About the UWAA


In 2016, the UW Alumni Association hosted the first Golden Graduates Brunch, honoring Huskies who graduated 50 or more years ago. That same year, they also created the Golden Graduate Distinguished Alumnus Award (GGDAA), given to an alumnus who has demonstrated sustained, long-term and meaningful engagement with the UW. We are pleased to recognize these esteemed graduates who embody the best of the Husky spirit.

Vivian LeeVivian O. Lee, ’58
2018 Golden Graduate Distinguished Alumna

Vivian O. Lee was the first African American student to be admitted to the special accelerated bachelor’s degree program in nursing in 1955, the first African American RN hired at the Seattle Veteran’s Administration Hospital and the first African American hired by the U.S. Public Health Service, where she became director of the first federal regional office on women’s health in the nation. Vivian co-founded the first UWAA club focusing on diversity, the Multicultural Alumni Partnership (MAP).

Gary Ausman

Gary J. Ausman, ’63, ’64
2017 Golden Graduate Distinguished Alumnus

Gary Ausman was the link between the UW and its international community of students, faculty and visiting scholars for 27 years as the director of the International Services Office. In addition to serving as a liaison between the UW and the Evans Scholars (a program that has no connection to the Evans School of Public Policy & Governance), he continues to serve as an emeritus director of the campus Interfraternity Council and was on the Board of Directors of the UW Retirement Association.

Bert Pound

Bert Pound, ’40
2016 Golden Graduate Distinguished Alumnus

When Bert Pound became part of the 1936 Husky Marching Band, a lifelong relationship with the Husky Marching Band was created that would last until he passed at age 100 in 2016. He became part of the Alumni Band, not only as a member but also as the band’s mascot, cheerleader, benefactor and historian. Bert became known as the UW’s “push-up guy” for doing one-handed push-ups to celebrate every Husky Football score. In 2011, it was estimated that he had done at least 15,000 push-ups in support of Husky football.