Concordia Honors Alumni with Awards
Oct 13, 2011FOR MORE INFORMATION:
KAREN CARLSON, Alumni Relations director
AMY KELLY, Media Relations director
CONCORDIA HONORS ALUMNI WITH AWARDS
DURING HOMECOMING 2011
Alumni Achievement Awards will be presented to Maj. Gen. Michael Ennis ’71, Dr. James Westgard ’63, Clint Hill ’54 and Estelle (Johnson) Spottiswoode ’46 at the Homecoming Banquet, Friday, Oct. 14.
Ennis was drafted and joined U.S. Marine Corps after graduation and over the next 37 years served as a translator on the Washington-Moscow “hotline” for President Reagan; as a liaison to the Soviet Forces in Potsdam, East Germany; as an inspector on the Intermediate Nuclear Forces treaty; as an attaché in Moscow; and finally as the deputy director of operations at the Central Intelligence Agency. He is currently senior vice president for international security at Science Applications International Corporation.
Westgard is co-founder and principal in Westgard QC Inc., a small business providing tools, technology and training for laboratory quality management. He is also an emeritus professor in the department of pathology and laboratory medicine at the University of Wisconsin Medical School. His life work has been improving the accuracy and precision of clinical laboratory work used to make what can be life and death decisions.
Hill was a Secret Service agent assigned to the White House and served Presidents Eisenhower, Kennedy, Johnson, Nixon and Ford. He was in the motorcade in Dallas on Nov. 22, 1963, assigned to protect Mrs. Kennedy when President Kennedy was assassinated. He is credited with saving her life. Hill’s career and actions have been recognized worldwide. He retired in 1975 as an assistant director. He and co-author Lisa McCubbin are writing a book titled “Mrs. Kennedy and Me,” which will be published in spring 2012 by Simon &
Spottiswoode has dedicated her life to music and the arts. After Concordia, she attended Julliard Summer School where she studied with opera star Maggie Teyte. She also studied the Jean de Reszke method of singing with Grace Vernon and followed her when Vernon returned to the U.K. Spottiswoode has given numerous recitals and sung in operas, including the second televised opera broadcast in the U.K.
Chosen by the National Alumni Board, the Alumni Achievement Award is given to alumni who have exemplified the ideals of Concordia College through outstanding service and leadership in their profession, community and church.