2011 Distinguished Alumni Awards

Distinguished Alumni Awards
2011 Distinguished Alumni Award Recipients


Gerard P. Clancy, 83BA, 88MD

Gerard P. Clancy

As President of Oklahoma University-Tulsa and dean of its College of Medicine, Gerry Clancy has transformed medical education at that institution. In creating the nation's first School of Community Medicine, this visionary leader has focused the university's resources on improving the health of all Oklahomans, but especially those in underserved rural and urban populations. Previously a popular and inspirational faculty member at the University of Iowa, Clancy has received numerous awards, particularly in recognition of his compassionate work on behalf of the mentally ill and homeless.

Leonard S. Feldt, 54PhD

Leonard S. Feldt

Leonard Feldt has dramatically changed the landscape of educational measurement and brought international renown to the UI College of Education. As director of the Iowa Testing Programs, Feldt transformed the Iowa Tests of Basic Skills (ITBS) and the Iowa Tests of Educational Development (ITED) into two of the most widely used standardized achievement tests in the nation. In addition to bringing about significant improvements in how standardized tests evaluate student achievement, Feldt has mentored the next generation of leaders in his field.

Katherine A. Halmi, 61BA, 65MD

Katherine A. Halmi

Currently a professor of psychiatry at Weill-Cornell Medical College, Katherine Halmi is internationally known for her pioneering work into the study and treatment of eating disorders. She brought scientific rigor to the field at a time when these illnesses were poorly understood and clinical trials were few. The recipient of more than $4 million in grants from the National Institutes of Health, Halmi has made outstanding contributions in the basic science of eating behavior, metabolism, psychopharmacology, and mechanisms of illness—as well as to the lives of her patients.

Carol E. Smith, 72BSN

Carol E. Smith

In her distinguished career as a nurse scholar and researcher, Carol Smith has made exemplary achievements in the area of home care and "telehealth"—the use of video phones and interactive websites to provide long-distance assistance and advocacy for patients who need complex health care at home. With her remarkable record of producing and disseminating research, this professor at the University of Kansas School of Nursing has helped families across the country deal with the immense emotional and financial challenges of major health crises.

Fred J. Zamberletti, 55BA

Fred S. Zamberletti

Throughout a notable 50-year career in physical therapy and sports medicine, Fred J. Zamberletti earned the unqualified trust and respect of his peers. Beginning as a student athletic trainer for the UI football team, he later became the Minnesota Vikings' first athletic trainer and a recipient of the Professional Football Athletic Trainer of the Year award. Affectionately called "Mr. Viking" or "The Man," he served faithfully under five head coaches and never missed a game. Now retired, Zamberletti remains a senior consultant and team historian for the Vikings.


Janice Reals Ellig, 68BBA

Janice Reals Ellig

As co-CEO of Chadick Ellig, one of the nation's premier executive search firms, Janice Reals Ellig has achieved impressive professional success and earned admiration for her efforts to advance women and minorities. Reals Ellig also maintains close ties with her alma mater, serving on the executive committee and as a director of the UI Foundation board of directors, on the UI College of Public Health building campaign committee, and on other university boards. Reals Ellig also inspires students as a regular speaker at the Tippie College of Business and through a UI College of Public Health scholarship she funds in memory of her sister.

Anita L. Hockett, 54GN

Anita L. Hockett

Anita Hockett tirelessly volunteers her time serving low-income patients as the founder and clinical director of the Missouri-based Volunteers in Medicine free clinic. The retired nurse has inspired countless healthcare professionals to join her cause, dramatically increasing the clinic's ability to provide care to people in need. Hockett's dedication has attracted the attention of the White House, and she regularly lends her expertise to state and national legislators as they consider the role of free clinics in health care reform.

Robert W. Verhille, 55BSC

Robert W. Verhille

Through outstanding contributions to his profession, his community, and his alma mater, Robert Verhille exemplifies the spirit of giving back. Recognized as a pioneer in the insurance industry in Iowa, Verhille has always balanced his professional achievements with service to community organizations. His passion for volunteerism has been keenly felt at the University of Iowa, particularly at the UI Foundation, where he served for almost 20 years on the organization's board of directors.


John S. Strauss

John S. Strauss

John Strauss is renowned for his contributions as a clinician, educator, and researcher in dermatology. A UI professor and head of the UI Department of Dermatology for 20 years, he mentored students, acted as president of every major organization in dermatology, and received numerous leadership awards, including the highest honor bestowed by the American Academy of Dermatology. Strauss also holds a rare distinction as a gold level member of the UI Presidents Club, helping fund areas such as the Carver College of Medicine, Hancher Auditorium, and the Museum of Art.


Thomas J. Lowenberg, 62BSCE, 63MS

Thomas J. Lowenberg

Tom Lowenberg stands as a model of engagement and leadership in advancing the University of Iowa. Whether enthusiastically sharing his professional experiences with students as a guest seminar speaker or serving with distinction on the College of Engineering advisory board and the UI Alumni Association board of directors, Lowenberg excels at one of the most important roles an alumnus can play—extolling the achievements of one's alma mater in a compelling and persuasive way.


Jeffrey D. Kueter, 93BA

Jeffrey D. Kueter

As president of the Marshall Institute in Washington, DC, Jeff Kueter is a leading national expert in the ever-evolving and intersecting worlds of energy, the environment, space exploration, and national security. Kueter has a hectic schedule that often includes testifying before Congress or being interviewed by national media. Yet, this proud alum always finds time for his alma mater, most notably through his distinguished service on the UI Alumni Association board of directors and as president of the Capital Area IOWA Club. The first-ever recipient of the IOWA Club Leader of the Year Award, Kueter has helped his organization earn Best Club designation every year since 1999.

Amanda L. Miller, 02BBA

Amanda L. Miller

As an outstanding student and then alumna of the UI's Henry B. Tippie College of Business, Amanda Miller has repeatedly demonstrated her leadership and dedication to her alma mater. After graduating with an accounting and finance degree in 2002, Miller began a jet-setting career as an international auditor. Despite the demands of her career, she makes time to help other UI students. One of the founders of the College of Business's Young Alumni Board, Miller helped organize a campaign to raise funds for a $250,000 endowed scholarship in memory of a fellow classmate who died in a tragic accident.

Marta Van Beek, 97MD, 03MPH

Marta Van Beek

In a remarkably short time, Marta Van Beek has distinguished herself as a leader in academic medicine at the state and national level. A key member of the American Academy of Dermatology, she played an active part in the recent national debate over healthcare reform. Van Beek showed her outstanding potential early at the UI, where she earned the Hancher Finkbine Medallion and the Medical Student Service Award. Now director of the division of surgery in the UI Department of Dermatology, Van Beek recently received the prestigious North American Young Dermatologist International Achievement Award.


Richard F. Hansen

Richard F. Hansen

As founder, partner, and director of the Hansen Lind Meyer healthcare architectural firm, Richard F. Hansen oversaw the planning and design of more than $1 billion in health facilities, including the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics. Hansen has since become one of the staunchest supporters of the UI College of Public Health, endowing a leadership award and lecture series, serving as an adjunct professor, and leading the campaign to finance the new building and support its students, faculty, and programs.

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