February 28, 2008
The Baylor Alumni Association bestowed the Distinguished Alumni Award upon five Baylor graduates in January. The prestigious award has been presented annually since 1965. This year's honorees are:
Steven Browning, BA '71, is the U.S. ambassador to Uganda. He has also served stints in Iraq, Malawi, Kenya, Egypt, Sri Lanka and the Dominican Republic.
Virginia Cannaday DuPuy, BBA '56, MA '62, is the current mayor of Waco and CEO of the family business, DuPuy Oxygen, a gas and welding supply distributor.
Mark Hurd, BBA '79, is CEO, president and chair of the board of international technology giant Hewlett-Packard.
Dr. James Shelhamer, BA '69, is deputy chief of the Clinical Center's Critical Care Medicine Department at the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, Md., where he is highly regarded as both a researcher and physician.
Abelardo Valdez, JD '70, is a former U.S. ambassador and chief of protocol for the White House. Today, he practices law out of two offices--one in Washington, D.C., and the other in San Antonio--specializing in international trade and investment. Valdez was one of the original proponents of NAFTA.
To read more about this year's nominees or to nominate someone for one of the eight other awards given annually by the Baylor Alumni Association, visit www.bayloralumni.com.
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