Alumni, Faculty, Staff to be Recognized During Founder’s Day Ceremonies

October 11, 2013

Alumni, faculty and staff members will receive some of Bradley University’s most prestigious awards during Founder’s Day ceremonies on campus October 18.

Founder Lydia Moss Bradley will be remembered and faculty and staff awards will be presented during the Founder’s Day Convocation that will take place at 10 a.m. in the Markin Family Student Recreation Center. In addition, six alumni will be inducted into the Centurion Society that was founded in 1982 to honor alumni who have become national or international leaders in their field and recognizes them for achievements in business, public life, and their professions.

The Bradley University Alumni Association will present the Distinguished Alumnus, the Outstanding Young Graduate, and the Lydia Moss Bradley awards during the Founder’s Day Luncheon that begins at 12:30 in the Michel Student Center ballroom.

The award recipients are listed below.

The Centurion Society

Mr. Earl Feldhorn, 2013 Distinguished Alumnus Award recipient.

Mr. Feldhorn is a senior vice president at Wedbush Securities, a Los Angeles-based brokerage firm and investment bank. With his business partner, he manages approximately $300 million in assets for 1,500 clients. He graduated from Bradley in 1962 with a Bachelor of Science degree in business administration, and started at Wedbush that same year. He has held positions that include Pacific Stock Exchange floor trader, over the counter trader and compliance officer, and served as manager of the headquarters office. The focus of his career has been managing money and advising clients.

Mr. Feldhorn is a noted philanthropist. He has been involved with the Epilepsy Foundation for many years, serving as president of the Board twice and treasurer three times. He also serves on the board of the Frostig Center, a Pasadena school for children with learning disabilities, and has served many other nonprofit organizations, including the Guardians of the Jewish Home for the Aged.

He has served as an Associate Trustee and as an advisor to the Foster College of Business at Bradley and has created two endowed scholarships at the University.

Mr. Wayne Baum, class of 1960

Mr. Baum is chairman of the board of Core Construction, a central Illinois-based construction firm known for its philanthropic spirit. He attended Bradley and majored in engineering while simultaneously working as an apprentice bricklayer.

He and his brothers have grown the family firm into a highly successful construction company with six locations throughout the United States. Mr. Baum encourages his employees to become involved in charitable and civic organizations to give back to their communities, as he has done with service to a wide range of central Illinois non-profits and community organizations.

Mr. Baum served on the Bradley University Board of Trustees from 2005-2011 and has participated in several advisory boards at the University.

Mr. William Benman, class of 1974

Mr. Benman is an expert in intellectual property law, an entrepreneur and a believer in equal access to higher education. The Chicago native majored in electrical engineering at Bradley. While a co-op student here, he received a letter of commendation from the FAA for his redesign of a control tower monitoring system at O’Hare airport.

After graduation, he went on to earn a law degree from the University of Michigan, and later started his own firm in Los Angeles. Benman, Brown and Williams specialized in intellectual property. Mr. Benman’s client list included IBM, Kodak X-M Satellite Radio and Hewlett Packard. He also founded a patent brokerage firm called West Coast IP Capital. He started a foundation named PIQUE, which stands for “project to improve the quality of urban education,” that establishes and maintains a network of self-supporting alternative schools. To fund PIQUE, he launched a software company called Integrated Virtual Networks, that has patented software called Silhouette that allows people to see and interact with each other in virtual 3D environments as live video avatars.

Mr. David Frederick, class of 1959

Mr. Frederick is the founder of the Facilities Development Corporation (FDC), an international construction firm headquartered in Reston, Virginia. FDC specializes in building “mission critical” facilities for the federal government, including U.S. embassies, military tactical operations centers, counter terrorism facilities and hardened data centers.

A Peoria native, Mr. Frederick earned a bachelor’s degree in political science from Bradley, before beginning a 26-year career in the United States Air Force. He flew 425 combat missions in Vietnam, earning the Silver Star and many other medals. Later, he was assigned to the Air Force’s Air University Space Operations School.

He is an entrepreneur in the field of international construction. The Republic of Iraq has recognized FDC for its support and appointed Mr. Frederick a branch manager in the Republic’s human rights organization.

Ms. Marta Pelaez, class of 1983

Ms. Pelaez is President and CEO of family violence prevention services in San Antonio, Texas. A clinical psychologist, she oversees a shelter for battered women and children and recently opened a school for children who are housed at the shelter. Before becoming President and CEO, she held positions of chief programs officer and director of the substance abuse program for adolescents.

Originally from Bogotá, Colombia, she earned a psychology degree from Bradley, commuting an hour each way from Princeton, Illinois. She later earned a master’s degree from the University of Texas at El Paso.

Ms. Pelaez recently was featured in a documentary, Quest for Honor, about the consequences of domestic violence and honor killings. She has been a guest speaker on campus discussing the issue of domestic violence and career choices for students.

Mr. Chet Walker, class of 1962

Mr. Chester “Chet” Walker is a collegiate and professional basketball legend, setting records at Bradley before spending 13 years in the NBA. He is a member of Bradley’s Athletics Hall of Fame and last year was recognized for his professional career with induction into the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame.

He earned a basketball scholarship to Bradley in 1958 and majored in physical education/secondary education. The three-time All-American led the Braves to a 69-14 record during his college career, which included a National Invitation Tournament Championship in 1960 and a Missouri Valley Conference regular season co-title in 1962. Today, he ranks fourth in Bradley record books for scoring and shooting percentage, and second in rebounds and points-per-game.

His professional basketball career with the Syracuse Nationals, Philadelphia 76ers and the Chicago Bulls included an NBA championship, seven All-Star appearances, and 18,831 career points.

After retiring from basketball in 1975, Mr. Walker moved to California and began a career as a TV and film producer, winning an Emmy in 1990. He is featured in “Who’s Who Among Black Americans,” “The Dictionary of American Sports,” and “The African American Encyclopedia.”

Outstanding Young Graduate Award
Ms. Tami Lane, class of 1996

Ms. Lane has worked in the film industry for 18 years as a makeup artist specializing in prosthetics and special effects makeup. The Peoria native received a softball scholarship to Bradley and graduated cum laude with a bachelor’s degree in art. She has been nominated for an Academy Award twice, winning in 2006 in the “Best Makeup” category for her work on the “Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe.” She has worked on all three “Lord of the Rings” movies and “The Hobbit” trilogy. She has more than two dozen films to her credit and currently is working on the ABC TV comedy “Super Fun Night.”

Lydia Moss Bradley Award
Mr. Ken Goldin, class of 1964

Mr. Goldin served in the U.S. Army for three years before enrolling at Bradley and pursuing a bachelor’s degree in management. In 1962, while still a student, he was hired as the assistant director of the Student Center. He became Director of Housing in 1965. In 1972, he earned a master’s degree in secondary education. He was named Director of Auxiliary Services in 1975, and served as business manager from 1980 until his retirement. He received Bradley’s Mergen Award for Public Service in 1996 in recognition of his commitment to civic, community and church activities.