2000 Award for Distinguished Achievement Recipients

Alfred Bloom III, '63, Anthony Hecht '40,
and Robert Ledley, '43

Alfred Bloom III, Ph.D. '63
A leader in national and international education for the past 25 years, Dr. Bloom has held positions of leadership at a number of prestigious colleges and universities, including the president of Swarthmore College for the past nine years. Trained in the study of European civilization, psychology, and linguistics, he has written widely on Chinese culture and language. His contributions to the field of higher education have been honored by a Knight Foundation grant for creative leadership with regard to Swarthmore's honor program.

Anthony Hecht '40
A distinguished poet, critic, essayist, and educator, Anthony Hecht is the winner of numerous prizes and awards for an extraordinary lifetime of literary and educational achievement. Among the many accolades he has received are the Pulitzer Prize, the Prixe de Rome, the Robert Frost Medal, and Guggenheim, Ford and Rockefeller Fellowships. His poetry, published in seven volumes, speaks in a voice suffused with wit, subtlety of thought, and clarity of mind. As an educator he has devoted more than half a century to higher formal education. Mr. Hecht is among a select group of ten Horace Mann Pulitzer Prize winners.

Robert S. Ledley, DDS '43
Recognized as one of America's most brilliant medical pioneers, Dr. Ledley is best known for developing the first whole-body computerized tomography (CT or CAT) machine and for developing chromosomal analysis to permit prenatal diagnosis of birth defects. His work revolutionized diagnostic medicine. As well as holding more than sixty patents, Dr. Ledley is president and research director of the National Biomedical Research Foundation, and editor-in-chief of four reviewed scientific journals. In 1990, he was inducted into the National Inventor's Hall of Fame, and in 1997 he was honored with the National Medal of Technology, the nation's highest honor for technological achievement. The award was presented to him by the president of the United States.

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