About the UWAA


Established in 2012, the Distinguished Alumni Veteran Award (DAVA) is given to a living UW alumnus veteran who made a positive impact on the local, national or international community, the University of Washington or the veteran community. Nominations are open to the public.

2023. Dr. John Hess, ’72, U.S. Army — When you picture a modern innovative genius, do you think of a guy in a turtleneck, showing off a fancy new computer or driving an expensive car? Instead, imagine an octogenarian hopping off a bus to chat about the time he revolutionized blood transfusion. Hess, a physician at Harborview, transformed the way the medical world treats trauma patients. But for him, work is often just a way of keeping busy, something to occupy his mind.

Past DAVA recipients

Selection criteria

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