Duke University Alumni Magazine


Koskinen: a leader in education, government, and volunteerism
Photo: Chris Hildreth
ohn A. Koskinen '61, a Duke trustee emeritus who has spearheaded successful and high-profile business and federal projects, is the recipient of the Distinguished Alumni Award, the highest honor presented to alumni. Established in 1983 by the Duke Alumni Association, the award recognizes Duke graduates who have made significant contributions in their own fields, in service to the university, or for the betterment of humanity.

A magna cum laude graduate in physics, Koskinen was elected to Phi Beta Kappa. He graduated cum laude in 1964 from Yale's law school, where he was editor of the Yale Law Review. He then studied international law at Cambridge University.

After working in the private sector in Washington, D.C., he was special assistant to the deputy executive director of the National Advisory Commission on Civil Disorders; he was a principal author of the Kerner Commission Report, a groundbreaking study of race relations in American society. He was director of the Washington, D.C., office of New York Mayor John Lindsay, and he served four years as chief of staff for U.S. Senator Abraham Ribicoff of Connecticut. In 1973, he joined the Palmieri Company, which specializes in restructuring large, troubled companies; he was named president in 1977. During his twenty-one-year tenure, he oversaw the reorganization of the Teamsters Pension Fund; the rebuilding of ITT-Levitt, then the country's largest real-estate enterprise; the restructuring of the Penn Central Railroad; and the rehabilitation of Mutual Benefit Life.

In 1994, Koskinen was nominated by President Clinton and confirmed by the Senate as deputy director for management, Office of Management and Budget, where he chaired the President's Management Council. In 1998, he was appointed assistant to the president and chair of the President's Council on Year 2000 Conversion, which spearheaded efforts to protect computer systems from the so-called "millennium bug."

Koskinen was named a Duke trustee in 1985 and became chair of the board's business and finance committee in 1988. He was the architect of an innovative two-tiered tuition plan that significantly increased the base of revenues from tuition. In 1994, he was elected chairman of the board of trustees. In 1997, the Association of Governing Boards named him Trustee of the Year. Upon stepping down in 1998, he was named a Duke trustee emeritus.

In addition to serving as president of the Duke Alumni Association's board of directors in 1980-81, he has chaired his class reunion's planning committee, served on the steering committee for the Capital Campaign for the Arts & Sciences and Engineering, chaired the board of visitors of the Terry Sanford Institute of Public Policy, and has been a director of the university's investment arm, the Duke Management Company. In 1987, he received the Charles A. Dukes Award for Outstanding Volunteer Service to the university.

Last year, Koskinen and his wife established the John and Patricia Koskinen Scholarship Endowment Fund to support female student athletes at Duke. In honor of their generosity, the refurbished soccer facility was named Koskinen Stadium. The Koskinens have two children: a daughter, Cheryl, and a son, Jeffrey Koskinen '95.


Rudy: a challenging, encouraging, and attentive educator
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ngaging, challenging, and encouraging were some of the ways students described Kathy Rudy, this year's Alumni Distinguished Undergraduate Teaching Award recipient. Rudy M.Div. '89, Ph.D. '93, an assistant professor of ethics and Women's Studies, was chosen from a field of forty-two student nominations representing thirty-three different Duke faculty members. The annual award is sponsored by the Duke Alumni Association.

"She has an amazing ability to engage every student in class discussion," wrote one student in nominating Rudy. "She gives every student her undivided attention when they are speaking, and she challenges their ideas by encouraging them to further explore and build upon the ideas they are forming."

Another student wrote that Rudy "stands out as the most dynamic, inspiring, and gifted teacher I have ever hadÉ. She did a truly amazing job of elucidating what can be very baffling topics (e.g., post-structuralist feminism, subaltern studies, transnationalism, epistemological issues in ethics), and her course will have a long-lasting impact on the intellectual and personal development of her students."

Rudy, who earned her bachelor's at the College of the St. Rose in Albany, New York, was a visiting research fellow at Princeton University's Center for the Study of American Religion before joining Duke's faculty in 1994. In 1996, she received a Trinity College Distinguished Teaching Award. She is the author of three books, including Sex and the Church: Gender, Homosexuality, and the Transformation of Christian Ethics, published by Beacon Press.

The Alumni Distinguished Undergraduate Teaching Award is administered by a student committee, which presents its selection to the alumni association's awards and recognition committee for approval. It includes a $5,000 stipend and $1,000 for a Duke library to purchase books recommended by the recipient.


ffinity groups are a vital part of the Duke alumni network. A post-graduate extension of campus clubs, fraternities, sororities, athletics teams, and residential-life affiliates, they provide a network to augment the general services and needs provided by the Duke Alumni Association, alumni clubs in the field, and reunion classes. One of the latest examples is a growing network of gay and lesbian alumni. DC Duke GALA, Washington, D.C.'s gay and lesbian alumni association, was the first in the field. In 1988, Pender McCarter '68 placed an ad along with alumni from different colleges and universities in The Washington Blade to gather a list of interested alumni. The response led to McCarter, Bob Bagnall, and Bob Angell '79 forming the DC Duke group, which plans local events and volunteer activities for alumni in the District, as well as the Maryland and Virginia suburbs.

DC Duke GALA held a reception in March for Karen Krahulik, the director of the university's Center for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Life, at the home of Bagnall and Alex Tang. In August, the Duke club and Stanford's GALA co-hosted a reception and dinner at the Embassy Row Hilton for John Younger, a classics professor and the director of Duke's Program in the Study of Sexualities. Ten years ago, Younger pioneered an interdisciplinary course at Duke in Gay Studies and served on the Task Force for LGBT Matters that led to the creation of Duke's LGBT center.

McCarter, who has headed the group off and on since its inception, has been instrumental in establishing the DC Duke GALA Endowment, which, when fully funded at $25,000, will provide unrestricted support for Duke's Center for LGBT Life. The club's Internet address is DCDukeGALA@aol.com.

One former member used the DC model after moving to New York City. Darren Spedale '93 contacted gay and lesbian friends he knew from Duke who were living in the New York City area. A note in the newsletter of the local Duke alumni club, Duke University Metropolitan Alumni Association (DUMAA), helped garner more names. The networking had begun. "Once the university recognized the need for support and programming for its gay and lesbian students with the LGBT center in 1994," he says, "it was only logical that such outreach should extend to Duke alumni."

Started in March, the New York chapter of the Duke Gay and Lesbian Alumni Association now has more than a hundred members. In July, the club held a reception for Krahulik at the home of Maneesh Goyal '97.

Spedale recently left Manhattan to enter law school at Stanford. His next goal is to establish an alumni association in San Francisco later this year. By the beginning of 2001, he plans to create a national LGBT alumni organization. "The most important reason is to show Duke that its gay and lesbian alumni are still very much a part of Duke community and very much want to be recognized as such," he says. "We want to make Duke into the welcoming and comfortable place alumni always wished it had been when they were in school."


Leaving a legacy: Barbara Pattishall
Photo: Jim Wallace
arbara Pattishall, associate director of Alumni Affairs, retired in July after working forty-seven years in the Office of Alumni Affairs. During her career, she advanced from part-time secretary to an administrative post at Duke, serving under four different directors: Charles A. Dukes '29 (1944-1963), Roger L. Marshall '42 (1963-1977), Paul A. Vick '66 (1977-1982), and M. Laney Funderburk Jr. '60, current director of alumni affairs.

Pattishall came to Duke in 1953, while still in high school. She was named an administrative secretary in 1956, departmental office supervisor in 1970, and alumni office coordinator in 1973. She was promoted to assistant director of alumni affairs and director of school and student programs in 1983, and to associate director of alumni affairs in 1986. In addition to overseeing such student-oriented projects as the Conference on Career Choices, the freshman directory, class picnics, and the selection committee for the Alumni Distinguished Teaching Award, she worked with the Nursing Alumni Association and the committee that selects the annual Distinguished Alumni Award.

President Nannerl O. Keohane recognized Pattishall at a celebration in the Duke art museum honoring her retirement by presenting her with a resolution from Duke's board of trustees. In addition to delineating her many contributions to the university, the trustees' executive committee formally named the living room at Alumni House the Barbara King Pattishall Room.

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