Alumni Association Awards


The Bucknell Alumni Association annually honors alumni for their achievements and loyalty to the University. Recipients are honored during Reunion Rally as part of Reunion Weekend.



2013 Award Recipients

Congratulations to the 2013 award recipients, who were honored on Saturday, June 1, 2013 at the Weis Center for the Performing Arts.



Outstanding Achievement in a Chosen Profession: Dr. William Woods ‘68

William G. Woods, M.D. is an internationally known leader in the field of childhood cancer.  After graduating from Bucknell with a B.S. in Biology, Dr. Woods attended the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine and spent 22 years at the University of Minnesota, most as faculty. Since 2001, Dr. Woods has been the director of the Aflac Cancer and Blood Disorders Center, Children's Healthcare of Atlanta/Emory University, where he successfully merged two separate pediatric hematology-oncology programs into one, nationally ranked program.  His peers consider him a creative and visionary researcher, and his work has led to remarkable advances in the survival and cure of children afflicted with cancer. In 2011, Dr. Woods was awarded the Distinguished Career Award from the American Society of Pediatric Hematology/Oncology.  A ‘larger than life’ person of fine character, intellect, and warmth, Dr. Woods received multiple nominations for both the Chosen Profession and Service to Humanity awards.

Loyalty to Bucknell: Richard Fidler, ‘63

In the 50 years since Mr. Fidler’s graduation, he has served Bucknell in many ways.  He has served as a Admissions Alumni Interviewer, an annual fund office volunteer for a number of years, and co-chaired his 45th Reunion Gift Committee. He now serves as Reunion Committee Co-chair of his 50th Reunion. Dick’s loyalty to Bucknell stems from his genuine belief in giving back. As the first blind student to graduate from Bucknell, Dick navigated the challenging landscape with courage and dignity receiving both his B.A. and M.S.Ed. in Mathematics.  He recently established a Bucknell scholarship in honor of his parents and student readers from his time at Bucknell.  Dick bleeds orange and blue and regularly attends many performing arts events on campus.

Service to Humanity: William Durland ‘53

Bill Durland is an educator, lawyer, author, and activist.  A member of the Bars of the Supreme Court of the United States and the State of Colorado, he holds degrees from Bucknell (B.S., Political Science and History), Georgetown University Law Center (J.D.), University of Notre Dame, (M.A.) and the Union Graduate School (Ph.D.). Several of his legal cases on international, constitutional and human rights laws have come before the U.S. Supreme Court. He was a recipient of the State of Colorado’s Martin Luther King, Jr. Humanitarian Award (1999) and Jack Gore Memorial Peace Award (2006). Bill is a recognized humanitarian who has traveled the world to volunteer and advocate for human rights and civil liberties in both his professional and personal life over the past 40 years.

Young Alumni: J.R. Holden ‘98

In the 15 years since receiving his Bucknell diploma, J.R. Holden has left his mark on many European and Russian basketball courts. He was a two-time Euroleague champion and gold medalist in the 2007 European Championships (Russia's first and only gold medal finish). He was top 5 in scoring while playing for the Russian National Team in the 2008 Beijing Olympics. He has been cited in many international magazines and was featured as one of the Top 100 athletes to watch at the Beijing Olympics by Time Magazine. Since retiring from professional basketball, J.R. authored ‘Blessed Footsteps’ (2011).  J.R. has been a strong supporter of the Bucknell basketball program and serves as a mentor for current students and alumni.  He continually gives back, recently establishing an annual fund scholarship at Bucknell and another youth scholarship fund to support inner city students in his hometown of Pittsburgh.



Previous Award Recipients


Loyalty to Bucknell

Outstanding Achievement in a Chosen Profession

Service To Humanity

Young Alumni