Helen Way Klingler College of Arts and Sciences Award Recipients
Distinguished Alumnus of the Year Award
JOHN C. SCHAEFER, ARTS '66
The field of information technology was still a relatively new concept when John went to work in 1968. By the time he left in 1999, he was his company’s senior director of global infrastructure and operations. He later started his own consulting company and now is working with several startup ventures in the IT field.
Professional Achievement Award
DR. MARILYN E. BRADDOCK, ARTS '77
A former Marquette cheerleader, Marilyn traded her megaphone for a military career. As a commander in the Navy Dental Corps stationed aboard the aircraft carrier U.S.S. George Washington, she is the first and only African-American female prosthodontist in the Navy. She specializes in facial reconstruction procedures, often with patients who are coping with cancer or the aftermath of a severe accident.
MISSY FARREN, ARTS '82
New Rochelle, N.Y.
As vice president of marketing at Swatch USA, Missy oversaw the successful relaunch of a brand in need of a makeover. Then her career really started ticking: She is founder and CEO of Missy Farren & Associates Ltd., a dynamic and passionate public relations and marketing firm in New York City. Her team has managed brand campaigns at five Olympic Games, and the firm’s clients have included Burton snowboards, Disneyland and the Cayman Islands Department of Tourism.
A Person for Others Award
ROGER A. BAEHR, ARTS '71
When Roger took over as principal at St. Jude the Apostle in Wauwatosa, Wis., the school was in danger of closing. In more than two decades of his leadership, enrollment increased as the school added kindergarten programs, foreign language classes, computers and a major building addition. He retired in 2001 but was persuaded to serve an eight-year stint as principal at Corpus Christi/Blessed Savior, West Campus.
Young Alumna of the Year Award
An assistant professor of obstetrics and gynecology at Denver Health and the University of Colorado School of Medicine, Gretchen has traveled to countries including India, Mexico, Rwanda and Nigeria as an advocate for women’s health issues. She oversees a pregnancy registry program in Guatemala on behalf of the Center for Global Health and performs medical examinations of women who have been tortured and seek asylum in the United States.