FIVE RECEIVE SPECIAL COMMENCEMENT HONORS AT OHIO STATE
COLUMBUS -- Five individuals will be honored at The Ohio State University's summer quarter commencement for their contributions to society and the business community. Ceremonies begin at 9:30 a.m. Sept. 2 in St. John Arena.
Honorary doctorates will be presented to newspaper publisher John F. Wolfe; veterinarian William V. Lumb; and educator William G. Ouchi.
The Distinguished Service Award will be presented to psychologist Alberta Banner Turner and to Frederic Beekman, director emeritus of Ohio State's Department of University Recreation and Intramural Sports.
A pioneer in the field of veterinary surgical research, William V. Lumb is professor emeritus in the Department of Clinical Services and retired director of the Surgical Laboratory in the College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences at Colorado State University.
As director of the Surgical Laboratory from 1963 until 1978, Lumb worked to bridge the gap between human and veterinary surgical and anesthesia research by forming a faculty consisting not only of veterinarians, but also physicians, engineers and laboratory technicians. This multidisciplinary collaboration resulted in a better understanding of health issues for both human and animal patients.
A native of Iowa, Lumb received his Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree from Kansas State University in 1943. Following service in the U.S. Army Veterinary Corps, he received a master's degree from Texas A&M University in 1953 and a Ph.D. from the University of Minnesota in 1957.
Lumb joined the faculty of Colorado State University as an associate professor in 1954. In 1958, he took a position in the Department of Surgery and Medicine at Michigan State University, returning to Colorado State's Department of Medicine in 1960. He was named professor and director of the Surgical Laboratory in 1963 and retired as professor emeritus in 1982. In 1986, he spent a year as a professor at Ross University in St. Kitts, West Indies.
He was instrumental in forming the American College of Veterinary Surgeons and the American College of Veterinary Anesthesiologists, and served as president of the former and as editor of its journal, Veterinary Surgery. He is president and CEO of The Lubra Co. and holds patents on a prosthetic vertebra and on plastic spinal plates.
William G. Ouchi is vice dean and faculty director of Executive Education Programs and is the Sanford & Betty Sigoloff Professor in Corporate Renewal in the Anderson Graduate School of Management at UCLA.
Born and raised in Hawaii, Ouchi received his bachelor's degree at Williams College in 1965, his M.B.A. at Stanford in 1967 and his Ph.D. at the University of Chicago in 1972. He joined the faculty of Stanford University's Graduate School of Business in 1972 and, in 1979, moved to UCLA as a professor in the Anderson School teaching courses in management and organization design. From 1993 to 1995, he served as adviser and chief of staff to Mayor Richard Riordan in Los Angeles.
Ouchi is the author of three influential books on management, including Theory Z: How American Management Can Meet the Japanese Challenge (1981), which was on the best-seller list for five months, has been published in 14 foreign editions and ranks as the seventh most widely held book of the 12 million titles in 4,000 U.S. libraries.
Ouchi also is past co-chair of the UCLA School Management Program and continues as chair of the Riordan Programs, which serve minority high school and college students in Southern California. He is founder of the Nissan-HBCU Summer Institute, which serves the professoriate of the Historically Black Colleges and Universities in the United States, and he serves on several other committees and boards of the Graduate School of Management.
John F. Wolfe is chairman and CEO of The Dispatch Printing Co. and publisher of The Columbus Dispatch. He also serves as chairman of the boards of WBNS TV Inc., the CBS affiliate in Columbus; VideoIndiana, the NBC affiliate in Indianapolis; Agricultural Lands Inc.; and RadiOhio Inc. In addition, he is chairman of Wolfe Associates Inc. and Wolfe Enterprises Inc.
A native of Columbus, Wolfe graduated from Washington and Lee University in 1965 with a B.S. degree in commerce. He returned to Columbus and immediately began his career with The Dispatch Printing Co. He was named vice president of the company in 1969 and became president in 1973, serving in that capacity until this year. In 1975, he was named publisher of The Columbus Dispatch, and, in 1994, he also was named chairman of the Dispatch Printing Co.
Long involved with local civic and philanthropic organizations, Wolfe currently is a trustee of the Franklin County Board of Parks and Recreation, which oversees the Columbus Clippers baseball team, and a trustee of the COSI Building Development & Financial Resources Corp., which is implementing the Center of Science and Industry's move to a new downtown Columbus riverfront location. He has served 12 years on the board of the Columbus Chamber of Commerce, and chaired Ameriflora 1992. Past affiliations include membership on the boards of Franklin University, Columbus Academy, Columbus School for Girls, National City Bank Corp. and BancOhio National Bank.
Wolfe is an active advocate for Ohio State, serving on the National Campaign Executive Committee and as co-chair of the "Affirm Thy Friendship" Campaign. He is a member of the Ohio State University Foundation Board of Directors and a trustee of the Wexner Center Foundation. In 1997, he and his wife, Ann, were honorary co-chairs of the annual Arthur G. James Cancer Hospital and Richard J. Solove Research Institute's "Up on the Roof" fund-raiser.
Among his many honors are the 1980 chairmanship of the National Alliance of Businessmen, a 1981 Distinguished Service Award from the Society of Professional Journalists, 1987 induction into the American Academy of Achievement and the 1993 Chamber of Commerce Columbus Award.
Alberta Banner Turner was the first African American to receive a doctorate in psychology from Ohio State, receiving her Ph.D. in 1935. Prior to that, she earned her bachelor's degree in 1929 and a master's degree in psychology in 1932 from the university.
During her long career, Turner has held a variety of academic and administrative positions, serving as head of the home economics departments at Bennett College for Women, Southern University, Lincoln University, Winston-Salem College and Wilberforce University during the 1930s and 1940s. During the 1950s, she lectured at Ohio State on psychopathology and juvenile delinquency.
From 1944 to 1953, Turner worked as a psychologist at Ohio's Bureau of Juvenile Research (now the Ohio Youth Commission), becoming supervising psychologist at the Juvenile Diagnostic Center in 1953 and chief psychologist in 1959. During this time she also served as a clinical psychologist working with juveniles at Marysville Reformatory for Women. From 1963 to 1971, she worked with the Ohio Youth Commission before joining the Criminal Justice Supervisory Commission from 1972 to 1976. During this time, she also served as a consultant to the National Advisory Council on Vocational Rehabilitation.
Through her professional and academic activities, Turner has served as a role model and counselor for young people, especially troubled teen-agers, and she has been a pioneer for African Americans in the diagnosis and treatment of delinquent behavior. She has been a strong advocate for racial, civil and religious rights and has worked tirelessly to ensure them for others. In 1966, she was named one of the "Ten Women of the Year" by the Columbus Citizen-Journal.
Long active in civic and service organizations, Turner was the founding president of the Columbus chapter and the first national program director of The Links Inc., which has 10,000 members nationwide. She has been instrumental in establishing the Prelude Scholarship and Recognition Program, a partnership of Links, Ohio State and the Columbus Public Schools to honor minority students. Links also has funded an endowed scholarship at Ohio State to support minority students.
Frederic Beekman has served Ohio State's athletic program for more than a half century. Now director emeritus of the Department of University Recreation and Intramural Sports, Beekman remains active in the university as a volunteer.
Both in Bath, N.Y., Beekman received his bachelor's degree in physical education from Ohio State in 1942. After serving in the U.S. Army Field Artillery during World War II, he returned to Ohio State to earn his master's degree in physical education in 1948, and was hired at the university's assistant intramural director upon graduation. He was named director of recreation and intramural sports in 1963 and held that position until his 1994 retirement.
During his tenure as director, he and his staff built the department into one of the finest and largest in the nation. He was instrumental in securing resources and facilities to provide recreational opportunities for the entire university community, working closely and sharing facilities with the Department of Intercollegiate Athletics. He played a leadership role in the planning of the now-completed Lane Avenue recreation fields. He remains actively involved with Ohio Staters Inc., which he joined in 1960.
Throughout his career at Ohio State, Beekman served as an official time-keeper at the university's varsity football and basketball games. In addition, he officiated for 25 years at high school, college and professional football and basketball games throughout the Midwest, and he served as president of both the Central Ohio Football and Basketball Officials Associations. Director of the Ohio Relays for 30 years, he also served as meet director of the Ohio High School Athletic Association Track and Field Championships for 40 years.
His commitment to recreational opportunity for all is exemplified by his volunteer service with the Ohio Wheelchair Sports Association (OWSA) and the Special Olympics.
Contact: Karissa L. Shivley, University Relations, (614) 292-8295