Past Honorary Grand Marshals

2016 Honorary Grand Marshal

Wayne Fields, PhD, never set out to become a professor. As a child, his father worked road construction and the family moved across Missouri and Iowa before settling in Rock Island, Illinois. Yet his parents and grandparents believed profoundly in education. They insisted that Wayne and his siblings attend college. “I grew up in a family where storytelling was a very important activity,” he told the Washington University Record in 1992. “Sometimes it’s more …
Ron Evens

2015 Honorary Grand Marshal

Ronald G. Evens, MD, professor of radiology at the Mallinckrodt Institute of Radiology at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, is an outstanding medical administrator. Dr. Evens is the author of more than 250 articles and textbooks on business and health care.

2014 Honorary Grand Marshal

When Martha Storandt, PhD, began studying the psychology of aging in the 1960s, the body of knowledge on Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of geriatric cognitive impairment was miniscule. Since then, her research and scholarship have greatly contributed to the wealth of information available today.

2013 Honorary Grand Marshal

Robert C. Drews, MD, an ophthalmologist, photographer, inventor of numerous medical instruments for the eye and emeritus professor at Washington University in St. Louis, has a lifelong connection to the university. He attended both the College of Arts & Sciences and the School of Medicine, earning his undergraduate degree in 1951 and medical degree in 1955.

2012 Honorary Grand Marshal

Shirley K. Baker has served as dean of Washington University Libraries since 1989 and vice chancellor for scholarly resources since 1995. She will retire June 30, 2012, after 23 years at Washington University in St. Louis.

2011 Honorary Grand Marshal

Barbara Geller, MD, is professor emerita of child psychiatry in the Department of Psychiatry at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis. From the time of her arrival in 1991, she was one of the department’s leading investigators, educators and clinicians, and she is internationally recognized for her research on childhood bipolar disorders.

2010 Honorary Grand Marshal

Peter Riesenberg, Ph.D., a beloved member of the Washington University faculty from 1960 until his retirement in 1993, was the mainstay of “History 101,” the history of Western civilization, for generations of students.

2009 Honorary Grand Marshal

Dr. Ellis served as dean of the School of Law from 1987 until 1998. During that period, he oversaw the planning, construction and funding of Anheuser-Busch Hall, the school’s state-of-the-art teaching and research facility; the successful completion of the law school’s first capital campaign 21 months ahead of schedule; and an increase in the size, stature and diversity of the faculty, as well as an increase in the strength and diversity of the student body.

2008 Honorary Grand Marshal

During a career that spanned 47 years, Carlos A. Perez, M.D., made an indelible mark on the field of radiation oncology. He helped set the norms for treating cancer of the cervix, prostate and breast and treated patients from around the world who traveled to St. Louis to seek his expertise.

2007 Honorary Grand Marshal

Morton E. Smith, M.D., professor emeritus of ophthalmology & visual sciences and associate dean emeritus at Washington University School of Medicine, has been referred to by medical students and colleagues over the years as an icon, a shining star and the heart and soul of the ophthalmology program.