dorothy Hunt Needham, '22 LASPresident, North American Benefit Association
Dr. L. Emmerson Ward, AB '39 LASChairman, Mayo Clinic Board of Governors
George E. Keck, '32 CBAPresident, United Air Lines, Inc.
Wayne A. Johnston, '19Chairman, Illinois Central Industries and Illinois Central Railroad
Rexford S. Blazer, AB '28 LASChairman of the Board, Ashland Oil and Refining Company
Oliver J. Troster, '16 ACESPartner, Troster, Singer and Company (Deceased)
Phillips Talbot, AB '36 LAS, BS '36 MEDIAUnited States Ambassador to Greece
Joseph B. Lanterman, '36 CBAPresident, Amsted Industries, Inc. (Deceased)
Irna Phillips, '23 LASCreator, Writer, Radio and Television Serials (Deceased)
Albert E. Jenner, Jr., LLB '30 LAWAttorney, Raymond, Mayer, Jenner & Block (Deceased)
Harry 0. Bercher, '28 CBAPresident, International Harvester Co. (Deceased)
Allan Nevins, AB '12 LAS, AM '13 LASHistorian, Teacher, Biographer (Deceased)
William G. Karnes, '33 CBAPresident, Beatrice Foods Co. (Deceased)
George S. Halas, '18 ENGOwner/Coach, Chicago Bears Football Club, Inc. (Deceased)
Leslie B. Worthington, '23 CBAPresident, United States Steel Corp. (Deceased)
Stewart D. Owen, AB '20 LASManaging Editor, The Chicago Tribune (Deceased)
Mark Van Doren, AB '14 LAS, AM '15 LASPoet, Author, Teacher, Literary Critic (Deceased)
Donald R. Grimes, AB '28 LASPresident, Independent Grocers Alliance Distributing Co. (Deceased)
William B. Greene, '08 ENGChairman of the Board Barber-Greene Co. (Deceased)
Max Abramovitz, BAR '29 ARCHArchitect, Harrison and Abramovitz
Clifford S. Strike, '24 ENGPresident, F.H. McGraw & Co. (Deceased)
Dr. Karl A. Meyer, MD '08Medical Director, Cook County Medical Institutions (Deceased)
George Chandler, '22 CBAPresident of the Board Screen Actors Guild (Deceased)
James B. Reston, '32 MEDIAChief, Washington Bureau The New York Times (Deceased)
Karl M. Dallenbach, AB '10 LASDistinguished Professor of Psychology University of Texas (Deceased)
Harold Boeschenstein, '20 CBAPresident, Owens-Corning Fiberglas Corp. (Deceased)
Robert L. Latzer, '08 ACESChairman of the Board Pet Milk Co. (Deceased)
Herman C. Krannert, '12 ENGChairman of the Board Inland Container Corp. (Deceased)
Arnold 0. Beckman, '22 LASPresident, Beckman Instruments, Inc.
Collett E. Woolman, '12 ACESPresident, Delta Air Lines
Vicente Y. Orosa, '11 ENGPublic Works Engineer, Philippine Government
Vincent du Vigneaud, '23 LAS, MS '24 LAS, HON '60Nobel Prize Winner Chemistry
Louis C. Goad, '23 ENGExecutive Vice President, General Motors Corp.
Edward A. Doisy, AB '14 LASNobel Prize Winner Chemistry
Avery Brundage, '09 ENGPresident, International Olympic Committee
Charles B. Shuman, '28 ACES, MS '29 ACESPresident American, Farm Bureau Federation
William E. Levis, LLB '13 LAWChairman of the Board Owens Illinois Glass Co.
Clifford F. Hood, '15 ENGPresident, United States Steel Corp.