NAC Names Award Winners
Seven returning alumni were honored at October's Homecoming celebration. Receiving the Louis T. Benezet Award for outstanding achievement in one's chosen field, and/or extraordinary contributions that exemplify the values of a liberal arts education were William E. James '68, S. Paul Reville '71 and William B. Stafford '63.
The Lloyd E. Worner Award, recognizing outstanding loyalty, service and generosity to the college, went to Willis '37 and Elizabeth Adams '40 Armstrong. The Gresham Riley Award for faculty, administrators and staff who have made a significant difference to the Colorado College community through outstanding service, commitment and accomplishment was presented to Glenn E. Brooks and Richard E. Wood.
William "Wilber" James '68 is chief executive officer of Citizens Power LLC in Boston, a company recently acquired by The Energy Group of London. Citizens Power is the successor company to Citizens Power & Light, the nation's first electric power marketing company, which he founded in 1988. In 1979, Wilber co-founded Citizens Energy with Joseph P. Kennedy II, creating a non-profit company which bought crude oil from producing nations, refined it and distributed heating oil to low income people. He also served for three years as a Peace Corps volunteer in Kenya, where he raised the funds and built the Tharaka Secondary School, the first agricultural secondary school in East Africa.
Paul Reville is co-director of the Pew Forum on Standards-Based Reform at the Harvard University Graduate School of Education, a program that serves as a national think tank/consortium of top education reform leaders who focus their efforts on the implementation of standards-based school reform in states and major American cities.
Reville began his career as a VISTA worker in Somerville, Mass., where he was a founder, co-principal and teacher in an alternative high school for dropouts. For the past 20 years, he has been involved in various forms of school-business collaboration.
William "Bill" Stafford is executive director of the Trade Development Alliance of Greater Seattle, an organization that promotes the greater Seattle region as one of North America's premier international gateways and commercial centers. Between 1971 and 1990, he held a number of positions for the City of Seattle, including deputy mayor.
Stafford has been involved in a number of national urban advisory committees, and his efforts have resulted in the establishment of a program to provide free medical care to the homeless, refurbishment of the Woodland Park Zoo and construction of low-income housing.
Willis "Bill" and Elizabeth "Betty" Armstrong have committed themselves to the success of Colorado College for decades. As a couple, they have attended and helped organize countless events for alumni, including reunions and special events for both alumni-at-large and the Fifty Year Club. They also support other college groups such as the Aficionados, Friends of Tutt Library and the Woman's Educational Society. Each has provided leadership to the alumni body over the years.
Bill served as President of both the Alumni Association (1954) and the Fifty Year Club (1988-89), as well as class agent and as a member of the NAC Nominations and Awards Committee (1990-91). Betty served as Secretary of the Fifty Year Club (1993-94). In addition, the Armstrongs have been important advisors to many alumni directors and other college officials.
Glenn Brooks came to Colorado College in 1960 as one of the group of faculty known as the "young turks," who were hired by then- President Louis T. Benezet. Fresh from earning his Ph.D. in political science, Glenn set about making his mark as one of the great teachers of Colorado College. His innate understanding of what the college was all about led him to leadership roles within the faculty and, ultimately, serving as dean of the college from 1979-87.
Alumni remember Glenn most for his challenging yet supportive style as a teacher and for his role in the creation of what is now CC's most distinctive feature, the Block Plan. Glenn doesn't claim the title of "Father of the Block Plan" that others have assigned to him, recognizing that it took the dedication and creativity of many to find a new way to help young people learn. But the title seems to stick, proof of his leadership in the process.
Known to several decades of CC alumni as "the man who made it all possible," Dick Wood combined a demand for excellence with vision and compassion to build an eclectic student body. Many alumni of the past three decades will recall that Dick took a chance on them, based often on their personal qualities and determination to attend Colorado College.
The numbers alone are staggering: During his 30 years at CC, Dick Wood read more than 100,000 admission applications and admitted most of the current alumni body.