1999 Distinguished Alumni Awards

On May 14, 1999, Arts & Sciences honored five recipients who exemplify the ideals of a liberal arts education, and in so doing, bring honor to the University through their lives, work, and service.

Meet The 1999 Recipients

Gordon S. Black, AB ’64

A political science major in Arts & Sciences, Gordon S. Black is founder, chief executive officer, and chairman of the board of directors of Harris Black International, based in Rochester, New York. This company includes the Gordon S. Black Corporation (GSBC), a premier supplier of market research and consulting services, founded in 1975; Louis Harris & Associates (LH&A), home of the famed Harris Poll, acquired by GSBC in 1996; Harris Black International Network, a global group of market and opinion research companies; and HBI Data Collection Services, which serves both LH&A and GSBC.

After earning a doctorate in political science from Stanford University in 1970, Dr. Black joined the faculty of the University of Rochester and immediately began a consulting practice, the basis for GSBC. His market research experience includes numerous studies for such corporate clients as General Electric, Xerox, KPMG Peat Marwick, and Eastman Kodak. He also directs election polling for the company, whose clients have included USA Today, NBC, CNN, and Newsday. GSBC also redesigned the course evaluation system for Arts & Sciences.

Author or co-author of more than 20 articles in professional journals, he is the co-author of The Politics of American Discontent (1994), an analysis of the deterioration of American politics and government since 1960. His work on drug abuse, child abuse, and quality of life has received national attention. In 1995, he received the state of New York’s highest honor, the Governor’s Excelsior Award.

Dr. Black is an Arts & Sciences National Council member. Also a member of the William Greenleaf Eliot Society’s Danforth Circle, he recently established the Robert Salisbury Prize in Political Science.

Charles A. Ingene, AB ’69

A professor of marketing at both the University of Washington, Seattle, and the Chinese University of Hong Kong, Charles A. Ingene is expert in channels of distribution, franchising, retailing, labor productivity, pricing, and mathematical models. His current research involves mathematical models of distribution channels.

Dr. Ingene is regional editor of the International Review of Retail, Distribution and Consumer Research and associate editor of the International Journal of Business. He also serves on the editorial review boards of the Journal of the Academy of Marketing Science, Journal of Marketing Channels, Journal of Retailing, International Journal of Economics and Finance, and Hong Kong Journal of Business Management.

He is the co-author or co-editor of four books: Marketing Models of Distribution Channels (in preparation); The Retail Industry- General Merchandisers and Discounters, Specialty Merchandisers, Apparel Specialty, and Food/Drug Retailers; Spatial Analysis in Marketing; and the 1985 AMA Educators' Proceedings. He has also published 56 articles in refereed journals.

Dr. lngene has served as a consultant to more than 20 organizations and corporations, including Data Applications Corporation, General Motors Corporation, Seafirst Bank, and US West Cellular. He has also provided expert witness testimony for organizations including the Federal Trade Commission, Internal Revenue Service, and Woolworth's.

An economics major in Arts & Sciences at Washington University, he received his master's and doctoral degrees from Brown University. Dr. lngene taught at the University of Oklahoma and the University of Texas at Dallas before the University of Washington, Seattle. He has won numerous prizes for his teaching and research. A member of the William Greenleaf Eliot Society, he also is a Brookings Partner.

Carolyn Werner Losos, AB ’54

Retired program director of FOCUS St. Louis and retired executive director and program director of its parent organization, The Leadership Center of Greater St. Louis, Carolyn Losos is widely acknowledged to have contributed more to the development of regional leadership in the St. Louis metropolitan area than any other individual. Concerned that this area's growth and success have been hindered by fragmentation and parochialism, she focused her career from its beginning on finding new ways to think regionally, forge partnerships, and create new paradigms to break through the barriers that hold the region back.

Through both organizations, she has been responsible for the training of more than 1,000 of the region's leaders, including the mayor of St. Louis City, the mayors of several St. Louis County municipalities, the heads of many of the region's nonprofit organizations, and hundreds of business executives and other professionals. In retirement Ms. Losos is playing a continuing role as consultant to the Carolyn W. Losos Regional Leadership Collaboration, a special partnership of the region's colleges, universities, and other leading institutions.

An education major in Arts & Sciences, Ms. Losos is a founding board member of the Parents as Teachers National Center, and she served as president of the Conference on Education. She was a driving force behind the establishment of the Regional Arts Commission, which she later chaired. She also served as president of the Girl Scout Council of Greater St. Louis and member of GSUSA's national board of directors.

A member of the Arts & Sciences National Council, Ms. Losos served on the Arts & Sciences Task Force. She is an Arts & Sciences scholarship supporter, and she has been a Fellow of the William Greenleaf Eliot Society for more than 10 years.

John F. McDonnell

Like his father and brother, John F. McDonnell pursued a career in aerospace. In 1988 he became chairman of the board and chief executive officer of McDonnell Douglas. He continued to serve as chairman through the company's 1997 merger with The Boeing Company and now serves on Boeing's board.

He has been a director of Ralston Purina Company since 1988, and he was chairman of The Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis from 1996-1998.

Mr. McDonnell has been a leader in St. Louis. He has directed his contributions to such organizations as the St. Louis Science Center, the Career Education District, KETC-Channel 9, the James S. McDonnell Foundation, and the Boeing-McDonnell Foundation.

He has been generous in sharing his leadership talent with Washington University. A member of the Board of Trustees since 1976, he also chaired the Trustee Steering Committee that evaluated and prepared a report on the Project 21 long-term plans of the University's schools and major units. Mr. McDonnell remains active in University affairs as a member of the International Advisory Council for Asia.

For many years Mr. McDonnell has been a great friend of Arts & Sciences. Appointed in 1986 as the founding chair of the Arts & Sciences National Council, he remains on the council as a member. Mr. McDonnell and his family have established four named professorships in Arts & Sciences. The family name is attached to McDonnell Hall and the McDonnell Center for the Space Sciences. In addition, a grant from the James S. McDonnell Foundation provided the seed money for the Philosophy-Neuroscience Psychology Program.

Jacqueline Bickel Schapp, AB ’47, MS ’54

The first female athlete to be named to the Washington University Sports Hall of Fame, Jacqueline Bickel Schapp leads a life dedicated to the highest standards in athletics for herself and others. She has won dozens of awards- for her abilities as an athlete, coach, and teacher and for her longtime volunteer work with educational, religious, and civic groups.

Mrs. Schapp owns first place in the St. Louis Senior Olympics softball distance throw- not surprising since she played in the American Softball Association for 10 years and turned down an offer to play professional ball in 1945. Instead she continued her studies in education and physical education in Arts & Sciences at Washington University, where she captained the Bears' field hockey and basketball teams. The only woman in Missouri to hold simultaneous national ratings in basketball, field hockey, softball, and volleyball, she had already begun her 35-year career as an official in girls' and women's team sports.

In 1947, she began her 41-year career teaching and coaching in the St. Louis area, working with students from junior high through university level. Mrs. Schapp worked hard to gain recognition of girls' sports and to increase officiating opportunities for women.

Throughout her life, Mrs. Schapp has continued to participate in sports herself. In 1998 she received the Platinum Lifetime Achievement Award of the Missouri Governor's Council on Fitness and Health. She is a charter member of the W Club executive committee and a member of the William Greenleaf Eliot Society. A champion volunteer for the University, Mrs. Schapp is a $1 million phonathon caller for Arts & Sciences.