Alumni Council announces 2014 Outstanding Alumni, Distinguished Service awards
July 03, 2014
The Earlham College Alumni Council has announced the following people as recipients of either Earlham's 2014 Outstanding Alumni Award or Distinguished Service Award. The awards will be given on Oct. 25, 2014 during Homecoming and Reunion Weekend.
Outstanding Alumni Award
Howard Federoff `74, M.D., Ph.D.
As Executive Vice President for Health Sciences at Georgetown University and Executive Dean of the School of Medicine, Howard Federoff is responsible for Georgetown University Medical Center (GUMC). He is a professor of Neurology and Neuroscience. He previously held appointments at the University of Rochester School of Medicine, the Aab Institute of Biomedical Sciences, the Division of Molecular Medicine and Gene Therapy and the University of Rochester’s Interdepartmental Neuroscience Program.
Federoff served as chair of the NIH Recombinant DNA Advisory Committee from 2007-10. He chairs the Gene Therapy Resource Program for the National Heart Lung and Blood Institute, was president of the American Society for Neural Therapy and Repair (2012-13) and is president of the American Society for Experimental Neurotherapeutics.
Federoff’s research interests include gene therapy and neurodegenerative diseases, and he was recently in the news for his research related to the early detection of Alzheimer’s disease. He has published more than 250 peer reviewed and invited articles and currently serves on the editorial boards of five journals.
After Earlham, Federoff earned his M.S., Ph.D., and M.D. degrees from the Albert Einstein College of Medicine, did his internship, residency, and clinical and research fellowships at Massachusetts General Hospital/Harvard Medical School, and practiced medicine at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine and University of Rochester. He is a fellow of the American Academy for the Advancement of Science and National Academy of Inventors. He resides in the greater Washington area with his wife, Wendy. His two daughters, Monica and Allison, are currently pursuing graduate studies in medicine and law, respectively.
Jewell Spears `57, R.N.
Jewell Spears worked as a nurse for many years before moving into leadership roles at Reid Hospital in Richmond, eventually serving as a vice president of the hospital from 1979 until her retirement in 1995.
During her tenure at Reid, she was responsible for seven different departments of the hospital. She helped start the Aurora chemical dependency program, the Home Health Services Department and the Parish Nursing program. Spears served as president of the Indiana State Board Nursing Education and Registration and traveled to Serpukhov in the former Soviet Union as part of a local delegation.
She has also served on Earlham’s Board of Trustees, Alumni Council, African American Advisory Board and Community Partnerships Council. Spears has received many honors including a Sagamore of the Wabash from Indiana Governor Bob Orr and a Lifetime Achievement in Nursing Award from the Indiana University School of Nursing.
Arthur Wagner `46, Ph.D.
Arthur Wagner was head of the Graduate Professional Actor Training Program at the University of California at San Diego (UCSD). A philosophy major at Earlham, Wagner earned a master’s degree from Smith College and a doctorate from Stanford University. He taught at Rollins College and founded the professional actor training programs at Tulane University, Ohio University, and Temple University.
At UCSD, where he was the first chair of the theatre department, he served on the faculty from 1972-91, and was head of the graduate program in acting for most of his tenure. With colleagues, he built the theatre program from the ground up, creating graduate programs that are now considered among the best in the country. One of the theatres at UCSD is named in Wagner’s honor.
He serves as a board member for La Jolla Playhouse, has extensive credits as an actor and director and is a member of Actor’s Equity Association.
Distinguished Service Award
Mervyn Love, Ph.D.
Mervyn Love has been the coordinator and on-site leader for Earlham’s Northern Ireland program since he created it in 1991. The goal of this program is to increase students’ understanding of the complexities of the conflict and the peace process in Northern Ireland and to use the knowledge gained to analyze and to increase understanding of the conflict in their own and other societies.
Love is based in the department of history at the University of Ulster and has numerous contacts on all sides of the Northern Ireland conflict who help him to present a balanced view of the history and current events of Northern Ireland. He arranges all lodging, meals, transportation and programming in Northern Ireland. More than that, he is a mentor, friend, father, brother and troop leader during a student’s most formative Earlham experiences.