Rutgers Hall of Distinguished Alumni to induct eight
Archived article from Apr 10, 2006
By Sandra Lanman
Rutgers will honor eight individuals whose accomplishments and leadership in the fields of business, philanthropy, higher education, technology and medicine have brought recognition to themselves and the university. The honorees will be inducted into the Rutgers Hall of Distinguished Alumni at its annual awards dinner at the Hyatt Regency New Brunswick Saturday, April 22. The awards, two of which will be given posthumously, are presented by the Rutgers University Alumni Federation to recognize alumni for superior achievements in their professional and civic lives. Established in 1987, the Hall of Distinguished Alumni also commemorates more than 200 years of Rutgers history and tradition.
Washington C. Hill, Rutgers-Camden 1961, is one of the world’s foremost perinatologists and a leading expert on maternal-fetal medicine. Currently chair of the department of obstetrics and gynecology, and director of maternal-fetal medicine at Sarasota Memorial Hospital in Florida, he has devoted much of his career to providing and promoting optimal health care for high-risk pregnant women. Hill graduated from Temple University Medical School and completed a fellowship in maternal-fetal medicine at the University of California-San Francisco and Children’s Hospital in San Francisco. He has taught at several top medical schools and done research on pre-term birth, HIV in pregnancy, multiple births and perinatal education. He has been named one of the top 100 black physicians in the country by Black Enterprise magazine.
Laurance M. Leeds, School of Engineering 1934, was a key player in two major technological developments in American history: the introduction of television on a mass scale and the use of radar during World War II. A leading expert in the technology of high-energy propagation of electrical waves through space, Leeds worked with David Sarnoff, the father of American television, in devising the first broadcast standards for television. During World War II, he applied some of this technology to the development of radar and helped the government install radar on ships and planes and at military bases around the world. He died in 1997 at the age of 90, leaving a bequest of nearly $1 million to Rutgers for engineering scholarships.
Gerald H. Lipkin, Rutgers-Newark 1963, is chair of the board, president and CEO of Valley National Bankcorp. Prior to joining the bank in 1975, he was a national bank examiner and later a deputy regional administrator for the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency. Lipkin also is chair of the nominating committee of the Federal Reserve Bank of New York. He dedicates time to numerous philanthropic and civic activities, including Beth Israel Hospital in Passaic and the Lautenberg Center for Tumor Immunology in Israel. He also is a member of William Paterson University’s Foundation Board and a longtime member of the board of the Rutgers University Foundation and the Dean’s Advisory Council. Lipkin is chair of the Rutgers Business School Board of Advisors.
Duncan L. MacMillan, Rutgers College 1966, helped transform financial communications in the United States and around the world. In 1982, MacMillan, Michael Bloomberg and others founded Bloomberg L.P., a leading provider of pricing and trading information, as well as news and information for a variety of users. He designed many of the computer systems used by Bloomberg to disseminate information and data. MacMillan has served on the Rutgers University Foundations Board of Overseers and is a former member, chair and vice chair of the university’s board of trustees. He has been a member of the Rutgers Board of Governors since 2002. He and his wife, Nancy, are the first donors in Rutgers’ history to endow two academic chairs – one in genetics and another in the life sciences. MacMillian also is a trustee of Princeton HealthCare System and its foundation, the McCarter Theater and the Corner House in Princeton.
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