Announcing the 2010 Distinguished Alumni Recipients:
Donald R. Baucom, Distinguished Alumnus, Humanities
Baucom is a 1962 graduate of the U.S. Air Force Academy and a 1976 doctoral graduate of OU with a degree in history of science. He served in the U.S. Air Force for 28 years in many capacities,including a communications/electronics officer in Spain and Thailand; history instructor at the Air Force Academy; strategy and history instructor at the Air War College; and editor of the Air University Review. In 1987, he established the official history program for President Ronald Reagan’s Strategic Defense Initiative while detailed at the Strategic Defense Initiative Organization in the Pentagon. While in the U.S. Air Force, Baucom received the Bronze Star, Meritorious Service Medal, Air Force Commendation Medal and various campaign and service awards.
He retired from the U.S. Air Force in 1990 and became the civilian historian for the Department of Defense missile defense program. Now retired from the Department of Defense, Baucom and his wife of 47 years, Margaret Rivers, live in El Prado, N.M.
Edward Correia, Distinguished Alumna, Humanities
Correia is the president of Correia and Associates, PC, a law firm in Washington, D.C. His practice focuses on antitrust, advertising and marketing regulations, regulation of political activity and disability rights laws. He also represents clients engaged in public policy advocacy before the U.S. Congress and Federal Executive Branch agencies. Prior to forming Correia and Associates, he was an attorney with Latham and Watkins, LL P.
A 1970 bachelor’s degree graduate, majoring in history, Correia received his master’s degree in public policy from the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University in 1972 and a juris doctorate from OU in 1972. Following his graduation, Correia served in the Clinton administration as Special Counsel to the President for Civil Rights and was appointed by Clinton to the national Council on Disability. In 1998, Correia served as Scholar in Residence at the Federal Trade Commission in Washington, D.C., where he advised the commission on the antitrust aspects of joint ventures.
From 1989 to 1997, he was a member of the faculty at Northeastern University of Law in Boston as a professor of law. While there, he was selected as the school’s first urban law and public policy distinguished professor.
Mike Fogarty, Distinguished Alumnus, Professional Programs
Fogarty is the chief executive officer of the Oklahoma Health Care Authority, which administers Oklahoma’s SoonerCare programs. He graduated from OU’s School of Social Work in 1974 with a master’s degree in social work. He also holds a juris doctorate from Oklahoma City University.
Fogarty’s work has been focused on making certain that Oklahoma children and families at or near the poverty line have access to quality health care, and he has been a part of the recent discussion on national health reform. He began his career in public service in 1971 as a social worker for the Oklahoma Department of Human Services. In 1979 he joined the legislative staff of U.S. Sen. David L. Boren. There, he worked with the U.S. Senate Finance Committee in matters relating to health, social services and income assistance policy and programs. In addition to serving as deputy director of the Oklahoma Department of Human Services, Fogarty also operated a private law practice and owned and operated nursing facilities in Oklahoma. Other activities include staffing the Human Services Committee on National Governors Association; and serving on the National Study Group on State Medicaid Strategies.
William C. McGrew, Distinguished Alumnus, Natural Sciences
McGrew graduated with special distinction from OU in 1965 with a bachelor’s degree in zoology. While at OU, McGrew began his training at the University of Oklahoma Biological Station, where he audited graduate-level classes while still in high school. While at OU, he conducted research under the direction of Professors Charles Carpenter and Cluff Hopla, whom he credits with stimulating his interest in science and research. In 1965 he became a Rhodes Scholar at Oxford University.
He went on to earn his doctorate in philosophy from the University of Oxford and a doctoral degree from the University of Stirling. Currently, he serves as professor of evolutionary primatology in the Leverhulme Centre for Human Evolutionary Studies in the Department of Biological Anthropology at Cambridge University. From 1972 to 2008, he conducted field research on the behavior of wild chimpanzees across sub-Saharan Africa, focusing on elementary technology and material culture. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh and the American Association for the Advancement of Sciences, and is the recipient of the Prix Delwart, Royal Academy of Sciences of Belgium; W. W. Howells Book Prize in Biological Anthropology, American Anthropological Association; and Osman Hill Medal of the Primate Society of Great Britain.