April 2007

L-R: Leon Peterson BS’64 MBA’67, Distinguished Alumnus; Josephine “Jody” K. Olsen BS’65, Distinguished Alumna; Ray Neilsen, representing his late father, Craig H. Neilsen MBA’64 JD’67, Distinguished Alumnus; Carolyn Tanner Irish, Honorary Alumna; Akhlesh Lakhtakia MS’81 PhD’83, Distinguished Alumnus (Recipient biographies).

All were honored at the 2007 Founders Day Banquet, which took place on March 6 at Little America Hotel in downtown Salt Lake City.

Sally Ware (left), vice president of the Alumni Association, and Spence Kinard (right), president of the Alumni Association, present the awards to the recipients of the 2007 Distinguished Alumni Awards: Leon Peterson (above, left), Jody Olsen (above, right), Ray Neilsen (below, left), who accepted on behalf of his father, Craig Neilsen, and Akhlesh Lakhtakia (below, right).
Honorary Alumna Carolyn Tanner Irish with Sally Ware and Spence Kinard.
Distinguished Alumna Jody Olsen with her father, David King, former congressman to the U.S. House of Representatives (1958-1962).

Founders Day 2007 scholar Linh Ai Ho, a pre-med student at the University, receives her scholarship award from Russ Lindsay, president of the Student Alumni Board.
Honorary Alumna Carolyn Tanner Irish is congratulated by University of Utah President Michael K. Young.
Vice President of Institutional Advancement Fred Esplin (right) chats with Emeritus Professor of Political Science J.D. Williams.
Dean of the College of Fine Arts Raymond Tymas-Jones (right) with Adjunct Professor of Music Jeffrey L. Price.
Jody Olsen with family and friends.
Akhlesh Lakhtakia and guests.
Leon Peterson with his wife, Karen (Fotheringham).
Former Alumni Association board members Steven Handy, his wife, Holly, and Ann Waters (right).

Both the Young Alumni Board (left) and the Student Alumni Board were well represented at
the Founders Day Banquet.


The Alumni Association wishes to thank the sponsors of the Founders Day 2007:

Primary Sponsors: BlueCross BlueShield of Utah, O.C. Tanner, and the Utah Higher Education Assistance Authority (UHEAA)

Table Sponsors: The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints Foundation, D.A.Davidson & Co., The Daily Utah Chronicle, Deseret Morning News, Ray Quinney & Nebeker, University of Utah Federal Credit Union, Zions Bank



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