1997 Awards

Richard Douglas '65

Advocate for people with disabilities

Rick Douglas was the director of the U.S. Department of Labor's Disability Initiative. A longtime advocate for people with disabilities, Mr. Douglas's efforts have resulted in initiatives that allow disabled people greater access to jobs, training, and transportation. He served as executive director of the President's committee on Employment of People with Disabilities in both the Bush and Clinton administrations. While serving on the committee, he helped organize a national toll-free help line for businesses (JAN), worked with the nation's media to educate the public about people with disabilities and about the implementation of the Americans with Disabilities Act. His advocacy for access to commuter aircraft resulted in new regulations that give the wheelchair-bound dignified access to commuter airplanes.


Robert North '66

Executive Director of Boys Harbor/Chief Pedodontics Harlem Hospital

A practicing dental surgeon, specializing in pediatric dentistry, Robert North is also the executive director of the Harbor for Boys and Girls, a non-profit youth agency in East Harlem. Dr. North joined the staff of the Harbor in 1967 and has been an instrumental force in helping the Harbor change from a summer camp that offered sports programs to an agency that provides children and adults with year-round programs, ranging from college counseling to art classes. Dr. North worked at Sydenham Hospital in Manhattan for 20 years and has worked in the department of dentistry at Harlem Hospital since 1982. He also provides dental care to the Prison Health Service at two New York City locations.


JTinkerJohn Tinker '81

TV producer, writer

John Tinker is the executive producer of the acclaimed television series Chicago Hope and an Emmy Award-winning writer whose credits include the television series St. Elsewhere and L.A. Law. He is also the creator of a sitcom and several dramas, all of which have contributed to a considerable body of work to the intelligent and creative sphere of television programming. Mr. Tinker garnered the Emmy for Outstanding Writing in a Drama Series for the St. Elsewhere script Time Heals, and he has received six Emmy Award nominations for television writing.
Adapted from Middlebury Magazine, Summer 1996, pgs. 14-16 &

Young Alumni Achievement Award

ABattelleAnn Battelle '90

Member of U.S. Olympic freestyle ski team, national champion

With persistence, drive and talent, Ann Battelle has taken an interest to exceptional heights. After graduation she determined to turn her interest in mogul skiing into something she would master in order to compete in the Olympics. She became a member of the United States Freestyle Ski Team and competed in the 1992, 1994, and 1998 Olympics. Ann has been ranked as the number one women's skier in the U.S. In 1999 she earned the gold medal in moguls at the freestyle World Championships. Although a lifelong athlete, Ms. Battelle did not begin skiing until high school.


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