Five Stanford GSB Alumni Recognized for Outstanding Volunteer Service

The John W. Gardner Volunteer Leadership Award was awarded to the five alumni for their volunteer efforts.

October 12, 2011

More than 3,000 alumni of the Stanford Graduate School of Business volunteered in hundreds of school programs last year, according to school Dean Garth Saloner. He presented awards to five outstanding alumni volunteers Oct. 21 during the school’s Alumni Weekend.

The John W. Gardner Volunteer Leadership Awards from the Stanford GSB Alumni Association went to:

  • Lili Pratt King, AB ‘71/MBA ‘76
  • Joel Friedman, MBA ‘71
  • Terry Duryea, MBA ‘71
  • Chris Smith, MBA ‘66
  • Bob Gee, MBA ‘61

In addition, the dean presented the Robert K. Jaedicke Silver Apple Award to Professor Jennifer Aaker for her many contributions to programs for Stanford alumni. A marketing professor, Aaker then delivered a lecture to the alumni audience on her latest book, The Dragonfly Effect, about how to use social media.

King has chaired her class reunion for numerous years and led in fundraising efforts. She has volunteered for the school’s Career Management Center, mentored students in a variety of programs, and served on the Women in Management Advisory Board, including its student life committee.

Friedman’s 30 years of volunteering include mentoring students, serving on the Dean’s Advisory Council, working with the curriculum oversight committee in 2006, and serving as class agent and reunion chair. He is the 1994 recipient of the Stanford Associates Governors’ Award.

Duryea has been a fundraising volunteer for four class reunions. He also has served as a class agent and a member of the Business School Fund Council. He led the fundraising efforts in 2001 to endow a fellowship in honor of a deceased classmate, Robert Loew.

Smith has regularly volunteered to help organize class reunions and to mentor students. He is currently the secretary for his class and has worked on Alumni Consulting Team projects for nonprofit groups.

Gee was the class agent for the MBA Class of 1961’s 40th, 45th, and 50th reunion fundraising campaigns and has previously received two Stanford Associates Awards for his efforts, which included achieving a record-setting class participation rate of 98% for the 45th reunion.

By Kathleen O’Toole

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