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UW-UWRA Retiree Excellence in Community Service Award


June 10, 2020

Bob Roseth, 2020 UW-UWRA Distinguished Retiree

Bob Roseth, 2020 UW-UWRA Distinguished Retiree Excellence in Community Service Award. Bob was recognized for his core dedication to improving the world around him: working with Seattle Youth Tutoring, serving as Long-Term Care Ombudsman for the State of Washington, and helping online Spanish conversation partners to reach their goals. UWRA was fortunate to have Bob…


October 14, 2019

James LoGerfo, Distinguished Retiree 2019

Jim LoGerfo’s UW career bridged the worlds of public health and clinical medicine. During his career as a  practicing internist and administrator (including as Medical Director of Harborview Medical Center), he received the CDC’s Distinguished Service Award for his work as the principal investigator for the Lead Center of the CDC’s Healthy Aging Research Network….


July 16, 2018

Rob Crawford, Distinguished Service as a Retiree

Professor Emeritus Rob Crawford (School of Interdisciplinary Studies, UW Tacoma) has been awarded the 2018 UW-UWRA Distinguished Retiree Excellence in Community Service Award. Since his retirement in 2016, Professor Crawford has carried forward his research and passion regarding human rights, humane treatment of prisoners, and advocacy for an end to torture. Crawford founded the Washington…


November 13, 2017

Joy Plein, 2017 Distinguished Retiree

Professor Emeritus Joy Plein (Pharmacy) has been selected as the 2017 recipient of the UW-UWRA Distinguished Retiree Excellence in Community Service award. Plein was chosen for her service and for the way she models a meaningful pathway of service in retirement. She has extended her commitment to her field of study and its future, involving…


January 4, 2017

Distinguished Retiree Sandra Motzer, Lake City Neighborhood Organizer

At the Awards of Excellence ceremony held June 16, 2016, President Ana Mari Cauce awarded Sandra Motzer the 2016 UW-UWRA Distinguished Retiree Excellence in Community Service award. The award recognizes Motzer’s significant contributions to her Lake City community, focused on making Lake City a better place in which to live, work and recreate. Motzer founded…


June 23, 2015

2015 Distinguished Retiree Excellence in Community Service: Alvin Kwiram

By Bob Roseth As a tenured faculty member and top administrator, Alvin Kwiram, emeritus professor and emeritus vice provost for research, had many opportunities to make an impact on the university. But he has continued to devote himself to pursuing these opportunities at a time in life when many individuals would seek other diversions. For…


April 29, 2014

Morrill Receives Distinguished Retiree Award

Professor Emeritus Richard Morrill (Geography) has been selected to receive the 2014 UW-UWRA Distinguished Retiree Excellence in Community Service Award. Morrill was nominated for the award by colleagues on both the Seattle and Tacoma campuses. Morrill began his teaching career at the UW in 1958, retiring in 1997 but continuing in part-time teaching until 2004…


April 29, 2013

Simkins Receives UW-UWRA Distinguished Retiree Community Service Award

UWRA is proud to announce that Dick Simkins, who served in various counseling positions at the university for 40 years, was selected as the second recipient of of the UW-UWRA Distinguished Retiree Excellence in Community Service Award and the first staff member to receive this award. Simkins’ career and dedication to service make him a…


April 29, 2012

Amidei, Inaugural Recipient of Distinguished Retiree Excellence in Community Service Award

The University of Washington is pleased to announce that the inaugural recipient of the UW Distinguished Retiree Excellence in Community Service Award is Nancy Amidei, Senior Lecturer Emeritus, School of Social Work, in recognition of her dedication to teaching citizens to advocate effectively with their elected officials. Professor Amidei retired from the UW in 2008….