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July 24, 2002
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OSWEGO -- Two SUNY Oswego alumni received awards for outstanding achievements as part of Reunion 2002 activities July 19 to 21.
Dr. Ban-An Khaw of Oswego's class of 1969, director of the Center for Cardiovascular Targeting at Northeastern University, received the Distinguished Alumnus Award, the Oswego Alumni Association's most prestigious honor. Oswego native Dr. Linda Donovan Clement of the class of 1971, vice president for student affairs at the University of Maryland, received the Anniversary Class Award.
"We are proud to honor alumni like Dr. Ban-An Khaw and Dr. Linda Clement, who have achieved at the highest levels of their fields," said Betsy Oberst, Oswego's director of alumni and parent relations. "Their work exemplifies the quality of education that Oswego provides."
A native of Burma, Khaw is the George Behrakis Professor of Pharmaceutical Sciences at Northeastern and associate professor of radiology at Harvard Medical School. His main research interests are cardiovascular disorders, tumor targeting and cell preservation. Transplant rejection and mechanisms to prolong graft survival are also among his research interests.
At the awards dinner, Khaw talked of the struggles he overcame before reaching Oswego. As a teen-ager, he was cut off from his country and home after the takeover in Burma in 1967.
"I found a new home here in Oswego thanks to the efforts of an uncle of mine, Antonio Cua, chair and professor of philosophy," Khaw recalled, also thanking the college "for laying the foundation and cornerstone of my career."
After graduating from Oswego with a biology degree, Khaw went on to earn a master's and doctorate in biology and immunology from Boston College. He has held various positions at Harvard Medical School, Northeastern University and Massachusetts General Hospital. His publications number in the hundreds, and he holds patents in the United States and several other countries for his diagnostic methods.
Clement has worked at the University of Maryland for more than 20 years. For 18 of those years, she was director of admissions and has been praised for her commitment to diversity and to increasing the quality of incoming students.
After receiving her Oswego degree, she earned a master's degree at Michigan State University, where she worked in student affairs, and a doctorate from the University of Maryland in 1981.
She has chaired the board of trustees of the College Board and served on selection committees for the National Merit Scholarship and Education Testing Service scholarship. She is co-author of a book on student services leadership.
An active member of the Oswego alumni family, she has served as a volunteer on reunion committees and with her husband, Peter '71, has been a leadership donor to Oswego for years. She has returned to campus often and in 2000 was the speaker at Honors Convocation.
"I feel very fortunate to come from a family of teachers," Clement said. Her father, mother and sister all taught. Her mother, Annamae (Longway) Donavan, joined Clement at Reunion 2002 for her own 60th reunion. Clement's father, the late James Donovan, was a 1940 graduate of Oswego.
Clement told attendees that her current leadership role at the University of Maryland is one she cherishes. "It's gratifying to work with students," she said.
The hundreds of alumni who attended Reunion 2002 participated in activities that included picnics, golf, campus tours, dancing and special sessions for specific class years.
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