Julia Alvarez has written of her native Dominican Republic in several novels and volumes of poetry, including How the García Girls Lost Their Accents, In the Time of the Butterflies, !Yo, and The Other Side/El Otro Lado. A finalist for the National Book Critics Award, she won the Third Woman Press Award in fiction and the PEN Josephine Miles Book Award. As a professor at Middlebury, Ms. Alvarez shares her knowledge, inspires her students, and continues the tradition of literary studies at her alma mater.
Adapted from Middlebury Magazine,Summer 1991 pgs. 24-27
Headmaster, author, composer
Richard Hawley is a teacher, headmaster of University School in Cleveland, Ohio, and a president of International Boys' School Coalition, an organization promoting research and best practices among boys' schools around the world. As an author, his book, published in the fall of 1996, is titled Papers from the Children; earlier books include Boys Will Be Men: Masculinity in Troubled Times and a novel, The Headmaster's Papers.
Distinguished public health official
Sarah Kotchian specializes in environmental health. She served for many years as the Director of the Albuquerque Environmental, New Mexico Environmental Health Department, overseeing programs related to air pollution, food protection, noise control, hazardous waste, water quality, animal control, and other issues. Her work as co-chair of the Rio Grande/Rio Bravo Coalition supported that area's efforts on both sides of the U.S./Mexico border to restore and sustain local ecology, economies, and social well-being. Ms. Kotchian has received the National Environmental Health Association's highest honor, the Walter Mangold Award, and a number of other awards in addition to Middlebury's.
Physician, hospital director, radio personality
James Sweatt is actively involved in health care. He serves on the faculty of the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center, where he teaches his specialty, thoracic and cardiovascular surgery. In addition, he has taken on the responsibilities of president of the Dallas County Medical Society. Always a path breaker, Dr. Sweatt was the first African-American to enroll at Washington University's medical school and is the first African-American to head the American Medical Association's Dallas chapter and its more than 5,000 physician members.
Author, newspaper reporter, "Seeds of Peace" founder
John Wallach dedicates himself to world peace. In 1933 he founded Seeds of Peace, a coexistence program that brings together teens from conflicting backgrounds-Arabs and Israelis, Bosnians and Serbs, and inner city Americans, for example. Having lived the international life as White House correspondent and foreign editor for The Hearst Newspapers and as a commentator on television news programs, he now is trying to educate future leaders nominated to his program by their governments in the ways of peace. Mr. Wallach has also served as executive director of the Elie Wiesel Foundation for Humanity.