Distinguished Alumni Award

Distinguished Alumni Award

The Distinguished Alumni Award is presented to those who have attained outstanding success and achievement or given extraordinary service to their community, church, country or educational endeavor.

Recent Award Recipients

Linda Gerdner '80, Ph.D.,R.N.
was the recipient of the 2013 Distinguished Alumna Award. The award is presented to those who have attained outstanding success and achievement or given extraordinary service to their community, church, country or educational endeavor.

Gerdner is a consulting assistant professor at the Stanford Geriatric Education Center. Her research focus is family caregiving issues for persons with dementia. She was the first to develop and pilot test a protocol for individualized music as an alternative intervention for management of agitation in persons with dementia. Her published work in this area resulted in her winning the International Psychogeriatric Association/Bayer Research Award.

She conducted the first ethnographic study to explore perception and care of dementia by Hmong-Americans. She is the primary author of Grandfather’s Story Cloth, a bilingual picture book that addresses this family issue through a culturally meaningful storyline. Grandfather’s Story Cloth has received six national and international awards.

Gerdner earned her B.S.N. degree at Iowa Wesleyan. She completed her M.A. and Ph.D. in nursing from the University of Iowa. She was a post-doctoral fellow at Stanford University and served as a mini-fellow in Ethnogeriatrics at Stanford University. She was inducted as a Fellow of the American Academy of Nursing in 2010. She served as an instructor in the Iowa Wesleyan nursing program from 1981-1983. She has also taught at Southeastern Community College in Keokuk, Grand View College, the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences and the University of Minnesota. She was project director for the National Caregivers’ Training Project at the University of Iowa.

She has served as an adjunct faculty member in the College of Nursing at the University of Iowa and as a visiting scholar in the Southeast Asian Studies – Hmong Studies Program at the University of Wisconsin – Madison and at Göteborg Universitet Institute of Nursing in Sweden. Her work has been published in a number of professional journals.

Past Award Recipients

2012   Dr. Thomas W Eyler '65
2012   R. Kurt Swaim '72
2011   David Dixon '75
2010   James E. DePriest, Jr. '83
2009   Harvey J. Condon '52
2008    Dr. Dwayne T. Capper ’88
            Mary Helen Cammack Curtis ’42
            Paul E. Davis ’58
            Mark E. Frels ’76
2007    Bryce Richard “Dick” Benedict ’87
2006    Vincent A. Naccarato ’60
            Dr. Elisa P. Bell ’83
2005    Rebecca A.  Boyles ’83
            Rev. W. Clifford Manning ’39, D.D. ’04
2003    John M. Cavanah ’65
2002    Barbara M. Clark ’81
            Dr. Peggy A. Whitson ’81, Sc.D. ’03
2001   Gail Boal Wortmann ’73
2000   Elizabeth Davenport Garrels ’67
            T. L. Henderson ’48
1997    David E. Heaton ’64
1996    Dr. John R. Porter ’59
1995    Col. Dwight R. Dinsmore ’35
1994    Dr. Frank DeLucia ’64
1993    Akihiro Aoki ’68
1992    Dr. Carole J. Buss ’56, L.H.D. ’87
             Douglas E. Gross ’77
1991    Thomas W. Anderson ’65
1990    Dr. Edward I. Stout ’60
            Fred D. Huebner ’43
1989    Donald R. Gibbs ’58
            Norman A. Wulf ’62
            Doris Thomas Elder ’49
1988    A. Holmes Foster ’48
            R. William Severt ’43
1987    Dr. Jacqueline Korf Hultquist ’45
            Shirley R. Blum ’48
1986    Donald C. Byers ’49
            Ronald K. Sable ’63, L.H.D. ’90
1985    Dr. William R. Panje ’65
            Dr. Raymond J. Schlicher ’35
1984    M. Fredric Volkmann ’66
1983    Louise Hall Clark ’31
1982    Dr. William P. Burch ’51
            Donald D. Kim ’61
            Donald E. Young ’50
1981    Charlotte Allen Beck ’37
            Dr. Kenneth A. Craig ’30
            Chester A. Hall ’33
1980    Delmar F. Fruehling ’52
            Donald G. Lewis ’50
            Carol J. Nemitz ’56, L.H.D. ’03
1979    Dr. Sue E. Follon ’63
            Byron F. Johnson ’62, D.B.A. ’86
            Dr. Fredrick Woodard ’61
1978    Ruth DeLong Peterson x36
            A. Lowell Doud ’56, LL.D. ’05
1977    Effie “Jane” Scott Tollett ’22
            Dr. William N. Atkinson ’25
            Martha A. Hayes x51
            A. Kathleen Rodibaugh Bogner ’62
1976    Glen J. James ’33
            Dr. Richard K. Ellis ’20
1975    Rev. Myrtle Saylor Speer ’12
            Dr. Harold C. Huffman ’35
            A. Elizabeth “Betty” Pierce Piercy ’34
1974    Dr. Thomas C. Poulter ’23, Sc.D. ’35
            Sam R. Ewart ’29
1973    Ralph W. Leatherby ’49, LL.D. ’75
            Clifford A. Lee ’30
1972    Clifford H. Buck ’23
            Dr. Mabelle G. McCullough ’43
            A. Holmes Foster ’48
1971    Helen Reich x27
            Dr. Maurice W. Van Allen ’39
            Vernon E. McLearn ’55
1970    Robert K. Webb ’61
            William W. McNeal ’44
            George D. Weiny ’26
1969    R. William Severt ’43
            Dr. Clement N. Isong ’54, LL.D. ’76

1968    Raymond L. Smith ’34
            O. L. Garretson x34
            Harold U. Tackleson ’30
1967    Robert K. Beck ’37, LL.D. ’77
            Pearl E. Brown ’11
           Dr. Fred E. Miller ’30, D.D. ’44
1966    James F. Loper ’31
            Katherine Keyhoe ’23
            Dr. Walter L. Scranton ’30, D.D. ’43
1965    Donald R. Ornduff ’28
            Ray L. Patterson ’34
            Dr. George P. Waugh ’28
1964    Dr. Paul S. Minear ’27, LL.D. ’42
            Edward L. (Jim) Roederer ’37
1963    Vinton H. Rambo ’31
1962    Miles T. Babb ’98
            Suzanne Gardner ’11
            Bishop Russell T. Rauscher ’38, L.H.D. ’62
1961    Dr. Joseph F. Chittum ’24
            Warren B. Hayes ’45
            Dr. Herbert C. Knutson ’36
1960    Elizabeth Blagg Anderson ’27
            Dale W. Caris ’31, Mus.D. ’71
            William G. Lodwick ’14
1959    Dr. Robert W. Poulter ’33
            Arnold W. Salisbury ’35, LL.D. ’62
            Mary Firebaugh Swaney Stuntz ’12, L.H.D. ’80
1958    David A. Armbruster x18
            Dr. Joseph C. Hinsey x22, Sc.D. ’58
            Harold F. McLeran ’25, LL.D. ’63
1957    Henry E. Bradshaw ’31
            Dr. John S. McGavic ’34
            Martha Crane Caris Sc.D. ’29
1956    Dr. William W. Freye
            John W. Chittum ’22, Sc.D. ’61
            Rilea W. Doe ’18
1955    E. A. Hayes ’25, L.H.D. ’64
            Paul S. Gerot ’26
            Dr. James A. Van Allen ’35, Sc.D. ’51
1954    Dr. Helen Walker ’12, LL.D. ’42
            Leslie S. Deal ’11, L.H.D. ’51
1953    Albert I. Lodwick ’25
            Dr. John Wesley Holland ’02, D.D. ’15

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