2010 Distinguished Alumni Awards

Meet The 2010 Recipients

David W. Detjen, AB ’70, JD ’73

A partner in the New York office of Alston & Bird LLP, Mr. Detjen represents German and other European clients who need legal services in the United States. At Washington University, he majored in modern European history, studying in Tübingen, Germany, his senior year. He continued his education at the School of Law. The author of several legal handbooks, Mr. Detjen has also written The Germans in Missouri, 1900 to 1918. He has served the university as a trustee, member of the Law and Sam Fox School National Councils, chair of the New York Eliot Society Committee, National Members Chair of the Eliot Society, and chair of the New York Regional Cabinet.

Richard S. Eckaus, MA ’48

The Ford Foundation Professor of International Economics Emeritus at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Professor Eckaus has pioneered research on economic issues related to global warming and studied development issues of poor countries. His international consulting and research have contributed to the protection of political dissidents in countries in which he has worked. Beginning his studies at Washington University, he joined the Navy, earning a degree in electrical engineering at Iowa State University through a Navy program. After his discharge, he returned to Washington University, earning his master’s degree in economics. Professor Eckaus has published eight books and more than 100 academic articles.

Eugenie S. Kleinerman, AB ’71

The first woman to head a clinical division at the University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center, Dr. Kleinerman is the Mosbacher Pediatrics Chair, professor and head of the Division of Pediatrics, and professor of cancer biology. She oversees all pediatric programs and is head of the Children’s Cancer Hospital. Dr. Kleinerman is internationally recognized for her translational research, which focuses on osteosarcoma, a bone cancer that afflicts adolescents and spreads to the lungs. A fierce advocate for children with cancer, particularly on the topics of research funding and clinical trials, she is also a devoted mentor to young women in medicine.

Barbara D. Newmark, AB ’60

A longtime champion of education and advocate for children, Mrs. Newmark believes education is essential to individual progress and productive participation in society. She graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Washington University with a degree in sociology, a minor in history, and a lifetime certificate in teaching. She taught American history at Hanley Junior High School before becoming project director, then executive director, of Missouri’s Conference on Education. Her efforts contributed to the passage of the state’s 1985 Excellence in Education Act, and she advanced education through leadership in passing other tax and bond issues. Mrs. Newmark serves Washington University on the Eliot Society Executive Committee.

Gary H. Stern, AB ’67

Economist and banker, Mr. Stern was president and chief executive officer of the Federal Reserve Bank in Minneapolis from March 1985 to September 2009, making him one of the longest-serving presidents in the Federal Reserve System. In addition to his economics degree from Washington University, he has a doctorate in economics from Rice University. He has served as visiting professor in economics at Washington University and as an adjunct professor in the M.B.A. program at New York University, Columbia University, and others. A past board chairman of the Council for Economic Education, Mr. Stern is the organization’s acting president and chief executive officer.

Dan Storper, AB ’73

As president of Putumayo World Music, which he launched in 1993, Mr. Storper introduces listeners to the world’s cultures through upbeat melodic music. At Washington University, he majored in Latin American studies, then began to travel. In Colombia, his enchantment with the handicrafts he saw led him to began selling them to Manhattan shops and stores, placing him at the forefront of the trend in ethnic clothing and crafts. In 1975 he opened a tiny shop called Putumayo, then sold the successful business in 1997 to focus on music. His company encompasses the award-winning Putumayo kids music division and the internationally broadcast Putumayo World Music Hour.