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2013 Alumni Awards honorees

February 05, 2013

Since 1941, the Tufts University Alumni Association has honored accomplished individuals for their service to their profession, their communities, and to Tufts. Here are the 2013 honorees.


Distinguished Achievement Award

Marjorie Murray Medd, J64

Norway, Maine

Medd has given a lifetime of service to the fields of education, health, economic development, the arts, and women’s and children’s issues. Through a variety of appointed, elected, and volunteer positions, she has significantly impacted her community on the local, state, and national levels. Medd currently serves on the Maine Women’s Forum and as a trustee of the Maine Public Broadcasting Network, and she also served on the board of the Norway/Paris Kiwanis.


Farah Pandith, F95

Arlington, Virginia

Pandith has been promoted by the U.S. Department of State to the first-ever position of Special Representative to Muslim Communities. Prior to this appointment, she served as Senior Advisor to the Assistant Secretary of State for European and Eurasian Affairs, in senior positions for the National Security Council and the U.S. Agency for International Development, and as vice president of international business for ML Strategies, LLC, in Boston.


Donald Wertlieb, A74, AG75, A04P, A06P, A09P

West Newton, Massachusetts

Wertlieb has been a member of the Tufts community for more than forty years, first as an undergraduate and graduate student and then as a faculty member. He has made significant achievements and contributions to the fields of pediatric psychology and child mental health, as well as in child advocacy. Wertlieb currently serves on the Board of Directors at the Research Institute for Learning and Development in Lexington, Mass., Jewish Family and Children’s Services in Waltham, Mass., and the Hillel Foundation at Tufts. He is also a professor in the Eliot-Pearson Department of Child Development and a research associate professor in the Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation.


Distinguished Service Award

Steven Koltai, A76, F78, E12P

Washington, DC

While being an “activist philanthropist” and leading a successful career in the entertainment industry, Koltai has been a generous alumnus for more than 30 years in many capacities. His long-standing involvement with Tufts has included the Charles Tufts Society, the Board of Advisors for both the Tisch College of Active Citizenship and the School of Arts and Sciences, and former chapter chair and volunteer for the Tufts Alumni Admissions Program.


Carolyn Kroll, AG66, J92P, M99P

Weston, Massachusetts

Kroll fell in love with Tufts as a graduate student in 1966 and became involved in Tufts activities when her daughter, Deb, was a freshman at Tufts in 1988. As a council member for 25 years, Kroll has participated and chaired a myriad of council committees including the Awards, Student Activities, Continuing Education, and Homecoming Committees. She also served as local Chair of the Tufts Alumni Admissions Program chapter.


Jim Stern, A72, A07P

Harrison, New York

Stern has demonstrated an unparalleled level of commitment to Tufts; in 1982 he was the youngest person ever to be elected to the Board of Trustees. He served in many leadership capacities before his election as Chair in 2003, including Co-Chair of the Tufts Tomorrow campaign, which raised $600 million for Tufts. Stern has also served as Chair of the Alumni Council’s Nominating Committee and he is the chairman and founder of The Cypress Group, a private equity firm based in New York.


Young Alumni Achievement Award

Sampathkumar Veeraraghavan, EG10

Chennai, India

Veeraraghavan develops technological solutions based on large scale computing systems to address global issues in the areas of education, healthcare, disabilities, and welfare programs for women and students below poverty lines in India. He is a software engineer at Oracle America Inc. in Burlington, Mass. Veeraraghavan has received numerous award and honors including the Global IEEE RAB GOLD, IEEE Asia Pacific GOLD awards, and IEEE Foundation Grant awards.


Christopher Valente, A05

Dorchester, Massachusetts

Valente is a remarkably dedicated alumnus in many capacities. Most recently, he was the lead organizer of a Tufts Men’s Swimming & Diving Alumni Meet and Dinner and volunteered to help coach the Jumbos during training trips in Florida. Valente currently co-chairs the Tufts Lawyers Association’s Law Day on the Hill and practices law in MA. Valente consistently demonstrates his passion for bringing Jumbos together.


Lifetime Service Award

Tim Vaill, A64, A01P

Andover, Massachusetts

Vaill is a founding member of the Tufts all-male singing group, the Beelzebubs. He also helped establish the Bubs Foundation which supports music programs in local schools. As the Bubs celebrate their 50th anniversary this year, Vaill continues to move the Bubs program forward through new initiatives, philanthropic commitments, and internship opportunities for current Bubs. After 35 years in the private sector, he now works for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. His past experience includes director at Dalton, Greiner, Hartman, Maher & Co., LLC, and chief executive officer at Boston Financial Holdings, Inc. and Boston Private Bank.


Active Service and Citizenship Award

Judy Sands, J57

North Reading, Massachusetts

Sands works tirelessly and through many avenues to improve the lives of others and actively engage in her community; more often than not she can be found behind the scenes, spearheading numerous service projects, such as organizing donations for the Teach for America Project, Hurricane Katrina victims, and countries in Central America. One of her most extraordinary efforts has been service trips with her husband, Ben Sands, E54, for the past 11 years to Guatemala to support children in orphanages or impoverished villages.