2014 Alumni Awards
On February 28, 2014, the Cal Aggie Alumni Association recognized the outstanding personal and professional accomplishments of six UC Davis graduates and one friend at its Alumni Awards Gala at the Napa Silverado Resort and Spa. These awards allowed us to showcase individuals who have made significant and lasting contributions to UC Davis. As you read on, you will find descriptions and videos of our award recipients and their accomplishments. Click here to see the 2014 press release.
2014 Award Recipients
Pamela Fair '80
Jerry W. Fielder Memorial Award
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Fair, ’80, Vice President of Environmental, Safety and Support Services and Chief Environmental Officer for San Diego Gas & Electric and Southern California Gas Company will be awarded the Jerry W. Fielder Memorial Award for extraordinary service to CAAA, the UC Davis Foundation and the university.
She is a past chair of the UC Davis Foundation Board of Trustees, current chair of the Davis Chancellor’s Club and a longtime donor to the university.
Fair helped acquire funds for the Sempra Energy Endowed Chair in Energy Efficiency at UC Davis, as well as research and workshop activities related to the California Global Warming Solutions Act of 2006. She created the Alan Jackman Scholarship at UC Davis in honor of her former chemical engineering professor and also established an undergraduate scholarship for leadership in engineering.
Jerome "Jerry" Lohr
Distinguished Friend of the University Award
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Lohr, an engineer and founder of J. Lohr Vineyards & Wines, is the recipient of the Distinguished Friend of the University Award for his outstanding professional and philanthropic achivements. Lohr was raised on a South Dakota farm and learned at a young age about the importance of soil quality, the environment and sustainable farming practices. His enterprise now sells a variety of wine and other beverages across the United States and worldwide which maintain his strong values about sustainable agriculture.
He holds positions of Director and Chair of the Wine Institute, Chair of the Marketing Committee for Paso Robles Vintners and Growers Association, and the Co-Founder of Wine Vision, a strategic planning initiative to expand global market for U.S. wine.
Lohr is a strong supporter and friend to the UC Davis Department of Viticulture and Enology, and now serves on its Board of Visitors and Fellows. He has been a key contributor in the design, planning and fundraising efforts for UC Davis’ winery, brewery and food processing teaching and research complex in the Robert Mondavi Institute for Wine and Food Science.
Francis Lee '74
Distinguished Achievement Award
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Lee ’74 is the recipient of the Distinguished Achievement Award for exemplary conduct and achievement. He was only 16 when his family moved from Hong Kong to Sacramento and enrolled him into high school without his knowing English. That did not deter him. He was accepted into UC Davis and held three jobs concurrently while earning his degree.
He graduated with honors from UC Davis and went to work for Synaptics, Inc.—a Santa Clara-based company that develops gesture-based computing sensors that are used in such products as laptop touch pads and smartphones touch screens. After two decades, Lee became the company’s Chief Executive Officer in 1998 and built the company to be a worldwide leader of touch screen technology.
Lee returns regularly to the UC Davis campus to mentor students and serves on the College of Engineering’s Dean’s Executive Committee.
John Chuck M.D. '89
Outstanding Alumnus Award
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After completing his residency in 1989 at UC Davis School of Medicine, Chuck became a board certified family practice doctor and is currently a faculty member at the UC Davis School of Medicine. He is presented with the Outstanding Alumnus Award for displaying outstanding achievement, promoting innovative change and making professional contributions to the community and to UC Davis.
He was key in developing My Doctor, an online tool that helps physicians stay in touch with their patients and includes online tutorials and health-education programs focused on delivering personalized care.
Chuck is the founder and chief executive officer of Serotonin Surge Charities that has raised $2 million for free medical clinics, breast cancer research and scholarship funds. He serves as a trustee for the UC Davis Foundation.
Daniel Evans M.S. '84, Ph.D. '88
Emil M. Mrak International Award
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Evans, M.S. ’84, Ph.D. ’88, who began his career as a volunteer for the Peace Corps while earning a master’s degree in international agricultural development and Ph.D. in ecology, is honored with the Emil M. Mrak International Award for his distinguished career and service outside the United States.
For more than 30 years, Evans has worked in the field of ecology, conservation and international development in some of the poorest countries in the world. He strives to protect biodiversity and improve natural resource management while struggling with challenges to alleviate poverty. He has previously worked at the U.S. Agency for International Development, Executive Director of the Point Reyes Observatory, and the Director of the Charles Darwin Research Station.
He and his wife now live in Queretaro, Mexico where he is Peace Corps Director of 85 volunteers working in technology transfer and natural resource management.
Jason Lucash '06
Young Alumnus Award
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Lucash ’06 launched his first business selling candy in front of his parent’s home when he was in the fifth grade. Now, thanks to his UC Davis education—including a degree in managerial economics and internships—and his continued entrepreneurial spirit, he is the co-founder of OrigAudio—a premium audio products company that offers innovative solutions for music portability. The company’s origami-style speaker was named in a 2012 Time Magazine as one of the ‘Best 50 Inventions.’ After being featured on ABC’s SharkTank, the company’s products are now sold in 5,000 stores worldwide.
Lucash lectures to university students around the country and helps support several local charities. His successes garnered him the Young Alumnus Award that honors outstanding professional contributions to the community or to UC Davis within 10 years of graduation.
Sandi Redenbach '72, cred. '73
Aggie Service Award
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Redenbach ’72, cred. ’73, a retired teacher and current national consultant who overcame a tumultuous adolescence, is awarded the Aggie Service Award for her dedication of time, energy, volunteerism and leadership in support of the Cal Aggie Alumni Association and UC Davis.
She was a teacher for more than 35 years. In 1988, she established “The Independent Learning Center, a drop out recovery, independent study high school in California, which still operates serving at-risk youth. She authored numerous articles and books on discipline, responsibility, emotional intelligence, and leadership.
Through her consulting and publishing firm, “Esteem Seminar Programs and ESP ‘Wise’ Publications,” she has held several workshops worldwide that focused on self-esteem and personal growth.
Futhermore, Redenbach has made a planned gift to the School of Education that created a perpetual scholarship for students committed to improving education for those at risk of not succeeding in school and is also a financial supporter of the Mondavi Center and the UCDHS Mini-Medical School. She is also recognized for exceptional volunteer leadership and support of philanthropy at UC Davis.