Past Distinguished Alumni Award Recipients

The Distinguished Alumni Award honors an NMU alumnus/alumna who is outstanding in his/her profession and has made significant contributions to society and/or their field. Other factors include demonstrated leadership and/or honors received that clearly sets them apart from their peers; a person who is distinguished by his/her achievements.

First presented in 1964, the NMU Alumni Awards celebrate excellence: Northern alumni who have received an associate, bachelor, masters or educational specialist degree. They have been a positive influence on their professions or on their communities and distinguished themselves through achievements, both personal and professional, which not only set them apart in their field and social circles, but define them as true leaders.
 

2016

Lynnae Ruttledge ’71, Salem, Ore.
Jana Simmons ’93, Ferndale, Mich.

2014
Frederick Stonehouse '70 '77, Marquette, MI
Bruce Remington '75, Livermore, CA  

2013
Diane Husic '81, Bethlehem, PA
 

2012
Dr. William Bowerman '91
Robert (Bob Chase) Wallenstein '53

2011
Brian Majewski '76, Manassas, Va.
2010
Stephen DesJardins '83, Ann Arbor
James "Brig" Sorber '86, Lansing

2009
Ronald Stump '69, '71, Boulder, Colorado
Michael Roesner '74

2008
Larry Inman '76, Traverse City
Duane VanDenbusche '59, Gunnison, Colo.
2007
Dr. Fred Nelson '73, Delaware
2006
Paul Goldman '63, Sylvan Lake
2005
Dr. Karen Reese '63, '66, '76, Marquette
2004
Steven Mitchell '67, West Bloomfield
2003
Mark Lovell, '77, Pittsburgh, Pa
Albert Milford, '66, Flossmoor, Ill.
2002
Kathryn Davis Messerich, '79, Mendota Heights, Minn.
2001
Irma J. Hamilton '71, Detroit Mich.
William H. Keskey '62, Sanford
2000
Jay W. Johnson '65, Church Falls, Va.
Michael Nelsen '63, Wheaton, Ill
Stephanie Nelsen '72, Midland

1999
David E. Lahti '62, Lansing
June M. Schaefer '67, '68, Marquette

1998
Dr. Robert R. Archibald '70, St. Louis, Mo.
John W. Berry, Jr. '71, Kettering, Ohio
Margaret A. Coughlin, J.D. '73, Detroit
Janet A. Haynes, J.D. '69, Grand Rapids
Howard D. Schultz '75, Seattle, Wash.
David Williams, II, J.D. '69, Colombus, Ohio
 

1997
Larry J. Sell, M.D. '62, Curtis
Dennis P. Callahan '70, Detroit
1996
Dr. Pak-Wing "Steve" Chum '74, Freeport, Texas
James A. Surrell, M.D. '63, Grand Rapids
T. Dennis George '60, Seattle, Wash.
1995
Patti L. Peterson, M.D. '75, Dearborn
1994
John C. Fleming '64, Bangkok, Thailand
Dale M. Larson, M.D. '76, Marshfield, Wis.
1993
Dr. David A. Hart '64, Calgary, Alberta, Canada
Michael P. Hocking, M.D. '73, Gainesville, Fla.
Dr. Mary E. Nash '74, Birmingham, Ala.
1992
Ruben Franco '70, Bronx, N.Y.
Rear Adm. Leonard F. Picotte '63, Norfolk, Va.

1991
Gerald M. Glanville '64, Roswell, Ga.
Stephen P. Klinker, D.D.S. '78, Austin, Texas
 

1990
Thomas L. Baldini '65, Washington, D.C.
Dr. Thomas R. Klei '64, Flint
Dr. Roy E. Peterson '64, Flint

 

1989
Scott L. Holman '63, Bay City
Dr. Malcolm R. McNeil '69, Madison, Wis.
James H. Wills '67, Minneapolis, Minn.
1988
John H. Beaumier, M.D. '53, Grand Forks, S.D.
Robert M. Bordeau '59, Marquette
David S. Haynes '72, Lansing
 

 

1987
Paul N. Suomi '62, Marquette

1986
Dr. L. Sandy MacLean '56, St. Louis, Mo.
Dr, Charles T. Mangrum II '61, Miami,Fla.
Dr. John R. Ogren '55, Hawthorne, Calif.
 

1985
J. Walter Carlson '30, Ballwin, Mo.
Ira L. Griffin, Jr. '41, Mililani Town, Hawaii
Dr. Melvin G. Holli '57, River Forest, Ill.

1984
Dr. Thomas L. Knauss '54, Marquette
Cpt. Claudius G. Pendill '11, Newburyport, Mass.
Roger B. Tompkins '60, Frankenmuth
John D. Voelker '24, Ishpeming

1983
Edward F. Havlik '67, Holland
Kathleen E. Weston, M.D. '29, Bronxville, N.Y.
Gilbert L. Ziegler '60, Kalkaska

1982
George R. Cavender '41, Ann Arbor
Clifford E. Puckett '50, St. Louis, Mo.
Harry A. Rajala '56, Marquette
 

1981
Ellen N. Brigman '36 and Roy E. Brigman '37, Traverse City
Dr. Gustav G. Carlson '32, Cincinnati, Ohio
Dr. Edwin C. Peterson '64, Honolulu, Hawaii

1980
Elizabeth H. Binda '37, Battle Creek
George E. Koskimaki '48, Northville
Patricia A. Lewis '70, Marinette, Wis.
Wilbur H. Schenk '40, Crystal Falls
 

1979
Dr. Kenneth R. Erfft '28, Richmond, Va.
D. Neil Nystrom '57, Marquette
Louis F. Taccolini '52, Marquette
Dr. Dale R. Tahtinen '67, Washington, D.C.
 
1978
Rodney D. Coe '58, Enfield, Conn.
Dr. William H. Nault '47, Chicago, Ill

1977
Richard J. Finnegan '35, Coshocton, Ohio
Edward H. Kukuk '48, Iron Mountain
Albert I. Treado '31, Kingsford

1976
William K. Jensen '63, Marquette
Harriet T. Latimer '32, Flint
Earl O. Phillips '37, Detroit
 

1975
John E. Lautner, Jr. '33, Los Angeles, Calif.
R. Thomas Peters, Jr. '55, Marquette
Dorothea J. Schlechte '29, Evansville, Ind.

1974
Joseph L. DeCook '30, Newberry
Dr. Jerry J. Herman '52, Orchard Lake
Aili K. Johnson '32, Colombus, Ohio
Milton A. Johnson '27, Marquette
Norman E. Kukuk '41, Marquette
Rollin K. Thoren '33, Marquette

1973
Keith E. Molin '62, Lansing
Dr. Bruce K. Nelson '36, Ypsilanti
Edmund F. Vandette '58, Houghton

1972
Dr. Charles C. Carpenter '43, Norman Okla.
Dr. Clyde F. Kohn '32, Iowa City, Iowa
Cornelius J. Sullivan, Sr. '27, L'Anse
 

1971
Jeanette S. Bowden '36, Marquette
Dr. Frank H. Hartman '41, Flint
Francis F. Hetherington '46, Lansing
Hugo E. Kilpela '27, Newberry
1970
Irene M. Finnegan '35, Marquette
Dr. Henry S. Heimonen '35, Marquette
Dr. Roland S. Strolle '33, Kalamazoo

 

1969
Carl A. Erickson '33, Detroit
Ellwood A. Mattson '50, Marquette
Edwin B. Olds '42, Green Bay, Wis.

1968
Dr. Carl R. Anderson '30, Ypsilanti
Dr. W. Lawrence Hebbard '34, Washington, D.C.
Jean K. Weston, M.D. '30, Washington, D.C.
 

1967
Matthew C. Bennett, M.D. '33, Marquette
Dr. Taimi M. Ranta '39, Normal, Ill.
Dr. Hamilton J. Robichaud '34, Detroit
 

1966
Priscilla Densmore, Marquette
Carl A. Moyer, M.D. '30, St. Louis, Mo.
Edward L. Pearce '33, Marquette
Dr. Rico N. Zenti '32, Detroit

1965
Dr. Gordon H. Seger '29, Washington, D.C.
Wilbert H. Treloar '21, Marquette
Sylvester W. Trythall, M.D. '26, Detroit

1964
Olive G. Fox '20, Marquette
Grant U. MacKenzie, D.D.S. '32, Detroit, Mich.
Don B. Walsworth '29, Ann Arbor

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