Distinguished Alumni Award

In 2020, the Distinguished Alumni Award was presented to  Linda J. Allan, 1970, M.S. 1978.

Linda has been nominated by two of her classmates, Elaine Hubert and Myra Holsinger for this honor, citing her diverse career path, and her “unmatched enthusiasm and dedication to Hood.” As a current (2014 to present) and emerita (1989-2002) Trustee, and a past member of the Alumni Executive Board, Linda has made extraordinary contributions to the College through her time, talent and treasure. After graduating from Hood with a degree in Biology, Linda returned to Hood in 1978 to earn her MS in Biomedical Research. Linda pursued a career in cancer research, and then information technology, both fields that had few professional women represented.

Linda’s career led her to contractual work with multiple federal government agencies including the departments of Energy, Treasury, Justice, and NASA. Moving into Program Management, Linda managed a $60M annual revenue operational unit as a VP at age 34, and was promoted to executive management at age 40. In 1990, as Executive VP at NCI, Linda helped grow the business to a multimillion dollar revenue base, which went public on NASDAQ in 2005.  

Linda retired in 2008 to spend more time with her parents, yet still maintains her Dept of Defense/SBI clearance, as well as continuing to serve on the board as consultant for several multi-million dollar firms.

In addition to her groundbreaking career path, Linda has been an incredibly generous supporter of Hood since graduating, and is currently a lead facilitator for her class’s 50th Reunion giving challenge.


2020 Linda J. Allan, 1970, M.S. 1978
2019Cynthia F. Nofziger '79
2018Kim F. Hall '83, Ph.D. and Leslie A. Hawkins '73


Ellen B. Drogin Rodgers ’82, Ph.D. and Ashley Norris Barthlow ’92, DVM
2016Peter W. Cha ’81, D.D.S. and Martha Thomas, M.D., ’71, P’99, P’09
2015Rev. Margaret Muncie '70 and Professor Aldan Weinberg '75
2014Mary Jo Sottile Manning '64, J.D., and Carolyn Cantagalli Dumaresq '69, Ed.D.
2013Christine L. McHenry, M.D. '73 
2012The Honorable Donald E. Beachley '77 and Lt. Colonel Virginia Procino Hartmann '72
2011Patricia Chapple Wright, Ph.D. '66, H '90 and Joan B. Gillece, Ph.D. '76 
2010Ruth Whitaker Holmes, Ph.D. '55, H '93 and Portia Whitaker Shumaker '55
2009Carol Lumb Allen '59, Martha Shortiss Allen '59, Gayle Hamilton Blakeslee '59, Janet Hobbs Cotton '59, Edith Howard Hogan '59 and Nancy Rogers Huntsinger '59
2008Susan Warshaw Stinson '68, Ed.D., Harriet Fox Riehl '68 
2007Susan Gearey Van Pelt '79, Judith Stohr Gavaler '61 
2006Eleanor Gambrill Bowers '46, Anna Hart Johnson-Winegar '76 
2005Nancy McAdams Baggett '65
2004Lois White Lowry '54
2003Phyllis Chamberlin Hutson '55
2002Jane Kulla Boorstein '49
2001Lois Vars Mason '51
2000Ruth Whitaker Holmes '55
1999Georgia Shank Vance '32
1998Doris Reininger DeHart '48
1997Bonnie Kloeblen Hagerman '66
1996Helvise Glessner Morse '46
1995F.Baird Wigton Lloyd '57
1994Dianne Beebe Barske '66
1993Patricia Kienzle Ross '65
1992Betty Pickell Cleaver '44
1991Ruth Duff Eager '41
1990Adamadia Deforest '55
1989Nancy Tressel Brown '57
1988Beryl Ann Pfizer '49
1987Eva Sayegh Teig '65
1986Anna May Wilson Hughes '39
1985M. Jacqueline McCurdy '55
1984Sally Herman Lunt '52
1983Mary Edith Tatem Williams '45
1982Margaret Grim Smith '28
1981Esther Hottenstein '29

Charlotte Baker King '10