2013 Award Recipients

Distinguished Achievement Awards

Marjorie Murray Medd, J64

Marjorie Murray Medd, J64, 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, Medd has significantly impacted her community on the local, state, and national levels. She 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

Farah Pandith, F95, has been promoted at 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

Donald Wertlieb, A74, AG75, A04P, A06P, A09P, has been a member of the Tufts community for over forty years, first as an undergraduate and graduate student and then as a faculty member. Wertlieb has made significant achievements and contributions to the fields of pediatric psychology and child mental health, as well as in child advocacy. He currently serves on the Board of Directors at the Research Institute for Learning and Development in Lexington, MA, Jewish Family and Children’s Services in Waltham, MA, and the Hillel Foundation at Tufts. At Tufts he is also a Professor at the Eliot-Pearson Department of Child Development and a Research Associate Professor at the Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation.

Distinguished Service Awards

Steven Koltai, A76, F78, E12P

While being an “activist philanthropist” and leading a successful career in the entertainment industry, Steven Koltai, A76, F78, E12P, has been a generous alumnus for more than 30 years in many capacities. Koltai’s 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

Carolyn Kroll, AG66, J92P, M99P, 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

Jim Stern, A72, A07P, has demonstrated an unparalleled level of commitment to Tufts; in 1982 Stern 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

Sampathkumar Veeraraghavan, EG10, 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, MA. Veeraraghavan has received numerous award and honors including the Global IEEE RAB GOLD, IEEE Asia Pacific GOLD awards, and IEEE Foundation Grant awards.

Young Alumni Service Award

Christopher Valente, A05

Christopher Valente, A05, 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

Tim Vaill, A64, A01P, is a founding member of the Tufts all-male singing group, the Beelzebubs. Vaill also participated in establishing 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 Citizenship and Public Service Award

Judy Sands, J57

Judy Sands, J57, 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.