Distinguished Alumni of Woodstock School

In 2003, the Board of Directors established the Woodstock School Distinguished Alumni Roll as a means of enabling the school to publicly celebrate meritorious alumni for exemplary and recognized lifelong achievement in their given fields or in voluntary philanthropic activities or service, in ways which represent the values that Woodstock School strives to engender in its students.

 

2013 Dr Shobha Arole '78

Dr Shobha Arole has been added to Woodstock’s Distinguished Alumni Roll for her outstanding contribution to serving people in extreme poverty and improving rural healthcare in Maharashtra, India. Her work has brought extraordinary health and social benefits to hundreds of villages in the region, and the health programme she runs has become a model for excellence in rural healthcare not only in India but around the world.

Shobha was born on February 2, 1961, in Kola, in Karnataka. Her early schooling was in the United States where her parents, who were both doctors, were pursuing postgraduate medical studies. She joined Woodstock in Grade 5 in 1970 and graduated in 1978. At Woodstock, Shobha particularly enjoyed the medical hikes, when students delivered first aid supplies to villages in the Garhwal, and this helped her develop her passion for healthcare and helping the rural poor.

After Woodstock, Shobha went on to study medicine at the Christian Medical College in Vellore, India, graduating in 1986. She then returned to Mussoorie from 1986 and 1989 to work at Landour Community Hospital on the Share project and was school doctor at Woodstock for a time.

During this period she also practised in rural parts of Bihar and Uttar Pradesh, before joining the Comprehensive Rural Health Project (CRHP) in Jamkhed, Maharashtra, founded in 1970 by her parents Drs Raj and Mabelle Arole.

In 1992 she became associate director of the CRHP which achieves exceptional results in alleviating poverty and disease by building up the capacity of communities through training up local village healthcare workers to address economic, social, agricultural, and health needs through self-organisation.  At the core of this comprehensive community-based approach is its embrace of equality for all, using healthcare as a means to break the cycle of poverty.

The work of CRHP has been recognised by the World Health Organisation and UNICEF, and has been introduced to 178 countries across the world. Annually CRHP provides services that directly impact half a million people in the state of Maharashtra.  Since the opening of their training centre in 1994, more than 22,000 local and 2,700 international representatives from NGOs, governments and healthcare professionals have been trained in the CRHP approach.

Shobha has had much of her research published and been recognised as a Social Entrepreneur of the Schwab foundation of the World Economic Forum in 2001. Two leading American health academics have described the work of CRHP as being unparalled anywhere in the world for its success in improving healthcare and empowering women and marginalised groups. She has won numerous other honours for her work, including the Times of India Social Impact in Health award in 2011.

Shobha is an ordained minister and honorary presbyter at the Jamkhed Community Church. She dedicates much of her time to teaching and promoting comprehensive healthcare both in India and around the world and is also significantly involved in national policy discussions.

 

2012 Philip DeVol ‘66

Philip DeVol graduated from Woodstock School in 1966, and has been training and consulting on poverty issues since 1997.He has been named to the Distinguished Alumni Roll for his exemplary work on poverty issues, the design of adolescent treatment programs, improving retention rates of new hires from poverty and the challenges of chemical dependence.

He is co-author of Bridges Out of Poverty: Strategies for Professionals and Communities with Ruby K. Payne and Terie Dreussi-Smith. In 2004 he wrote Getting Ahead in a Just-Gettin'-By World: Building Your Resources for a Better Life to help people in poverty investigate the impact of poverty on their communities and themselves.

The Bridges Communities organisation brings together people from all classes, political persuasions, and sectors to address all causes of poverty in a systemic way. DeVol works nationwide and internationally with communities that apply Bridges Out of Poverty constructs, including sites in Canada, Australia, and Slovakia. In fact, Getting Ahead has been translated into Slovak, and Bridges Communities in Slovakia have so far been awarded two European Union grants to further the work there. 

DeVol's 2010 work Investigations into Economic Class in America, coauthored with Karla M. Krodel, applies the Getting Ahead concepts to college life for under-resourced postsecondary students. Investigations received the 2011 Distinguished Achievement Award in the Curriculum—Adult Life Skills category and was recognized as a finalist for the 2011 Golden Lamp Award and as a finalist for the 2011 Innovation Award by the Association of Educational Publishers, leading to an invitation to showcase the work at a Capitol Hill briefing. A collection of DeVol’s essays and articles was also published in 2010 under the title Bridges to Sustainable Communities

Phil DeVol is married to Susan and was the youngest DeVol to attend Woodstock after his sisters Priscilla ’55 and Patricia ’55 and his brother Joe ’62.

 

2012 Jagdish Sagar '61

Jagdish Sagar has served in many prominent positions in the Indian Civil Service, dealing with, among other things, law and order; tax administration; personnel; development and planning, including responsibility for the power sector. Since his retirement, he has practised as a lawyer, specialising in copyright law.  Here are just some highlights of a full and successful career.

Jagdish Sagar was born on 1st March 1944, in the Methodist Mission Hospital in Vrindavan, United Provinces. He joined Woodstock School in Standard 3 (as it was then known) in 1952. In 1959 he, in his own words, “scraped through with the lowest possible First Division” in the Senior Cambridge Exams. Following graduation in 1960, he joined St. Stephen’s College, Delhi, to study History. Jagdish claims to have had a “very indifferent academic record”, but still graduated with a Master’s in 1965. He took the annual Civil Services Examination in October 1965 and was selected for the Indian Administrative Service, a prestigious achievement in those days of limited opportunity.

After attending the National Academy of Administration in Mussoorie, his early career was in District Administration in Pilibhit, UP;  in Delhi; in North Goa; and in Daman and in Dadra & Nagar Haveli (small ex-Portuguese enclaves in Gujarat). While in Dadra & Nagar Haveli, he met Gita Desai, a civil servant on deputation from the Gujarat Government. They were married in Delhi in July 1974.  From 1974 to 1981 Jagdish worked in the Department of Personnel, and later in the Delhi Administration, broken by a year as a visiting Fellow at Queen Elizabeth House, Oxford.

The next seven years were, for Jagdish, among the most memorable. He was successively Chief Secretary for the Andaman and Nicobar Islands Administration, Development Commissioner for Goa, Daman and Diu, and Administrator of Lakshadweep Islands. In this last post, he handled visits of both the President and Prime Minister and built the Bangaram tourist resort (first occupied by Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi). He was the last Lakshadweep Administrator to travel between islands in thirty-foot boats, and the first to have a helicopter.

From 1987 to 1992, Jagdish was Joint Secretary in the Ministry

of Human Resource Development, mainly in the Copyright Division. He played a significant part in the establishment of the World Trade Organization (WTO), and made a dozen trips to Geneva in the negotiations that led to the TRIPS (Trade Related Intellectual

Property Rights) Agreement. He drafted the major amendments which eventually became the Copyright (Amendment) Act 1994, bringing Indian copyright law up to date.  

Returning to Delhi, he was appointed as what would be the last Chairman of the Delhi Vidyut Board. He was asked by the Chief Minister of Delhi, Sheila Dixit, to steer reform of the power sector. This proved to be one of his greatest challenges and successes. He devised an innovative approach to privatisation, creating a financial structure which – at current values – is saving the public in the region of Rs. 2,000 crore per year. Following the handover in June 2002, he remained as Principal Secretary (Power) in the Government of Delhi until his retirement in February 2004.om 1993 to 1999 he worked in the newly formed Government of the National Capital Territory of Delhi and then as Adviser to the Administrator of Chandigarh.

Jagdish obtained his law degree from Delhi University in 2006, and joined Anand and Anand, India’s largest intellectual property law firm. He became a Partner,  heading the copyright practice in the Litigation Department, and was in court daily, managing over a hundred pending cases. During this time, he obtained significant landmark judgments relating to copyright law. He has been practising independently since December 2012, and is widening his practice into other branches of law.

Jagdish Sagar has retained his links with Woodstock; he was invited back to speak on Independence Day 2003, then served on the Board of Directors from 2004-2009, where he provided great assistance in the last major revision of the school’s constitution and by-laws.

 

2011 J. Gabriel Campbell '65

Dr. James Gabriel Campbell has spent almost his whole life in the Himalaya. Born at Landour Community Hospital, Mussoorie, he followed his father, uncle and aunts in attending Woodstock School from Upper Kindergarten to graduation (with a couple of years in the US). His winter family home was in Jalandhar, Punjab.

Gabriel has a Ph.D. and M.Phil in Anthropology, Religion and South Asian Studies from Columbia University and Union Theological Seminary, New York (With Distinction) and an M.A. and B.A. from Wesleyan University, Connecticut in Anthropology and History and Religion (magna cum laude). For these degrees he spent two separate years of field research living in villages of Himachal Pradesh and Jumla, Nepal. He speaks Nepali, Hindi, Urdu and Punjabi and has studied French, Tibetan and Sanskrit. He has published six monographs and books and over 100 articles and papers.

Following five years as the executive head of the US Education Foundation in Nepal (Fulbright Program) and director of operations for Mountain Travel Nepal, Gabriel's career has focused on natural resource management and local livelihood improvement in a number of countries in the Himalaya. He has worked with a international development agencies, including USAID, United Nations, the World Bank and NGOs, especially The Mountain Institute, as a specialist in the human dimensions of development and in management roles. As Director General of ICIMOD - the International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development - for over seven years, Gabriel supervised a staff of 150, built an international headquarters and worked with countries throughout the Himalaya to increase cooperation and knowledge sharing. In this role he was given a number of awards by the countries of the region, international agencies, and several large private sector IT companies.

Among his accomplishments, Gabriel is credited with being instrumental in:

  • establishing Community Forestry in Nepal and reversing deforestation in the hills and mountains of that country (this is now a global model of success);
  • establishing community based national parks around Mt. Everest and Mt. Makalu - Qomolangma National Nature Preserve in Tibet, China and Makalu-Barun National Park and Conservation Area in eastern Nepal;
  • designing Eco-development programs for 7 Project Tiger national parks in India that have been subsequently expanded to other park areas;
  • pioneering scholarship on shamanism in far Western Nepal, community institutions for natural resource management, validity of social science survey methods and methodology, monitoring systems for forestry in India and tenurial aspects of development; and eco-tourism in Sikkim;
  • building regional cooperation between Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, China, India, Nepal, Myanmar and Pakistan in a number of areas such as: flood forecasting, biodiversity conservation, GIS and glacial lake mapping, disaster preparedness, watershed management and agricultural development, eco-tourism, climate change research and adaptation strategies, Himalayan bee development, promoting gender equality, and increasing social inclusion.

Gabriel lives mostly in Nepal with his wife, Dr. Lynn Bennett, also an anthropologist known for her pioneering work on women and social inclusion in the World Bank. He is active in WOSA meetings in Nepal, and when possible, the US and was happy to help host the Woodstock Jazz Band who visited Kathmandu for Jazzmandu in October 2010. He was the Commencement Speaker at Woodstock for the class of '06.

 

2011 Tom Alter '68

Tom Alter has been a well-known face to Indian movie-goers for more than three decades. Apart from acting in Hindi films, Tom Alter has exhibited talent in theatre, in sports and in literature. The son and grandson of American Presbyterian missionaries, Tom grew up in north India in the towns of Rajpur and Mussoorie. As a child, he studied Hindi and Urdu and, consequently, was referred to as the 'blue-eyed sahib with the impeccable Hindi.' After studying in Woodstock School from 1st to 12th Grade and graduating in 1968, Tom worked as a sports teacher at St. Thomas School in Jagadhri, Haryana and came back to the Woodstock as staff for about two years.

In the early 1970s Tom fell in love with the movies (after watching the classic film Aaradhna) which led Tom to enrol in the prestigious Film and Television Institute of India (FTII), where he studied with the likes of Naseeruddin Shah, Shabana Azmi, and other stalwarts of cinema. Having featuring in almost 100 films, Tom Alter has worked with noted filmmakers such as Satyajit Ray, V. Shantaram, Raj Kapoor, Hrishikesh Mukherjee, Manmohan Desai, Vidhu Vinod Chopra, Manoj Kumar and Ismail Merchant. He has played many significant roles in his career and has had the privilege of working with the best in Hindi cinema and Hollywood. No actor in Hindi cinema has acted in as broad a range of movies.

In addition to acting, Alter has also ventured into direction: he directed a one-shot episode for the short-lived series 'Yule Love Stories' in the mid-1990s. He also worked on the small screen in a number of popular serials: Junoon which ran for five years and won him rave reviews, Zabaan Sambhalke, Ghutan and a talk show Mere Ghar Aana Zindagi are some of the popular shows Tom has been part of. Tom Alter also made his mark in theatre. Significant productions include William Dalrymple's 'City of Djinns' where he shared a stage with the legend Zohra Sehgal. A solo play Maulana, based on the life and vision of freedom fighter Maulana Azad, is also running to rave reviews in India and abroad.

Cricket was more than a passion for Tom Alter. From the late 1980s to the early 1990s Tom was a sports journalist. He continues to play cricket for a film industry team MCC (Match Cut Club), with Naseeruddin Shah, Aamir Khan and Nana Patekar among others. He still writes on cricket for a number of national and international publications. At the WOSA 100 celebrations, Tom captained a team of alumni in a close-fought match against the team led by former staff member Brij Lal. Tom Alter has also written three books, one non-fiction and two fiction: The Longest Race, Rerun at Rialto, The Best in the World.

In 2008 Tom Alter was awarded the prestigious Padma Shree (one of India's highest public honours) by the Indian government in recognition for his services to the field of arts and cinema. Tom Alter stands out in every part of his professional life. In Woodstock, as a student, as a staff member and as a parent, Tom Alter has been a proactive, keen and involved alumnus, an integral part of the Woodstock heritage.

 

2010 Ashoke Chatterjee '51

Ashoke Chatterjee's distinguished career as a public servant and professional communicator has sat comfortably with his widely recognised voluntary philanthropic contributions.

Ashoke attended Woodstock School, following which he earned his Economics degree at St Stephens College (New Delhi). He then studied for his Master of Business Administration at Miami University in Ohio, USA. Professional career highlights include positions with the International Monetary Fund in Washington DC, where he worked as a communications specialist. In a career studded with highlights, Ashoke held positions with the Indian Tourism Development Corporation, and as executive director of the National Institute of Design in Ahmadabad. Through these teaching and consultancy activities in Ahmedabad, he was able to impact the management of design in industry and development communication.

Current contributions include Water Supply & Sanitation Collaborative Council (Geneva), Indian National Trust for Art & Cultural Heritage (INTACH), Gujarat Ecology Commission, Government of Rajasthan Department of Health and the National Drinking Water Mission (Govt. of India).

Ashoke has used his development communications experience in consultancies and training on behalf of Gujarat AIDS Awareness & Prevention Unit (GAP), National AIDS Control Organisation (Govt of India), World Water Council (Marseilles) and UNICEF (India and New York). For many years, he served as honorary President of the Crafts Council of India. Recently he joined the board of directors of Aid to Artisans, a US-based non-profit organisation that offers assistance to artisans worldwide.

Ashoke's expertise in water management projects and environmental issues has seen him travel widely in India and overseas. An active member of WOSA India for a number of years he has served on the Winterline Foundation and has been a member of the Woodstock Board of Directors. Ashoke's commitment to others, voluntary service and life long achievements are qualities in Woodstock we both nurture and honour.

 

2010 Margaret Loehlin Schafer '56

Margaret Loehlin Schafer '56 is an outstanding example of Woodstock's Distinguished Alumni. Margaret attended Woodstock school as the daughter of missionaries serving the Presbyterian Church in the Punjab. She has been elected to Woodstock's Distinguished Alumni roll for her work in the support of social programmes in her congregation in New York, Fifth Avenue Presbyterian Church and the wider community.

Margaret's Christian faith is the foundation for her largely voluntary work in the fields of education, leadership training, social injustice and fighting racism. She has been awarded an outstanding Service Award from The Black Caucus of the Presbytery of New York for her work in designing "Undoing Racism" workshops for her presbytery. She has received an Outstanding Service Award from the Fordham University Council for her work with the homeless at her Fifth Avenue Church (2003). Margaret also received an Outstanding Achievement Award from the partnership for the Homeless, New York City (2002).

In a First Amendment court case in 2002, Margaret was the primary named litigant against New York City that was tried in the second District Court of Appeals. The city of New York sought to stop ministering of the homeless on the steps of the church. The case was won by the Church. Margaret has also published numerous articles relating to public schools and religion. Her articles include Bible education and the Church's response to the AIDS crisis.

Career highlights for Margaret include National Council of Churches of Christ in the USA (1982-90) where Margaret developed expertise in the education for the prevention of the spread of AIDS and in basic adult Literacy. During this time, Margaret developed and co-coordinated support ministries and volunteers of the Fifth Avenue Presbyterian Church in programmes emphasising homelessness (1998-2004). In 1991-2006 Margaret worked as an Associate in Education planning and organising education for her 3000-member church. In 2007-2009 Margaret provided courses for students considering going to the seminary at the United Theological College, Bangalore, India.

Margaret has served on many management boards, including as a member of the Board of Directors, Kodai-Woodstock International 1993-2004 and member of the Alumni Council of Woodstock Old Students Association, North America 1990-1994. While President in 1993-94 Margaret attended meetings of the Woodstock School Board in Mussoorie.

Margaret is married to Byron Shafer, PhD and they have three children and three grandchildren. Margaret is described by her friend Margo Curl '67 as 'smart, courageous and gracious'. Woodstock is proud to produce graduates with these wonderful qualities.

 

2008 Bob Fleming '54

Bob Fleming Jr. is recognized in his field as a preeminent Himalayan naturalist and natural history educator. His lifetime has been spent studying, understanding and spreading an appreciation for nature. His love and deep appreciation for the natural world is rooted in his upbringing in Nepal and India. The wild places of the Himalayan Mountain System and the broader South Asian region, along with the cultures developed through complex interactions with their natural world, have inspired his professional life. After finishing his PhD at Michigan State University, Bob worked for the Smithsonian Institute, Office of Ecology, surveying Universities in India for a collaborative research program site. In 1974 he founded Nature Himalayas, a company that sponsors natural history travel around the world. Through his company he has led natural history trips in many different parts of the planet, exploring the 2200-mile-long Himalayan Mountain System, as well as most of the biologically distinct regions of Asia. Bob has also studied the biodiversity of ten eastern and southern African countries and thirteen Pacific and Indian Ocean island groups.

Starting from his superb knowledge of the Himalayan System Bob has developed expertise in the flora, fauna and cultures of many different parts of the world. By spreading both understanding and appreciation of these worlds, he has influenced the conservation of many wild places. For over 30 years, Fleming has inculcated an appreciation of nature and of the dynamic relationship between different cultures and the natural world in the many people he has worked with as a professional naturalist, most recently as a professor in the Future Generations Graduate School/ Masters program in Community Change and Conservation, a program founded, in parat, by Woodstock alumni. Bob Fleming's publications include: Across the Tibetan Plateau: Ecosystems, Wildlife and Conservation (2007) (with Dorji Tsering and Lu Wulin Foreword by Jimmy Carter); Birds of Nepal (with Robert Fleming Sr); The General Ecology, Flora, and Fauna of Midland Nepal (1973); Kathmandu Valley (1987) (with Linda Fleming).

Daniel Taylor, President of Future Generations, describes Bob's recent work in/on Tibet as follows:

"Bobby has gone beyond what any of the rest of us would ever hope to know. For those who cannot immediately share a walk with him, actually you can. You can travel all over Tibet, visiting places you never expected to see. Read his Across the Tibetan Plateau, a vibrant magnum opus he wrote that ties together the magical natural history of the plateau as has never been done before and probably will never be done again. We all know who did 99% of the writing. But characteristically, Fleming shares the authorship equally with Chinese and Tibetan. His knowledge may be all encompassing, but his acceptance of those around him as equals (when we are far from that) is even more encompassing."

At a recent launch for this book of his (Across the Tibetan Plateau) another who has shared many a trek with the one he calls "Bob" commented as the lecture began, "You know if there was any way to do it, the taxonomists who keep track of rare and endangered species should add a new species to their famous Red Book, Flemingensis, probably the rarest and most treasured species in the Himalaya." There was a slight pause, and then from another Fleming aficionado standing nearby came the reply, "No.. not the Himalaya; this guy's a one-of-a-kind rare and treasured species for the world."

 

2008 Chris Anderson '74

Chris Anderson '74 was born in Pakistan in 1957. His parents were medical missionaries and he spent most of his childhood in Pakistan, India and Afghanistan. He attended Woodstock until eighth grade and went on to public school in England. In 1978 he graduated from Oxford University with a degree in Philosophy, Politics and Economics. In 1985, Anderson launched Future Publishing and over the next twenty years his company expanded to include over 130 different magazines, mostly connected to information technology. In 1994, he moved from the UK to San Francisco and continued his company's growth, through magazines and websites. It has been reported that when his company was floated on the London Stock Exchange in 1999 it had a peak market capitalization of more than $ 2 billion, with 1,500 employees. Even though his media empire went through very tough times with the bursting of the technology bubble in 2000, Anderson was eventually able to stabilize his finances and used those resources to forge new paths through The Sapling Foundation, a private non-profit organization he had founded in 1996, with the goal of fostering "the spread of great ideas" and to "provide a platform for the world's smartest thinkers, greatest visionaries and most-inspiring teachers, so that millions of people can gain a better understanding of the biggest issues faced by the world, and a desire to help create a better future."

With the acquisition of TED (Technology Entertainment and Design) in 2001, Anderson discovered a potent vehicle for global dialogue. Originally, the TED Conferences were highly exclusive seminars for an elite audience including important thinkers, celebrities, and public figures like Bill Gates, Bill Clinton, Bono, Isabelle Allende, Jane Goodall and others of similar stature. Anderson, who characterizes himself as a "brainstormer, entrepreneur, global soul" and an "idea generator," saw the potential for the ideas and visions created at TED to reach a much larger audience than those sitting in the auditorium. By putting the TED conferences on the internet, Anderson made them available to viewers and listeners around the world. Instead of always holding these intellectual conclaves in privileged locations like Monterrey California, Chris Anderson has hosted global events in places like rural Tanzania.

He also introduced the idea of the TED prize. Each year this prize grants three TED speakers "One Wish to Change the World" leading to ambitious collaborative projects undertaken by the TED community. For example, one prize went toward helping support the national health care system in Rwanda. Through his Sapling Foundation, in addition to TED, Chris Anderson has sponsored many projects related to education, global peace, environmental conservation and poverty eradication. He has funded NGOs in Africa and Asia, including a rural development project in Bihar. Anderson's ability to motivate individuals to fulfill what he calls "outrageously exciting goals" represents a dedication to worldwide service and social responsibility.

The Egyptian filmmaker Jehane Noujaim's TED Prize wish was for the creation of Pangea Day, in which millions of people around the world watched the same films at the same time on May 10, 2008. This event supported Anderson's vision of a world in which barriers are erased by sharing information and replacing conflict with conversation. When he learned that Woodstock was hosting a Pangea Day event, Anderson responded by saying "it all began at Woodstock."

 

2007 Bhavenesh Kumari Patiala '50

Bhavenesh Kumari Patiala '50 has been nominated for her ground-breaking career as a woman lawyer in India. A member of the royal family of Patiala, she excelled in a career that was closed to women and to those of her lineage.

Bhavenesh came to Woodstock in 1948, inspired by memories shared by her British governess Josephine Newman - a teacher trainee at The College (the former incarnation of Midlands). It took much persuasion before family traditions were put aside to send Bhavanesh to Woodstock. Lena, as she came to be known, decided early on that the hillside had far more for her than book learning: she excelled in sports, hiking and student government.

Bhavenesh attended Miranda House (Delhi University) where she decided on a career in law. She broke gender and social barriers with a law degree from Delhi, followed by another from Yale Law School.

On her return to India, Bhavenesh became a partner in the largest law firm in New Delhi. She became one of India's first specialists in international corporate law, and her work served as foundation for later globalization efforts. Bhavenesh was the first woman to practice in several countries of West Asia. Practicing in the Supreme Court, she represented Sikkim's ruling family with the Government of India in what became an important landmark in her career. Another was to help sort out a multi-billion-rupee mess in Hyderabad and Australia for "The Last Nizam" --- recorded by John Zubrzycki in his book of that title (Phaidon 2006). She has always made time to support good causes and those in need of legal aid. These have included villagers displaced by the Rajasthan Canal, and a range of hospitals and schools. When two states offered her judgeships, Bhavenesh declined in order to sustain her public service. "That way, I could do more for people. For me, law is not a profession. It's a way of life." Invited to membership by four Bar associatons, recognition also came through the Indian Law Federation, and the Indian Commission of Jurists' invitation to join its executive, the first woman lawyer elevated to this position.

Through all these years, Bhavenesh remained one of WOSA-India's most active members. Her wisdom and skills have helped successive Woodstock administrations over a range of management and liaison needs, including the legal complexities of property rights vital to Woodstock's sustainability. In 2005, Kaye Aoki shared her impressions with Woodstock students: "What is most impressive about Bhavenesh is her enormous generosity of spirit and how she has used her status, both earned and inherited, to enhance the experiences of others".

 

2007 TZ Chu '52

T. Z. Chu, Class of 1952, has been recognized for his pioneering work in analytical instrumentation, his facility as an early practitioner of global business strategy for smaller companies, his leadership in promoting diversity in management as a role model and as an industry leader, and his committed support of his high school and university through multiple means, including service as a Board member of Woodstock School.

Mr. Chu earned a BSc degree in Chemistry at the University of California, Berkeley, in 1958. An active supporter of the university, he has served as a volunteer in numerous capacities, including as a trustee of UC Berkeley Foundation and volunteer fund-raiser. He established a Distinguished Professorship in Chemistry in 2005.

For 45 years, Mr. Chu enjoyed a successful career in the analytical and scientific instruments industry as a scientist, manager, entrepreneur, and venture investor in several pioneering instrumentation fields. The products, methodologies, and applications he helped to develop are the basis of worldwide environmental regulations, pharmaceuticals development, drugs-of-abuse detection, nuclear energy development and safeguards, and in molecular and cell biology research.

From 1962 through 1996, he organized and managed operations of his company in the United States, Canada, Europe, Latin America, Australia, Japan, and China. From 1972 to 2006, he served as a board member of private and public companies, trade associations, and nonprofit organizations. He was the first Asian chief executive officer of a publicly held technology company in North America in 1972, and from 1993 to 2006, he served as a board member of LSI Logic (New York Stock Exchange) and other public and private companies.

Mr. Chu was elected chairman of the highly influential American Electronics Association in 1980. In 1972 he was a founding board member of the Women's Resource Center, the first nonprofit organization devoted to advancing women's management careers in technology companies. He served on the boards of KW International, Kodaikanal International School, and Friends of Woodstock School from 1996 to 2006.

Mr. Chu, a U.S. citizen, was born in Shanghai, China, in 1934. His mother was Japanese, and his father was Chinese. His father received his university education in France. T. Z. Chu has been married to Irmgard Suetterlin Chu, a Swiss citizen, since 1963. They have one daughter and two grandchildren.

 

2007 Dorothy Irene Riddle '60

Dorothy Riddle was born in the United States. She accompanied her parents to China after World War II, learned Chinese, and was ready to start school when the communist takeover of the country forced the departure of all foreigners. In 1950 Dorothy started lower kindergarten in Woodstock School, where her grandfather, Allen Parker, had been principal. She graduated as valedictorian of her class. She completed a BA, summa cum laude in psychology and philosophy at the University of Colorado; a PhD in clinical psychology from Duke University; and an MBA specializing in service industries from the University of Arizona.

Throughout her career, Dr. Riddle has focused on initiatives to empower disadvantaged groups and economies. In 1971, she was responsible for launching the first BA-granting women studies program, based at City University of New York. During the early 1970s, Dr. Riddle was part of an American Psychological Association Task Force which was ultimately responsible for the official change in status of homosexuality from a psychiatric disorder to a lifestyle. She also developed the "Riddle Scale", a tool for measuring homophobia that is now being used to measure changes in a range of other social attitudes.

In 1981, Dr. Riddle joined the faculty of the American Graduate School of International Management in Phoenix, Arizona, and developed and delivered the first courses on international services trade and international services management. In 1986, she completed a study of the service sectors of 81 countries at four levels of development. She has done groundbreaking research and consulting work in over 80 countries on the importance of leveraging the service sector for economic growth. She has been recognized by the United Nations as the leading world expert on services and economic development.

Dr. Riddle has developed a series of online assessment tools for export readiness, e-business readiness, and business competitiveness. She and her business partner developed and launched the online Employment Readiness Scale (see www.EmploymentReadiness.org). Her most recent accomplishment is the Spiritual Evolution Assessment Scale which she designed and field tested in 24 countries with 417 participants from a range of spiritual traditions (see www.SEAScale.net).

Dr. Riddle has served on the Board of Directors of the North-South Institute, a Canadian non-profit organization dedicated to eradicating global poverty and enhancing social justice through research that promotes international cooperation, democratic governance, and conflict prevention.

 

2007 Robert E. Scott '62

Robert E. Scott is a nationally renowned teacher and scholar in the fields of contracts, commercial law, and bankruptcy. He has co-authored five books on contracts and commercial transactions, is the author of more than three dozen scholarly articles, and is widely recognized for setting the standard for the economic analysis of the law of contracts.

Robert Scott earned his bachelor's degree cum laude from Oberlin College and in 1968 graduated from the William & Mary School of Law, where he had the highest academic average in his class. Scott earned an S.J.D. from the University of Michigan in 1973, after which he joined the law faculty at William & Mary.

In 1974, Dr. Scott joined the Virginia School of Law faculty, where he served from 1974 to 2006. He served as Dean of the Law School from 1991 to 2001. Under his leadership, the School completed a $203 million capital campaign in 2000. He also spearheaded the most ambitious building project in the School's history, a $30-million renovation of the David A. Harrison III Law Grounds, completed in 1997, followed by a $7-million law student-faculty meeting and dining center, completed in 2002 and named "Scott Commons." Dr. Scott also instituted the Mary Morton Parsons Seminars in Ethical Values, a program that provides insights into the moral and ethical responsibilities of the lawyer.

In April 2000, the University of Virginia established the Robert E. Scott Distinguished Professorship in Law, made possible by support from more than 250 of his colleagues on the faculty, former students and friends of the school, who committed $1.9 million for the professorship. In 2004, Robert Scott was recognized by the University of Virginia with its highest honor, the Thomas Jefferson Award for his "integrity and honor, bold and skillful leadership, unfailing civility, and uncompromising excellence, qualities that have distinguished Mr. Scott's tenure as dean and his thirty-five years of teaching and scholarship."

Scott joined the Columbia Law School faculty in July 2006, having been a frequent visiting professor at Columbia, most recently as Justin W. D'Atri Visiting Professor of Law, Business and Society from 2001-2006.

Scott served a number of times as chair of the American Association of Law Schools' sections on Contract Law, Law and Economics, and Commercial and Consumer Law. He was elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 1999 and has been a fellow of the American Bar Foundation since 1993.

 

2006 Mark Kenoyer '70

Jonathan Mark Kenoyer, PhD, has been elected to the Woodstock School Distinguished Alumni Roll for his pioneering work on the anthropology of the Indus Valley, which has completely revised previously accepted theories of the beginning of civilization in the Indian Peninsula. He is Professor of Anthropology at the University of Wisconsin, Madison (USA), and is Co-Director of the Harappa Archaeological Research Project (HARP). Under his direction, HARP has been excavating at the ancient Indus city of Harappa since 1986. Dr. Kenoyer speaks several South Asian languages fluently and has been involved in a variety of other archaeological and ethnographic projects in Pakistan and India since 1974. His particular interests include the origins of cities, writing, and technology. He has worked with craftspeople in Pakistan and India to replicate ancient pottery, jewelry, and other objects.

Dr. Kenoyer was born in India and has been digging in the subcontinent for 30 years. He was a student of the late George F. Dales, with whom he coauthored a definitive study of excavations at Mohenjo-daro, entitled Pakistan: The Pottery. He did his BA, MA, and PhD (1983) from the University of California at Berkeley. He is the author of numerous books and articles on the latest research into the ancient Indus. His most well-known book is Ancient Cities of the Indus Valley (Oxford, 1998). He was also Curator of the "Great Cities, Small Treasures: The Ancient World of the Indus Valley" exhibit in the United States in 1999. His most recent book, coauthored with Kimberly Heuston, is The Ancient South Asian World (Oxford 2005) and has been written for children.

He has published over 35 journal articles, had over 60 articles appear in edited volumes, authored 17 book reviews on works relating to South Asian study, participated in the development of numerous museum displays, and is a consultant and founding member of the Indus Heritage Display at the Maharaja Sayajirao University, Baroda, India. He has lectured worldwide on Harappa culture and the Indus.

 

2006 Frank Mayadas '57

Ashok Frank Mayadas, PhD, has been elected to the Woodstock School Distinguished Alumni Roll for his extraordinary leadership in the business sector and for his widely recognized work as Program Officer at the Sloan Foundation. Dr. Mayadas joined the Sloan Foundation in 1993. His interests at the foundation are in the areas of learning outside the classroom (computer and electronic communicationsbased education and training), career choice, and industry-related analysis. The foundation has provided over $55 million to nearly 100 academic institutions of higher education in the area of e-Learning. Prior to moving to the Sloan Foundation, Dr. Mayadas spent 27 years at the IBM Corporation. He was Vice President, Research Division, Technical Plans and Controls, from 1991 to 1992; Vice President, Technology and Solutions Development, Application Solutions Line of Business, from 1989 to 1991; General Manager, University and College Systems, IBM Personal Systems Line of Business, from 1988 to 1989; Secretary of IBM's Corporate Management Board and the IBM Management Committee, from 1987 to 1988; and the IBM Management Committee, from 1987 to 1988; IBM Research Division Vice President and Director, Almaden Research Center, San Jose, California, from 1983 to 1987; and an IBM Research Division Director, Technical Planning and Controls, from 1981 to 1983.

Dr. Mayadas received a PhD in Applied Physics from Cornell in 1965 and a BS from the Colorado School of Mines in 1961. He has over 35 published papers in systems, devices, and solid state physics and holds several patents and awards from IBM. He is a Fellow of the IEEE, a member of the American Physical Society, and a past Director of the Society of Engineering Science. He has served as a member of the National Advisory Board for Georgia Tech and the Advisory Board of the College of Engineering, University of Illinois at Urbana- Champaign. He is currently a member of the Advisory Board for the College of Engineering, University of Florida. He has also served as member of the Advisory Boards of the Colleges of Engineering at the University of Illinois and at Vanderbilt University.

At Sloan, Dr. Mayadas has directed the Foundation's Program in Anytime, Anyplace Learning since late 1992 and devised the projects and partnership with a wide range of academic institutions that have made this one of the Foundation's most successful programs. The Sloan Consortium today has over 800 institutions as members, and its academic institutional members offer approximately 800 full degree and certificate programs available to learners worldwide. In recognition of his work in Anytime, Anyplace Learning, Dr. Mayadas has been invited to keynote many conferences and to testify before Congress. In 1998, he received the Medal of Achievement from the National University Telecommunications Network (NUTN), and he has also been elected to the U.S. Distance Learning Association's Hall of Fame. He was invited to serve as a trustee of the Western Governors University and filled this role for five years. He currently leads the advisory group charged with overseeing quality for the U.S. Army's program in online education (eARMYU), and serves on the Advisory Board for the University of Texas Tele-campus. In 2005-2006, he cochaired the Association for Computing Machinery's task force on software globalization that attracted considerable attention. The Sloan-sponsored annual International Conference on Asynchronous Learning Networks now attracts nearly 900 people from 456 institutions, 27 states, and 13 countries.

His responsibilities at Sloan include the Sloan Program on Information about Careers, which operates a prominent web-site (www. careercornerstone.org) aimed at informing high school and college students about the worklife in technical fields. He is also a Coprogram Director for the Sloan Program on Industry Centers and Industry Studies, which encourages empirical, academic research at universities in specific industries, such as autos, semiconductors, software, and especially their global aspects. In this connection, he has Sloan oversight responsibility for Industry Centers at MIT, UC Berkeley, UC San Diego, Columbia, Virginia Tech, and Carnegie-Mellon Universities. Dr. Mayadas has been a keynote speaker at several distance education conferences and has testified before Congress on web-based learning.

 

2005 Marty Alter Chen '60

Marty Alter Chen has been recognized for her work with poor rural women in South Asia, especially for her efforts in illuminating the plight of widows through books such as Perpetual Mourning: Widowhood in Rural India.

Marty attended Woodstock from 1956, graduating in 1960, after which she attended Connecticut College and Pennsylvania State University. Since joining Harvard University in 1987, she has undertaken a field study of widowhood in rural India, pursued policy research on women's economic role in development, taught courses on international development, provided advisory services to various donor agencies and non-governmental organizations, and established a global network on women in the informal economy. She is currently Horner Distinguished Visiting Professor at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, Lecturer in Public Policy at the Kennedy School of Government, and Coordinator of the global network "Women in Informal Employment: Globalizing and Organizing" (WIEGO). Her areas of specialization are gender and development, poverty alleviation, and the informal economy.

She has long-term residence experience in Bangladesh, where she worked with the Bangladesh Rural Advancement Committee (BRAC), and in India, where she worked with over 50 non-governmental organizations in her capacity as field representative of Oxfam America for India and Bangladesh. She frequently works as an advisor for a number of NGOs, including the United Nations Research Institute for Social Development. Marty Chen is an Honorary Director of "Aid to Artisans", an organization which helps handicraft-based businesses compete in the global marketplace.

 

 

2004 Brigadier Hukam Singh Yadav '38

Brigadier Yadav has devoted his life to service in the Indian Army. Born in Agra in 1921, Brigadier Hukam Singh Yadav came to Woodstock in 1935. When he graduated from the school, he was chosen as one of the two 'best boy' students in the Class of 1938. At the age of 18, Brig. Yadav took the Federal Public Service Commission Examination and was one of 15 cadets admitted into the Indian Military Academy through an open competition. He received his commission from the King in 1941, as Second Lieutenant in the Royal Regiment of Indian Artillery. Despite his young age, Brig. Yadav was quickly promoted to Captain and became the first Indian to be appointed Instructor-in- Gunnery in February 1942. In 1943, Brig. Yadav was posted to the Burma Front and, soon after, selected to be Liaison Officer for Admiral Lord Louis Mountbatten, who was visiting to inspect an Infantry Division as the Supreme Allied Commander. Later, General Sir Montagu Stopford, who eventually became Commander-in-Chief and Supreme Allied Commander of Southeast Asia, chose Brig. Yadav as his ADC. He served with General Stopford on strategic and diplomatic missions throughout Asia from May 1945 until January 1947, when he was posted to Peshawar to command a rifle company charged with keeping the peace in the midst of Hindu-Muslim riots.

Three months later, Lord Mountbatten was appointed Viceroy of India, and Brig. Yadav left for New Delhi to serve as his ADC. At the August 15th Independence celebrations at India Gate, the huge crowd prevented Lord Mountbatten from reaching the flagpole, so he directed Brig. Yadav to make his way through the crowd and unfurl the flag on Lord Mountbatten's behalf-it was the second flag to be unfurled on that day, Pundit Nehru having unfurled the first at Red Fort during the morning.

In December 1947, Brig. Yadav wed Ann Connorton, who was also a member of Mountbatten's staff. They were married for 52 years and had two children. Their daughter, Maya, worked at Woodstock for four years. Immediately after his marriage, Brig. Yadav was promoted to Lieutenant Colonel at the age of 26 and posted to command a battalion on the front in Kashmir. In 1948, he led two major campaigns; the first in the Doda- Kishtwar-Bhadarwa area of more than 500 square miles of rugged mountain terrain, where he was the first Indian Commander to face and quell a large-scale insurrection; the second over the snow-covered 17,400 foot Umasila Pass in Oct-Nov 1948. Both campaigns were successful. Among a wide range of positions in his military career, Brig. Yadav taught at the Artillery School, the Infantry School, the Defense Services Staff College, and was the first Commandant of the Jungle Warfare School, which he created. While there, he compiled and wrote the first ever standard textbook on Jungle Warfare. Later in his military career, Brig. Yadav raised and commanded a Brigade and later another Mountain Brigade and was Brigadier General Staff of an Army Command, responsible for military operations, training and intelligence, in 1965-67. He retired from the army at his own request in 1968 and went into politics and farming.

Brig. Yadav now resides in Mussoorie and Meerut. He is Chairman of All India Exservicemen Action Committee, a group that lobbies for the rights of veterans. In this position, Brig. Yadav was successful in urging the Government to concede a fixed minimum pension for all, an enhanced pension on the basis of One Rank One Pension notwithstanding the date of retirement, a fixed pension for widows, and better allowances to the disabled. In his effort to ensure these advantages for the many who had served their country, Brig. Yadav went as far as spending a day of confinement in jail, but the veteran rights he fought for have benefited more than six million military and civil pensioners in the country.

Brig. Yadav has retained a passion for history and literature. In December 2001, he was awarded a master's degree in History. His first published novel was Against the Rising Sun, and he is now working on a second. Brig. Yadav also recently published British Lions and Indian Tigers, a historical review of British rule in India and the role played by the Indian Army in gaining independence.

Brig. Yadav passed away in 2005.

 

2005 Richard Brown '58

Dick Brown has been recognised for his lifelong commitment to advancing political and economic development around the world.

Dick graduated from Woodstock School in 1958. He received his BA in Political Science from Muskingum College., Ohio. After graduation he joined the Peace Corps, working in poultry development in Uttar Pradesh, India. He returned to the US to earn a MA degree in Asian Studies and a Doctorate in International Relations from the American University in Washington D.C. Upon receiving his degree, he returned to the Peace Corps in India to direct training programs in poultry development, farm management, applied nutrition and livestock development. After the Peace Corps, he joined the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) working in Korea, Indonesia and Sri Lanka. In 1980 Dick joined USAID, The United States Agency for International Development, where he served with distinction for 20 years, with postings in India, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka and Egypt. In 2000, his work for USAID was recognized with its Distinguished Career Service Award, and in 2002 he was awarded Presidential Distinguished Rank, the highest US Government Award. After retiring from USAID in 2000, Dick became Vice-President of Winrock International, an NGO specializing in rural development, renewable energy, and environment. He currently works at Advanced Engineering Associates International, an energy consultancy.

 

 

2005 Gerry Williams '42

Gerry Williams has been recognized for excellence in his field and his original research on ceramic techniques called wet fire and photo resist and his contributions to the art of wheel-thrown and slab-built pottery both nationally and internationally.

Gerry was born in Asansol, Bengal. He began at Woodstock in 1937, graduating in 1942. After leaving India in 1943, he attended Cornell College in Iowa for a year before being drafted as a conscientious objector in New York City. He was later jailed for refusing to re-register for the draft prior to the Korean War. He went to New Hampshire in 1950 to study pottery at the League of Arts and Crafts and became an independent craftsman.

Gerry and his wife Julie live in northeastern United States, where he is an independent, self-supporting artist, and founder and editor of Studio Potter magazine, a publication with a world-wide readership. During the past 40 years, he has produced wheel-thrown and slab-built pottery, fired in high temperature gas and wood kilns in his own studio. His work includes architectural forms and commissioned wall plaques. He has done original research on the ceramic techniques of wet fire and photo resist, and has published papers on them. He has had many one-man exhibitions in museums and art centers in the US and abroad, including The American Craft Museum in New York City, the Victoria and Albert Museum in London, the US State Department Traveling Museum in London, and the US State Department Traveling Exhibition in Europe and Africa. Having taught at many colleges, including Dartmouth College, Willimantic State College, Haystack School of Crafts, Penland School of Crafts, NY State College at Cortland, and the Tasmanian College of Advanced Education, Hobart, Australia, he has also conducted workshops throughout the Eastern US and Canada, and has lectured in Austria, Japan and India.

He has contributed to symposia in Finland and Australia, and has been a panel member for the National Endowment for Arts in Washington, DC. He is the co-founder of the Phoenix Workshops, a summer school. He was the subject of a film called An American Potter, produced by Charles Musser, the Yale film historian. Gerry is the originator of the first national conference on apprenticeship, and has spoken on the subject at World Craft Conferences in Kyoto, Japan and Vienna, Austria. He is a trustee emeritus of Haystack School, and was on the Board of Advisors for the Appalachian Craft Center, Tennessee. He was awarded an Honorary Doctor of Arts from Notre Dame College, Manchester, NH. He also was awarded an Honorary Doctor of Arts from his alma mater Cornell College. He was elected a fellow of the American Craft Council, from which he received a gold medal, and is an honorary member of the National Council on Education in the Ceramic Arts. He is an elected member of the International Academy of Ceramics, Geneva, Switzerland. In 1998, he was designated the first Artist Laureate of New Hampshire.

 

 

2004 Smt Nayantara Sahgal '43

Mrs. Nayantara Pandit Sahgal has been elected to the Distinguished Alumni Roll in recognition of her lifetime achievement as a writer of elegantly crafted works of both fiction and non-fiction providing a perceptive and insightful analysis of postcolonial India's social and political climate. Mrs. Sahgal was born in Allahabad, India in 1927 into one of India's most prominent political families. Her mother, Vijayalakshmi Pandit, was India's first ambassador to the U.N.; her uncle, Jawaharlal Nehru, was India's first Prime Minister, and her first cousin, Indira Gandhi, was India's third Prime Minister. It is therefore not surprising that politics and history underlie much of her writing.

A member of the Class of 1943, Mrs. Sahgal attended Woodstock from 1936 until 1940, finishing her high school education in Allahabad due to the changing political climate in the nation. She attended Wellesley College in the United States and graduated with a BA in History in 1947, the first step in a lifetime of academic accomplishment. In 1976, Mrs. Sahgal was named a fellow of the Radcliffe Institute in Cambridge, Massachusetts; from 1981-82, a fellow of the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars in Washington, DC; from 1983-84, a fellow at the National Humanities Center in North Carolina. In addition to these fellowships, Mrs. Sahgal was Writer-in- Residence at Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas in both 1973 and 1977. In recognition of her many academic and literary achievements, Mrs. Sahgal was elected to The American Academy of Arts and Sciences as a Foreign Honorary Fellow in 1990. Mrs. Sahgal is the author of nine novels Dun. In 2002, Mrs. Sahgal was awarded the Alumni Achievement Award from Wellesley College. Her last novel, Lesser Breeds, was published in 2003. The Library of Congress currently holds twenty-four of her works. Mrs. Sahgal continues to write, and maintains contact with Woodstock from her home in Dehra Dun. In 2004, she spoke at the Woodstock's 75th annual Commencement, where she inspired yet another generation of students to make a difference in the world.

 

 

2004 Dr Frederick Downs '49

Dr. Frederick S. Downs has spent his life in service to the Church and to theological education in India. Dr. Downs was born of missionary parents at Tura, Meghalaya in 1932. An official member of the Class of 1949, he attended Woodstock from 1946-48. Following graduation, he embarked on a rigorous path of academic and theological study, receiving a BA in History from the College of Wooster, a BD from Colgate Rochester Divinity School, and a PhD from St. Andrews University in Scotland in the field of Church History.

In 1960, Dr. Downs and his wife, Mary, were appointed to Eastern Theological College in Jorhat, Assam, as missionaries. There, he served as Professor from 1961-1969 and also as Acting Principal from 1963-1966. Nearly thirty years later, Dr. Downs was to return to the college as Visiting Professor of History of Christianity from 1997-1998. During his time in Assam, Dr. Downs served as Vice- President of the Council of Baptist Churches in North East India (CBCNEI) in 1963 and 1968. While in Bangalore, he also in the area of History of Christianity. Dr. Downs' commitment to education in India has included an ongoing relationship with Woodstock, as well as with Kodaikanal International School. He was an active member of the Woodstock School Board of Directors from 1974-1980 serving as Vice- President in 1974-75 and President from 1975-1980. Dr. Downs was also a member of the Kodaikanal Board of Directors from 1991-1996, serving as Vice-Chair from 1995 - 1996.

In his posts on the Boards of Woodstock and Kodaikanal, Dr. Downs made serious contributions to international education in India, but these were only two of many roles he filled in support of excellence in education. Elsewhere in India, he served as a member of the Senate of Serampore College from 1969- 1974, as member of the Boards of Studies at the LTh,, BD, and MTh levels, and as member of the Board of Moderators for the Comprehensive and MTh examinations over two decades. Dr. Downs was named Honorary Professor of Church History at Dharmaram College in Bangalore; Research Fellow and Visiting Lecturer at Yale Divinity School in New Haven, Connecticut; Adjunct Professor at Northern Baptist Theological Seminary in Lombard, Illinois; Colgate Rochester/Bexley Hall Divinity School in Rochester, New York; and Andover Newton Theological School in Boston, Massachusettes. Dr. Downs' countless articles in national and international journals and his seven books bear testimony to his commitment to the ecumenical movement and to the Church in the context of North East India. On February 7, 2004, the Senate and Council of Serampore College conferred upon Dr. Downs the Degree of Doctor of Divinity (Honoris Causa) in recognition of his service to the Church and theological education in India.

 

2003 Rev. Robert C. "Bob" Alter '43

Throughout his life, and through half of Woodstock's 150 year history, Rev. Robert C. Alter has maintained a unique relationship with both Woodstock School and the people of the Garhwal. Rev. Alter was born in 1926 in Srinagar, Kashmir to American missionary parents. He attended Woodstock School where his father was Principal and graduated as a member of the Class of 1943. He then attended Westminster College in New Wilmington, Pennsylvania in the U.S.A.

After graduation, Rev. Alter returned to teach at Woodstock, where he was joined by his fiancée, Ellen. They were married in Parker Hall in 1948, and both taught at Woodstock until 1951. At that time, they returned to the United States, where Rev. Alter attended Yale Divinity School and was ordained as a Presbyterian minister in 1955. the couple returned to India in 1956 as missionaries with the Presbyterian Church (USA), assigned to the Rural Church Program of the North India Synod of the United Church of North India. Rev. Alter initiated an economic development program for village Christians in central Uttar Pradesh, which he continued to develop for ten years. During that time, his interest in village work led to an M.A. in Rural Sociology from Cornell University in 1962.

In 1966, Rev. Alter accepted an invitation to serve as Business Manager at Woodstock for one year, a job which led to other positions at Woodstock for the next ten years, including that of Superintendent. During his tenure as Development Director, he wrote a strategic planning document that shaped the future of Woodstock as an international, Christian school. Though Rev. Alter's achievements at Woodstock were monumental, his influence eventually extended much further into the Garhwali hillside. In 1979, he was assigned to manage the sale and transfer of United Presbyterian property in Mussoorie and Kodaikanal. In addition to this assignment, he was asked by the Board of the Christian Retreat & Study Centre in Rajpur to help start a 'community development' project in villages in and around Rajpur and Mussoorie as part of the Centre's outreach program. This project evolved into MGVS, the Mussoorie Gramin Vikas Samiti, a holistic, integrated rural community development programme which emphasizes helping people identify and resolve problems within their own communities. Rev. Alter acted as Coordinator of MGVS until his retirement in 1994. As part of his work with MGVS, Rev. Alter oversaw such vital work as healthcare improvement, village dairy surveys, an ecosystems evaluation, a women's literacy project and a number of women's income-generating activities. Rev. Alter also worked with the construction of a significant drinking water pipeline, for which he is still known as the "water sahib". His experiences and reflections on development were published in 2002 in his book entitled Water for Pabolee. In addition to his involvement with Woodstock and MGVS, Rev. Alter served on the Board of KWI as President and council member for many years. He and Ellen now live in retirement at Wooster, Ohio. The two return to India each year to spend a few months in their home and among their friends in Mussoorie.

Bob Alter passed away in 2011.

 

2003 Dr Robert B. Griffiths '52

Throughout his career, Dr. Robert B. Griffiiths has dedicated himself to forming a lasting link between theory and reality. Born in Etah, Uttar Pradesh in 1937 to the son of Presbyterian missionaries, Dr. Griffiths attended Woodstock from fourth standard to tenth, along with his brothers and sisters. He graduated from Woodstock as a member of the Class of 1952. Even during his Woodstock days, Dr. Griffiths' mathematical and scientific aptitude was apparent. The 1952 Whispering Pine remarks that "Robert is famous for his long arguments (and unsurpassed knowledge) in chemistry class, his ability to 'recite' the log tables indelibly written in his brain, and his skill when it comes to fixing anything electrical." This knack for electrical systems kept Dr. Griffiths at Woodstock through part of 1953, working with the school's various wiring systems.

Following his time at Woodstock, Dr. Griffiths attended Princeton University where he earned a BA in Physics in 1957. He then earned both an MSc and PhD in Physics from Stanford University in 1958 and 1962 respectively. He was a Postdoctoral Fellow of the University of California, San Diego, from 1962-1964, Assistant Professor at Carnegie Mellon University from 1964-1967, becoming Associate Professor in 1967 and Professor in 1969. Since that time, Dr. Griffiths' academic contributions have been widely recognized. Dr. Griffiths was awarded a Phi Beta Kappa in 1956, was a National Science Foundation Postdoctoral Fellow from 1962-1964, an Alfred P. Sloan Research Fellow from 1966-1968, a Simon Guggenheim Foundation Fellow in 1973, and was given the US Senior Scientist Award of the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation in 1973. In 1981, he was awarded the A. Cressy Morrison Award of the New York Academy of Sciences, in 1984, the Dannie Heineman Prize for Mathematical Physics, and in 1987 he was elected to the National Academy of Sciences.

Within his work and research, Dr. Griffiths' primary focus has been in the field of quantum mechanics. Of the research, he has noted that "Quantum mechanics is hard to understand not only because it involves unfamiliar mathematics, but also because the usual discussion in textbooks about how to relate the mathematics to the real world is incomplete." It is this application of quantum information to the "real world" that Dr. Griffiths strives for. In 1984, he initiated a research program which sought to supply the missing link between theory and application while working out an entirely consistent form of quantum theory. Along with contributions of several key colleagues, the project eventually resulted in what is now commonly called the consistent (or decoherent) history approach to quantum theory, now effectively studied and applied in several areas of the field of quantum mechanics.

At present, Dr. Griffiths is the Otto Stern University Professor of Physics at Carnegie Mellon University. He has published over 140 articles, as well as the book Consistent Quantum Theory. He is a member of the Society of the Sigma Xi, a Fellow of the American Physical Society and a Fellow of the American Scientific Affiliation. Dr. Griffiths' research interests continue to include the foundations of quantum mechanics, quantum computation, and the relation of physical science and Christian theology.

 

2003 Dr Carl E. Taylor '32

Dr. Carl Taylor has dedicated his life's work to advancing the health care of people throughout the world, building on the principle of health equity. Born in the Indian Himalayas to the son of medical missionaries, Dr. Taylor attended Woodstock throughout his adolescence. He graduated from Woodstock as a member of the Class of 1932, and after earning a BS from Muskingum College in New Concord, Ohio, Dr. Taylor followed in his parents' footsteps by pursuing a medical profession. His own training in medicine was completed at Harvard Medical School and Harvard School of Public Health, where he received an M.D. and a DrPH in 1947 and 1953, respectively. Dr. Taylor defines "health equity" as ".providing health benefits according to measurable need rather than on the basis of political or economic status. concentrating on those with the greatest problems." This consistent vision has enabled Dr. Taylor to discover new means of assisting developing nations in improving the health of their citizens. In 1961, he became one of the founders and the first director of the Department of International Health at Johns Hopkins School of Hygiene and Public Health, the first department of its kind at any school of public health. Over the next thirty years, Dr. Taylor worked in India, first as director of Memorial Hospital, a Presbyterian Mission, and then as head of a preventive social medicine department at Christian Medical College in Ludhiana. Dr. Taylor served as primary WHO consultant in preparing documents for Alma Ata, a World Conference in 1978 on Primary Health Care, and as UNICEF director for China from 1984 through 1987. Throughout his career, Dr. Taylor involved his family in this work. During his travels within China and India, he was accompanied by his late wife, Mary Daniels Taylor, professor emeritus in education at Towson University and an active participant in his work, as well as by his three children.

For both his wide-ranging professional expertise and his fieldwork experience, Dr. Taylor has received extensive recognition including the Edward M. Ryan Prize for Contributions to International Nutrition in the Narangwal Project in 1974, and both the Alumni Award of Merit from Harvard School of Public Health and the Award for Outstanding Contributions to Public Health in 1992. In 1993, Dr. Taylor was awarded the U.S. Presidential Award for Service to Children of the World in Especially Difficult Circumstances. As Professor Emeritus of International Health at Johns Hopkins School of Hygiene and Public Health, Dr. Taylor continues to promote the investigation of pioneering and sustainable solutions to the health care needs of the developing world. His method promotes flexible and circumstantially appropriate partnerships between officials, communities, and experts. Together with his son, Daniel Taylor-Ide, Dr. Taylor has tested this method in communities in India, Nepal, Tibet and Peru through the international, non-profit organization, Future Generations. Their findings have provided the foundation for the jointly-written book, Just and Lasting Change: When Communities Own Their Own Futures, the most recent of Dr. Taylor's extensive publications.

Dr Carl E. Taylor passed away in 2010.