Kenneth Raymond ’64 receives Vollum Award

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  President Diver and Vollum Award recipient Kenneth Raymond ’64
The 2002-03 academic year was officially opened during convocation, held during orientation week and attended by an auditorium full of new students and their families. The ceremonies were highlighted by the conferring of the Vollum Award for Distinguished Accomplishment in Science and Technology upon Kenneth N. Raymond ’64, professor of chemistry at the University of California–Berkeley who is noted for his pioneering research in bioinorganic chemistry. In addition Nathalia King, professor of English and humanities, addressed “Odysseus and the Arts of Memory,” which provided a source of discussion in parent humanities conferences held later that day.

Kenneth Raymond is a founder of the field of bioinorganic chemistry and has long been celebrated for his significant contributions to the chemical sciences. A member of both the National Academy of Sciences and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, he has received numerous awards, including a Guggenheim Fellowship and the American Chemical Society Alfred Bader Award in Bioinorganic Chemistry.

Raymond has been working on finding chemical agents that can safely remove concentrations of poisonous metal ions from the human body. He has been designing chemical compounds modeled after the compounds manufactured by bacteria and other microorganisms to transport iron. For instance, Raymond’s synthetic agents bind tightly enough with plutonium so that it can be passed through the kidneys and excreted out of the body. The U.S. Department of Energy has found that these agents could also prove valuable for safely and inexpensively removing radioactive contaminants from the environment.

Born in Astoria, Oregon, Raymond attended Clackamas High School. After Reed, he earned a Ph.D. at Northwestern University, then joined the faculty at the University of California–Berkeley.

The Vollum Award was created in 1975 as a tribute to the late C. Howard Vollum,a 1936 Reed graduate and lifelong friend of the college. Winners are selected for the perseverance, fresh approach to problems and solutions, and creative imagination that characterized Vollum’s career.

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