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Distinguished Alumni Veteran Award

Established in 2012, the Distinguished Alumni Veteran Award (DAVA) is given to a living UW alum who has served in the armed forces and who has made a positive impact on their community, the University of Washington, or veterans communities.

  1. Herb Bridge, ’47, U.S. Navy Rear Admiral retired - Champion for low-incoming housing in Seattle, co-chairman of the 2000 United Way campaign, active advocate for 1990 Seattle Goodwill Games. Bridge had a distinguished career in the Navy and is a co-owner of Ben Bridge Jewelers.
  2. Charles W. H. Matthaei, '43, U.S. Navy - Tacoma business leader, philanthropist and advocate for community health programs. Worked for the family business, Roman Meal, and was inducted into the Baking Hall of Fame in 2008. Matthaei has been honored by the MultiCare Health Foundation and Center for Healthy Living, Boy Scouts of America, Tacoma Rotary and the UW Department of Chemical Engineering. Spent much of WWII on the battleship USS Missouri and witnessed the formal surrender of Japan.
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