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Honoring Distinguished Alumni


More than 250 alumni, faculty, staff, family and friends gathered at the Don and Karen DeRosa University Center on Jan. 28 to honor the 2017 recipients of the Pacific Alumni Association's Distinguished Alumni Awards.  The awards recognize alumni whose outstanding achievements and services to humanity have brought credit to University of the Pacific. In addition, two individuals were inducted as honorary alumni, recognizing their significant contributions and dedication to the university. 


Kathy and Dean JanssenMEDALLION OF EXCELLENCE 
Recognizing alumni who are faculty, staff or Regents who have exhibited outstanding and exceptional service to University of the Pacific. It is the highest honor bestowed by the Pacific Alumni Association. 
Kathy Lagorio Janssen
Kathy Lagorio Janssen '68 EDU, the daughter of "tomato king" George Lagorio, grew up in Stockton and came to Pacific to become a teacher and make a difference in the lives of children. Her passion for Pacific and her commitment to education have been demonstrated through her significant leadership, which has involved serving more than 20 years as a member, including as chair, of Pacific's Board of Regents. 

HONORARY ALUMNI AWARD
Dean J. Janssen 
Dean Janssen grew up on a family farm in Nebraska and has had a lifelong passion for basketball and a desire to watch students grow and succeed, which has been demonstrated through the years in his involvement with Pacific Athletics, including serving more than 30 years on the Pacific Athletic Foundation board.  For both Dean and Kathy Janssen, a passion for education has always been a driving force. Now owners and operators of the Lagorio Family of Companies in Stockton, both were schoolteachers for many years in the Stockton Unified School District. Through their family foundation, the Janssens funded the construction of the Janssen-Lagorio Gymnasium in the early 2000s. This year their lead gift helped fund the Janssen-Lagorio Performance Center, which is now under construction. 

Honorary Alumni AwardHONORARY ALUMNI AWARD
Patrick D. Cavanaugh
Patrick Cavanaugh served as Pacific's vice president of business and finance from 1997 to 2014. He directed efforts that increased Pacific's net assets from $185 million to $616 million. During that same period, the university's endowment increased from $70 million to $334 million. He was also instrumental in increasing the university's bond rating. Cavanaugh orchestrated the real estate deal that gave rise to Pacific's new San Francisco Campus. He also oversaw numerous new construction and renovation projects that transformed the Stockton Campus, including the Biological Sciences Center; the Janssen-Lagorio Gymnasium; the Don and Karen DeRosa University Center; the Chan Family Health Sciences Learning Center and Clinics building; the John T. Chambers Technology Center; and the Monagan and Chan Family halls. Cavanaugh and his wife, Janita, endowed the Cavanaugh Distinguished Service Award, to recognize Pacific employees for outstanding service. 

distinguished public serviceDISTINGUISHED PUBLIC SERVICE 
The Honorable Connie M. Callahan '75 LAW 
Consuelo Maria "Connie" Callahan, a leader in the state and federal judiciaries, has served as a judge on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit since 2003. Previously, she served as a judge on the California Court of Appeals for the 3rd District and was the first Hispanic female judge appointed to the San Joaquin County Superior Court. Callahan has a passion for mentoring and has continued to be active with her alma mater. She served on the Pacific Board of Regents from 2005 to 2014 and previously served as a board member and president of the McGeorge School of Law Alumni Association and the McGeorge Dean's Council. She is also a founding member of Pacific's Advancing Women's Leadership Forum, which brings women leaders to Stockton to inspire and empower both youth and adults. 

Distinguished Professional ServiceDISTINGUISHED PROFESSIONAL SERVICE 
Gerald Dieter Griffin '71 PHS 
A distinguished military leader, Retired Brig. Gen. Gerald Dieter Griffin served more than four decades in the U.S. Army Medical Corps. He received many honors for his service, including the Legion of Merit Bronze Star Medal with "V" for Valor and the Purple Heart. He earned his Doctor of Pharmacy degree from the Thomas J. Long School of Pharmacy and Health Sciences and his medical degree from the University of Juarez/Case Western Reserve University. Today, Griffin remains engaged with research and writing about traumatic brain injury and PTSD. He is chair of the U.S. Delegation for a NATO Science Advisory Committee, and medical director for Hospice of Monterey. He continues to serve his alma mater as an adjunct professor of pharmacy practice and has invested in the next generation of Pacificans through his scholarship, "Camouflage to White Coat," benefiting student veterans enrolled in the School of Pharmacy and Health Sciences. 

OUTSTANDING FAMILY AWARD 
Bodley-Reinelt-Payne Family
Outstanding FamilyThe family of Bodley-Reinelt-Payne has been associated with Pacific through four generations and includes faculty members, a Conservatory of Music dean, 23 alumni and a current student. The man at the center of the family is Dr. Herbert Reinelt, professor emeritus of philosophy. He and his first wife, Barbara Bodley Reinelt, and his second wife, Margaret (Wise) Payne '73 COP, inspired in their children a culture of philanthropy. The children have continued both the connection to Pacific and the commitment to philanthropy through the establishment of the Bodley, Reinelt and Payne Family Endowed Scholarships. These scholarships allow dedicated students to attend Pacific. It is because of families like this — who give to others and lead through example — that Pacific is able to thrive. 

Pictured above right: (Front row l. to r.) Steven E. West '78 COP, Jeanne (Dooley) Reinelt '77 COP, Janelle (Gobby) Reinelt '69 COP, Elizabeth (Bodley) Day '55 MUS, James R. Payne '75 COP, Walton H. Bodley '60 COP, (Second row l. to r.) Professor Emeritus Herbert Reinelt, Douglas A. Reinelt '78 COP, Elizabeth Aaron '14 COP, Montana Pawek '19 COP, Margaret (Bodley) Wegener-Harrison '61 COP, Richard G. Harrison '61 COP and Lorin E. Reinelt '82 ENG. 

Not pictured: Homer S. Bodley '20 COP, John W. Bodley '22 COP, Katherine (Christian) Bodley '22 COP, J. Russell Bodley '23 COP, Marjorie (Hixon) Bodley '23 COP, Beatrice (Walton) Bodley '27 MUS, Donald E. Payne '50 COP, June (Brown) Payne '51 COP, Henry W. Wegener Jr. '60 COP, Glen (Ainslie) Payne '65 COP, Margaret (Wise) Payne '73 COP and Derrill G. Bodley '00 EDU.

To submit a nomination for the 2018 Distinguished Alumni Awards, visit PacificAlumni.org/Awards

Pacificans who have changed lives

One of the highlights of the Distinguished Alumni Awards weekend is the chance for current award winners to recognize someone whose influence, inspiration or mentorship has been especially important to them. These individuals are presented with the "Pacifican Who Changed My Life" award at a dinner with the Pacific Alumni Association Board of Directors. 

This year, award recipient Connie Callahan '75 honored her sister, Maria Callahan '74 EDU, and Gerald Griffin '71 honored the former dean of the Thomas J. Long School of Pharmacy and Health Sciences, Ivan Rowland. 

Maria Callahan '74 EDU received her master's degree and teaching credential from Gladys L. Benerd School of Education. Her sister honored her as the "Pacifican Who Changed My Life" because of her constant service to the community and to the children she works with as a school psychologist for the Alameda Unified School District. 

Gerald Griffin honored the late Ivan Rowland, who in 1955 became the founding dean of what is now the Thomas J. Long School of Pharmacy and Health Sciences. Griffin said Rowland gave direction to his education, and he will remember Rowland for how he changed the trajectory of his life.