Tom and Barbara Cable

UW Recognition Award

Neither Tom nor Barbara Cable attended the UW, but they have done so much for their "adopted" university that they will receive the 1996 University of Washington Recognition Award.

Barbara Cable has been active in the Seattle Chapter of ARCS and is national president of the ARCS Foundation. ARCS (Achievement Rewards for College Scientists) is a national women's organization that raises money to support graduate students in science and engineering. The Seattle chapter has donated more than $1.5 million to the UW, supporting more scholars--234--than any other private donor. Barbara also is a member of the UW's Rome Center Advisory Board. The UW is the only state university with an academic center in Rome, which gives many UW students the opportunity to study in this historic city.

Tom Cable serves on the UW Foundation Board of Directors as well as advisory boards for the School of Nursing, the College of Engineering, and the Applied Physics Laboratory. He is well known in the business community as a partner in Cable and Howse Ventures, a venture capital firm that has provided startup funding to more than 100 companies.

His talent for recognizing the value of emerging technologies has benefited the UW through his role as founder and current chairman of the Washington Research Foundation (WRF), a privately funded, non-profit organization that brings together Washington's research community and private entrepreneurs. The foundation has worked with the University to obtain patents, license promising technologies and start new technology companies.

In addition to returning royalties to the University, the foundation has given the UW $1 million for an endowed graduate fellowship and pledged $2 million for an endowed chair. Tom Cable also helped bring about a $2 million gift for the Earl W. Davie/ZymoGenetics Endowed Chair in Biochemistry.

The Cables have made generous personal gifts to the University as well, supporting endowed fellowships in nursing and bioengineering among other contributions.

"We are extraordinarily fortunate to have Tom and Barbara Cable so involved in the life of the University," says UW President Richard L. McCormick. "Their hard work, commitment, and creativity have enriched the University and the community we serve. They are wonderful friends of this institution, and we are delighted to recognize all they have done through this award."--Antoinette Wills, UW Office of Development

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