Dr. Robert A. Chase '45, a world-renowned physician, surgeon and medical educator, was awarded the Alumni Association's Pettee Medal Award in October. A professor of surgery emeritus at Stanford University, Dr. Chase developed three-dimensional computer programs to teach human anatomy. He also helped found Interplast, an organization of physicians that delivers surgical care and instruction to underdeveloped countries.
The National Book Award for fiction was awarded to Alice McDermott '78G for her 1998 novel Charming Billy. She is the author of A Bigamist's Daughter, At Weddings and Wakes, and That Night, which was nominated for a National Book Award in 1987 and was later made into a movie starring Juliette Lewis.
Robert Kertzer, professor of kinesiology, was picked as the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching New Hampshire Professor of the Year, an award established by the the Council for the Advancement and Support of Education. Kertzer, who teaches the physiology of exercise, established the state's first cardiac rehabilitation program in 1978.