Nov. 15, 2001
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. -- Indiana University and the IU Foundation will honor five people for their professional accomplishments and service to humanity with the Herman B Wells Visionary Award on Friday (Nov. 16). The award recipients are Lawrence H. Einhorn, M.D., Distinguished Professor of Medicine at the IU Medical Center, Indianapolis; Eugene B. Glick, president, Gene B. Glick Co., Indianapolis; Judith H. Hamilton, chief executive officer and president, Classroom Connect, San Francisco; Donald E. Marsh, chairman of the board, president and CEO, Marsh Supermarkets, Muncie; and Darwin L. Wiekamp, executive consultant for National City Bank, South Bend, and chairman of Cast Products Corp., a division of Dehco Inc.
Named after the university's late chancellor, the Herman B Wells Visionary Award was created to honor individuals with demonstrated vision, entrepreneurial spirit and a record of outstanding achievement. The awards will be presented at a private dinner attended by former Red Cross President Elizabeth Dole.
"Herman B Wells led Indiana University for 63 years, as president and chancellor," said Curt Simic, president of the IU Foundation. "He made it one of the world's great universities. At the same time, he became a national and international leader in education. This award recognizes those with his exceptional qualities."
IU President and IU Foundation Chairman of the Board Myles Brand will join Simic in presenting honorees with the framed award and a crystal book. The crystal book was chosen to signify Wells' love of learning and is inscribed with the honoree's name and the statement: "Those who dream on a grand scale, and have the perseverance to realize those dreams, can change the world."
Lawrence H. Einhorn, M.D.
Dr. Einhorn, a distinguished professor of medicine at the IU Medical Center, has focused tremendous energy and passion on helping to create breakthrough treatments for cancer. With Dr. John Donohue, Einhorn developed combinations of chemotherapy and surgery that are highly effective against some cancers. IU became the world's major center for testicular cancer treatment and research.
Thanks to Einhorn's and Donohue's work, more than 90 percent of testicular cancers are now curable. Previously, it was only 5 percent. Einhorn's most famous patient was Tour de France cycling champion Lance Armstrong, now celebrating his fifth year cancer-free. Today, Einhorn works on treatments for lung, breast, prostate and bladder cancer.
He has won many top awards for his research from organizations such as the American Cancer Society, the National Cancer Institute, the General Motors Foundation and the Society of Clinical Oncology. He has also been awarded the Presidential Medal of Honor and the Lieber Award for Teacher of the Year from IU and the Teaching Excellence Award from the IU School of Medicine.
In addition, he is a member of numerous prestigious societies including the Association of American Physicians, the National Academy of Sciences and the American Philosophical Society.
Eugene B. Glick
In 1947, Eugene B. Glick decided to become a builder of homes for people who usually couldn't afford them. With his wife and life-long partner Marilyn, Glick started the Indianapolis Home Co. Glick's company built four homes in 1947 and 12 in 1948. The company then started to build low-income apartments. All were clean, safe and attractive and, most importantly, were low- and medium-cost housing within everyone's reach.
Thirty thousand homes later, the Gene B. Glick Co. is the largest builder of low-income and moderate- income housing in the country. Gene and Marilyn now devote much of their time to programs for economically disadvantaged teenagers. The Eugene and Marilyn Glick Foundation sponsors the PRO-100 championship and Next Step programs, which provide summer employment and motivation to economically disadvantaged teenagers in the city. In addition, they have established scholarships worth thousands of dollars for Indiana students.
His book, Born to Build, commemorates both his company's 50th anniversary and his 50th wedding anniversary with his wife Marilyn. An excerpt from the book is included in Tom Brokaw's bestseller The Greatest Generation.
Glick serves on the boards of numerous business, civic and service organizations. He has been recognized as a Sagamore of the Wabash, and received the Mayor's Eagle Award for community and charitable involvement and the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Indiana Chapter of the National Society of Fund Raising Executives. He was elected to Junior Achievement's Central Indiana Hall of Fame.
Judith H. Hamilton
Judy Hamilton first became fascinated by computers while working on a U.S. Army project in Europe during the mid-1960s. Ten years later, she co-founded a start-up company that provided online customer services and company e-mail to the shipping container and the distribution industries. Hamilton saw what the invisible empire of the interconnected computer networks truly was and what it would become. She also realized that the Internet's ultimate power was to teach.
Hamilton became the CEO of a small startup company, Classroom Connect, which three years later has grown to provide educational content to more than one-third of the nation's classrooms.
It is regarded as the Web's number one community resource, a place where teachers can share ideas, lesson plans and successful classroom techniques. More importantly, Classroom Connect helps educators teach students to develop critical thinking skills, while meeting their core requirements in math, language, arts, social and science studies.
Hamilton was the only education industry executive invited to speak before the Joint Economic Committee during its June 2000 High-Tech Summit in Washington, D.C. Hamilton also testified before the Congressional Web-based Education Commission, and helped to formulate the commission's recommendations as outlined in its final report, "The Power of the Internet for Learning," released in December 2000. She has been named one of "Five CEOs to Watch" by Forbes ASAP, and one of the 20 most influential women in high technology by Upside magazine.
Don E. Marsh
After his graduation from college in 1961, Don Marsh returned to the family business in Muncie, Ind. He began to envision what a modern supermarket should be like and embraced new technologies like no other grocer. His stores had the first computerized cash registers, electronic tracking systems and UPC laser scanners, a landmark recognized by the Smithsonian Institution.
Recognizing the growing need for convenience, take-out foods and one-stop shopping, he later opened the Village Pantry stores and created the Marsh "super-stores."
Part of his overwhelming success can be traced to Marsh's commitment to the community. He encourages his employees to get involved, as he does, with the Special Olympics, Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts, Computers for Education, the Indianapolis Children's Museum and the Indianapolis Zoo. The Marsh Charity Foods Programs donates over $1 million in food to local food banks and charities each year. Marsh also has been chairman of the International Center for Food Trade and Industry, which helps arrange food shipments to starving nations.
He serves on numerous boards and was named Entrepreneur of the Year for leadership in the supermarket and convenience store industry and CEO of the Year by Indiana Business magazine.
Darwin L. Wiekamp
In 1945, Darwin Wiekamp and a friend founded Owners Discount Corp. in Elkhart, Ind. They had little capital but a strong vision: They would serve the customers that other banks ignored and specialized in small loans for cars and new businesses. Wiekamp then took a risk and bought the West End Bank of Mishawaka. He began aggressive lending programs to the less fortunate segments of the community. With great success, he acquired other banks, turning his initial $64,000 in capital into a financial corporation eventually worth hundreds of millions.
Banking may have been his number one passion, but community service was a close second. He led campaigns to raise money for public television and the St. Joseph Hospital. With nine other businessmen, Wiekamp founded the Mishawaka Futures Industrial park, which has grown to include 20 small businesses and hundreds of jobs. Now retired, Wiekamp and his wife, Dot, devote their time to the Dar and Dot Center in South Bend, a refuge for the homeless.
He serves on numerous boards and has been recognized by IU with an honorary degree. He received the W. Scott Miller Distinguished Business Leader Award and the Individual Philanthropist Award from the Michiana Chapter of the Association of Fund Raising. He is a 33rd Degree Mason of the Scottish Rite.
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