2002-2004 Distinguished Alumni Award Recipients

2004 Distinguished Alumni Award Honorees

137 Beck

John Beck ('61)

President of Teacher Education Council of State Colleges and Universities; executive board, National Council of Professors of Educational Administration

138 Hill

Dottie St. Clair Hill ('65)

Named an Outstanding Educator of America; twice recognized as Outstanding Citizen of Texas; Top 25 Brokers in America

139 Patton

Bobby Patton ('62 & '63)

Distinguished Professor Emeritus at Texas State University; National Athletic Trainers’ Association Hall of Fame; president and Hall of Fame of the Southwest Athletic Trainers’ Association

140. Roberts Png

Gregg Roberts ('74)

Founder, chairman, faculty of two Environmental Risk Institutes; developed The Environmental Risk Management professional curriculum, a nationally recognized program
for environmental professionals; served on various government panels, recognized by U.S. Senate


Ralph Rushing ('69 & '71)

Pioneer in the development of student loan financing for higher education; instrumental
in creation of Higher Education Authorities

Karen Thompson BW

Karen Thompson ('85)

Chief Technologist of the NASA John F. Kennedy Space Center; leads all the Center’s Research and Technology

2003 Distinguished Alumni Award Honorees

132 Bates, Dan

Dan Bates ('66)

President and CEO of Southwest Research Institute, one of the largest not-for-profit applied research institutes in the country

133 Brown, Jim

Jim T. Brown ('61)

Honored as Worthy Grand Master, the highest national office of Kappa Sigma fraternity; management and philanthropic efforts recognized nationwide

134 Dieste,Tony

Tony Dieste ('88)

Chairman and co-founder of Dieste, Inc. (NYSE: OMC); recognized as pioneer and leader in U.S. multicultural marketing and advertising; named one of 100 most influential Latinos in the U.S. and AdSTAR by American Advertising Federation

135 Rogers James

James Rogers ('85)*

2002 inductee into the U.S. Army Ranger Hall of Fame; received the Vietnamese Cross of Gallantry with Palm

136 Woods

Gary Woods ('65)

President/CEO Red McCombs Enterprises; presided over NBA franchise San Antonio Spurs and Denver Nuggets

2002 Distinguished Alumni Award Honorees

128 Padgett

Shelton Padgett ('70)*

One of the top trial lawyers in the nation, arguing before the Supreme Court; top 1 percent of legal professionals as a Best Lawyer in America

129.02 Short, Rick

Rick J. Short ('77)

Served the World Health Organization through the revision of International Classification of Impairment, Disabilities and Handicaps

130.02 Squires 2

Bill Squires ('72 & '76)

With an international team, helped develop the first formal NASA exercise space flight protocol; Group Award for Advanced Space
Suit Design

131.02 M. Wills Karp

Marsha Wills-Karp ('80 & '82)

Major contributions to the understanding of immunological factors of asthma; named one of the top 1,000 scientists in the world