College honors alumni of year and faculty of the century at 80th Slide Rule Dinner
University of Detroit Mercy’s College of Engineering & Science held its 80th annual Slide Rule Dinner on March 31 aboard the Detroit Princess. The dinner dance was among the final events of the yearlong Engineering Centennial celebration. The College honored its Alumni of the Year William W. Wales ’72, ’73 and Raymond W. Ruddon ’58, and two longtime UDM faculty members R. Gerard Albright, S.J. and Arthur C. Haman.
William W. Wales was recognized as Engineering Alumnus of the Year, reflecting the excellence and competence of a U of D engineer and the traditions and values of the Jesuits. As vice president, general counsel and corporate secretary of Dow AgroScience LLC, an international agricultural products subsidiary of The Dow Chemical Company (Dow), Wales leads legal professionals in the United States and around the globe concerning regulatory and other legal matters affecting a dynamic multinational corporation. He has been an innovative leader with such initiatives as the Corporate Compliance Program and the Biotech IP Law Group to support Dow’s business platform. Prior to joining Dow, Wales was a research engineer at Ford Motor Company, where he worked on advanced powertrain systems. He also serves on the College’s Board of Advisors and on the board of Noble of Indiana, an organization that works with people with disabilities, and also volunteers with the St. Vincent DePaul Food Pantry in Indianapolis. Wales earned his Bachelor of Mechanical Engineering and Master of Engineering from the University of Detroit in 1972 and 1973, respectively. He received his Juris Doctorate law degree from Detroit College of Law in 1979.
Science Alumnus of the Year Raymond W. Ruddon was acknowledged for his leadership in the scientific fight against cancer and for student mentoring during his long career. He is professor emeritus of Pharmacology at the University of Michigan Medical School. He first joined the University of Michigan as an instructor of pharmacology in 1964 and became full professor in 1974. From 1986-90, he was associate director for basic science research at the University of Michigan Comprehensive Cancer Center, and from 1988-90, he also held the title of Maurice H. Seevers Professor of Pharmacology. Ruddon has also taught at the University of Nebraska (1990-97) and worked as the corporate vice president and chief scientist at Johnson & Johnson. Ruddon received his Bachelor of Science in Chemistry from the University in 1958 and went on to receive his Ph.D. and M.D. degrees from the University of Michigan in 1964 and 1967. He is the author of over 100 books and journal publications.
In recognition of the Centennial year, the College honored Professor of Biology R. Gerard Albright, S.J., as Science Professor of the Century. Fr. Albright joined the University of Detroit in 1960 and has served as teacher, advisor, mentor and administrator during his tenure. He has held a variety of key faculty leadership positions, including chair of the Biology Department, associate dean and dean of the College of Arts and Sciences. He has been the principal anatomy educator at the University for over half a century, but it is his integration of the intellectual, spiritual, social, and ethical development of his students that has had the most profound impact on the school. Lauded by hundreds of graduates as a key factor in their success in graduate and professional studies and professional practices, and in their lives, Fr. Albright has made a profound difference in the lives of his students and in the science program at the University.
Named Engineering Professor of the Century, Arthur C. Haman has lived the mission of the University for more than 50 years. A mechanical engineering alumnus, he returned to the College in 1956 as an instructor of mechanical engineering. He then completed two more degrees at the University— a Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering and an M.B.A.— and held a variety of leadership positions, including chair of three engineering departments, assistant dean, associate dean and interim dean. He serves as a model of Jesuit education: a nurturing mentor, a scholar, an effective and challenging teacher, and someone who demands the best efforts to bring out the best in his students. For the past 40 years, Haman has been a program leader for the Detroit Area Pre-College Engineering program and served on its board for 30 years. He reflects the Jesuit ideals of compassionate service and selflessness, and was recognized in 2001 with the Jesuit Magis Award for exemplary service to the University.