The College of Letters & Science scored a grand slam for a second year with a sweep of the 74th Distinguished Alumni Awards.
All outstanding award winners were L&S alumni with liberal arts degrees in English, Political Science, History and Economics.
The Distinguished Alumni Award is the the highest honor bestowed by the Wisconsin Alumni Association and celebrates outstanding UW-Madison graduates whose professional achievements, contributions to society, and support of the university exemplify the Wisconsin Idea.
The College continues to produce top alumni who are movers and shakers around the world as demonstrated by these awards.
Watch video of the ceremony on the Wisconsin Alumni Association’sYouTube Channel.
The honorees are:
- Robert Barnett ’68, English and Rita Braver ’70, Political Science: Barnett is a leading Washington, D.C. attorney who represents authors, television news anchors and producers, and government officials, and has worked on eight presidential campaigns. Braver is an award-winning senior correspondent for CBS News, where she reports on topics ranging from arts and entertainment to politics and foreign policy for Sunday Morning. Both serve on the Board of Visitors of the Department of Political Science.
- Haynes Johnson MS’56, Histoy; and Kathryn Oberly ’71, Political Science JD’73: Johnson is a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist, one of America’s leading voices on current politics, and the author of more than a dozen books of political analysis and modern history. Oberly is an associate judge on the District of Columbia Court of Appeals; her first official act was to swear in Hillary Rodham Clinton as Secretary of State.
- Arnold Weiss ’51, Economics and Political Science LLB’53: German-Jewish immigrant and decorated World War II U.S. intelligence officer, Weiss discovered Adolf Hitler’s last will, now in the National Archives. Having witnessed the war’s destruction, Weiss dedicated his career as an investment-bank attorney to building, and his efforts brought social and economic progress to many developing nations.
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