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The 64th Annual Distinguished Alumni Achievement Awards

The GW Alumni Association created the Distinguished Alumni Achievement Awards in 1937 to recognize individuals who have excelled in their professional and personal lives. This year’s awards were presented at Monumental Celebration at Union Station on Commencement eve, May 18, 2001. The honorees were also recognized during GW’s Commencement ceremony on the Ellipse the following day. This year’s recipients are:

Frederick L. Brown
Frederick Brown’s career in healthcare spans nearly four decades. From 1993 to 1998, Brown served as the principal architect and founding president and chief executive of the Barnes Jewish Christian Health System (BJC) in St. Louis. He continued his service to BJC as vice chairman until December 2000. Under Brown’s leadership, BJC received national recognition and won several awards for its work in creating healthcare delivery and financing systems featuring a unique mix of community and academic services. Brown has served as senior adviser to numerous nonprofit and civic organizations, and was a member of President Clinton’s Senior Advisors Council on Y2K. He has received numerous awards for his commitment to improving the health of communities and individuals from organizations such as the American Academy of Medical Administrators, the American College of Healthcare Executives, and B’nai B’rith. Brown was the first GW alumnus to serve as chairman of the American Hospital Association.

Dee J. Kelly
GW Law, LLB ’54
Dee Kelly, Esq. is senior and founding partner of the Kelly, Hart & Hallman law firm in Fort Worth, Texas. His clients include the Bass family, former Bass financial adviser Richard Rainwater, Disney’s Michael Eisner and John Justin of Justin Industries. In addition, his firm has represented major organizations such as American Airlines, Pier One Imports, AMR Corporation, the Dallas Cowboys, the City of Fort Worth and Dallas-Fort Worth Airport. Mr. Kelly attended evening classes at the GW Law School while working for former House Speaker Sam Rayburn. The Dallas Morning News recently described him as “possibly the hardest working, best connected, toughest litigator any night school ever produced.” Kelly has served on the boards of numerous corporate and civic organizations and has received several awards of distinction, including Fort Worth’s Outstanding Business Executive award and the Horatio Alger Award. In 1997, Kelly was named one of the 50 most influential Texans by Texas Business magazine.

Virginia R. Kirkbride
GSEHD, EdD ’59
Dr. Virginia Kirkbride was a professor and administrator at The George Washington University for nearly 50 years, including a term as Dean of Women from 1962 to 1967. She is a member of GW’s Society of the Emeriti and a professor emeritus of educational psychology. Kirkbride is currently volunteering her expertise as a counseling psychologist to the National Presbyterian Church Counseling Center, which offers professional counseling to local communities. She is also an ordained elder of the church and has served on the Personnel Committee and Committee for Preparation for Ministry. Kirkbride’s writings have been published in several professional journals, and she has been a member of numerous professional and civic organizations including the American Psychological Association, American College Personnel Association, and the National Association of Women Deans, Administrators and Counselors. She has received several awards, including Who’s Who of American Women and the National Association of Women Deans, Administrators and Counselors’ Service Award.

Joseph W. Prueher
ESIA, MS ’73
Ambassador Joseph Prueher was sworn in as Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary to the People’s Republic of China in November 1999. As chief of the United States mission in China, he is responsible for directing, coordinating, and supervising the activities of the United States executive branch in that nation, including the recent incident involving a downed U.S. military aircraft. Prior to assuming his duties in China, Ambassador Prueher served as a senior adviser to the Stanford-Harvard Preventive Defense Program and as a senior fellow at the Center for Naval Analysis. Ambassador Prueher is a retired admiral from the U.S. Navy, with 35 years of service. He served in numerous positions within the Navy, including Commander in Chief of the U.S. Pacific Command, Commandant of Midshipmen at the U.S. Naval Academy, and Commander of Carrier Battle Group One. In addition, Ambassador Prueher has 24 years of experience as a carrier-based naval aviator. He has received numerous awards for his military service and has written several articles on leadership, military readiness, and Pacific region security issues.

Ronald J. Zlatoper
Admiral Ronald J. Zlatoper assumed his current position as the 22nd Trustee of The Estate of James Campbell after successful careers in both the technology industry and the U.S. Navy. Admiral Zlatoper served as co-chairman and chief executive of Sanchez Computer Associates, Inc., from 1997 to 2000, where he oversaw the company’s growth into a $1 billion corporation. Admiral Zlatoper retired from the U.S. Navy after more than 30 years of service in several positions, including Commander in Chief of the U.S. Pacific Fleet, Chief of Naval Personnel, Battle Group Commander during Operations Desert Storm and Desert Shield, Military Assistant to the Secretary of Defense, and Chief of Staff of the U.S. 7th Fleet. Admiral Zlatoper’s community involvement includes service to such organizations as the Boy Scouts of America, the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund, and the American Red Cross. He often lectures on leadership, management, and military matters at universities around the world.