2016 Distinguished Alumni Awards

On April 7, 2016, six alumni were honored for their achievements, service, and commitment to the liberal arts.

Meet The 2016 Recipients

Reginald D. Dickson, BS ’78

Reginald Dickson is chairman of the board and chief executive officer of BYW Investment Advisors, Inc. Previously, he served as chairman of the board and majority owner of the investment firm Buford, Dickson, Harper & Sparrow, Inc. He has volunteered in numerous roles in the St. Louis community, and for that service, he has been honored with awards, including the William Booth Award, the highest civilian award given by the Salvation Army. Hear Reginald's Story.

Andrea J. Grant, AB ’71, JD ’74

As a partner at DLA Piper, Andrea Grant is an expert in the fields of energy and environmental law. She is also an enthusiastic volunteer for WashU, having served as a member of the Arts & Sciences National Council and the Washington University Board of Trustees, among other roles, and she is a strong supporter of scholarships in Law and Arts & Sciences. Hear Andrea's Story.

Michael P. Pacin, AB ’65, MD ’69

Michael Pacin is an award-winning physician and researcher in allergy and immunology who has provided significant support for scholarships at the School of Medicine and in Arts & Sciences. He is also the founder and a practicing physician of internal medicine and allergy/immunology at Florida Center for Allergy and Asthma Care. Hear Michael's Story.

Paul E. Pariser, AB ’76

Paul Pariser is the co-founder and co-chief executive officer of Taconic Investment Partners LLC, and is a notable property owner, manager, and developer responsible for some of New York City’s largest real-estate transactions. He has provided guidance to university students in their career development and funding for annual and endowed scholarship in Arts & Sciences. Hear Paul's Story.

Andrew L. Solomon, AB ’95

Andrew Solomon is the managing director of the real estate debt group at Angelo, Gordon & Co. He has served Washington University by chairing his reunion committee, volunteering for regional alumni efforts, and making major gifts to support scholarships. Hear Andrew's Story.

Cho-Yee To, MA ’63

A professor emeritus at the University of Michigan, Cho-Yee To is an internationally recognized educator and pioneer in multidisciplinary inquiry in educational theory, drawing on areas like cognitive science, philosophy, linguistics, and policy analysis. He strongly supports the McDonnell International Scholars Academy and is a dedicated volunteer for Washington University. Hear Cho-Yee's Story.