Liberal Arts Distinguished Alumni and Friends Achievement Awards
These college awards recognize alumni or friends of the University who have achieved the highest levels of success in their personal and professional lives and shared that success through their involvement in the University or community.
- 2011: Robert Worth Berry
- 2008: Annette White-Parks
- 2008: Ed Cooney
- 2008: Roger and Sue Johnson
- 2008: Beverly Smith
- 2007: Jack and Janet Creighton
- 2006: Stan Albrecht
- 2005: Trevor Bond
- 2004: Martha Mullen
- 2003: James F. Short Jr.
- 2002: Michael Holloman
- 2001: Burdena Pasenelli
- 1998: Harold "Ole" Olsen
- 1997: William Marler
- 1996: Dan Reaugh
- 1995: Lois Richards
- 1994: Michael Malone
Sciences Distinguished Alumni Achievement Award
Listed below are alumni who have received the College of Sciences Distinguished Alumni Achievement Award for their contributions toward making our world a better place to live. We applaud them for their accomplishments.
- 2006: Bruce Lance Gibbons, B.S. 1970, M.S. 1973, Ph.D. 1975, bacteriology.
Chairman/chief technical officer, AcryMed, Portland, Oregon.
- 2004: Michael Bair, B.S. 1978, physics.
Vice president/general manager, 787 Program, The Boeing Company.
- 2003: William Graber, B.A. 1965, mathematics.
Senior vice president and chief financial officer, McKesson Corporation.
- 2002: Gordon D. Hager, Ph.D. 1973, chemical physics.
Senior scientist, U.S. Air Force.
- 2001: Donald D. Trunkey, M.D., B.S. 1959, zoology.
Chair, Department of Surgery, Oregon Health Sciences University; trauma surgeon.
- 2000: Lloyd A. Osborn, B.A. 1959, mathematics.
Director of technology planning, The Boeing Company, Phantom Works.
- 1999: Stephen P.A. Fodor, B.S. 1978, biology; M.S. 1982, biochemistry.
Cofounder, president, chief executive officer, Affymetrix, DNA chip developer.
- 1998: Leo B. Bustad, M.D., B.S. 1968, zoology.
- 1997: James Allen Wells, Ph.D. 1979, biochemistry.
Founder, president, chief scientific officer, Sunesis; member of National Academy of Sciences, 1999.
- 1995: Charles M. Weatherby, M.D., B.S. 1974, zoology.
Physician, Businessman of the Year awardee, president Pierce County Medical Society.
- 1994: Donald W. Bushaw, B.A. 1949, mathematics.
Professor of mathematics, Washington State University; vice provost for instruction.
- 1993: John N. Abelson, B.S. 1960, physics.
Emeritus George Beadle Professor, California Institute of Technology.
College of Sciences and Arts Distinguished Alumni Award
- 1993: Patrick McManus
- 1992: James Blackwell
- 1992: Harold F. Winters, Ph.D. 1963, physics.
IBM research scientist, pioneer in plasma and surface physics.
- 1991: Jay Rockey
- 1990: Allan C. Wilson, M.S. 1957, zoology.
Professor, University of California, Berkeley; developer of the "evolutionary molecular clock" concept.
- 1989: William Wiley, Ph.D. 1965, bacteriology.
Vice president for science and technology and director of research, Battelle Memorial Institute; director, Pacific Northwest Laboratory.
- 1988: Neva Martin Abelson, B.S. 1934, chemistry.
Developer of the test for Rh factor in blood.
- 1988: Philip Abelson, B.S. 1933, M.S. 1935, chemistry.
Physics Science magazine editor, president of Carnegie Institute, "father of the nuclear submarine," National Science Academy Public Welfare medalist.
- 1987: Robert and Margaret McEachern
- 1986: Gary Larson
Regents' Distinguished Alumnus Award
The Regents' Distinguished Alumnus Award is the highest honor granted to WSU alumni. The following arts and sciences graduates have received this university-level award:
- 2012: George R. "Bob" Pettit
(B.S. '52, chemistry)
- 2011: John E. Olerud, M.D.
(B.S. '65, science)
- 2009: Dwight H. Damon, D.D.S., M.S.D.
(B.S. '62, zoology)
- 2005: Irwin "Ernie" Rose
- 2004: John Abelson
(B.S. '60, physics)
- 2003: Sherman Alexie
(B.A. '94, American studies)
- 2002: James E. Blackwell
(Ph.D. '59, sociology)
- 1991: Barry Serafin
(B.A. '64, humanities)
- 1990: Allan C. Wilson
(M.S. '57, zoology)
- 1989: Neva Martin Abelson
(B.S. '34, chemistry)
- 1988: William Julius Wilson
(Ph.D. '66, sociology)
- 1983: Jacob Bigeleisen
(M.S. '41, chemistry)
- 1979: Marshall A. Neill
(B.A. '36, political science)
- 1964: Charles Glen King
(B.S. '18, chemistry)
- 1962: Philip Abelson
(B.S. '33, chemistry; M.S. '35, physics)