Outstanding Professors Receive Over a Half Million Dollars for Inspiring Their Students

ATLANTA--()--Twenty-two distinguished professors from universities around the United States will each receive a $25,000 one-time cash award from the Elizabeth Hurlock Beckman Award Trust for inspiring their former students to make a significant contribution to society. The awards ceremony will take place at The Carter Center in Atlanta, Georgia on Saturday, Nov. 10, 2012 at 6:00 p.m.

(A complete list of the 2012 award recipients, their former students, and the schools attended by their former students follows this press release.)

The Elizabeth Hurlock Beckman Award Trust was founded in 2008 under the will of Gail McKnight Beckman in honor of her mother Dr. Elizabeth Hurlock Beckman. Dr. Beckman was an educator, a renowned author and a pioneer in the field of psychology. She was one of the first female psychology professors at Columbia University and later taught at the University of Pennsylvania.

“The Beckman Award is unique in that award recipients are honored for the special ways that they have motivated their students to make a lasting impact on the world. The award recognizes current or former teachers, professors or instructors who have inspired their former students to create an organization or establish a concept, procedure, or movement which has demonstrably conferred a benefit on the community at large,” said Melba Vasquez, Ph.D., ABPP, Beckman Award trust advisory committee member and past president, American Psychological Association.

Since its inception in 2008, the Beckman Trust has awarded $525,000 to 21 professors and/or faculty members. Awards are based on a nomination application process. Award recipients must be current or former teachers, professors or instructors at a college, university, junior college, community college or technical school in the United States. Preference is given to educators who teach or have taught in the fields of psychology, medicine or law.

The Elizabeth Hurlock Beckman Award Advisory Committee is comprised of Dr. Melba Vasquez of the American Psychological Association, Dr. Karen Tidmarsh of Bryn Mawr College, Dr. Geraldine Downey of Columbia University and Joyce Yamaato of Wells Fargo Bank, N.A. "The Beckman Award is significant because it celebrates transformational educators and their profound mentorship as evidenced by the accomplishments of their former students,” said Joyce Yamaato, vice president at Wells Fargo Private Bank.

The Trust is managed by Wells Fargo’s Philanthropic Services Group. For more information, go online at www.wellsfargo.com/privatefoundationgrants/beckman.

2012 Elizabeth Hurlock Beckman Award Recipients   Former Students and Nominators   Schools Attended by the Former Students
Jerome Barron, J.D. Marla Spindel, J.D. (Former Student) George Washington University Law School
Dean Paul Berman, J.D. (Nominator)
Ellen Beck, M.D. Michelle Johnson, M.D. (Former Student) University of California, San Diego School of Medicine
Alberto Benitez, J.D. Elizabeth Young, J.D. (Former Student) George Washington University Law School
Gregory Maggs, J.D. (Nominator)
Nancy Boyd-Franklin, Ph.D. Jamila Irons-Johnson, Psy.D. (Former Student) Graduate School of Applied and Professional Psychology, Rutgers University
Laura Brown, Ph.D. Stacey Prince, Ph.D. (Former Student) University of Washington
Tillman Farley, M.D. Clinton McBride (Former Student) University of Colorado, Denver, School of Medicine
Edna Foa, Ph.D. Richard McNally, Ph.D. (Former Student) Temple University School of Medicine, Behavior Therapy Unit, Department of Psychiatry
Noreen Garman, Ph.D. Kakenya Ntaiya, Ph.D. (Former Student) University of Pittsburgh
Alan Lesgold, Ph.D. (Nominator)
Richard Halgin, Ph.D. Robert Murphy, Ph.D. (Former Student) University of Massachusetts, Amherst
Sharon Horne, Ph.D. Mary Burke, Ph.D. (Former Student) University of Memphis
Nadine Kaslow, Ph.D. Eugene Farber, Ph.D. (Former Student) Emory University
Marietta Collins, Ph.D. (Former Student)
Martie Thompson, Ph.D. (Former Student)
Phyllis Katz, Ph.D. Adele Gottfried, Ph.D. (Former Student) Graduate School and University Center of the City University of New York
Cato Laurencin, M.D., Ph.D. Saadiq El-Amin, M.D., Ph.D. (Former Student) Massachusetts Institute of Technology, University of Virginia
Nancy Oriol, M.D. Cheryl Dorsey, M.D. (Former Student) Harvard Medical School
Jeffrey Flier, M.D. (Nominator)
James Plumb, M.D. Lara Weinstein, M.D. (Former Student) Jefferson Medical College
Nicole Prudent, M.D. Myrtise Kretsedemas (Former Student) Boston University
Joan Reede, M.D. Nawal Nour, M.D. (Former Student) Harvard School of Public Health
Dan Rohlf, J.D. Tara Zuardo, J.D. (Former Student) Lewis and Clark Law School
  Brett Hartl, J.D. (Former Student)
Nancy Russo, Ph.D.   Hortensia Amaro, Ph.D. (Former Student) University of California, Los Angeles
Sandra Shullman, Ph.D.   Deborah Plummer, Ph.D. (Former Student) Kent State University
Carolyn Tucker, Ph.D.   Keith Herman, Ph.D. (Former Student) University of Florida
Joan Williams, J.D.   Jamie Dolkas, J.D. (Former Student)

Evan Lee, J.D. (Nominator)

University of California, Hastings


The Elizabeth Hurlock Beckman Trust
Paula Hovater, 770-998-1106 office
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The Elizabeth Hurlock Beckman Trust
Paula Hovater, 770-998-1106 office
Mobile: 404-625-2882 m