Sandra Burton '63
Time Bureau Chief, Beijing and Hong Kong, author Deceased in 2004
As a print journalist with Time, Sandra Burton has provided us with some provocative and memorable snapshots of world events. She was on assignment in Manila in 1983 and aboard the flight carrying Benigno Auqino to his murder and became a key witness with the critical tape recording before the Aquino Assassination Commission. She covered the election of Corazon Aquino during the 1985 Philippine elections and put her experiences in the Philippines in her book The Impossible Dream. Ms. Burton was also present at the demonstrations in Beijing at Tiananmen Square. We acknowledge her talent to bring these events to life in her writings and her ability to duck at the right moment.
President Emeritus, St. Lawrence University Deceased in 2006
Frank Piskor provided a steady hand at the wheel as president of St. Lawrence University during turbulent times in the early 1970s. With three decades of dedication to the life of the mind to draw upon and with great sensitivity to the work of his colleagues and widely recognized enthusiasm and vigor, he developed the "immediate immersion" school of management, an approach that left no room for honeymoon or vagaries. Whether as a student, counselor, dean, teacher or alumnus, he has enjoyed the respect and admiration of all those who have known him.
In a time of change in our military structure and international relationships, Brig. Gen. Gordon was named the 61st commandant of cadets at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point in 1987. As officer in charge of the training, discipline and physical condition of the Corps of Cadets, he was the first black officer to become commandant in West Point's 185-year history. Having served in Vietnam and as an instructor in foreign languages at the U.S. Military Academy, Gordon also served in a variety of command and staff positions, including military advisor on Latin American Affairs.
John Martin is the former CEO of Taco Bell. During his tenure he built the company from $600 million to $4.5 billion, and from 15,000 to 25,000 locations. Martin earned a reputation within the food service industry as a problem solver, motivator and visionary. The innovations he employed, such as value menu pricing and improvements in customer service (reducing order processing time and introducing new technologies and innovative kitchen designs) made Taco Bell an industry trendsetter among hotly competitive fast food providers.
Young Alumni Achievement Award
Newspaper columnist/author of book about Ethiopian famine
Mark Patinkin was the first to be honored with Middlebury's Young Alumni Achievement Award. He is an award-winning columnist with the Providence(RI)Journal Bulletin, and his column is syndicated by the Scripps-Howard News Service. In 1984 Patinkin spent a month traveling to five African countries to chronicle famine, later publishing a book about the experience called An African Journey. A selection of columns from that trip was reprinted in the Middlebury Magazine in the spring of 1985. Patinkin was named a finalist in 1986 for a Pulitzer Prize in International reporting for a series he wrote on religious violence in Northern Ireland, India and Beirut.
Adapted from Middlebury Magazine, Winter 1989 pg. 48 and
Middlebury Magazine, Spring 1985 pgs. 12-19