See a complete list of Distinguished Alumni Award Recipients at PacificAlumni.org/Awards
Pacific Alumni Association recognizes outstanding alumniThe Pacific Alumni Association’s Distinguished Alumni Awards Ceremony annually recognizes Pacific alumni whose outstanding achievements and services to humanity have brought credit to the University.
At the 2014 awards ceremony on May 31 in the Don and Karen DeRosa University Center Ballroom, the Pacific Alumni Association honored four alumni and an alumni family.
Pete Carroll '73 BUS, '78 EDU
Distinguished Professional Service Award
Created in 1956, this award honors alumni who have achieved notable success in their professional field in either public or private sectors. Upon leaving Pacific, Pete Carroll '72 BUS, '78 COP, with his sights on coaching football, cut his teeth as a graduate assistant in Pacific Athletics before going on to a career spanning nearly 40 years in college and pro football. He achieved tremendous success in his nine years as head coach of the USC Trojans garnering two national championships, a record of 97-19, a 34-game winning streak and three Heisman Trophy winners. Moving into the NFL as head coach of the Seattle Seahawks, Carroll led his team to victory in 2014 in Super Bowl XLVIII against the Denver Broncos, making him just the third head coach ever to win a major collegiate national championship and Super Bowl championship.
Keith Walker '05 ENG
Outstanding Young Alumni Award
Created in 1984, this award honors young alumni of distinction in any of the award categories who have attended University of the Pacific in the last 15 years. After working in the Aerospace industry for nine years and where he received the Air Force Chief of Staff Team Excellence Award for extending the life of a military satellite fleet, he left engineering. He and his childhood friend set out to save a local small theatre and in the process started a completely new type of business in Movie Heroes Inc. Movie Heroes is the only studio approved system for theatres to operate using a membership model where patrons pay a monthly fee and watch unlimited movies. Since then three more local cinemas have joined the model and more are on the horizon.
Bob Berryman Jr. '83 COP
Distinguished University Service Award
Created in 1962, this award honors alumni whose contributions to, and efforts on behalf of, the University of the Pacific are worthy of special recognition. As a student and alumnus, Bob Berryman has given the University thousands of hours of service. Upon arriving at Pacific in 1979, Berryman's leadership could be felt on campus both with his beloved fraternity Omega Phi Alpha and as the president of the Associated Students in 1983. He has served as chair of the Pacific Fund Advisory Board and has served the Pacific Alumni Association in one capacity or another for 17 consecutive years.
Alison Foster Davis '92 LAW
Distinguished Public Service Award
Created in 1956, this award honors alumni who have made exceptional professional contributions to society through civic or other public service while employed by a non-profit organization or governmental agency. In less than a decade following her graduation from Pacific McGeorge School of Law, Alison Foster Davis was recognized by her peers when she was admitted as a Fellow in the distinguished Academy of California Adoption Attorneys. Membership is by invitation only and limited to California attorneys whose practices are known as having the highest standards of ethics and professional competence. In 2003, Foster Davis was recognized nationally for her professional expertise in adoptions when she was inducted into the American Academy of Adoption Attorneys.
The Eberhardt Family
Outstanding Family Award
Created in 1964, this award honors a family, some of whose members have attended University of the Pacific and have given special service, made outstanding contributions, and brought great honor to Pacific. A member of the Eberhardt Family has attended University of the Pacific for the last 60 years. In addition to community leadership and philanthropy, this family's commitment to Pacific has been outstanding, both in leadership and philanthropy. Beginning with E.I. Eberhardt who served as a longtime member of the board of regents, three other Eberhardt family members have served as University regents. Currently, there are three members of the Eberhardt family who are members of the 1851 Society, Pacific's most prestigious donor recognition group.
The following members of the Eberhardt family are alumni or have served as regents of the University:
E.I. Eberhardt, Regent
|Mary-Elizabeth Eberhardt-Sandstrom '76 COP
David Sandstrom '82 COP
Douglass Eberhardt II '89 BUS
Deanna (Gilliam) Eberhardt '89 BUS
Joan Eberhardt-Snider'91 BUS, '93 COP
Nevin Eberhardt-Sandstrom '12 BUS
Trisha Brown '15 COP