Founders Day Awards 2013

FoundersDay_600_brighterA Celebration of Innovation

The Alumni Association presents Founders Day 2013 honoring Distinguished alumni Robert P. Huefner, Mark C. Miller, Laurel Thatcher Ulrich, and Norman H. Wesley. Honorary Alumnus is Philip G. McCarthey. The 2013 Founders Day Scholarship recipient is Shirlee J. Draper, a student in the College of Social Work who is interested in assisting those like her who have left the FLDS community. (Read more about Draper here.) A dinner honoring the recipients will be held Thursday, Feb. 28, at Little America Hotel. For more information, contact the Alumni Association at 801-581-6995 or visit the website.

This award represents the highest honor the association bestows upon a former student of the University in recognition of his/her outstanding professional achievements and/or public service. 

huefner_best_cropped[1]Robert P. Huefner BS’58 (as well as a master’s degree in city planning from MIT and a doctorate in finance from Harvard University), a noted health care and public policy expert. Huefner is director of the Institute of Comparative Health Services Research and a professor emeritus of political science at the University of Utah. He formerly worked in city, county, state, and federal governments and held the Governor Scott M. Matheson Presidential Endowed Chair in Health Policy and Management at the U. 


miller_best_cropped[1]Mark C. Miller Ex’70, an innovative automotive dealer and dedicated philanthropist. Miller was a pioneer of automotive industry computer programming and has also been a leader in environmental responsibility, building two LEED-certified facilities. Miller has donated millions of dollars to a wide range of nonprofits and is also an active volunteer with Angel Flight, an organization of pilots who provide, among other things, free transportation of medical supplies and patients. 



ulrich_best_cropped[1]Laurel Thatcher Ulrich BA’60 (as well as a master’s degree in English from Simmons College and a doctorate in history from the University of New Hampshire), an esteemed historian and Harvard University professor. A Pulitzer Prize-winning author, Ulrich in 1976 coined the phrase “Well-behaved women seldom make history,” which later became a popular slogan. Her current book-in-progress is A House Full of Females: Faith and Families in Nineteenth-Century Mormon Diaries



wesley_best_cropped[1]Norman H. Wesley BS’72 MBA’73, former chair and CEO of Fortune Brands, Inc., a multibillion-dollar consumer products company managing such popular brand names as Master Lock, Swingline, Moen, Jim Beam, and Titleist. Wesley also has served community and philanthropic programs including as a member of the National Advisory Board of the David Eccles School of Business and the Civic Committee of the Commercial Club of Chicago, which promotes civic and educational projects. 



This award represents the highest honor the Association bestows upon a non-alumnus/a/ in recognition of his/her support of the University.

mccarthey_best_cropped[1]Philip G. McCarthey (who holds a bachelor’s degree from Gonzaga University), a longtime donor to the U and former member of the Crimson Club Board of Directors. In recognition of his generous gift, the indoor practice football field on Guardsman Way is named the Thomas Kearns McCarthey Field in his father’s memory. The McCarthey family also gave the $2 million lead gift that enabled the U to unveil a new on-campus track and field in 2010 after the U had been nearly 30 years without one.

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