The second annual College of Science Celebration of Alumni Excellence was held in Moscow on October 27, 2011. The following are the 2011 inductees into the College of Science Academy of Distinguished Alumni and recipients of the College of Science Dean’s Achievement Award.
College of Science Academy of Distinguished Alumni
The College of Science Academy of Distinguished Alumni recognizes individuals who have brought honor and distinction to the College of Science through extraordinary professional accomplishments.
Daniel D. Frye
Daniel Frye earned a B.A. in physics at Idaho and M.A. and Ph.D. in physics from Johns Hopkins University. He currently serves as vice president of open systems development for IBM, where he is responsible the IBM Linux development team – the IBM Linux Technology Center (LTC) - for cloud computing technology in Systems & Technology Group, and for server and storage platform management development for IBM systems. Overall, Dr. Frye leads a worldwide development team of over 1,500 software professionals. He joined IBM as a research scientist in 1987 and has worked a variety of positions since then, including service on IBM’s Emerging Technologies and Business Opportunities team where he worked on company-wide technical strategies that predicted future trends and transitions in the IT industry. It was during this time that Dr. Frye co-authored the original IBM corporate strategies for both Linux and open source software.
Dr. Frye is a founding board member of the Linux Foundation, a non-profit consortium dedicated to fostering the growth of Linux, and also served as a board member of the Open Source Development Laboratory before the establishment of the Linux Foundation. He was inducted into the University of Idaho Alumni Hall of Fame in 2010.
Richard N. Loeppky
Richard Loeppky earned a B.S. in chemistry at Idaho and his Ph.D. in chemistry at the University of Michigan. He had a long and distinguished career on the faculty at the University of Missouri, where he retired as Schlundt Distinguished Professor of Chemistry Emeritus. His research was instrumental in the discovery of a potent family of carcinogens called nitrosamines. Early in his career, he elucidated the chemical reaction that creates these compounds, even before they were recognized as carcinogens. Later, his findings allowed other researchers to identify the health risks inherent in tobacco use and tobacco smoke, and catapulted Dr. Loeppky into cancer research. His subsequent work has led to the elimination or significant reduction of carcinogens in cosmetics and personal care items, in metalworking fluids, and in several drugs. His research has generated numerous publications and grants and two U.S. patents.
Dr. Loeppky has also been active in the American Chemical Society, where he was the founding chair of the ACS Division of Chemical Toxicology. He received the University of Idaho Alumni Association Silver and Gold Award in 2000, was named one of the inaugural Fellows of the American Chemical Society in 2009, received the ACS Division of Chemical Toxicology Founders’ Award in 2010, and was inducted into the University of Idaho Alumni Hall of Fame in 2011.
Peggy VanSice Phillips
Peggy VanSice Phillips earned B.S. and M.S. degrees in microbiology at Idaho. She served as executive vice president and chief operating officer of Immunex Corporation from 1999 to 2002, when the company was acquired by Amgen. She also served on Immunex’s board of directors from 1996 to 2002. She helped build Immunex from a small, unprofitable venture to a $16 billion company. She joined Immunex in 1986 and held positions of increasing responsibility, including senior vice president and chief operating officer of Immunex Research and Development Corporation, Immunex Corp.'s former wholly owned research and development subsidiary, and senior vice president of pharmaceutical development. She was the general manager for Enbrel, the company’s flagship rheumatoid arthritis product, and played a leadership role in developing and marketing the drug. Prior to joining Immunex, she was employed by Miles Laboratories.
Ms. Phillips serves or has served on the board of directors of Portola Pharmaceuticals, Dynavax Technologies Corp, the Naval Academy Foundation, and Western Wireless. She received the University of Idaho Alumni Association Silver and Gold Award in 2000 and was inducted into the University of Idaho Alumni Hall of Fame in 2003.
College of Science Dean’s Achievement Award
The College of Science Dean’s Achievement Award recognizes individuals for their dedication, service, and support of the College of Science and/or extraordinary leadership and service to the state of Idaho and beyond.
Brian K. and Gayle K. Hill
Brian Hill earned a B.S. in chemistry from Idaho and his Ph.D. at Montana State. From 1969 to 2003, Dr. Hill worked at 3M, where he rose to positions such as global technical director for the Commercial Office Supply Division and business leader for the Light Management Technology Center. His honors include 3M’s Golden Step Award and Director’s Round Table. Gayle Kraemer Hill studied biology at Idaho and earned her bachelor’s degree at Montana State. She worked as a laboratory technician for a time at 3M before the birth of their children. She is the author of a book, Gayle’s Gourmet Luncheons.
Dr. and Mrs. Hill have been dedicated supporters of the University of Idaho for many years. Dr. Hill served on the Alumni Association Board of Directors for six years, including service as vice president and president. He is a current member of the College of Science Advisory Board, and is heading up the board’s alumni recruiting program. He received the Jim Lyle Award for his service to the university in 2008. Dr. and Mrs. Hill sponsor an undergraduate research fellowship in the College of Science, which provides competitive funding for four students annually to design and conduct their own research projects.
Raymond A. and Julia L. Stewart
Ray Stewart earned a B.S. in geography at Idaho while serving in the Marine Corps. His service in the Marines included numerous postings, including tours in Vietnam, service as an instructor at the Amphibious War School, and three years as the defense and naval attaché in Oman. He retired in 1983 with the rank of lieutenant colonel. His military honors include the Bronze Star, Meritorious Service Medal, and Navy Commendation Medal. He has four master’s degrees. Col. Stewart is also retired from Boeing, where he spent 20 years as a manager in the Education and Training Division of Defense and Space. Julie Austin Stewart earned her B.S. in microbiology at Idaho. She and their children traveled with Col. Stewart on many of his postings. She is retired from the University of Washington, where she worked as a clinical technologist.
The college’s annual Robert and Floretta Austin Distinguished Lecture in Science is named for Mrs. Stewart’s parents, and the Stewarts and their family have been very active supporting the lecture and the University of Idaho. The lecture is now in its seventh year, with one of its goals being to increase the public’s knowledge of and interest in science.