Distinguished Alumni Awards Announced

DATE: March 28, 2007
CONTACT: Mary DeNiro, WAA Vice-President for Marketing and Communications, mdeniro@uwalumni.com

Madison, WI – The Wisconsin Alumni Association has announced its 2007 Distinguished Alumni Awards. The awards are the highest honor bestowed by the Wisconsin Alumni Association. Since 1936, WAA has been presenting the awards to the most prestigious graduates of UW-Madison for their professional achievements, contributions to society, and support of the university.

Each spring, the Wisconsin Alumni Association honors six alumni who used their voices to make a positive change in their communities, their countries or the world.

The Division of International Studies is pleased to note that among those alumni receiving the award is Frances Shuter Taylor, BSE, 1968, former executive vice president of the Bank of America and a founding member and immediate past chair of the Dean of International Studies’ International Advisory Board.

After graduating from UW-Madison with a degree in elementary education, Taylor spent two years teaching sixth-grade in the Indiana public school system before embarking on a successful career in domestic and international investment banking. Her appointments include seven years with Smith Barney in New York syndicating new issues of stocks and bonds, including Initial Public Offerings, three years with Bank of America in Caracas, Venezuela, where she syndicated international jumbo loan transactions for entities throughout Latin America, and four years in Hong Kong as Executive Vice President of Bank of America and CEO of BA Asia, Ltd. By the time she retired in 1998, Taylor had gone from a small town in Wisconsin to the top ranks of the corporate world.

Currently, Taylor serves on numerous boards in and around Madison. A member of the Bascom Hill Society, Taylor is involved in a broad range of campus interests, including men’s rowing, education, and international studies. She has funded several scholarships for undergraduates interested in education careers, as well as scholarships for graduate students to conduct research abroad. She is a former Wisconsin Alumni Association board member and currently a board member of the UW Foundation, where she serves on the governance committee. She is on the board of TomoTherapy, a Madison-based company that has created a revolutionary method of delivering image-guided, intensity-modulated radiation therapy for cancer treatment. Taylor is also on the Boards of the Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra and of Oak Bank. She now lives in Madison and Angel Fire, New Mexico, where she and her husband helped to fund a new building to house the Shuter Library of Angel Fire, named in honor of her parents.

Other honorees in 2007 are:

  • Jerome Chazen, BA 1948, chairman, Chazen Capital Partners, New York
  • Simona Chazen, 1949, psychotherapist
  • Ernest Darkoh, BS 1993, chairman, BroadReach Healthcare, Washington, D.C.
  • Harry Spiegelberg, BS 1959, retired vice president, Kimberly-Clark Corporation

The alumni will be honored Thursday, May 10, 2007, at a Distinguished Alumni Awards Program. For more information on the program and the award recipients, http://www.uwalumni.com/home/waa_awards/daa/daa.aspx