Distinguished alumni honored

Distinguished Achievement Awards were presented at Homecoming to pioneering physician James Ingle ’66 and poet Ingrid Wendt ’66. Leadership and Service Awards were bestowed on David Harsh ’61 and Ann Archer Harsh ’61 for their service to the United Methodist Church, mission work, and community programs.

Ingle is a medical oncologist at the Mayo Clinic and Foust Professor of Oncology in the Mayo Clinic College of Medicine. He treats patients and also leads a research team focusing on therapeutic approaches toward breast cancer, which is diagnosed every 2 ½ minutes in women in the United States. His career, he said in his response, has been particularly influenced by three people: his surgeon father; his father-in-law, the “quintessential academician”; and his wife Mary Sahs Ingle ’67.

Wendt, of Eugene, Ore., is the author of five books of poems, two anthologies, a book-length teaching guide, and numerous articles and reviews. She has taught literature and poetry writing at all educational levels in the United States and overseas. In her response, she noted the influence of the arts on our lives.

“Writing poetry, and working in any of our arts, encourages young people to take chances, to respond honestly and uniquely to their own emotional realities. The arts reward courage and independent thought.…They offer opportunities for nonviolent risk-taking,” she said.

The Harshes, of Door County, Wis., were recognized for his 40 years of service to the United Methodist Church, as a pastor and district superintendent, and to its international relief work; and for her career as a teacher, leader in community service activities, and partner with her husband in mission work.

For more on the Homecoming Convocation, read about one alumna’s experience on page 28.

And finally, the designers of this magazine for 12 years, Joan Benson and Robyn Hepker of Benson & Hepker Design in Iowa City, were named honorary alumnae at the Alumni Board meeting. The Cornell Report will be included in Creativity 36, a 400-page annual of outstanding design from 2006.