University of Pittsburgh
June 23, 2002

Pitt Alumni Association Names Three Distinguished Alumni Fellows for 2002

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June 24, 2002

PITTSBURGH—The University of Pittsburgh Alumni Association has named three Distinguished Alumni Fellows for 2002: Freddie H. K. Fu, M.D., a 1977 graduate of the School of Medicine; F. James McCarl III, who earned the Bachelor of Arts degree in economics from the College of General Studies (CGS) in 1973; and Betty Hord Robinson, who graduated from the School of Education with the Bachelor of Science degree in elementary education in 1951, the Master of Arts degree in education in 1970, and the Ph.D. degree in curriculum and supervision in 1974. The three fellows were honored at the Alumni Association Awards Dinner June 22 in the Connolly Ballroom of Pitt's Alumni Hall.

Fu is the David Silver Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery and chair of the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery in Pitt's School of Medicine and team physician for the Department of Athletics. He also serves as the company physician for the Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre and the team physician for Mt. Lebanon High School. The awards committee called Fu "an inspiration to countless students, athletes, colleagues, and the broader community." Fu has served as chair and executive medical director of the Pittsburgh Marathon and as a member of the Western Pennsylvania Olympic Committee. He also is a volunteer with the Make-A-Wish Foundation and the WQED Children's Chorus.

McCarl, president and CEO of McCarl's Inc., took over the leadership of the mechanical contracting company founded by his father, Foster McCarl Jr., and made it a leader in the industry. Active in numerous professional and civic organizations, McCarl served on the Business Advisory Council of the Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland from 1997 to 2000, is on the board of directors of the Mechanical Contractors Association of America, and has served as chair of the Tony Dorsett Golf Outing since 1993. McCarl created the McCarl Center for Nontraditional Student Success in CGS. And, to honor Pitt athletes, he established the F. James and Carol McCarl Hall of Champions in the Petersen Events Center.

Robinson, an educator for 50 years, was a teacher and supervisor in the Pittsburgh Public Schools. She also served as a supervisor of the Primary Education Project, a cooperative program of the Pittsburgh Public Schools and Pitt's Learning Research and Development Center. With her husband, James J. Robinson, pastor of Bidwell Presbyterian Church in Manchester on Pittsburgh's North Side, she created the Bidwell Education, Music, and Recreation Center. Now known as the Manchester

Youth Development Center, it serves more than 300 children in a preschool, grade school, and after-school program. In 1998, Robinson started the Manchester Academic Charter School, one of Pittsburgh's first charter schools. She is the school's chief administrative officer.