Alumni Achievement Award
Rajaa Abdullah Alsanea
ms ’08 dent, cert ’90 dent
Endodontist, Stem Cell Therapy Program Scientist
King Faisal Specialist Hospital and Research Center
Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
Dr. Rajaa Abdullah Alsanea’s debut novel, Girls of Riyadh, which tells the tale of four young women living in present-day Saudi Arabia, gained global notoriety upon its publication in 2005. The international bestseller drew critical notice, thousands of emails—and death threats—for its candid portrayal of women struggling with Islamic traditions and the realities of modern life.
Many elements underscore the rarity of this turn of events, not the least being that Alsanea’s vocation is dentistry. She serves as a consultant endodontist and researcher in the stem cell therapy program at King Faisal Specialist Hospital and Research Center in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.
Alsanea’s honors include being named among the Power 500 Arab figures in the world in 2012; 2008 Woman of the Year (Al Arabiya news channel); and 2007 Cultural Figure of the Year and 2006 Intellectual Figure of the Year in the Arab world by Elaph, the top Arabic online newspaper.
United Nations World Food Programme
In a world plagued by hunger, Ertharin Cousin has dedicated her life’s work to helping people in need, spending nearly three decades on the national, international, nonprofit, government and corporate scene to provide both immediate relief and long-term solutions to the persistent problem of food deprivation.
From her start as an administrator at two major U.S. grocery chains, Cousin currently serves as the executive director of the U.N. World Food Programme, the world’s largest humanitarian organization. She previously held the posts of U.S. ambassador to the U.N. Agencies for Food and Agriculture, and head of the U.S. Mission to U.N. Agencies in Rome, Italy.
On the national level, Cousin has held top leadership positions in Feeding America and served as White House liaison to the State Department in the Clinton administration. She has played a vigorous role in the Democratic Party and in 2012 was named to Forbes Magazine’s List of the World’s 100 Most Powerful Women.
Axel F. Strotbek
Chief Financial Officer
In a mere two decades in the world of business, Axel F. Strotbek has come to exemplify the executive of the 21st century: a leader with high business acumen, technological savvy, a global outlook and an ability to balance responsible financing with forward-looking investment.
Strotbek began his affiliation with the German automotive industry in 1991, when he joined the Volkwagen Group as an assistant. His star rose, and in 2007 at the age of 43, Strotbek became chief financial officer of AUDI AG, where he has successfully steered the company through the recent world financial crisis and invested in its work force, new products and future technologies.
On the international scene, Strotbek’s abilities have garnered attention, perhaps most notably as a repeatedly invited participant of the prestigious World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, and as a sought-after speaker on the difficulties of accommodating both crisis management and technological investment.
Barry S. Ganetzky ’71 LAS
Steenbock Professor of Biological Sciences, Laboratory of Genetics, University of Wisconsin-Madison
Michael S. Gordon ’59 COM, MD ’61 COM, MS ’61 COM
Director and Associate Dean, Michael S. Gordon Center for Research in Medical Education, University of Miami Miller School of Medicine
Rhoda P. Erhardt ’54 AHS
Consultant and occupational therapist
Richard I. Morimoto ’72 LAS, MS ’74 PHARM
Professor of biology
Erma Tranter MUPP ’78
President, Friends of the Parks
Alaa Al Aswany, ms ’85 dent
Shoujie Fu, mba ’00
General Manager, Guangzhou Honda Automobile Co.
Peter Harvey Hackett, md ‘73
Jean E. Bogner, MS ’73 LAS
President, Landfills + Inc.
Michael R. Bristow, MD ’70, PHD ’71 COM
Leader in the field of cardiovascular disease research
Carlos Tortolero ’75 LAS
Led the expansion of Museum of Mexican Art and teacher, counselor and administrator in Chicago public schools
Dr. W. Dudley Johnson ’53 MEDIA, MD ’55
Leader in field of cardiac care and research
Roger Shiffman ’75 CBA
One of the toy industry’s most innovative minds
Sandra M. Webb-Booker, BSN ’76, MS ’80 NURS
First nurse to serve as commander of 801st Combat Support Hospital
Stephen R. Heminover ’79 LAS
Dr. Barbara Schaal ’69 LAS
Sherry Eagle ’70 ED
Superintendent, Aurora West School District
Daniel Laskin, MS ’52 DENT
Scholar, researcher, author and clinician
Dushanka V. Kleinman, DDS '73
Chief Dental Officer, U.S. Public Health Service
Charles S. Hirsch '58 UIUC, MD '62
Chief Medical Examiner, New York City
Joseph Hartnett '78 CBA
CEO, U.S. Robotics
Bernard G. Sarnat MS '40 DENT, DDS '40
Groundbreaking dental surgeon
Ellis N. Cose '72 LAS
Author, columnis and contributing editor, Newsweek magazine
James J. McNulty '73 LAS
President & CEO, Chicago Mercantile Exchange Holdings, Inc.
and Chicago Mercantile Exchange
Jane Hurd '68 AHS
Medical Multimedia Innovator
Founder and President, Hurd Studios
Rocco V. Lobraico Jr., MD '41
Laser Surgery Pioneer
Michael Arrington '93 LAS
President and CEO, Recon Manangement Services
President, Arrington Foundation
Gery Chico '79 LAS
Former President, Chicago Board of Education
Partner, Altheimer and Gray
Mary S. Nelums, MSW '75, PhD '88 JACSW
Founder, Professional Developmental Association
Associate Professor of Social Work, Jackson State University
Emil J Freireich, MD '49
Director, Adult Leukemia Research Program
Internist and Professor of Medicine, University of Texas
Janet Deatrick, PhD '82 LAS
Professor, University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing
Christine M. Johnson '71 LAS, MUPP '76, PhD '78
Director, Field Services-Midwest, U.S. Department of Transportation
Glenn S. Kraiss '56 PHARM
Retired Senior Vice President, Walgreens Co.
Dr. Derald E. Brackmann, MD '62
Dr. Leo M. Henikoff MD '63
President Emeritus, CEO, Rush Presbyterian-St. Luke's Medical Center
Dr. Jerry D. Gardner, DDS '64
Retired Assistant Surgeon General for Dental Services, U.S. Air Force
Dr. Olga Jonasson, MD '58
Professor and Chair, OSU Department of Surgery
Dr. Daniel T. Cloud MD '48
Former President, American Medical Association
Retired Pediatric Surgeon
Adrian D. Smith '69 BARCH
Partner, Skidmore, Owings and Merrill
Dr. William P. Murphy, Jr., MD '47
Founder, Hyperion Inc., and Cordis Corporation
Biomedical technology pioneer
Patrick F. Daly '72 BARCH
Chairman and CEO, The Daly Group
Dr. Charlotte Kerr, MD '48
Diplomate, American Board of OB/GYN
Alfred B. Swanson, MD '47
Retired orthopedic and reconstructive surgeon
Dr. Rowine Hayes Brown-Truitt, MD '39
Former Medical Director and Chief of Staff, Cook County Hospital
Helen Dickens, MD '34
Former Professor Emeritus, University of Pennsylvania
Dr. Julius B. Richmond, MD '40
Professor Emertius, Harvard Medical School
Walter P. Blount '21 LAS, '23 MED
Former President, Blount Orthopedic Clinic Ltd.
Dr. Karl A. Meyer, MD '08