U-Idaho Alumni Association Names 2014 Hall of Fame Inductees

Thursday, May 8 2014

MOSCOW, Idaho – May 8, 2014 – The University of Idaho Alumni Association today announced its 2014 Alumni Association Hall of Fame inductees. The new class of honorees will be recognized during the spring commencement in Moscow at a reception on Thursday, May 15, and at an induction luncheon on Friday, May 16. 

The class of 2014 honorees are: Linda Copple Trout,’73 and ’77, of Boise, Idaho, the recipient of degrees in English and law from the University of Idaho; Philip B. Soulen, ’53, of Weiser, Idaho, recipient of a degree in business from the College of Business and Economics; and Mary Kay McFadden, ’80, of Needham, Mass., the recipient of a BA in communications from the University of Idaho.

Linda Copple Trout holds degrees in English and law from the University of Idaho. Following a career in private practice, she was the first woman appointed to the Idaho Supreme Court, where she went on to serve as Chief Justice.

Upon graduation from law school, Trout joined the Lewiston law firm of Blake, Feeney & Clark, where she was engaged in the private practice before her appointment to the position of Magistrate Judge in Idaho’s Second Judicial District. From 1987 through 1991, she assumed additional responsibilities as the Acting Trial Court Administrator for the five counties, and in 1990, she was elected as a District Judge, and handled cases in Nez Perce and Clearwater counties. 

In August of 1992, Trout was appointed by then Gov. Cecil Andrus to be the first woman justice on the Idaho Supreme Court. She was elected by the Supreme Court to the position of chief Justice, serving in this capacity for two terms. 

Trout was named the 2006 Idaho Businesswoman of the Year by the Idaho Business Review.

Philip Soulen is the president of Soulen Livestock Company, a business started by his father, Harry, in 1926. Soulen joined the business after his graduation from the University of Idaho, working with a commitment to operate and expand the operation. An active leader in Idaho business, Soulen has served as president of the Idaho Wool Growers Association, on the board of directors of the Western Range Association, and as a member of the BLM advisory board. 

Additional service includes positions on the Weiser school board, Idaho First National Bank Board, and the Idaho Power Board. Additionally, Soulen served as a director for the Idaho State Chamber of Commerce and was president of the Crane Creek Reservoir Independent Water Users Company and president of Weiser Feed and Storage. 

Soulen’s passion and dedication to the UI has remained strong since his college years, as a member of the Inspiring Futures campaign cabinet and on the Vandal Boosters advisory board. He has also served on the UI Foundation council and on the College of Natural Resources advisory board. Soulen has created numerous scholarships and remained a dedicated Vandal, attending most home football games with enthusiasm and passion for his beloved university.

While at UI, Soulen was president of his fraternity, Phi Delta Theta. He has four children, all of whom attended the University of Idaho: Theresa (’77 Home Economics), Margaret, Helen (’81 Accounting), and Harry (’84 Agribusiness).

Mary K. McFadden is vice president for development, family and alumni relations at Olin College of Engineering in Needham, Mass. From 2000 to 2013, she was vice president for university advancement at Seattle University, where she led a $170 million comprehensive fundraising campaign. A member of the university’s executive team, she served on the board of regents and as a member of the investment committee for the board of trustees.

McFadden has been prominent as a leader in the Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE), earning the “Wealth Engine Award” from that professional organization in 2007 and 2008. She served as chair of the Jesuit Advancement Administrators, an organization that brings together advancement professionals from the 28 Jesuit colleges and universities in the United States. McFadden has also been actively engaged with the Seattle Rotary and the Rotary Boys and Girls Club of inner-city Seattle and the Northwest Center for Creative Aging.

A native of St. Maries, Idaho, McFadden studied communication and public relations at UI. After graduation, she worked for Lewis-Clark State College in student recruitment. She then joined the University of Idaho as assistant director of high school relations and later became associate director of alumni relations, working with the board on chapter and national alumni events. 

McFadden went on to spend 12 years in development at Washington State University, working in Pullman, Spokane and Seattle. During her time at WSU, McFadden led the national aspect of WSU’s $250 million campaign and was the executive director of WSU West. 

At UI, McFadden was a member of Delta Delta Delta sorority and the Student Alumni Relations Board. She returned to UI in 2009 to give the keynote address at the School of Journalism and Mass Media’s Senior Awards reception.

In addition to her degree from the University of Idaho, McFadden also earned an Executive MBA in leadership from Seattle University.

Created in 1962, the Alumni Association Hall of Fame recognizes alumni who have achieved national or international distinction through their accomplishments and leadership. Criteria for consideration includes: distinction in career accomplishments; leadership within career organizations; voluntary leadership efforts in charitable causes; leadership efforts that have improved the cultural, social, political or economic wellbeing of society; prior recognition and honor; and artistic, innovative or technical accomplishments. 

Additional information the Hall of Fame inductees and event information is available on the University of Idaho Alumni Association website, http://www.uidaho.edu/alumni/awards/halloffame


Contact(s): Hugh Cooke
U-Idaho Alumni Relations Office

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