Outstanding Alumni Awards
Rey Carranza '55
Rey Carranza of Valparaiso, Zacetecas, Mexico – worked as a teacher, librarian and school director in Mexico. He founded schools in several rural communities, and opened a medical clinic in a town without a resident doctor. Most recently, Carranza has been working to improve conditions in Santa Lucia, a remote village in the Sierra Madres Mountains, leading an effort to build a library in the community. After Carranza reconnected with classmate John Young '55 during their 50th class reunion, Young helped organize funding for the project through the Portland, Ind. Rotary Club and Rotary International.
• Rey Carranza's Remarks (PDF)
Christine Fukui ’70
Christine Fukui, of Honolulu, Hawaii, is a retired medical doctor. Fukui had worked at Kaiser Permanente Moanalua Medical Center since 1980, holding such appointments as Chief of Pulmonary Medicine, Chief of Medical Subspecialities and Vice President for Hospital Quality and Patient Safety. She attended medical school at University of California, San Francisco, and then completed an internal medicine fellowship and a pulmonary fellowship there. In 2006, she received the Outstanding Clinician Award from the American Thoracic Society. She has also taught at the John A. Burns School of Medicine at the University of Hawaii. A dedicated volunteer, she is active with the American Thoracic Society and the American Lung Association.
• Jerry Bakker's Introduction (PDF)
• Christine Fukui's Remarks (PDF)
Ward Trueblood ’60
Ward Trueblood, of Menlo Park, Calif., is a general surgeon and Clinical Professor Emeritus at Stanford University Medical School. He received his medical training at Stanford, and then was drafted into the military, serving as a surgeon at a field hospital during the Vietnam War. In his subsequent medical career, he focused on cancer surgery. Trueblood, nephew of the legendary Earlham professor D. Elton Trueblood, is a relative of several other Earlhamites. He has been a committed supporter of the College, volunteering to work with science classes and supporting fundraising campaigns. He is also a poet and has published a collection of verse entitled, To Bind Up their Wounds.
Distinguished Service Award
Gordon Thompson, of Richmond, Ind., taught English at Earlham for 38 years. Thompson received his undergraduate education at Dartmouth and earned his master’s and doctoral degrees at the University of Wisconsin, Madison. Thompson was notable for the extraordinary depth and breadth of his knowledge of literature. His areas of teaching specialty ranged from 18th and 19th century British literature, to post-colonial literature, to Jewish Studies to the Humanities Program. Well known even among Earlhamites who never took a class with him, Thompson was a pivotal figure on campus for nearly four decades, and treasured by students and faculty alike.