Elspeth Rostow to receive Texas Exes' Distinguished Service Award
LBJ School Professor Elspeth Davies Rostow has been chosen to receive the Distinguished Service Award given by the Texas Exes, the alumni association of The University of Texas at Austin.
The Distinguished Service Award recognizes meritorious service to the university and is the highest honor that can be bestowed on a non-alumnus. This is the fourth time the award has been given. Past recipients are former University of Texas President Peter T. Flawn, the university's Senior Vice President William Livingston and philanthropist Peter O'Donnell.
Rostow has held numerous presidential appointments, including chairmanship of the United States Institute of Peace. She also is an internationally recognized expert on public policy, teaching courses on the American presidency and U.S. foreign policy.
Rostow, who is the Stiles Professor Emerita in American Studies, has been a major influence at the university since 1969. She served as dean of the LBJ School from 1977 to 1983. Prior to that she served as dean of the university’s Division of General and Comparative Studies.
Admiral Bobby R. Inman, interim dean of the LBJ School and past president of the Texas Exes, said, "Elspeth Rostow has been a terrific contributor to the LBJ School, the University of Texas and the Texas Exes for 35 years."
In addition to her faculty appointments at The University of Texas at Austin, Rostow has taught at Barnard College, Sarah Lawrence, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Georgetown University, American University and the University of Cambridge.
With her husband, the late Walt Rostow, she cofounded The Austin Project in 1991 to address the problems of crime and poverty in Austin. They set out to make Austin a model by looking at the community as a whole. Their aim was to coordinate charities and government to reduce school drop-out rates, improve health, link the private sector and schools, and introduce technology to students.
In 1996 Rostow received the Top Hand Award from the Texas Exes, and she has served on the committee to select Texas Exes Scholars since the inception of the program in 1982.
Rostow will be honored in an October 14 presentation at the LBJ Auditorium, which also will honor five recipients of the Distinguished Alumnus Awards, including:
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13 June 2005
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