Seven named to receive Distinguished Alumni Awards

January 21, 2011

 University Park, Pa. -- The Penn State Board of Trustees today (Jan. 21) selected seven Penn State alumni to receive the Distinguished Alumni Award, the University's highest award for an individual:

-- John D. Gearhart is the James W. Effron Professor and director of the Institute for Regenerative Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine in Philadelphia, Pa. He earned his bachelor's degree in agricultural sciences and industries (1964) from the College of Agricultural Sciences.
-- Edward P. Junker III earned his bachelor’s degree in hotel administration (1959) from the College of Health and Human Development. He is a retired chairman and chief executive officer of PNC Bank Corp and resides in Erie, Pa.
-- George T. Richards earned his bachelor's degree in commerce (1954) from the College of the Liberal Arts. He is the managing director for Richards Associates and resides in Simsbury, Conn.
-- Sara Campbell Rockwell of Madison, Conn., is a professor in the departments of theraputic radiology and pharmacology, and is associate dean for Scientific Affairs at the Yale University School of Medicine. She earned her bachelor's degree in physics (1965) from the Eberly College of Science.
-- Richard C. J. Somerville is a distinguished professor with the Scripps Institution of Oceanography at the University of California at San Diego. He earned his bachelor's degree in meteorology (1961) from the College of Earth and Mineral Sciences and resides in Carlsbad, Calif.
-- John K. Tsui has many business affiliations, among them chairman of Towne Development of Hawaii Inc. He earned his bachelor's degree in business administration (1960) from the Smeal College of Business and resides in Honolulu, Hawaii.
-- Ovid J.L. Tzeng currently serves as a minister without portfolio, executive yuan for the government of The Republic of China (ROC), the highest administrative organ of the ROC. Tzeng received his doctoral degree in educational psychology (1973) from the College of Education.

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