2013 Founders Celebration Honorees

  • Foundation Medal

    For his exuberant creativity, openness to collaboration, willingness to take risks, and a love of the interplay of the arts.

    Frank Gehry

    Frank Gehry

    Frank Gehry is widely considered one of the most important and influential architects of our time. He is legendary for his designs for buildings including the Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao, Spain, and the Walt Disney Concert Hall in downtown Los Angeles.

    Gehry continues to make front-page news with new and upcoming projects. Hired by Facebook to design its expansion at its Menlo Park headquarters, Gehry will also design Facebook’s New York City offices.

    This summer, the Eisenhower Memorial Commission unanimously approved Gehry’s design for a memorial to Dwight D. Eisenhower, the nation’s 34th president, located across from the National Air and Space Museum.

    His many honors include a prestigious Pritzker Architecture Prize.

  • Fiat Lux Award

    For longstanding passion, commitment and support to UC Santa Cruz

    Don and Diane Cooley

    Don and Diane Cooley

    Don and Diane Cooley are long-time advocates and supporters of UCSC. The Cooleys, who have deep roots in the Pajaro Valley, will receive the Fiat Lux Award, presented to alumni and friends of UCSC who have demonstrated outstanding achievement, dedication, and service in support of the campus.

    The Cooleys are longstanding stewards and advocates of the UCSC Arboretum. They created the Thomas B. Porter Scholarship in honor of Diane's father, and they have donated to the UCSC Opera Theatre, Shakespeare Santa Cruz, Long Marine Lab, the Natural Reserves, and the Robert Sinsheimer Chair in Molecular Biology.

    Don Cooley is a former president and long-time trustee of the UC Santa Cruz Foundation, and Diane Cooley is a founder and member of the UCSC Opera Circle. They live in Watsonville.

  • Alumni Achievement Award

    For outstanding personal achievement in the arts and lasting contributions to his field

    Jock Reynolds

    Jock Reynolds

    Jock Reynolds (Stevenson '69, psychology), is an artist and director of the Yale University Art Gallery. Reynolds has created and shown his own artwork widely while also promoting fellow artists by organizing scores of other exhibitions, publications, and artist-in-residence programs.

    He received two National Endowment for the Arts Visual Artists fellowships, among many other grants and honors accorded him. During the last 25 years, he has directed the highly regarded teaching museums at Andover and Yale, whose collections are among the nation’s finest.

  • Faculty Research Lecturers

    For their highly distinguished research records and for playing major roles in the successful search for the Higgs boson

    Howard Haber and Abraham Seiden

    Selected by UCSC's Academic Senate to deliver the annual lecture, both Haber and Seiden are celebrated physics professors and researchers.

    Howard HaberHaber is particularly well known for his role in developing theories and the attendant phenomenology of the Higgs boson ("phenomenology" involves the application of theory to experiments in high-energy particle physics).

    He coauthored the definitive book on searching for the Higgs boson, The Higgs Hunter's Guide, published in 1989. A fellow of the American Physical Society, Haber received a prestigious Alexander von Humboldt Research Award in 2009.

    Abraham SeidenSeiden, distinguished professor of physics at UC Santa Cruz, led the Santa Cruz Institute for Particle Physics (SCIPP) from its founding in 1981 until 2010, when he stepped down as director to return to full-time teaching and research.

    Seiden is currently leading a consortium of U.S. physicists working on a new particle detector that will be the first major upgrade for the Large Hadron Collider (LHC), the world's most powerful particle accelerator.

13th Annual Sidhartha Maitra Memorial Lecture


    An American theatre director, noted for his unique contemporary stagings of classical and contemporary operas and plays.

    Peter SellarsPETER SELLARS is one of the most innovative and powerful forces in the performing arts in America and abroad. A visionary artist, Sellars is known for ground-breaking interpretations of classic and contemporary works. Whether it is Mozart, Handel, Shakespeare, Sophocles, 16th-century Chinese playwright Tang Xianzu, or works by longtime collaborator John Adams, Peter Sellars strikes a universal chord with audiences, engaging and illuminating contemporary social and political issues.