Ellsworth and Nancy Alvord

UW Recognition Award

Occupation: Ellsworth (Buster) Alvord is a professor and head of neuropathology in the UW School of Medicine. Nancy Alvord was a founding member of the UW Foundation Board of Directors.

Public Service: Their volunteer work and their philanthropy includes a wide range of human service, educational and arts organizations. Nancy has served on numerous boards. She was a founding director of the UW Foundation and served on the UW Libraries Visiting Committee and the History Visiting Committee, as well as helped raise funds for the Solomon Katz Professorship in the Humanities. In addition to his community work, Buster has served on the Meany Hall Advisory Board, the 1994 Salute Harborview Committee, the Henry Art Gallery Board of Trustees and helped raise funds for the Arthur A. Ward Professorship in Neurological Surgery. Their contributions to the University have included many generous gifts, which now total more than $4 million. An endowed fellowship in the humanities bears their names, and they have supported campus programs, including Meany Hall, the Henry Art Gallery, the Department of History, the UW Libraries, the Educational Opportunity Program and KUOW. The Alvords were honored as Outstanding Philanthropic Family of 1995 by the Washington State Chapter of the National Society of Fund Raising Executives. They were recognized as Seattle King County's First Citizens in 1991.

Quote: "This University, this community, and this state have been lucky to have two people as thoughtful and generous as the Alvords in our midst for the last 38 years. We are also fortunate that they have passed on their family values: the Alvord children and grandchildren are following Buster's and Nancy's wonderful example of concern for their community."--Marilyn Batt Dunn, UW Vice President for Development

Other Public Service Awards

Distinguished Graduate Mentor Award

Outstanding Public Service Award

UWAA Distinguished Service Award

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