Professional Achievement Award
Presented to alumni who have gained regional, na-
tional, or international recognition for professional
achievements that reflect positively on Puget Sound
and the Alumni Association.
Jeffery M. Vance ’74
Jeff Vance has spent nearly
years pursuing an-
swers to some of medical
research’s most elusive
questions. He is a profes-
sor in and founding chair
of the University of Miami
Dr. John T. Macdonald
Foundation Department of Human Genetics. He
holds a secondary appointment as a professor of
neurology at Miami’s Miller School of Medicine.
He also is director of the university’s Center for
Genomic Education and Outreach at the John P.
Hussman Institute for Human Genomics (HIHG)
and director and principal investigator of its
Morris K. Udall Parkinson’s Disease Research
Center of Excellence. Jeff received his Ph.D. in
medical genetics from Indiana University and his
M.D. from Duke. He is internationally recognized
for his research in the genetics of neurodegenera-
tive diseases, with a particular interest in disor-
ders such as Parkinson’s disease, Charcot-Marie-
Tooth neuropathy, Alzheimer’s disease, autism,
and cardiovascular disease. He has published
more than 250 peer-reviewed journal articles. He
is boarded in both neurology and medical genet-
ics and an elected member of the Association
of American Physicians. In 2012 he was elected
as a fellow to the American Association for the
Advancement of Science. While at Puget Sound,
Jeff majored in biology and was a member of the
Phi Gamma Delta fraternity. He says of his time
at Puget Sound: “As an undergraduate, you can
never really know how good your education was.
However, after two advanced degrees and years in
academia I can honestly say that I received a ter-
rific education at UPS. This is particularly true in
the most important aspects of education: becom-
ing a successful lifetime student, an independent
thinker, and a confident person. UPS was great at
this, maximizing the potential in me.”
Service to Community
Presented to alumni whose volunteer leadership in
human services, the arts, recreation, or education
has had a direct impact on their community and
H.C. “Joe” Harned ’51
Born during the Great
Depression, Joe left his
person hometown of
Ursina, Penn., at age 16
because food in his family
was in short supply, and
he wanted to help make
it easier for his parents to
provide. He joined the Navy in his 20s, during
WWII, and was stationed in the Pacific, then
moved to Tacoma to finish out his service. He at-
tended Puget Sound part time, majoring in busi-
ness while working full time developing a real
estate business. Calling education “a loyal com-
panion for a lifetime,” Joe later turned his entre-
preneurial talent to helping students and the in-
stitutions that guide them. Today he funds more
than 30 scholarships annually for Tacoma stu-
dents, and his name is on three South Sound col-
lege buildings: a science building at Puget Sound,
established with what was at the time the largest
single gift for a building in the college’s history
the academic center at Saint Martin’s
University, with the school’s second-largest gift
from a living individual (2008); and the Health
Careers Center at Tacoma Community College,
with the school’s largest gift from an individual
Of his commitment to his alma mater,
Joe says, “I received an excellent education at
UPS and take pride in the thought that many
future doctors, nurses, and researchers will pass
through Harned Hall on their way to making
positive changes in the world.” Joe also has not
forgotten his roots back in Ursina. Recognizing
that many of the town’s young people can-
not afford to attend college or trade school,
he established an endowed scholarship at the
Community Foundation of the Alleghenies to
provide financial aid. He also funded a new wor-
ship center for his hometown church, the United
Community Church of God.
Service to the University
of Puget Sound
Presented to alumni who have made long-standing
volunteer contributions that have made a profound
impact on the Puget Sound community.
Domenick Federico ’67
Linda Federico Pearn ’66
Dom Federico, a Phi
Delt, and sister Linda,
an Alpha Phi, have
served as the Greek af-
finity group co-chairs
since the group’s for-
mation in 2009. They
are staunch supporters
of the Puget Sound Alumni Council’s efforts;
neither have missed a Homecoming or Summer
Reunion Weekend in more than a decade.
Dom took on his first alumni-volunteer
role in 1992 as a regional volunteer. From 2005
to 2013 he was alumni advisor for the Phi Delt
house on campus. Each Homecoming, Dom
organizes a pregame event bringing together Phi
Delt current students and alumni. Whenever
there is a need at the Phi Delt house, Dom orga-
nizes alumni to meet that need and oftentimes
uses his own financial resources. “Dom is every-
where,” said one of the alumni who nominated
him for the award. He is a diehard Logger sports
fan, and one would be hard pressed to find his
seat empty at any men’s or women’s UPS sports
competition. He was head of the Class of 1967’s
th reunion committee in 2012 and continues to
represent his class on the Alumni Council. Dom
credits his time at UPS for his love of learning,
stating that it prepared him well for his more
than 30 years as an educator in Tacoma Public
A retired teacher like her brother, Linda is
quick to say that Puget Sound is just as special to
her as it is to Dom. She has served her alma mater
for more than two decades in a variety of capaci-
ties, including as events chair for the Tacoma
regional club, a volunteer for her 30th, 40th, and
th reunions, an admission volunteer, and a
member of the Women’s League. Linda also was
a National Alumni Board member (1984–1986).
Alumni Award winners
alumni association
Recipients will be honored at the Reunion and Awards Dinner on Saturday, June 8, of Summer Reunion Weekend. These alumni were nominated
by a panel of their peers in recognition of their accomplishments, and their contributions to Puget Sound and their communities.