2014 Award Recipients
Distinguished Achievement Awards
Lord Michael Dobbs, F72, FG77
Lord Michael Dobbs, F72, FG77, a British politician and best-selling author began his career in politics as an advisor to Margaret Thatcher and now serves as Conservative Peer within the House of Lords. He is perhaps best known in the US for House of Cards, his novel which was recently adapted for television by Netflix. Dobbs is a dedicated alumnus of the Fletcher School, providing strategic support and guidance to faculty, students and alumni.
Marsha Evans, F77
Marsha Evans, F77, one of few female Rear Admirals in the United States Navy, has been a spearhead for women’s rights throughout her career. Following her retirement from the Navy, Evans joined the Girls Scouts of the USA as CEO and worked on new initiatives including ending violence against adolescent girls and supporting mentoring programs to prepare young women for professional endeavors. Later she was President and CEO of the American Red Cross. Today she is an advocate for sexual assault victims in the military.
Katherine Ruiz De Luzuriaga, M84
Katherine Ruiz De Luzuriaga, M84, named to the 2013 TIME 100 Most Influential People in the World and the 2013 Foreign Policy Global Thinkers lists, is a physician-scientist whose research has focused on defining viral and host factors that lead to the establishment of persistent viral infections in children. Her passion for translating research discoveries into practice in preventing mother-to-child HIV transmission and early therapy of HIV-1 infected infants is internationally recognized.
Eric T. Washington, A76
Eric T. Washington, A76, in his 3rd term as the Chief Judge of the District of Columbia Court of Appeals, is a paragon of dedication, leadership and vision. While dealing with more than four times the mandatory case load of most state high courts, Washington has transformed the D.C. Court’s image to one of judiciary integrity, efficiency and availability. He currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Boys and Girls Clubs Foundation, and previously served on the Board of Directors for the Boys and Girls Clubs of Greater Washington and as the President of the Conference of Chief Justices, a national organization that promotes the interests and effectiveness of state judicial systems by developing policies and educational programs designed to improve court operations.
Distinguished Service Awards
Mary Lee, J75, M83
Mary Lee, J75, M83 most recently facilitated interdisciplinary educational and global health initiatives spanning Tufts' undergraduate, graduate, and professional schools across its three campuses. She has a particular interest in how innovations in faculty development, leadership training, information technology, and open access can transform education and training, ultimately resulting in improved education and health of the public.
John McCarthy, A68, AG73, A01P
John McCarthy, A68, AG73, A01P maintains his strong connection to Tufts, despite having lived abroad for decades. He currently serves as Chairman and CEO of ING Bank’s corporate, investment and consumer banking operations in Turkey and the Mideast Region. McCarthy is also chairman of the US Fulbright Commission for Turkey, having been a board member since 1994. He supports Tufts through TAAP, the Beelzebubs’ Alumni Association, and the Tufts International Board of Advisors.
Young Alumni Service Award
Jennifer Bokoff, A08 and Pauline Eveillard, A05
Jennifer Bokoff, A08 and Pauline Eveillard, A05 served Tufts as Co-Presidents of the Young Friends of Tufts Advancement (YFTA) shared interest group. Together, they led the committee to reach out to young alumni to reconnect them with Tufts and encourage them to give back. While YFTA began in New York City, Jennifer and Pauline were also successful in expanding the group to include Washington, DC and Boston, MA. Both remain dedicated volunteers who are assets to Tufts.
Active Citizenship and Public Service Award
Randy Christensen M.D., M95
Randy Christensen M.D., M95 has been working on the streets for over a decade, making sure that homeless and at-risk children receive the attention and the medical and psychological care they desperately need. His office is a medical mobile van – the Phoenix Children’s Crews’n Healthmobile, which provides care to more than 3000 children and young adults each year. He was named a “Medical Marvel” by CNN, one of People magazine's "Heroes Among Us” and one of the Arizona Republic's “10 Most Intriguing Arizonans.”
Lifetime Service Award
Allison “Sunny” Breed, J66, AG72
Allison “Sunny” Breed, J66, AG72 has left an indelible legacy on Tufts University and the Alumni Association. Her dedication and effective leadership within the Alumni Association contributed to the $20Million pledge towards the Beyond Boundaries campaign, improvement of the Alumni and Senior Awards programs, revision of key by-laws, and engagement of alumni across the country. In every respect Sunny was a talented, diplomatic, and enthusiastic alumna whose involvement with her alma mater spanned a half century of selfless service.