DAA Award Winners: William R. Goudie, '63, and Janet Matilo Goudie, '64
Considered to be the quintessential Albion College couple, Bill and Janet Goudie have continued to be active in College affairs. Their love for one another that began on the Albion campus has extended to include a lasting love for Albion. For over 25 years their individual and dual responses have been "yes" to virtually any volunteer request from their alma mater. They are an inspiration for students and alumni alike as the consummate volunteer couple giving freely of their time, talent, and treasure for the sake of Albion. Through the years, the Goudies have promoted and served Albion as regional event volunteers, as enrollment volunteers, and as campaign committee members and annual giving volunteers, in addition to serving on reunion committees. They both attend every reunion, Homecoming, or alumni event that their schedules allow.
The Goudies have not only been loyal volunteers; they have assumed significant leadership roles in their service to Albion. Janet has served on the Albion College Board of Trustees and is currently an honorary trustee. Bill is a past president of the Alumni Association Board of Directors and served on both the Gerstacker Institute Visiting Committee and on the Planned Giving Advisory Council. Bill and Janet's tireless dedication to Albion is a continuation of their involvement on campus as students, when Bill was active in Delta Tau Delta fraternity and served as editor-in-chief for The Pleiad, while Janet was president of Alpha Xi Delta and an honors student.
After he earned his M.B.A. in finance from the University of Michigan, Bill Goudie's career led him to leadership roles in the banking industry in metropolitan Detroit. He recently retired as first vice president of the financial institutions group with Comerica Bank and was formerly president of Manufacturers Bank of Southfield. Janet Goudie currently works for Doncaster, a women's clothing company, as a fashion consultant. She has also been active with P.E.O. and was a founding member and president of the Paint Creek Center for the Arts. Both Janet and Bill have also served in many volunteer positions at St. Paul's United Methodist Church.
They live in Rochester, Michigan and are the parents of two sons, Doug, '92, and Ted. Doug Goudie was inducted into Albion's Athletic Hall of Fame this weekend.
The Goudies' dual service to their alma mater makes them most deserving of being the second couple to be jointly honored as distinguished alumni.
Meritorious Service Award Winner: James W. Cook, '54
James Cook's lifelong devotion to Albion students and alumni, his service to the College and the community, along with his never-ending thirst for learning, are among the many reasons he has earned this award. A prolific and affable entrepreneur, writer, and musician who defies nutshell descriptions, Cook is to this day one of the most engaged, interested, and interesting individuals in Albion.
Cook served in counterintelligence in the U.S. Army after attending Albion and earning his B.A. from Wayne State University. Recipient of an M.A. from the University of Michigan and a Ph.D. from Wayne State University, he was a proud member of the Albion College faculty from 1962 until 2000. During his 38 years in the English Department, he became Albion's first Langbo Trustees' Professor of English. Among his many scholarly activities, he translated numerous literary works from Italian into English and has been a three-time Fellow of the Newberry Library in Chicago, and a Fellow of the National Endowment for the Humanities and the University of Toronto's Pontifical Institute for Mediaeval Studies and Centre for Reformation and Renaissance Studies. His work as a biographer led to his becoming a stipendiary Fellow of the British Academy. Cook has served as a senior consultant for the University of Michigan Graduate School of Business, and has designed and supervised systems research and training programs for the U.S. Navy and state government agencies. He served briefly as a graduate dean at Walden University's Central Division.
Cook has been regularly involved in the Albion community. He served as president of the Albion District Library Board and the Albion Rotary Club in addition to remaining active in the Albion First United Methodist Church. An avid violist, Cook has played with the Albion College Orchestra for most of the past 54 years.
He and his wife, and sometime co-author, Barbara, now divide their time between Albion and Grawn, Michigan. They have three children, Christopher, Kathleen, '84, and David, and six grandchildren.
DAA Award Winner: Maynard C. Bowers, '56
Maynard Bowers' devotion to life is exemplified in all aspects of his being, from his academic pursuits, his career achievements, and his community service to his leisure activities. His invaluable contributions to society as an Albion College alumnus include his accomplishments as a globally renowned scholar in the field of biology, his leadership on the National Board of Directors for Sigma Xi and in the Marquette (Mich.) Rotary, and his work as a naturalist for the National Park Service.
After earning a master's degree at the University of Virginia and a Ph.D. at the University of Colorado, he joined the biology faculty at Northern Michigan University in Marquette, where he served from 1966 to 1998. Bowers' passion for teaching has earned him numerous distinctions through the years. Recognized in the International Who's Who of Intellectuals and the Dictionary of International Biography, he also was named the Peter White Scholar for Research at Northern Michigan University for the 1986-87 school year. Bowers' expertise as a consultant continues to be widely sought by organizations seeking rare plant identification and by arborists in search of solutions to tree problems. He is a member of the Michigan Academy of Science, Arts and Letters, the Michigan Botanical Club, and numerous other professional organizations.
Bowers' commitment to others is evidenced by his leadership with Rotary International for which he served as a district governor and district chairman of the Rotary World Peace Fellowship. For his significant leadership, he has been honored with a district Governor's Citation. He has also served several times as a delegation leader to Marquette's sister city, Kajaani, Finland. Bowers has given back to his alma mater in many different capacities: as a Career and Internship Center volunteer, reunion committee member, and presenter at the Class of 1956 Symposium during their 50th reunion. His devotion to Albion has continued as he has conducted preliminary mapping and a plant survey of the Ott Biological Preserve. He has also recently donated his research collection of about 4,000 bryophyte (moss and liverwort) specimens, currently housed in the Albion College Herbarium. Just as significant is Bowers' attendance at as many college events as possible.
He and his wife, Leenamari, reside in Marquette, Michigan. They are the parents of four children, Maynard, Jr. (deceased), Janet, Piiamari, '95, and Eerik.
Grand Rapids Alumni Chapter Event!
Albion College would like to personally invite you and your family to join us for a West Michigan Whitecaps game and the first ever Alumni Afternoon!
Join us on August 2 for a 2:00 p.m. ball game and have an opportunity to mingle with Albion alumni who live in the Grand Rapids area, as well as connect with alumni as they start up an exciting new alumni chapter in Grand Rapids. This event is made possible by the support from our Alumni Board of Directors and specifically Margaret Nault, '80, and Sarah Cooper, '03.
Tickets are $20.00 for adults & $16.00 for children and include an all you can eat buffet from 1:30 - 3:00 p.m. To purchase tickets, simply go to http://www.whitecaps-baseball.com/groups.html to order online (log-in: Albion / password: College), or call the West Michigan Whitecaps Box Office at 616/784-4131. Feel free to contact the director of alumni engagement online or by phone at 517/629-0448 with any questions you may have.
Don't forget to wear your purple and gold!
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