Alumni Awards

2018 Alumni Awards for Gibney, Gibbs, Reminger, Magliato, Tottori and Eatman-Williams

2020 Alumni Award Recipients

The Alumni Association of Case Western Reserve University is proud to recognize outstanding, notable and accomplished alumni and friends of Case Western Reserve University.

Newton D. Baker Distinguished Service Award 
The award honors the legacy of Cleveland's Newton D. Baker, who urged everyone to volunteer their time, talent and service to those in need. Baker was the 37th mayor of Cleveland, served as Secretary of War under President Woodrow Wilson and was a major supporter of Cleveland College. In 1916, he and two partners founded BakerHostetler, one of the nation's top 100 law firms with more than 700 attorneys serving clients around the world.

This award recognizes significant service to the university by any alumnus or alumna, staff member, faculty or friend of the university who has given their time, expertise or leadership generously, thereby ensuring the prolonged welfare of the institution for generations to come.

A photo of Norma Geller standing by a high back chair in a living room.

The 2020 recipient is Norma Geller (SAS ‘91), a CWRU alumna and community volunteer dedicated to civil service and social justice throughout Northeast Ohio. For many years, Geller volunteered at University Hospitals (UH) and Rainbow Babies and Children’s Hospital. Along with her late husband, she made the lead gift for Albert and Norma Geller Hillel Student Center, a community destination open to the public that includes classrooms, lounges and a popular restaurant. Geller also created cancer patient transportation funds at UH and Cleveland Clinic, serves as a board advocate with the Case Comprehensive Cancer Center, created the Geller Designated Professorship in Ovarian Cancer Research at CWRU School of Medicine, established The Norma C. and Albert I. Geller Fund to provide an annual award at graduation to a student who has done significant work in child abuse prevention and the Social Justice Fund at B’nai Jeshurun Congregation to work with those experiencing homelessness and refugees and advocate for racial and environmental justice, and continues to work with current students of her undergraduate alma mater John Carroll University to provide food and friendship to the homeless in Cleveland through the Labre Project.
Photo Credit: Dan Milner


Daniel T. Clancy Alumni Service Award  
The Daniel T. Clancy Alumni Service Award is named in honor of the contributions of Dan Clancy (LAW ‘62) to the alumni of Case Western Reserve University. This award recognizes an outstanding alumnus or alumna who has been active in alumni relations for at least 10 years and has made significant contributions to the alumni association(s) of Case Western Reserve University and their programs.

Professional Headshot of Ka-Pi Hoh wearing a black shirt and gold jacket

The 2020 recipient is Ka-Pi Hoh (CIT ’84; GRS ’87, 89, macromolecular science), business process leader for process mining and director of organizational change management. Since starting at The Lubrizol Corporation in 1988 as a research chemist, Hoh has established the company’s technical presence in China, been actively involved in Lubrizol’s diversity initiatives and is currently focused on overseeing programs to improve business efficiencies and applying organizational change management to support global initiatives. She is specifically focused on helping women in STEM at Lubrizol and through Case Western Reserve. Additionally, Hoh served on the Alumni Task Force to establish The Alumni Association and was a founding member of its board of directors. She served on the advisory board for the Flora Stone Mather Center for Women and was an alumni representative for the CWRU Strategic Planning and Branding Committee (2007-08). She is currently the chair of the industrial advisory board for the university’s Department of Macromolecular Science and Engineering and serves on two visiting committees for the university.
Photo Credit: The Lubrizol Corporation/Allen Boley


Young Alumni Award
The Young Alumni Award recognizes an outstanding alumnus or alumna of Case Western Reserve University who is 35 years old or younger and has demonstrated excellence in his or her professional field and/or has demonstrated service to his or her community, the public or humanity, embodying the values and spirit of Case Western Reserve.

Professional Portrait of K. Grace Bell

The 2020 recipient is K. Grace Bell (CWR ‘10), Associate General Manager, CareMore Health, a health delivery organization based in California. Bell’s career is focused on increasing her impact on health care and the patients it serves, as well as taking on new challenges to grow her professional skills. She currently works to realign health care teams to efficiently serve high-risk Medicare and Medicaid patients. In the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, Bell led an effort to expand services to food-insecure patients, serving more than 73,000 meals in four states. She is a recipient of CWRU’s Presidential Award and served three years on the Weatherhead School of Management Alumni Advisory Board.  


Professional Achievement Award
The Professional Achievement Award recognizes an outstanding alumnus or alumna of Case Western Reserve University who has achieved exceptional accomplishment in his or her career and has brought distinction to himself or herself and Case Western Reserve through the benefits of vocation and leadership in his or her professional community.

Official Portrait of Richard H Thaler

The 2020 recipient is Richard H. Thaler, Ph.D. (ADL ‘67, HON ‘03), Charles R. Walgreen Professor of Behavioral Science and Economics-Booth Graduate School of Business, University of Chicago and Research Associate, National Bureau of Economic Research. Winner of the Nobel Prize in Economic Science in 2017, Thaler is credited as one of the “fathers of behavioral economics.” He has authored several books, including the best-sellers Nudge and Misbehaving, appeared in feature film The Big Short, and has published in many leading academic journals.  He is a regular contributor to the Economic View column in The New York Times.


Distinguished Alumni Award
The Distinguished Alumni Award recognizes an alumnus or alumna who has made distinguished and outstanding contributions to his or her profession or field of interest and, over the course of a lifetime, brought benefit to his or her community, humanity and honor to the university by embodying the values and spirit of Case Western Reserve University. This award is the highest honor bestowed by The Alumni Association.

Don Knuth stands in front of the blackboard in a lecture hall

The 2020 recipient is Donald E. Knuth (CIT ‘60; GRS ‘60, mathematics; HON ‘80), a member of the Case School of Engineering Silicon Valley Think Tank, the “father of the analysis of algorithms,” and the author of The Art of Computer Programming, often referred to as the “bible” of computer science pedagogy. Knuth created the TeX computer typesetting system, the related METAFONT font definition language and rendering system, and the Computer Modern family of typefaces. His many honors include the Turing Award (1971), the National Medal of Science (1978), the Kyoto Prize (1995), the Turing Lecture (2010),  and the Stanford University School of Engineering Hero Award (2011).
Photo Credit: Dasha Slobozhanina/CAA


 

 

The recipients of Alumni Awards, except where noted, must be a graduate of Case Western Reserve University or one of its predecessor institutions. Members of the Recognition Committee of The Alumni Association determine the recipients from nominations that are received each year by the May 30 deadline. All nominations received are considered active for three years.

Distinguished Alumni Award

The Distinguished Alumni Award recognizes an alumnus or alumna who has made distinguished and outstanding contributions to his or her profession or field of interest and, over the course of a lifetime, brought benefit to his or her community, humanity and honor to the university by embodying the values and spirit of Case Western Reserve University. This award is the highest honor bestowed by The Alumni Association.

Eligibility Criteria:

  • Must be a graduate of Case Western Reserve University.
  • Must have achieved broad recognition for extraordinary creativity, advancement of knowledge or technology, performance or the advancement of mankind through application of his or her Case Western Reserve University education.

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Professional Achievement Award

The Professional Achievement Award recognizes an outstanding alumnus or alumna of Case Western Reserve University who has achieved exceptional accomplishment in his or her career and has brought distinction to himself or herself and Case Western Reserve through the benefits of vocation and leadership in his or her professional community.

Eligibility Criteria:

  • Must be a graduate of Case Western Reserve University.
  • Exemplary professional or career achievement rooted in a Case Western Reserve University education.

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Young Alumni Award

The Young Alumni Award recognizes an outstanding alumnus or alumna of Case Western Reserve University who is 35 years old or younger. The award is given to an alumnus or alumna who has demonstrated excellence in his or her professional field and/or has demonstrated service to his or her community, the public or humanity, embodying the values and spirit of Case Western Reserve.

Eligibility Criteria:

  • Must be a graduate of Case Western Reserve University.
  • Must be 35 years old or younger (as of December 31 of the year nominated).
  • Exemplary professional achievement and/or demonstrated service to his or her community, the public or humanity, rooted in a Case Western Reserve University education.

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Daniel T. Clancy Alumni Service Award

The Daniel T. Clancy Alumni Service Award is named in honor of the contributions of Dan Clancy to the alumni of Case Western Reserve University. This award recognizes an outstanding alumnus or alumna who has been active in alumni affairs for at least 15 years and has made significant contributions to alumni association(s) of Case Western Reserve University and their programs.

Eligibility Criteria:

  • Must be a graduate of Case Western Reserve University.
  • Must have made sustained, consistent and significant contributions of time, effort, expertise or talent to the alumni and alumni programs of Case Western Reserve University for at least 15 years.
  • Must have made significant contributions of time, effort, expertise or talent to alumni association(s) of Case Western Reserve University.

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Newton D. Baker Distinguished Service Award

Formerly given by the university's Undergraduate Alumni Association, the award honors the legacy of Cleveland's Newton D. Baker, who urged everyone to volunteer their time, talent and service to those in need. Baker was the 37th mayor of Cleveland, served as Secretary of War under President Woodrow Wilson and was a major supporter of Cleveland College. In 1916, he and two partners founded BakerHostetler, one of the nation's top 100 law firms with more than 700 attorneys serving clients around the world.

The Newton D. Baker Distinguished Service Award honors the lifetime legacy and community endeavors of Newton D. Baker. This award recognizes significant service to the university by any alumnus or alumna, staff member, faculty or friend of the university who has given their time, expertise or leadership generously, thereby ensuring the prolonged welfare of the institution for generations to come.

Eligibility Criteria:

  • Must be a graduate, staff member, faculty or friend of the university.
  • Must exemplify service to the community through service to Case Western Reserve University.
  • Must honor the legacy of Cleveland's Newton D. Baker, a noted public servant and community leader.

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2019 Alumni Awards Recipients


Recognition Committee Members