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 the local, national or international community, the University of Washington or the veterans' community.

  1. Herb Bridge, ’47, U.S. Navy Rear Admiral retired - A champion for low-income housing in Seattle, a co-chairman of the 2000 United Way campaign and an active advocate for the 1990 Seattle Goodwill Games, Bridge had a distinguished career in the Navy and is co-owner of Ben Bridge Jewelers.
  2. Charles W. H. Matthaei, '43, U.S. Navy - Matthaei is a Tacoma business leader, a philanthropist and an advocate for community health programs. He worked for the family business, Roman Meal. In 2008, he was inducted into the Baking Hall of Fame. Matthaei has been honored by MultiCare Health Foundation and Center for Healthy Living, Boy Scouts of America, Tacoma Rotary and UW Department of Chemical Engineering. He spent much of WWII on the battleship USS Missouri and witnessed the formal surrender of Japan.
  3. Richard H. Layton, M.D. ’54, ’58; U.S. Navy '46-'47 - In 1946, Layton was a Second Class Petty Officer headed to Bikini Atoll in the Marshall Islands on a top-secret mission: to chart the effects of atomic bomb blasts on naval ships at sea. (Layton was 12 miles from two nuclear blasts.) Dr. Layton was a pioneer physician in the WWAMI and Physician Assistant programs, both dedicated to providing better access to medical care. For twenty years at Providence Hospital in Seattle, Dr. Layton directed a family practice residency that focused on serving inner-city populations. 
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