Foster-Scholz and volunteer awards presentationReed alumni who have consistently contributed their time, energy, and enthusiasm to the college and to the community were recognized at two luncheons during reunion weekend.
At the Foster-Scholz Club luncheon David Lofgren '39, chair of the Foster-Scholz Club steering committee, introduced the presenters and recipients of the Foster-Scholz Club distinguished service award. Three people were honored this year: Clarence R. Allen '49; Pearl Atkinson, honorary alumna and director emerita of physical education; and Elizabeth Warnock Fernea '49.
Allen's 1957 paper on the San Andreas Fault provided the foundation for the study of ground motions in California. He later gained international renown for his work in developing seismic policies for use in dams and other critical facilities. He has served as a consultant in several countries.
Allen also won the first G.K. Gilbert Award in Seismic Geology from the Carnegie Institute. In 1995 the Seismological Society of America recognized him for using his professional knowledge to benefit society by giving him the society's highest honor.
Rosenblum noted that Allen, a staunch supporter of Reed, is one of a select group of Reed alumni who are members of the National Academy of Sciences (NAS). He was instrumental in establishing the NAS Research Fund that will aid Reed students in faculty-led research.
Barbara Weeks Shettler '50, a former Foster-Scholz Club steering committee chair, presented the distinguished service award to Pearl Atkinson. She noted that Atkinson responded creatively to student requests for individualized sports during her 18 years of teaching physical education at Reed.
She studied gymnastics, folk dancing, and basic movement in Europe, and participated in the Fulbright Teaching Exchange Program.
Following her retirement in 1977, Atkinson coordinated dance and fitness workshops for several organizations. Her work with seniors gained attention by the local media, and she continues to volunteer four days a week with seniors, most of whom are physically impaired.
Jo Pesman Chanaud '49 presented the distinguished service award to writer and filmmaker Elizabeth Warnock Fernea '49. Fernea began the adventures she writes about soon after she graduated from Reed. Her books on Iraq (Guests of the Sheik), Egypt (A View of the Nile), and Marrakech (A Street in Marrakech) offer insights into other cultures as Fernea experienced them.
Fernea is professor of English and Middle East studies at the University of Texas-Austin, where she has taught since 1975.
She has written and produced five films on the Middle East. One film, Some Women of Marrakech, was shown as part of PBS's Odyssey series, and several of her films were finalists at the American Film Festival and were shown at the Margaret Mead Film Festival.
At the alumni association's annual luncheon meeting sev-eral alumni received volunteer service awards for their efforts to strengthen the college's services and outreach.
Ellen Knowlton Johnson '39 received the Babson Society Outstanding Volunteer Award. Johnson worked for the college from 1942 to 1981 and is Reed's registrar emerita. She is currently one of four alumni trustees elected by the alumni association. Johnson was recognized for her regular attendance at many alumni events and for her thoughtful, carefully researched opinions about topics under consideration by the alumni association.
Named for Jean McCall Babson '42, a longtime volunteer, the Babson Society was established to honor special individuals who give to Reed in many ways.
Two alumni received awards from the career services office. Will Koo '83 has contributed his time and expertise for several years to the career services alumni network and facilitated a program on ethics in the workplace for Paideia '99. Jennifer Harrington '85 gives extensively of her time to meet with students interested in pursuing law careers and has participated in pre-law career seminars on three separate occasions.
The development office chose to recognize Stephen McCarthy '66, who has served as a Reed trustee for over 10 years. Under his leadership as chair of the special gifts program for the campaign for Reed College, over $3.3 million has been raised from 1,200 alumni, parents, and friends.
A new award that recognizes general college support went to Brad Creveling '71, president of Creveling Company, an actuarial consulting firm. His technical assistance over the last decade has saved the college tens of thousands of dollars in CPA and audit fees.
Four alumni were recognized for their contributions to alumni programs. Judy Bell '63 and Richard Goodwin '63 have hosted the popular Reed picnic in Washington, D.C., for several years and have helped to keep this alumni chapter event alive and well. Susan Rudy '79 and Scott Foster '77 have spent countless hours volunteering as members of the alumni admissions network and on the chapter steering committee.