The Earlham College Alumni Council was pleased to honor Amanda Mills Wilcox `76 and Daniel J. Brat `87 with Earlham's 2017 Outstanding Alumni Award as well as Lavona Bane `52 and David Stump `72 with the Distinguished Service Award. Read their bios below.
Induction into the Earlham College Athletics Hall of Fame was awarded to Bob Stein `67, Walker Yane `07, Lisa Vanderkolk Giles `07, and the 1967 Men's Volleyball Team. To see the Athletic Hall of Fame recipient archive, visit the Athletics page.
The ceremony took place at the 2017 Alumni Awards Banquet during Homecoming and Reunion Weekend 2017. Watch the video of the ceremony below!
Outstanding Alumni Award
Amanda Mills Wilcox `76
Amanda Mills Wilcox `76 has lived a life guided by Quaker values to become an effective agent of change. After graduating from Earlham, she went on to a career as an educator and she and her husband raised their three children in rural Nevada County, California.
Wilcox’s family was transformed Jan. 10, 2001, when 19-year-old daughter Laura, who was working at a behavioral clinic during holiday break from Haverford College, was shot and killed by a man with severe mental illness.
In the wake of their loss, Wilcox and her husband began to work toward reducing violence in society. They advocated for passage of Laura’s Law, which allows for court-ordered assisted outpatient treatment for those with serious mental illness. Many California counties have implemented Laura’s Law. They also worked to help pass the Mental Health Services Act in 2004, which provides increased funding for mental health care in California.
As volunteer legislative advocates, they have been instrumental in the enactment of significant state firearms laws. Amanda is the founder and president of a local chapter of the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence. Since 2005 she has served as the legislation and policy chair for the California Chapters of the Brady Campaign and leader of California’s Gun Violence Prevention Coalition. She also works on behalf of California Crime Victims for Alternatives to the Death Penalty. Wilcox says that it is critical in her advocacy to understand the needs of the opposition, to give accurate information, to show respect to others and to conduct herself in accordance with her beliefs.
Daniel J. Brat `87
Daniel J. Brat `87 is the Chair of Pathology at the Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine in Chicago. Previously a diagnostic neuropathologist and brain tumor researcher at the Winship Cancer Institute at Emory University, Brat’s clinical and research interests are in mechanisms underlying glioblastoma progression, and investigations have focused on the contributions of genetics, tumor microenvironment and stem cells.
Brat’s clinical and research interests are in mechanisms underlying glioblastoma progression, and investigations have focused on the contributions of genetics, tumor microenvironment and stem cells. He also uses biomedical informatics approaches to creatively interrogate large molecular data sets to uncover how biomarker expression influences clinical outcomes.
Brat earned his medical degree and doctorate from Mayo Medical School and Mayo Graduate School. He completed his residency in anatomic pathology and his fellowship in neuropathology at Johns Hopkins Hospital. Brat has led brain tumor initiatives throughout the world, including those of the World Health Organization and the Cancer Genome Atlas. He serves in leadership positions in the Society for Neuro-oncology and American Association of Neuropathologists, and received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the College of American Pathologists in 2016. He is a member of Phi Beta Kappa, Alpha Omega Alpha and American Society of Clinical Investigation honor societies.
Distinguished Service Award
Lavona Bane `52
Lavona Bane `52, a birthright Quaker, grew up in Kansas and Nebraska, but made Richmond her home. She took time away from her studies at Earlham, begun in 1948, and married in 1949. Five of her children went on to be Earlham graduates: Gail Miller `72, Karen Elmore `74, Gregg Godsey `78, David Godsey `81, and Sulyn Godsey `84.
Bane began working for the College in 1967, and in 1968 became the school’s registrar, a position she held for 27 years. During six of those years, she also served as associate dean of student development. In addition, she led the wilderness program and directed or co-directed the New Student Week Committee and the May Day Committee for several years. She has served on the Earlham Board of Trustees and is currently on the Board of the Earlham School of Religion.
In Richmond, Bane has served on several boards, including the Townsend Community Center, the Adult Day Care Center and Richmond Friends School. For more than 30 years, she has been a Reid Hospice volunteer, caring for the terminally ill. A longtime member of Richmond First Friends Meeting, Bane is on the Stewardship Finance Commission, is co-clerk of the Hospitality Committee and is co-coordinator of the Care Team.
Bane earned special recognition into Earlham’s Athletics Hall of Fame and was the first woman to serve as a faculty representative to the North Coast Athletic Conference. She has been an exceptionally faithful and active member of the Class of `52, hosting class gatherings in her home on many occasions.
David Stump `72
David Stump `72 is a physician and scientist, now retired in Potomac, Maryland, after a career in academic medicine and biopharmaceutical research and development. He shepherded several new cancer drugs through the approval process and led the development of the first new drug approved for lupus in more than 50 years. Early in his career Stump helped develop tPA, the first and only FDA-approved treatment for stroke.
He retired as executive vice president of research and development at Human Genome Sciences, where he was from 1999-2012. Stump held positions of increasing responsibility at Genentech from 1989-1999, including vice president of clinical research. In 1996, he was named a Genentech Fellow for leadership of its cardiovascular drug development projects.
Before joining the biotechnology industry he was associate professor of medicine and biochemistry at the University of Vermont. He has written 60 scientific publications and is a Fellow of the American College of Physicians and the Council on Arteriosclerosis, Thrombosis and Vascular Biology of the American Heart Association.
After graduating from Earlham, Stump earned an M.D. from Indiana University, followed by residency and fellowship training at the University of Iowa. Postgraduate training was completed at the University of Leuven, Belgium. He is now an industry consultant and serves on the boards of several pharmaceutical companies as well as on Earlham’s Board of Trustees, where he chairs the College Academic Affairs Committee. In 2016 he also chaired Earlham’s presidential search committee.