1998 Award of Distinction Recipients

Donald E. Brock

('64, Agricultural Economics)
Brock Asparagus
El Centro, California

Donald E. Brock was selected administrative assistant to two U.S. secretaries of agriculture, Clifford Harden and Earl Butz. Following a successful career as a public servant in Washington, D.C., he returned to his hometown in El Centro, California, and reestablished his leadership position in the produce farming business in the Imperial Valley. He has been involved in many community and professional activities and organizations, including Rotary, Boy Scouts of America, the University of California Agricultural Advisory Committee and as a board member of the Western Growers Association. Brock is listed in Who's Who in the West and in Who's Who in Government.


Randall L. Brown

(Ph.D., '86, Ecology)
Chief Biologist
California Department of Water Resources

Randall L. Brown coordinates the Inter-agency Ecological Studies Program for the Sacramento-San Joaquin estuary, a multimillion dollar, interagency program that funds university research. During his 33-year career in public service, Brown has carried out research and implemented fishery habitat restoration, aquatic monitoring and water quality projects. Randall Brown has been an important factor in getting people to work together towards solutions to Bay-Delta problems.


Robert M. Hagan

Professor Emeritus, Department of Land, Air & Water Resources
UC Davis
Davis, California 

Robert M. Hagan (deceased) held an appointment as a state-wide Extension specialist. Hagan is founding director of the Water Education Foundation, serving as president for five years. He has served on numerous local, regional, State and national committees to advise and to increase understanding on water-related issues and has served as a consultant for the USDA, Rockefeller Foundation, Ford Foundation, UNESCO, FAO and World Bank. Hagan was a member of the founding committee of the International House.


Robert P. Hartzell

('56, Plant Science) 
Lodi, California 

Robert P. Hartzell served as deputy director of the California Department of Food and Agriculture and, for almost 20 years, president of the California Association of Winegrape Growers. He has been a strong supporter of the college's Department of Viticulture & Enology and its research efforts. Hartzell was instrumental in establishing the National Grapevine Importation & Clean Stock Facility which is operated by Foundation Plant Materials Service. He served on the CA&ES Dean's Advisory Council and on policy advisory committees to the U.S. secretary of agriculture and U.S. trade representative.


Heidi Helene Haugen

(B.S., '86, Environmental Toxicology; '88, Secondary Education Credential)
Science Teacher
Davis, California

Heidi Helene Haugen received the "1997-98 Teacher of the Year Award" from Elk Grove Unified School District and "Outstanding Biology Teacher Award" for California for 1997. Haugen teaches an English-as-a-second-language biology class at Florin High School in Sacramento where students speak seven languages other than English. She is among 613 of the nation's best math and science teachers and one of 12 State finalists for the 1998 Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching, a joint program of the White House and the National Science Foundation.


Ralph S. Moore

Visalia, California

Ralph S. Moore known worldwide as "Mr. Miniature," has developed and named more than 350 varieties of plants, 90 of them miniature roses. He's been naming the flowers he creates after people, places and events since 1921 when he was a 14-year-old sophomore in high school. Today, at age 91, he lives next door to his nursery and can be found seven days a week in his greenhouse, breeding and developing new miniature roses and other flowers. Moore is the oldest living member of the American Rose Society and the only living American to wear the prestigious Dean Hole Medal, the Royal National Rose Society of England's highest honor.


Dewey J. Raski

Professor emeritus, Department of Nematology
UC Davis
Davis, California

Dewey J. Raski served as the first chair of the Statewide Department of Nematology at UC Davis and UC Riverside, the only two departments of nematology in the United States. He was a founding member of the Society of Nematologists, bringing representation of the discipline in California to the attention of national and international nematologists. In India, he was the catalyst that developed the first department of nematology modeled after UC Davis' department. In his own community, responding to a need for affordable housing, Raski helped organize a local affiliate of Habitat for Humanity.


Hal Sconyers

('52, Plant Sciences)
President and Founding CEO (retired)
The Modesto Banking Company


Carol Sconyers

Board Member
Friends of UC Davis Presents

Hal Sconyers was instrumental in the development of the MasterCard system in California. He served as president of the California Bankers Association and received many awards from the State's banking industry, as well as Rotary's "Paul Harris Award for Exemplary Service to the Community." Hal served as a Cal Aggie Alumni Association board member and currently is serving his second term as a trustee of the UC Davis Foundation. Carol Sconyers, a strong supporter of UC Davis' performing arts program, is a Friends of UC Davis Presents board member and chairs its pre-performance lecture committee. After attending UC Davis, she was editor of the Modesto Banking Company newsletter and was active in Omega Nu and P.E.O. Hal and Carol Sconyers have been devoted supporters of the college and UC Davis since their college days.


Fred Swanson

('65, Fermentation Science)
Kingsburg, California

Fred Swanson is superintendent of DANR Facilities, Planning and Management at the Kearney Agricultural Center, UC's largest off-campus agricultural facility. In 1987, he began an innovative program called Ag Futures Field Day. He invites students from across the Central Valley who have shown interest in ag research to visit Kearney for a day of seminars. Participants are shown the research done at UC, technology being used and the results being implemented on farms. Students leave with a new idea of what an education in agriculture can mean for them. Over 3,000 youth have participated.


Peni Wilson

('91 Design)
Interior Designer
San Diego, California

Peni Wilson is an independent interior designer specializing in healthcare facilities and living facilities for the aging. She also researches and participates in conferences on design for dementia and Alzheimer patients. Wilson's most recent ASID (American Society of Interior Designers) Showcase project is the featured cover story in Better Homes & Gardens' special interest issue titled "Home Ideas for Spring/Summer 1998." The work of her design firm, A Designer's Influence, was spotlighted in the Sunday "Home Section" of the San Diego Union Tribune. Wilson is an active member in the San Diego chapter of the Cal Aggie Alumni Association.