Arts, Culture, Media, and Athletics, A - M
Prince Bandar bin Khalid Al Faisal, F05
Works to build connections between the Arab world and the rest of the global community through his encouragement of free speech and education
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Tufts Degrees: Masters of Law and Diplomacy, Fletcher School, 2005
Other Degrees: B.S., King Fahad University of Petroleum and Minerals
Biography: Prince Bandar bin Khalid Al Faisal is chairman of the Al Watan newspaper in Saudi Arabia, a publication known for its progressive views. He is the Co-Founder and a Member of the Board of Trustees of the Arab Thought Foundation, which works to promote better understanding between Arabs and the Western world. He is also a Member of the General Assembly of the King Faisal Foundation, an internationally active charitable foundation supporting research, education and social welfare.
Hank Azaria, A88
Critically acclaimed actor and stage performer who has excelled in musicals, comedy and drama
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Tufts Degrees: B.A., 1988
Awards & Honors: "Film Discovery Jury Award for Best Short" at the US Comedy Arts Festival (Nobody's Perfect), 2004; Emmy Award (The Simpsons), 1998, 2001, 2003; Emmy Award (Friends), 2003; Emmy Award (Tuesdays with Morrie), 2000; SAG Award (Tuesdays with Morrie), 2000; Tufts Light on the Hill Award, 1999; Emmy Award (Mad About You), 1998; Annie Award (Anastasia), 1997; Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Cast (The Birdcage), 1996;
Biography: Hank Azaria is an American film, television and stage actor, director, and comedian who is known for his keen ability to take on a multitude of characters. He is well known for voicing numerous characters on the Emmy-winning animated television series The Simpsons. He has demonstrated impressive range as an actor through his appearances in films such as The Birdcage, Great Expectations, Godzilla, Along Came Polly, and Dodgeball. Mr. Azaria produced and starred in the critically lauded Showtime drama Huff (alongside fellow Tufts alum Oliver Platt) and was nominated for an Emmy for "outstanding performance by an actor". Mr. Azaria has also conquered the stage, garnering rave reviews for his appearances in The Farnsworth Invention, Sexual Perversity in Chicago and Spamalot, for which he received a Tony nomination for "Best Actor in a Musical". Although Mr. Azaria is primarily known as a comic actor, in recent years, he has taken on more dramatic roles, including the highly acclaimed Tuesdays With Morrie and Uprising. He also worked behind the camera when he co-wrote, produced, directed and starred in the short film Nobody's Perfect, which debuted in 2004 at the Sundance Film Festival and won "Best Short" at the 2004 U.S. Comedy Arts Festival in Aspen, Colorado. Thus far in his career, Mr. Azaria has won four Emmys and received eight Emmy nominations, one Screen Actors Guild Award and four SAG nominations and a Tony nomination.
Dan Barber, A92
World-class chef, co-owner of two Blue Hill restaurants, and advocate for sustainable agriculture
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Tufts Degrees: B.A., Political Science, 1992
Other Degrees: French Culinary Institute
Awards & Honors: 2009 James Beard Outstanding Chef Award; “One of America’s Best New Chefs,” Food and Wine Magazine; Member, “Time 100,” Time Magazine; James Beard Award for Writing and Literature for The Third Plate: Field Notes on the Future of Food
Biography: As co-owner and chef of Blue Hill and Blue Hill at Stone Barns in New York, Dan Barber has championed the culinary world with both his inventive cuisine and his influential thinking in the field of sustainable agriculture. It was this innovation which earned him the James Beard Foundation’s coveted Outstanding Chef Award and a spot on Time Magazine’s annual list of the world’s 100 most influential people in 2009. Less than two years after opening his restaurant, Food & Wine Magazine named Barber one of America’s best new chefs, and Blue Hill subsequently earned three stars by New York Times critics and was awarded Outstanding Restaurant by the James Beard Foundation in 2013. Barber, along with his brother David and sister-in-law Laureen, opened Blue Hill at Stone Barns with Stone Barns Center for Food and Agriculture in Pocantico Hills, New York, in 2004. Mr. Barber is the author of the New York Times bestseller, The Third Plate: Field Notes on the Future of Food (May 2014, The Penguin Press). His opinions on food and agricultural policy have appeared in the New York Times, along with many other publications, and are focused on developing a new vision that does not throw the food chain out of balance by subsidizing certain crops at the expense of more appropriate ones. His efforts to create a consciousness about the effects of everyday food choices have led him to engage in numerous projects with Harvard’s Center for Health and the Global Environment, the Kellogg Foundation, and New York City’s Greenmarkets. Appointed by President Barack Obama in 2010 to serve on the President’s Council on Physical Fitness, Sports and Nutrition, Mr. Barber continues to blur the line between the dining experience and the educational, bringing the principles of good farming directly to the table.
Herbert Black, A33
1911-2006; Longtime Boston Globe medical reporter who was known for his honest reporting on difficult matters
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Tufts Degrees: B.A., Economics, 1933
Awards & Honors: Presidential Medal, Tufts, 1977; Distinguished Service Award, Tufts; Public Interest Award, National Safety Council, 1962
Biography: Herbert Black began his long career at the Boston Globe while still at Tufts College. Upon graduating in 1933, he took a full time position at the newspaper. He held various positions, including Washington and foreign news editor, assistant editor and medical editor. The latter position is for what he is best known. In 1963 when President Kennedy was shot, Black was sent to Dallas to report on Kennedy's possible recovery in the hospital. His reporting of the event was highly regarded and considered some of the most accurate medical information available on the subject.
Mr. Black also spoke openly about his experience dealing with rectal cancer. In 1969, he was invited by the American Cancer Society to speak at an annual gathering of science writers, the first news writer to do so.
Tufts Degrees: B.A., History, 1995
Other Degrees: Leiths School of Food and Wine
Awards & Honors: 2015 Culinary Writing that Makes a Difference; 2009 and 2010 James Beard Award Recipient for Best Newspaper Food Section; 2008, 2009, 2010, and 2014 Best Food Writing, International Association of Culinary Professionals
Biography: Jane Black is an influential food writer whose work covers food, food politics, and sustainable agriculture. She began her career as a reporter covering technology and international news at outlets such as the BBC and BusinessWeek Online before landing a position as food editor at Boston Magazine. She is now on the forefront of the sustainable food movement, and writes regularly for the Washington Post, Wall Street Journal, New York Times, and other publications. She is currently working on a forthcoming book from Simon & Schuster on the subject of food reform in Huntington, West Virginia, one of America’s unhealthiest cities. The book will explore whether the food “revolution” can be inclusive, transcending geography, culture, and class to change unhealthy and unsustainable eating behaviors. It is slated for publication in 2016.
Tufts Degrees:B.A., Arts and Sciences, 1972
Awards & Honors: 2008 Guggenheim Fellowship Recipient; 2007-2014 National Endowment for the Arts Grant Recipients; two-time New York Foundation for the Arts Choreography Fellowship Recipient; BUILD Grant Recipient; four-time National Performance Network Creation Fund Award Recipient
Biography: Together with Myrna Packer, Art Bridgman is one of the artistic directors of Bridgman|Packer Dance. Collaborating as performers and choreographers since 1978, their innovative work developing "Video Partnering"—the integration of live performance and video technology—has been acclaimed for its highly visual and visceral alchemy of the live and the virtual. The 2008 Guggenheim Fellowship awarded to Bridgman and Packer was the first in the history of the Guggenheim Foundation to be given to two individuals for their collaborative work. Mr. Bridgman has been the co-recipient of many prestigious grants and fellowships for the arts, including the National Endowment for the Arts, USArtists International, and the New York Foundation for the Arts. He and Packer have also jointly received four National Performance Network Creation Fund Awards and a number of choreographic commissions from the likes of New York Live Arts and Dance New Amsterdam. They have performed across New York City in venues such as the Lincoln Center and Central Park's Summerstage and have toured throughout the United States, Europe, Asia, and Central America. In addition, Mr. Bridgman has been a guest artist with Packer at over one hundred universities, including New York University's Tisch School of the Arts. Their work in live performance and video technology is featured in the book Gegenwelten, Zwischen Differenz und Reflexion (Against Worlds, Between Difference and Reflection) by Jurgen Schlader and Franziska Weber, published in Munich in 2009.
Rob Burnett, A84
Emmy-award winner producer and President and CEO of Worldwide Pants, Inc.
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Tufts Degrees: B.A., English, 1984
Awards & Honors: P.T. Barnum Award for Excellence in Entertainment, Tufts, 2006; Light on the Hill Award, Tufts; People's Choice Award for Favorite Television New Comedy Series: Ed, 2001; Emmy Award winner for Outstanding Variety, Music or Comedy Series: The Late Show with David Letterman, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001 and 2002
Biography: Rob Burnett is a five-time Emmy Award-winning executive producer of The Late Show with David Letterman. He is also president and chief executive officer of Letterman's production company, Worldwide Pants Inc., where he oversees both The Late Show with David Letterman and The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson. Mr. Burnett became the head writer for Late Night with David Letterman in 1992, after being a member of the show's writing staff since February 1988. Before that, he was a talent assistant and researcher for Late Night. He joined Letterman's staff in 1985 as an intern in Late Night's talent department.
Joining forces with former Late Show head writer and supervising producer Jon Beckerman, Mr. Burnett has created two critically acclaimed series for network television. Their first project, NBC's Ed, won Mr. Burnett and Mr. Beckerman a People's Choice award and an Emmy nomination for writing. In addition to serving as creator, writer and producer on Ed, Burnett made his directorial debut in February 2003. The two teamed up again in 2006 create the half-hour, single-camera comedy, ABC's The Knights of Prosperity. Currently, the two are focusing on the production of their first feature-length screenplay.
John Anthony Ciardi, A38, H60
1916-1986; Well known poet who shared his talents with others
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Tufts Degrees: B.A., English, 1938
Other Degrees: M.A., University of Michigan, 1939
Biography: John Anthony Ciardi was an American poet, translator, and etymologist. Along with creating numerous volumes of poetry, he also translated Dante's Divine Comedy and Inferno, wrote children's poetry, and penned a book on how to read, write and teach poetry, entitled How Does A Poem Mean? It went through several editions and was widely used for teaching poetry. Ciardi also contributed to the Saturday Review as a columnist and long-time poetry editor, and directed the Bread Loaf Writers' Conference in Vermont. In the 1960's, he had a program on CBS called Accents, and later on he reported on the history of words for National Public Radio Early Edition. Ciardi was also a fellow of the National Academy of Arts and Sciences and a member and former president of the National Institute of Arts and Letters.
Barbara Delinsky, J67
Award-winning author whose novels on family drama, parenthood, friendship, and battling breast cancer have won her critical acclaim and a loyal following of readers
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Tufts Degrees: B.A., Psychology, 1967
Other Degrees: M.A., Sociology, Boston College
Biography: Barbara Delinsky is a New York Times bestselling author who writes primarily about marriage, parenthood, sibling rivalry, and friendship. She sold her first book in 1980, and has issued works under the publishing corporations Random House, Simon & Schuster, and HarperCollins. Over 30 million copies of her books are in print, and they have been published in 25 languages. One of her novels, A Woman's Place, was made into a Lifetime movie starring Lorraine Bracco. In 2001, Ms. Delinsky wrote Uplift: Secrets from the Sisterhood of Breast Cancer Survivors. A breast cancer survivor herself, Barbara donates the proceeds of that book, as well as her second nonfiction work, to charity. Through this philanthropic service, she has been able to fund an oncology fellowship at Massachusetts General Hospital that trains breast surgeons. She also does volunteer work for hospital groups, and has served on the Board of Directors of the Friends of the Massachusetts General Hospital Cancer Center and also the MGH's Women's Cancer Advisory Board. Ms. Delinsky’s website can be found at www.barbaradelinsky.com.
Lord Michael Dobbs, F73, F75, FG77
Former Chief of Staff to Margaret Thatcher and award-winning author of House of Cards
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Tufts Degrees: M.A., The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, 1972; MALD, Fletcher, 1973; Ph.D., Fletcher, 1977
Other Degrees: M.A., Oxford University, 1968
Awards & Honors: 2008 Benjamin Franklin Award for Best Historical Novel; 2013 & 2014 PaddyPower Political Novel of the Year; 2014 Lifetime Achievement Award for Political Literature; 2014 P T Barnum Award for Excellence in Entertainment; 2014 Lifetime Achievement Award, Tufts University Alumni Association; 2015 Huw Wheldon Memorial Lecturer
Biography: Once an advisor to Margaret Thatcher and author of the acclaimed novel House of Cards, Lord Michael Dobbs is a British Conservative politician and best-selling writer. Lord Dobbs started his career as a political feature writer for the Boston Globe during the Watergate Scandal. He moved on to become Government Special Advisor to the Thatcher administration from 1981 to 1986, and survived the Brighton Bombing in 1984 at the Conservative Party Conference. He then took on the position of the Conservative Party Chief of Staff from 1986 to 1987. His writing career took off in 1989 with the publication of House of Cards, the first in what would become a trilogy of definitive political thrillers and a television series in the UK and on Netflix. The UK House of Cards is now one of the BBC's all-time best-selling TV series, receiving fourteen BAFTA nominations and winning two, while the US adaptation has garnered two Golden Globes, a Peabody, and two Emmys. Lord Dobbs returned to politics in 1994 to serve as Deputy Chairman of the Conservative Party in the John Major government. To honor his political career, he was appointed a life peer in the House of Lords in 2010, where he specializes in constitutional and foreign affairs, and given the title Baron Dobbs of Wylye. Lord Dobbs is also a former deputy chairman of the public relations and advertising firm Saatchi & Saatchi, a presenter on the BBC TV current affairs program Despatch Box, and was a columnist for The Mail on Sunday. He also recently penned the hugely acclaimed play, The Turning Point. He has undertaken many speaking tours, his most recent being described as “a coast-to-coast triumph."
Jennifer duBois, A06
Award-winning fiction author of A Partial History of Lost Causes and Cartwheel
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Tufts Degrees: B.A., Philosophy and Political Science, 2006
Other Degrees: M.F.A, Fiction, Iowa Writers’ Workshop at the University of Iowa, 2009
Awards & Honors: 2014 Housatonic Award for Fiction; 2013 Whiting Writer’s Award Recipient; 2013 California Book Award for First Fiction Recipient; 2013 Northern California Book Award for Fiction Recipient; Finalist, 2013 PEN/Hemingway Prize for Debut Fiction; 2012 National Book Foundation 5 Under 35 Award Recipient; 2009 – 2001 Wallace Stegner Fellowship, Stanford University; New York Public Library Young Lions Award Nominee
Biography: Jennifer duBois is the recipient of a 2013 Whiting Writer’s Award and a 2012 National Book Foundation 5 Under 35 award. Her critically acclaimed debut novel, A Partial History of Lost Causes, was the winner of the California Book Award for First Fiction and the Northern California Book Award for Fiction, as well as a finalist for the PEN/Hemingway Prize for Debut Fiction. Her second novel, Cartwheel, has received the Housatonic Award for Fiction and has been nominated for a New York Public Library Young Lions Award. A graduate of the esteemed Iowa Writers’ Workshop, Ms. duBois has also completed a Stegner Fellowship at Stanford University. Her shorter works have been published in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Playboy, The Missouri Review, Salon, The Kenyon Review, Cosmopolitan, Narrative, ZYZZYVA, and anthologized in Imaginary Oklahoma, Byliner Originals’ Esquire Four, and Narrative 4’s How To Be A Man project. She currently teaches in the M.F.A. program at Texas State University.
David Faber, A85
Award-winning anchor and co-producer on the CNBC network, recognized for outstanding broadcast journalism covering business and financial markets
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Tufts Degrees: B.A., cum laude, English, 1985
Awards & Honors: Three-time Emmy Award Recipient; 2009 Loeb Award; 2005 Peabody Award; 2005 DuPont Award; National Headliner Award; Maxwell Award; Deadline Club Award
Biography: An award-winning journalist and New York Times best-selling author, David Faber is a co-anchor of CNBC's Squawk on the Street and an anchor and co-producer of CNBC's acclaimed original documentaries and long-form programming. Mr. Faber also breaks news and provides in-depth analysis on a range of business topics during his own show, the Faber Report. Since joining CNBC in 1993, Faber has broken many big financial stories including the massive fraud at WorldCom, the bailout of the hedge fund Long Term Capital Management, and Rupert Murdoch's unsolicited bid for Dow Jones. He has also reported ten documentaries for CNBC, for which he has won or been nominated for several awards – he is a three-time Emmy award recipient, in addition to receiving Loeb, Peabody, DuPont, Maxwell, National Headliner, and Deadline Club awards. His critically acclaimed documentary, “The Age of Wal-Mart: Inside America’s Most Powerful Company,” received both the 2005 Peabody Award and Alfred I. DuPont-Columbia University Award for Broadcast Journalism, two firsts for the CNBC network. He is the author of two books – The Faber Report, published by Little, Brown in 2002, and And Then the Roof Caved In, published in 2009 by John Wiley.
Rozanne Gold, J75
Decorated Chef and four-time James Beard Award Recipient who pioneered the locavore movement
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Tufts Degrees: B.A., Psychology and Education, 1975
Other Degrees: Culinary School in Italy and France; MFA Candidate, The New School
Awards & Honors: Four-time James Beard Award Winner; Julia Child/ IACP Award Winner; Jewish National Fund’s Olive Tree Award Winner for promoting Israel's food and wine industry
Biography: Rozanne Gold is a celebrated chef, author, journalist, and philanthropist known for her prolific voice, storied career, and role as a pioneer in America’s food revolution. Known as the "food expert's expert," she has set the Gold Standard for a style of cooking that has inspired professional chefs and home cooks alike to "keep it simple." At the age of 23, she was first chef to New York Mayor Ed Koch, and went on to become the youngest female executive chef in the country for Lord & Taylor's restaurants. As Chef-Director of the renowned hospitality group Baum + Whiteman, Ms. Gold helped create New York's magical Rainbow Room atop Rockefeller Center, as well as Windows on the World and the Hudson River Club. A four-time winner of the James Beard Award, Ms. Gold is the author of thirteen cookbooks and more than six hundred articles about food, trends, and dining culture. A published poet and prominent food journalist, she has written and produced stories for the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, and numerous other national publications. As a food trends' pundit, she has anticipated and advocated for culinary change and is responsible for the creation of some of the country’s enduring trends. Her first book, Little Meals: a Great New Way to Eat & Cook, propelled today's grazing craze, while her book Radically Simple: Brilliant Flavors with Breathtaking Ease was named one of the most important books of the past 25 years by Cooking Light magazine. Ms. Gold was the former entertaining columnist for Bon Appetit magazine, and was responsible for saving Gourmet magazine’s library by purchasing it and donating it to New York University. After Hurricane Sandy, Ms. Gold established a pop-up kitchen in Brooklyn to prepare and deliver 185,000 meals to those in need. A frequent guest on National Public Radio, Rozanne is an end-of-life doula, and an MFA candidate in poetry at the New School.
Daniel Green, F91
Director of Program Advocacy and Communications at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and award-winning former producer at ABC News
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Tufts Degrees: MALD, The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, 1991
Other Degrees: B.A., Communications, UCLA, 1986
Awards & Honors: 2009 Columbia DuPont Award Recipient; three-time Emmy Award Recipient; NABJ’s top honors; Peabody Award Recipient
Biography: Daniel Green is dedicated to exploring and understanding the intersection between information, advocacy, and social change. He currently serves as the Director of Program Advocacy and Communications at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, arguably one of the most influential and innovative foundations in the world. In this role, he helps define, shape, and manage global policy advocacy and communications partnerships to advance the mission of the foundation, addressing inequity and helping all people live healthy, productive lives. The foundation funds over $200 million dollars annually of global policy, advocacy, and communications grants. Previously, Mr. Green held the position of Deputy Director of Strategic Media Partnerships, overseeing a $35M annual portfolio of grants to global media and communications organizations helping inform and engage citizens about poverty and inequity. Before joining the foundation, Mr. Green was Senior Vice President at Home Front Communications, a media and digital consulting firm, where he consulted for nonprofits such as Save the Children and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. Mr. Green is also a 17-year veteran of ABC News, having worked with Ted Koppel and Peter Jennings and earned three Emmys, a DuPont Award, and a Peabody Award. His career at ABC started at its southern Africa bureau, where he worked on stories across the continent, including famine in Somalia and the burgeoning AIDS epidemic in Zambia. He then worked as a producer and senior producer at Nightline for more than ten years.
Katherine Hall Page, AG74
Award-winning mystery novelist whose background in education has helped shape her writing
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Tufts Degrees: M.A., Education, 1974
Other Degrees: B.A. Wellesley College; Ph.D., Administration, Public Planning, and Social Policy, Harvard University
Awards & Honors: Agatha Award, Best Mystery Novel: The Body in the Snowdrift, 2006; Agatha Award, Best Short Story: The Would-Be Widower, 2001; Agatha Award, Best First Mystery Novel: The Body in the Belfry, 1991
Biography: Katherine Hall Page is an award-winning mystery novelist. Before her career as a full-time writer, Ms. Page taught high school for many years. She developed a program for adolescents with special emotional needs which dealt with issues of truancy, substance abuse, and family relationships. Those five years stimulated her interest in individuals and human behavior, observations which later shaped her writing. It was during her husband's sabbatical year in France after the birth of their son that Ms. Page wrote her first mystery, The Body in the Belfry. There are now eighteen books in the Faith Fairchild mystery series, which have been nominated for numerous Agatha Awards and Mary Higgins Clark Awards. Ms. Page recently published a cookbook, Have Faith in Your Kitchen, that is based on the series.
Josy Joseph, F07
Editor of Special Projects with the Times of India, whose investigative journalism on government corruption has compelled federal reviews, system reform, and the arrest of many powerful officials
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Tufts Degrees: M.A., The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, 2007
Other Degrees: B.S., Mathematics-Physics-Statistics, Kerala University
Awards & Honors: 2010 “Best Political Reporter,” Prem Bhatia Trust; 2013 “Print Journalist of the Year," Sixth Ramnath Goenka Excellence in Journalism Awards
Biography:Josy Joseph is an Editor of Special Projects with the Times of India. He is the winner of numerous Indian journalism awards, including Journalist of the Year. As one of India’s leading investigative journalists, Mr. Joseph has worked to expose corruption, the results of which have led to criminal investigations and forced the resignation of corrupt public officials. In 2013, he was chosen for the Ramnath Goenka Excellence in Journalism Award for his exposé of the Adarsh Cooperative Housing Society scandal. His reporting showed how rules were bent to favor several senior army officers, bureaucrats, and politicians for apartments in a prime location in Mumbai, leading to protests and a federal crime investigation. The investigation led to the removal of Ashok Chavan as Maharashtra chief minister, as well as a nation-wide audit of military land. Mr. Joseph’s governance reporting also includes investigations on corruption in the organization of the 2010 Commonwealth Games and corrupt travel reimbursement practices within the Indian Parliament and federal bureaucracy. Previously, he specialized in defense and intelligence affairs for over a decade. In addition to his work as a journalist, Mr. Joseph is a distinguished speaker and a faculty member at the Times School of Journalism. In the summer of 2015, he completed a book on the hidden politics of business in India and the business of its democracy.
Bill Kearns, A50
2013 Major League Baseball Scout of the Year and member of the Seattle Mariners organization since its inception in 1976
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Tufts Degrees: B.A., 1950
Awards & Honors: Major League Baseball Scout of the Year, 2013; George Genovese Award for Achievement in Scouting, 2007; Jumbo Club Award, 1983
Biography: Bill Kearns was a scout for the Seattle Mariners since the organizaiton's founding in 1976. He worked towards his degree at Tufts during off-seasons while playing shortstop for the Brooklyn Dodgers in the minor leagues. Upon graduating as a three-sport athlete, Kearns started scouting part-time for the Dodgers and teaching mathematics and coaching basketball at Somserset and Weymouth high schools in Massachusetts. He was later inducted into the Massachusetts State High School Basketball Coaches Hall of Fame.
He also scouted part-time for the Chicago White Sox and Kansas City Royals, before Lou Gorman, the scouting director for the Royals, was hired as the first general manager of the Seattle Mariners expansion team. Kearns was one of Gorman’s first hires, in May 1976—even before the franchise had a name, logo and team colors.
Kearns remained an active scout with the Mariners until his death, attending more than 200 games a year as well as spring training. In 2013, he was awarded Major League Baseball's Scout of the Year Award.
Lisa Stern Lax, J86
Award-winning producer whose accomplishments over the past 25 years have made her one of the most respected production talents in the business
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Tufts Degrees: B.A., Political Science, 1986
Awards & Honors: Distinguished Achievement Award, Tufts, 2002; winner of 13 Emmys; Media Access Award for Outstanding Achievement: Film Documentary (Emmanuel's Gift), 2006; Newport Beach Film Festival-Outstanding Achievement in Film making, Audience Award Best Documentary Film (Emmanuel's Gift), 2005; 2005-Artivist Film Festival Honors: Best Feature Artivist Spirit Award, Emmanuel's Gift; International Monitor Award, 1997; Special Classification Emmy Award for Outstanding Individual Achievement - producing athlete profiles during 1996 Atlanta games
Biography: Lisa Stern Lax was an All-American lacrosse player and All-New England tennis player whose love of sports was the driving force behind her foray into television. She joined NBC Sports in 1990 and remained there as a producer/director for 12 years. As the head of NBC's Olympic profiles unit, she supervised the production of over 500 stories profiling the lives of the world's most accomplished Olympians.
In 2002, Lax and her twin sister Nancy co-founded Lookalike Productions to produce and direct documentary films. Their first collaboration was Emmanuel's Gift, a documentary that chronicles the incredible story of Emmanual Ofosu Yeboah, a disabled man from Ghana, who fought for the rights of his 2,000,000 fellow disabled men, women, and children in Ghana, West Africa. This award winning film had a great impact on audiences, as demonstrated by Ghana's Parliament’s passing of a Disability Bill in 2006.
Lax and her sister continue to move forward with their production company, producing three television specials in conjunction with Sesame Workshop and Worldwide Pants. Most recently,When Families Grieve, hosted by Katie Couric, was nominated for a primetime Emmy award in the nonfiction children's programming category. Coming this September, Lisa and Nancy have directed and produced Unmatched, a documentary film for ESPN's prestigious series, 30 for 30.
Daniel Lindau, A80
Distinguished producer working in film, television, advertising, music, and live theaters
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Tufts Degrees: B.A., English, 1979
Biography: With over 24 years of experience in film production, Daniel Lindau has founded two companies in the film industry. Most recently, he founded Internal Affairs with Paul Miller in April 2014, where he produces entertainment vehicles and advises on best practices in film, television, and advertising to American, European, and Middle Eastern companies. Mr. Lindau is also a former senior advisor to the Doha Film Institute in Qatar, where he helped build a production culture at the institute and provided engineering and technical infrastructure guidance. His most recently produced film is A Birder’s Guide to Everything, starring Ben Kingsley. Until 2010, Mr. Lindau served as CEO/Partner of The Crossroads Companies. Founded in 1989, he built it into one of the premier content creation companies in the world. As head of the entertainment division, he executive produced May the Best Man Win and produced Snow Angels, which was named one of the 10 best independent films of 2008 by the National Board of Review. As a music and live theater producer, he is also known for his production of David Bowie’s 50th birthday concert at Madison Square Garden. Mr. Lindau has been recognized by his peers by being named Chairman of the AICP show at the Museum of Modern Art. He was also on the Board of Advisors at Tufts University. He participates in numerous charitable endeavors including the Fresh Air Fund, Forge, Filmaid, Ubuntu Africa, and The Horace Greeley Scholarship Fund.
Dr. James Reynold Lonborg, D83
Red Sox Hall of Fame pitcher who delved into dentistry upon retiring from baseball
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Tufts Degrees: DMD, 1983
Other Degrees: B.A., Stanford University, 1964
Awards & Honors: Inducted into the Red Sox Hall of Fame, 2002; Cy Young Award, Best Pitching – American League, 1967; Pitcher of the Year Award, The Sporting News, 1967
Biography: Dr. James R. Lonborg is a former Major League Baseball right-handed starting pitcher. During his baseball career, he pitched for the Boston Red Sox (65-71), Milwaukee Brewers (72), and the Philadelphia Phillies (73-79). In 1967, while playing for the Boston Red Sox, he received the Cy Young Award for best pitching in the American League. He was inducted into the Red Sox Hall of Fame in 2002. He was known as "Gentleman Jim" during his 15 year career for his fearlessness for pitching on the inside of the plate. In an interesting bit of trivia, the photograph that Sam Malone (the bartender on the TV show Cheers) uses as his professional baseball photo is actually a picture of Dr. Lonborg. Upon retiring from professional baseball, Dr. Lonborg attended Tufts Dental School and opened his own practice in Hanover, Massachusetts. He also volunteers with The Jimmy Fund, the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation and other local charities.
Bette Bao Lord, J59, FG60, H82
Her novels have brought much needed attention to human rights issues in China
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Tufts Degrees: B.A., 1959; M.A., 1960; HDLitt, 1982
Other Degrees: University of Notre Dame, Skidmore College, Marymount College, Bryant College, Dominican College, Pepperdine University
Awards & Honors: Dean's Medal, Tufts, 1984; American Immigrational Law Foundation, 2002; Eleanor Roosevelt Award for Human Rights, Clinton Administration, 1998; Barnard College Medal of Distinction, 1998; Award of Excellence, the International Center in New York; American Book Award for best first novel; inducted into the International Women's Hall of Fame; Exceptional Achievement Award, the Women's Project and Production; Immigrant Achievement Award, Literary Lion, New York Public Library
Biography: Bette Bao Lord has excelled in two separate, but interwoven careers, writer and activist, for which she has earned numerous literary, human rights, cultural and immigrant awards. As an author, Ms. Lord has written several international best sellers that explore the history, culture and politics of China -- Eighth Moon; Spring Moon; Legacies, a Chinese Mosaic; and The Middle Heart. In the Year of the Boar and Jackie Robinson, a fictional account of her immigrant experience, is an American perennial for fourth and fifth graders. As an activist, Ms. Lord has served as Chairman of Freedom House and on the Boards of the Freedom Forum, Newseum, the U.S. Broadcasting Board of Governors and many other cultural entities. As spouse of the American Ambassador to China, she promoted exchanges, produced The Caine Muntiny with an all star Chinese cast in Mandarin with Charlton Heston as director, and facilitated understanding between the country of her birth and the country she calls home. She was instrumental in the establishment of Radio Free Asia. For all these accomplishments, the Reagan Administration presented her with the USIA's highest award. President Clinton personally presented her the first Eleanor Roosevelt Award for Human Rights.
Tufts Degrees: M.A., Drama, 1967
Other Degrees:Graduate, London Academy of Music and Dramatic Arts; B.A., Dartmouth College, 1963; Ph.D., Dramatic Literature and Theatre History, Indiana University, 1970; M.A., Jewish Studies, Academy for the Jewish Religion, 2013
Awards & Honors: 2007 Soap Opera Digest Villain of the Year Nominee
Biography: Stephen Macht has enjoyed a long career playing leading men in the theater, TV movies, TV series, and feature films since he first started out at Universal Studios in 1975. He was trained professionally at the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art and is a graduate of Dartmouth College. He went on to take an M.A. in Drama from Tufts University and a Ph.D. in Dramatic Literature from Indiana University. During his teaching days, Mr. Macht was a tenured Associate Professor at Queens College of the City University of New York. He is one of the best educated working actors in America today. He has played leading men in plays and dozens of television movies and feature films, such as Raid on Entebbe, Graveyard Shift, The Immigrants, and Monster Squad. On TV, he has starred as Sharon Gless’ love interest in Cagney and Lacey and has had recurring roles on Knots Landing, Boston Public, Jack and Jill, and Boomtown. Soap Opera Digest nominated Mr. Macht its “2007 Villain of the Year” for his work as the dastardly “Trevor Lansing” on General Hospital. Most recently he has starred as “Professor Gerard” opposite his son, Gabriel Macht, aka “Harvey Specter,” on USA’s hit series, Suits. On stage, he starred opposite Charlton Heston in “A Man for All Seasons” and ”Caine Mutiny Court Martial,” and starred opposite Sharon Gless in a new play entitled “A Round-Heeled Woman,” which details the novelist Jane Juska’s late-life adventures in sex and romance. Mr. Macht’s philanthropic work includes The Parkinson’s Resource Organization, The Jewish National Fund, The Center for Jewish Culture and Creativity, Celebrity Spokesman for the Israeli Consulate, and performer/director in various Jewish theatre projects in Los Angeles for the past thirty years. As a Chaplaincy, he graduated from the Academy for the Jewish Religion with an M.A. in Jewish Studies in 2013. He officiates at life cycle events and has carved a niche in the practical world of Jewish service and celebratory events. By integrating his theological and pastoral training and long, distinguished career as an actor, producer, and director, he will transmit his passion for Jewish values via the arts to the global Jewish community as a speaker, scholar, teacher, artist, and chaplain.
Dr. Gregory P. Maguire, AG90
Bestselling author whose novel Wicked was turned into a hit Broadway musical
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Tufts Degrees: Ph.D., English and American Literature, 1990
Other Degrees: B.A., State University of New York, Albany, 1976
Awards & Honors: Artist in residence at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum; Fellowship residencies at Blue Mountain Center, New York; the Hambidge Center, Georgia; The Virginia Center for the Creative Arts; and the Bread Loaf Writers Conference, Vermont
Biography: Dr. Gregory P. Maguire is the author of novels for adults and more than a dozen novels for children. One of his bestselling novels is Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West (1995), praised by John Updike in the New Yorker as "an amazing novel". The book, which puts a sympathetic spin on the Wicked Witch of the West, was turned into the hit Broadway musical Wicked. Though he is best known as a fantasy writer, Dr. Maguire has also written picture books, science fiction, realistic and historic fiction. Dr. Maguire was also a professor and co-director at the Simmons College Center for the Study of Children's Literature from 1979-1985. Since 1986, he has been co-director and founding board member of Children's Literature New England, Incorporated, a nonprofit that focuses attention on the significance of literature in the lives of children. He is also a board member of the National Children's Book and Literacy Alliance a national not-for-profit that actively advocates for literacy, literature, and libraries.