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1996 Alumni Achievement Awards

Jack R. Bodine
BSIE'49, MBA'55
Alumni Achievement Award

Jack R. Bodine retired in 1990 as executive vice president and co-owner of Bodine Aluminum, Inc., a manufacturer of sand and permanent mold aluminum castings headquartered in St. Louis. The company was sold to Toyota Motor Sales USA in 1991. Mr. Bodine's leadership with Bodine Aluminum for over four decades contributed significantly to the company's position as a leader in its market.

After earning a Bachelor of Science in Industrial Engineering in 1949, Mr. Bodine returned to Washington University to earn a Master of Business Administration in 1955. Mr. Bodine also received a Bachelor of Science in Metallurgical Engineering in 1968 from the University of Missouri at Rolla.

Mr. Bodine's activity in the professional community has been extensive. He is past president of the St. Louis Chapters of the Non-Ferrous Founder's Society, the American Foundrymen's Society, and the American Association of Industrial Management. He also is past president of the national Non-Ferrous Founder's Society, the American Foundrymen's Society, the Cast Metals Institute, and the American Foundrymen's Society Research Board. He is a past national trustee of the Foundry Educational Foundation. Mr. Bodine's community involvement includes serving on the board of the St. Louis County Traffic and Highway Commission.

Mr. Bodine is a long-time devoted member of the Washington University School of Engineering Alumni Advisory Council and is serving as president for the 1996 fiscal year. A Life Member of the William Greenleaf Eliot Society and sponsor of a term-endowed and an endowed scholarship, Mr. Bodine also is an active member of the School's Eliot Society and Scholarship Committees. He served as reunion gift chair for his 40th and 45th reunions and is a past member of the University's Alumni Board of Governors.

Mr. Bodine and his wife, Mary Jane, reside in Ladue.

Norman Foster
BSCHE'60, MSEA'64
Alumni Achievement Award

Norman Foster is president of Philip Environmental, Inc.'s Chemical Group. Headquartered in Ontario, Canada, Philip is one of North America's leading integrated by-product management and environmental services companies. Philip Environmental's Chemical Group includes Nortru, Inc. of Detroit, a diversified hazardous waste management and recycling company founded by Mr. Foster. Acquired in 1993, Nortru and the balance of the chemical business represented 25 percent of Philip's total revenue of $540 million in 1994.

A technological leader, Mr. Foster holds five patents for pain overspray capture (the "EPOC" process). He also developed high-solids blending of waste fuels and the first process to treat and shred steel drums into high-grade scrap metal, completely avoiding landfills. Nortru has not had an incident of contamination of spill since its founding in 1979.

Mr. Foster received a Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering in 1960 and a Master of Science in Engineering Administration in 1964. He began his career as a chemical engineer at Monsanto, and then served as president of PanAm Chemical, president of Oxy Metal Industries, and executive vice president of Great Lakes Container Corporation. Mr. Foster is also a member of Philip Environmental's Board of Directors.

Mr. Foster's professional and civic affiliations include the National Association of Solvent Recyclers, Michigan Hazardous Waste Review Committee, Metropolitan Affairs Corporations, Michigan and Detroit Chambers of Commerce, Michigan Chemical Council, and the Mayor's Council of Detroit.

Mr. Foster is the founding member and chair of the Washington University Detroit Regional Cabinet. He sponsors a term-endowed scholarship in engineering, and served on his 25th reunion class gift and social committees. He also has been a visiting lecturer at the School of Engineering.

The father of two daughters, Mr. Foster resides with his wife, Madeline, in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan.

Rudolph Freedman
BSCHE'40, MSIE'52
Alumni Achievement Award

Rudolph Freedman is chairman of the St. Louis-based SEMCOR and Foster Mechanical Equipment companies, founded in 1907, which provide specialty services and products such as conveyer belting, high performance valves and actuators, and power transmission products for businesses nationwide. Operating with 50 employees, the companies maintain a complete range of variations of each product at their 50,000-square-foot facilities. Under Mr. Freedman's 36 years of leadership, the companies have been driven to deliver the highest level of service in the industry.

Mr. Freedman received a Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering in 1940 and a Master of Science in Industrial Engineering in 1952. He served as design engineer, director of quality control, and factory superintendent at Alco Valve Company from 1941 to 1960, when he began his tenure with SEMCOR and Foster Mechanical Equipment. He is also a past lecturer in industrial engineering at Washington University.

A fellow of the American Society for Quality Control, Mr. Freedman is past president of its St. Louis section. In addition, he is a senior member of the American Institute of Industrial Engineers and a member of the Industrial Engineering Honorary Society Alpha Pi Mu. He also co-authored "A Basic Training Manual on Statistical Quality Control." Mr. Freedman is past president of Meramec and Clayton High School's Parent Teacher Associations, past vice president of the board for the Jewish Light, and past board member of the Jewish Federation of St. Louis and Congregation Shaare Emeth. He also has served as area solicitation chairman for the United Way.

Mr. Freedman is a member of the Washington University School of Engineering National Council and past president of the School's Alumni Advisory Council. A Life Member of the William Greenleaf Eliot Society, he is also a long-time member of the School's Eliot Society Committee and has been involved with its Scholarship Program since its inception. He also served on the Engineering Advancement Committee for the Five-Year Plan and chaired the Engineering Business, Industry and Foundation Committee for the ALLIANCE Campaign. He is a member of the University's Alumni Board of Governors.

He and his wife, Henrietta, reside in Ladue and have three children and six grandchildren.

Joseph R. Moyer
BSME'48
Alumni Achievement Award

Joseph R. Moyer is the retired president of Chas. S. Lewis & Co., Inc. of St. Louis, a developer of premium corrosion resistant alloys and the primary supplier of sulphuric acid and sulphur pumps to the sulphuric acid industry.

Mr. Moyer entered Washington University's School of Engineering in 1941 with the benefit of a Samuel Cupples Scholarship. After joining the military in 1943, he attended Brown University and served as a Weather Officer in the U.S. Army Air Force. Returning to Washington University in 1946, he received a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering in 1948 and began work with Worthington Corporation as a technical representative. In 1962, he joined American Cryogenics, Inc. as a division manager. Following its acquisition by Exxon Corp. in 1964, he became responsible for establishing new industrial gas plant investments.

In 1969, Mr. Moyer and co-investors purchased Chas. S. Lewis & Co., a small pump manufacturer established in 1891. By 1971, the company had developed LEWMET, a hardenable nickel base super-alloy having unique corrosion and abrasion resistance to high temperature sulphuric acid. Lewis' vertical acid circulating pumps, employing LEWMET and other proprietary materials, were quickly adopted, along with sulphur pumps and valves, for use internationally and are now operating in over 90 countries. First patented in 1973, LEWMET has become a family of premium alloys used in other critical corrosion applications. Since 1977, when Lewis shareholders accepted a cash tender offer from Baker International Corporation, the company has continued to grow steadily with no change in identity or management.

Mr. Moyer is a member of Tau Beta Pi and a past member of the American Association of Mechanical Engineers and the Hydraulic Institute. He is a member of the Washington University School of Engineering National Council and Life Member of the William Greenleaf Eliot Society.

Since retiring in 1986, Mr. Moyer and his wife, Jacqueline, have lived in St. Louis and Sarasota, Florida.

Michael L. Riordan
AB Biology'79, BSCHE'79
Young Alumni Award

Michael L. Riordan is president and CEO of Gilead Science, located in Foster City, California, a company he founded in 1987. Gilead is a leader in the discovery and development of a new class of human therapeutics based on nucleotides, the building blocks of DNA and RNA. The company's research and development efforts encompass three interrelated programs: small molecule antivirals, cardiovascular therapeutics, and genetic code blockers for cancer and other diseases. Gilead's expertise in these areas had also resulted in the discovery of non-nucleotide product candidates that expand the company's technology platforms. Gilead currently is preparing to bring is product candidate, VISTIDE, to the market, adding a 25-person sales force to its 195-employee staff. VISITIDE is an intravenous treatment for CMV retinitis, a disease commonly found in patients with AIDS. Left untreated, CMV retinitis can progress rapidly and ultimately can lead to blindness. The company also has product candidates in clinical studies for severe viral diseases caused by human immunodeficiency virus, herpes simplex virus, and hepatitis B virus infection. Gilead has retained worldwide rights to its extensive product pipeline.

Dr. Riordan came to Washington University as a student with the benefit of a Langsdorf Fellowship. He graduated Phi Beta Kappa and summa cum laude in 1979, receiving a Bachelor of Arts in Biology and a Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering. After spending a year in East Asia as a Luce Scholar, Dr. Riordan went on to earn a Master of Arts in International Public Policy and a Doctor of Medicine from Johns Hopkins in 1984, and a Master of Business Administration from Harvard in 1986.

As a student at Washington University, Dr. Riordan was a student representative to the Board of Trustees and a member of the Omicron Delta Kappa, Tau Beta Pi, and Mortar Board. He also was a letterman in swimming. He has maintained a strong interest in the University through serving on the Student Affairs National Council, and has participated in San Francisco Alumni Club events and University reunion activities.

Dr. Riordan resides in Palo Alto, California.

Rosalie Brasch
Jerome F. Brasch
BSCHE'44, MSCHE'47
Dean's Award

Washington University is very fortunate to be the primary beneficiary of Jerry and Rosalie Brasch's foresight and generosity. The Brasches have dedicated their time and financial support to the School of Engineering through their extensive involvement with the School's Scholarship Program. They also have generously served the entire University and St. Louis community through a wide variety of volunteer positions and activities.

Mr. Brasch received a Bachelor and a Master of Science in Chemical Engineering in 1944 and 1947 respectively. After serving two years as a U.S. Navy officer, he taught mathematics at University College, Washington University's evening division, for 20 years while working as an engineer. In 1964, he founded Brasch Manufacturing Co., Inc., a manufacturer of electric space heating equipment and gas sensors. In 1981, the company purchased Marcraft, a manufacturer of custom-engineered heating, ventilation, and air conditioning equipment. Mr. Brasch serves as president of both companies, which are located in St. Louis.

A new member of the Washington University Board of Trustees, Mr. Brasch has been a sponsor of scholarships in engineering for nearly two decades. He also has served as chair of the University's Alumni Board of Governors, the Engineering Scholarship Committee, and his 50th reunion. He currently chairs the University's Planned Giving Committee. He has received the University's Distinguished Alumni Award and its Engineering Alumni Achievement Award.

Mr. Brasch has been active in the St. Louis community as a president of the St. Louis Electrical Board (1984-85), as president of the United Hebrew Congregation in St. Louis (1986-88), and as president of the St. Louis chapter for the American Society for Technion (1990-91). He serves as treasurer of Horizon Graphics, Inc. and previously served on the board of directors of the North St. Louis Trust Co., International Management Services, Inc., and Metropolitan Employment and Rehabilitation Services.

Mrs. Brasch received a Bachelor of Arts in education in 1969 from the University of Missouri in St. Louis. Since that time, she has been involved in the task of inspiring children to read for their own pleasure. Her most cherished volunteer work has been 25 years in the St. Louis public schools with the organization "Reading is Fundamental." She also reads to children at Delmar-Harvard School in University City.

Mrs. Brasch is currently secretary of the Jewish Center for Aged, and is also a board member of Central Agency for Jewish Education. She is on the board of the Brodsky Library and has served as its chairperson. As a board member of the Jewish Federation of St. Louis, she is serving as associate chairperson of the 1996 fund drive. Mrs. Brasch's extensive volunteer work also includes Channel 9 public television, KWMU public radio, the Shriners Hospital for Crippled Children, and her Temple, United Hebrew Congregation.

Mr. and Mrs. Brasch reside in Frontenac and have four children and 11 grandchildren.

 
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