Alumni Association honors distinguished alumni

To commemorate the founding of the University of Utah in 1850, the Alumni Association each year honors four alumni and one non-alumnus/a—or, as is the case this year, two individuals—who have distinguished themselves professionally, served the local and national communities, and supported the University in its mission. Founders Day will be celebrated on March 3 and will honor the following Distinguishsed Alumnus/a Award recipients:

  • Afesa M. Adams MS’73 PhD’75 (Phi Kappa Phi), currently senior research associate at the Florida Institute of Education at the University of North Florida, where she is also professor emeritus of psychology, is an innovative educator noted for her commitment to both education and civil rights.


  • Robert F. Bennett BS’57, U.S. senator from 1992-2011, has served as a senior member of significant Senate committees and helped obtain funding for ventures including the University Telemedicine Outreach Program, the TRAX spur to the U, and the U’s new National Center for Veterans’ Studies.


  • Robert C. Gay BA’76, former managing director of Bain Capital, co-founded Unitus, now one of the largest micro-credit organizations in the world, and is currently managing director and chief executive officer of Huntsman Gay Global Capital, which uses all investment earnings for humanitarian aid worldwide.


  • Fred P. Lampropoulos ex’70, founder, chair, and CEO of Merit Medical Systems, Inc., has been in the medical device industry for almost 30 years and holds almost 200 patents on devices used in the diagnostic and therapeutic treatment of cardiovascular disease.


The 2011 Honorary Alumni Award recipients are Eugene “Gene” England and William “Bill” England. The England brothers grew up in the local family business—C.R. England, founded by their father in 1920—and went on to help grow it into one of the largest trucking companies in the nation. Committed supporters of the U, Eugene and William England were inducted into the David Eccles School of Business Hall of Fame in 2007.

Additional information on Founders Day is online.

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