The Blaisdell Distinguished Alumni Award honors alumni for achievement in their professions or community service, particularly those who have lived up to the quotation from James A. Blaisdell which is inscribed into the gates of the College: "They only are loyal to the college who departing bear their added riches in trust for mankind." This year, there are three winners:
William Bader '53
History major William Bader '53 has had a long and accomplished career in the U.S. government and Washington D.C. After graduating, he served in the U.S. Navy and then studied as a Fulbright scholar in Munich and Vienna. He earned his M.A. and Ph.D. in German history at Princeton University. After joining the U.S. Foreign Service in 1965, he served on the staff of the U.S. Senate committee on foreign relations and later oversaw international security and arms control and worked on the subcommittee on Near Eastern and South and Central Asian affairs. In the 1970s, he worked for the Ford Foundation in Paris and was a fellow of the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, before returning to government in 1976 as deputy under secretary of defense for policy and then back to the U.S. Senate committee on foreign relations. Later, he was vice president of nonprofit research institution SRI International, and president of the Eurasia Foundation, a public-private grant-making and program-developing foundation. He was a visiting fellow at the World Bank Group, and returned to government as U.S. Assistant of Secretary of State for education and cultural affairs from 1999-2001.
Cladd E. Stevens '63
Cladd E. Stevens '63, who was a pre-med major at Pomona, is trained in pediatrics and epidemiology, specializing in infectious diseases, especially those transmitted by blood. She began her research career as a post-doctoral fellow in Taiwan studying hepatitis B virus transmission from mother to baby. She joined New York Blood Center's Laboratory of Epidemiology in 1975, becoming head of the Lab in 1982, where she continued research on the epidemiology and prevention of viral hepatitis and AIDS. She is co-founder and medical director of the New York Blood Center's National Cord Blood Program, the world's first and largest public cord blood bank. She has been a member of advisory committees for the National Institutes of Health, Centers for Disease Control, National Academy of Sciences, U.S. Food and Drug Administration and Armed Forces, and is author or co-author of nearly 200 articles on viral hepatitis and AIDS and on cord blood banking and transplantation. Now retired, she continues to contribute scientific knowledge toward improving cord blood transplant outcome.
Garrett Hongo '73
Pulitzer-nominated poet Garrett Hongo '73 is distinguished professor of arts and sciences and professor of creative writing at University of Oregon. His work draws upon his experience as a fourth-generation Japanese American. He also attended University of Michigan and received his MFA in English from University of California, Irvine. His collections of poetry include Coral Road: Poems (2012); The River of Heaven (1988), which was The Academy of American Poets Lamont Poetry Selection and a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize; and Yellow Light (1982). He is also the author of Volcano: A Memoir of Hawai'i (1995), and he has edited Songs My Mother Taught Me: Stories, Plays and Memoir by Wakako Yamauchi (1994) and The Open Boat: Poems from Asian America (1993). His honors include fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the Rockefeller Foundation. Last spring he was appointed as a Fulbright Fellow to the Università degli Studi Firenze in Florence, Italy.