2016 Award Recipients

Distinguished Achievement Awards

Anthony Banbury, A86, F92, A18P

Banbury is UN assistant secretary-general for field support. Prior to that, he served as special representative of the secretary-general and head of the United Nations Mission for Ebola Emergency Response. He spent several years working with the UN in various capacities, including the World Food Programme, the UN Border Relief Operation on the Thai-Cambodian border, and UN Protection Force in Bosnia-Herzegovina. He also worked as head of the Democracy, Human Rights and International Operations Directorate at the National Security Council, the White House, and as a senior policy advisor in the Office of the Secretary of Defense.

Judge R. Guy Cole Jr., A72

Cole, nominated by President Clinton in 1995 and sworn in January 2, 1996, is chief judge of the U.S. Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals. He also served as a trial attorney for the Department of Justice and as a bankruptcy judge. Prior to joining the bench, Cole was a partner at the Columbus-based law firm of Vorys, Sater, Seymour and Pease LLP. He has also served as an adjunct law professor at The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law.

Dr. Lisa Freeman, J86, V91, NG96

Freeman, a "triple Jumbo," is a professor at Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine with faculty appointments on three Tufts campuses. As an internationally recognized board-certified veterinary nutritionist, she teaches, cares for animals that require specialized nutrition, and studies the role of nutrition in heart disease. She leads several school and university initiatives, including Cummings School's Residents Enhanced Veterinary Education and Academic Learning (REVEAL) and Accelerated Clinical Excellence (ACE) programs, the Tufts CTSI One Health Program, and the Tufts Institute for Human-Animal Interaction. She also enriches the lives of countless people as head of the Tufts Paws for People animal-assisted therapy program.

Distinguished Service Award

Barbara Clarke, J88

Clarke is a technology investor and advocate for inclusive innovation. As Alumni Council president she supported the increasing diversity of the council with programming such as Back to the Hill and the growth of Shared Interest Groups. A recipient of generous financial aid to attend Tufts, she has proudly served the institution that shaped her world view.

William Gehling, A74, AG79, A05P

Gehling graduated from Tufts in 1974 with a B.A. in child study. In 1979, he began a very successful 20-year tenure as coach of the new Tufts women’s soccer program. In 1999, he took the helm as Tufts’ fifth director of athletics, serving for 16 years (1999–2015) while leading Tufts Athletics to national prominence.

Dr. Mark D. Pearlmutter, M84

Pearlmutter has served as faculty of Tufts University School of Medicine for more than 30 years. He served as chair of the academic department and director of the Selectives program. He started the Community Service Learning program and was a founding faculty member of Tufts Sharewood Clinic, a student-run free clinic. After the 2010 Haiti earthquake, he began the Tufts in Haiti program. He continues to work clinically and in this capacity he has developed and mentored countless students in clinical medicine, civic engagement, public service, and volunteerism.

Young Alumni Achievement Award

Dr. John Prensner, A05

Prensner is a pediatrics resident at Boston Children’s Hospital where he hopes to stay for
fellowship in hematology/oncology. He is committed to medical science and pediatric cancer. His doctoral dissertation on non-coding RNA biology in cancer has been recognized by numerous national and institutional awards, produced more than 25 manuscripts, generated two patents, and raised more than $1 million in research funding.

Young Alumni Service Award

Groom Dinkneh, A13

Dinkneh is a fixed income associate with the Williams Capital Group, and director of programming and young alumni affairs for the Tufts Black Alumni Association. He advises high school and undergraduate students on career optionality, job readiness, and effective networking strategies for success.

Active Citizenship and Public Service Award

Dr. Nahid Bhadelia, J99, F04, M05

Bhadelia is an infectious diseases physician who serves as the director of infection control and medical response for Boston University’s National Emerging Infectious Diseases Laboratories,
one of six Biosafety Level 4 facilities in the U.S. She is the medical director of a patient care unit for emerging pathogens, has worked with World Health Organization and Partners in Health as a frontline physician caring for more than 500 Ebola patients, and has served as a consultant to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and numerous international nonprofit organizations on clinical care of patients with highly communicable infectious diseases.