Photograph: Alumna meeting with student.

Distinguished Service Award Recipients

(D indicates Deceased)
  • 2019 — Jim Slattery, B.A. '70, J.D. '75
  • 2018 — No award given
  • 2017 — Stephen Cavanaugh '80
  • 2016 — Lynette Petty '87
  • 2015 — The Honorable Nancy L. Moritz '85
  • 2014 — No award given
  • 2013 — The Honorable C. William "Bill" Ossmann '77
  • 2012 — Carol Gilliam Green '81 and David E. Pierce '77
  • 2011 — Paul Hoferer '75
  • 2010 — The Honorable Marla J. Luckert '80
  • 2009 — William D. "Bill" Bunten '56
  • 2008 — D. Duke Dupre '73
  • 2007 — Bernard Bianchino '74
  • 2006 — H. Allan Caldwell '73
  • 2005 — James R. Roth '66
  • 2004 — David L. Ryan '65
  • 2003 — Delano E. Lewis '63
  • 2002 — The Honorable Christel Marquardt '74
  • 2001 — Lynn R. Johnson '70
  • 2000 — The Honorable Sam A. Crow '52
  • 1999 — William Kurtis '66
  • 1998 — W. Terrence Kilroy '77
  • 1997 — The Honorable E. Newton Vickers (D) '50; Gerald L. Michaud (D) '51
  • 1996 — Wayne T. Stratton '58
  • 1995 — Harold Herd (D) '42
  • 1994 — Richard Hite '53
  • 1993 — Glenn Archer (D) '46
  • 1992 — Ronald K. Richey '51 (D)
  • 1991 — Herbert A. Marshall (D) '43; Patrick F. Kelly (D) '53
  • 1990 — No award given
  • 1989 — Richard Hrdlicka '55
  • 1988 — Bob Abbott (D) '60
  • 1987 — Raymond L. Spring (D) '59; Dale E. Saffels (D) '49
  • 1986 — Linda Elrod '71
  • 1985 — Jim Barnett '59
  • 1984 — Mike Barbara '53
  • 1983 — Joe Morris '47
  • 1982 — Gerald L. Goodell '58
  • 1981 — Robert Dole '52
  • 1980 — Warren Shaw (D) '31
  • 1979 — Perry Owsley (D) '38
  • 1978 — Howard Harper (D) '40
  • 1977 — Jerome Harman (D) '35
  • 1976 — Meyer Ueoka '49
  • 1975 — Alex Fromme (D) '39
  • 1974 — J.C. Tillotson (D) '32
  • 1973 — Jack Wertz (D) '47
  • 1972 — Jay Kyle (D) '38
  • 1971 — Roy Bartlett (D) '49
  • 1970 — D.A. Hindman (D) '27; John Shamberg (D) '49
  • 1969 — Donald Moyers (D) '34; Stanley Garrity (D) '27
  • 1968 — Earl Hatcher (D) '23
  • 1967 — Alex Hotchkiss (D) '27; George Templar (D) '27; Harold Fatzer (D) '33
  • 1966 — Phil Lewis (D) '35
  • 1965 — Lester Goodell (D) '25
  • 1964 — Delmas Hill (D) '29; Howard Jones (D) '28
  • 1963 — Marie Russell (D) '25
2019 Distinguished Service Award Recipient
Photograph: Jim Slattery.

Jim Slattery served in the 69th Infantry Brigade of the Kansas Army National Guard from 1970-1976, rising to the rank of lieutenant. He was elected to the Kansas House of Representatives from the 53rd District in Topeka and served three terms from 1973-79. He also served as speaker pro tem of the Kansas House from 1977-1979. Slattery served as secretary of the Kansas Department of Revenue in 1979. In 1977, he joined fellow Washburn graduate, Jerry Brosius, to co-found Brosius & Slattery, Real Estate. In 1982, Slattery was elected from the 2nd District of Kansas to the U.S. Congress where he served for six terms. He worked to expand health care for low-income children and to expand access to health care in rural Kansas. Slattery led bipartisan congressional efforts to end the civil war in Nicaragua. After his congressional service, Slattery joined the Washington, D.C., law firm of Wiley Rein & Fielding and led the firm's public policy practice. Recently, he left Wiley Rein to start Slattery Strategy, a consulting firm focused on advising national and international clients on matters pending before the U.S. government.

Slattery has served on the Washburn University board of regents and the Washburn Alumni Association board of directors and as chair of the Washburn University School of Law Alumni Association board of governors. He served on the board of directors of the Aerospace Corporation. He serves on the board of the Translational Genomics Research Institute and the board of the International Center for Religion and Diplomacy. Over the last 15 years, Slattery participated in the Abrahamic Dialogue with Iran that involves prominent American Christians, Moslems, and Jews engaging high-ranking Iranian clerics, political, academic, and business leaders.