UCSD Chancellor’s Medals awarded to ‘Citizens of the Highest
UCSD announced Monday that Chancellor’s Medal recipients for 2011 are Richard and Rita Atkinson, John and Ann Davies, Sheldon and Susan Engelhorn, Anne Ratner, and L.S. and Aline Skaggs.
The awards honor outstanding community leaders and campus supporters as the university’s 50th Anniversary year comes to a close. The medal was inaugurated in 2000.
One of the highest honors given by UCSD, the Chancellor’s Medal recognizes exceptional service in support of the university’s mission.
“I am delighted to honor these remarkable visionaries, who are truly citizens of the highest order, with Chancellor’s Medals,” said Chancellor Marye Anne Fox. “As we conclude our 50th Anniversary celebration and look forward to the next half century, it is only fitting that we recognize these outstanding leaders who have helped make UC San Diego so extraordinary.”
With excerpts from their nominations, the awardees include:
— Richard and Rita Atkinson: Richard Atkinson is president emeritus of the University of California, and former UC San Diego chancellor from 1980-1995. As the fifth chancellor of UCSD, he is frequently credited as a pivotal force behind the remarkable trajectory of the university. Richard, together with his wife Rita — an esteemed psychologist and author — have remained incredibly engaged with UC San Diego, providing invaluable support and insight. … This academic year, the couple designated $5.7 million to support fellowships, representing the largest gift to date for Invent the Future, UC San Diego’s $50 million student support campaign.
— John and Ann Davies: John Davies is a successful attorney, civic leader and dedicated public servant …. and a former UC regent and current UC San Diego Foundation co-chair, John has contributed to the advancement of education, research and overall quality of life in San Diego. John and Ann have provided philanthropic support to areas of campus ranging from student scholarships and fellowships to the UC San Diego Health Sciences and UCSD Libraries. Ann has made substantial contributions to the community …
— Sheldon and Susan Engelhorn: Alumnus entrepreneur Sheldon Engelhorn and his wife … have championed the community college transfer path to UC San Diego with a belief that the opportunity is a key way to enhance diversity on campus. Supporting this belief, the Engelhorns gave $1 million to endow a scholarship fund for transfer students. … A strongly committed alumnus, Sheldon has served as president of the UCSD Alumni Association Board of Directors, a trustee of the UC San Diego Foundation Board, a member and current chair of the Scripps Institution of Oceanography Director’s Cabinet, and member and past chair of UC San Diego’s Undergraduate Scholarship Council. The San Diego entrepreneur provides advisory to the UC San Diego Student Foundation, helping to grow the next generation of philanthropists.
— Anne Ratner: Philanthropist and community leader Anne Ratner is a passionate advocate for improving children’s eye care. Ratner has been a supporter of UC San Diego since 1967, when she and her husband, Abraham, were among the original members of the Chancellor’s Associates donor group. Ratner helped San Diego’s children by founding the Abraham Ratner Children’s Eye Center in honor of her late husband. In an effort to attract outstanding pediatric ophthalmologists to the top-notch facility, Ratner created the Anne F. Ratner Endowed Chair in Pediatric Ophthamology. She then played a key role in establishing the EyeMobile for Children at the Shiley Eye Center. … Ratner has also supported Friends of Judaic Studies at UC San Diego, The Preuss School UCSD and the UC San Diego Moores Cancer Center.
— L.S. and Aline Skaggs: L.S. and Aline Skaggs provided the landmark $30 million gift to establish UC San Diego’s Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences. The Skaggs have been major benefactors of pharmacy education in the western United States, and their naming gift to UC San Diego was historic. With their generosity, the Skaggs helped establish the school’s pioneering research program, as well as the recruitment and development of the next generation of pharmaceutical scientists and pharmacy practitioners who will play a key role in developing new pharmaceuticals and therapies. L.S. Skaggs was the CEO of American Stores in Salt Lake City, a chain of food and drug combination stores across the United States.
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