Distinguished Alumni Awards

2016 Distinguished Alumni Awards


The Pacific Alumni Association has awarded its 2016 Distinguished Alumni Awards. The recipients include: Medallion of Excellence - Morrison C. England Jr. '77 COP, '83 LAW; Distinguished Professional Service Award - Connie X. Rishwain '79 COP; Distinguished Public Service Award - Ronald B. Robie '67 LAW; Honorary Alumni Award - Paul Fairbrook; and Outstanding Family Award - Chan Family.

The Distinguished Alumni Awards recognize alumni whose outstanding achievements and services to humanity have brought credit to the University of the Pacific. The Alumni Association is proud of this year's recipients and the contributions they've made, accomplishments they've achieved and the dedication they give to the University and the community.

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Medallion of Excellence - Morrison C. England Jr. '77 COP, '83 LAW
The Honorable Morrison C. England Jr. is Chief Judge of the U.S. District Court, Eastern District of California. He was nominated for the federal court in March 2002 by President George W. Bush and confirmed by the U.S. Senate five months later. A football player at the University of the Pacific, England had a tryout with the New York Jets and was an assistant college football coach as a law student. He was a partner in a general practice law firm for 13 years before being appointed by Governor Pete Wilson to the Sacramento Municipal Court. In 1997, he was elevated to the Sacramento Superior Court where he served until his nomination to the federal bench. He served in the U.S. Army Reserve from 1988 through 2002, holding the rank of Major.

Distinguished Professional Service Award - Constance X. Rishwain '79 COP
Connie X. Rishwain served as the president of UGG Australia from 2002 through 2015. She led the brand’s growth from a niche surfer boot to an award winning, must-have lifestyle footwear brand sported by celebrities and featured on “Oprah’s Favorite Things” several times. She has also been group president of Deckers Lifestyle Brands since 2014, a past president of the company's Simple division, and was an executive officer of publicly held Deckers Brands for over 20 years. Rishwain is a graduate of Stockton’s Stagg High School and completed a bachelor’s degree in history at Pacific in three years.

Distinguished Public Service Award - Honorable Ronald B. Robie '67 LAW
The Honorable Ronald B. Robie is Associate Justice of the California 3rd District Court of Appeal and the longest-serving adjunct professor at Pacific McGeorge. Robie has taught water law courses and Environmental Law at Pacific McGeorge since 1970. While a student at McGeorge in the 1960s, he drafted significant legislation as a consultant to the Assembly Committee on Water and later became the director of the state Department of Water Resources. Robie has served on the Court of Appeal since January 2002. He had been a judge of both the Superior and Municipal Courts of Sacramento County since 1983 and was presiding judge of the Superior Court in 1994–1995.

Honorary Alumni Award - Paul Fairbrook
Paul Fairbrook, came to Pacific in 1965 and directed food service operations at Pacific for 19 years. He was praised as “an enthusiastic advocate and dedicated administrator with a commitment to excellence.” Prior to Pacific, Fairbrook was the Dean of the Culinary Institute of America, and Director of Auxiliary Services at Northern Illinois University. In 1962 he formed his own consulting firm, Paul Fairbrook Associates, specializing in general management food consulting services for colleges and universities. Mr. Fairbrook has done consulting for the 1967 World’s Fair in Montreal, the Department of Defense in Washington, DC, as well as for colleges and universities in the US, Germany, Bulgaria, Australia, and Bangladesh. His involvement with public service led him to a four-year term as Commissioner of the Port of Stockton (1973-1977). Mr. Fairbrook has written several books and won numerous awards, including the Theodore H. Minah Distinguished Service Award in 1984 from the National Association of College and University Food Services, and the “Silver Plate”, a national award given by the Institutional Food Service Manufacturers Association.

Outstanding Family Award - The Chan Family
Tony Chan '77, Virginia (Chang) Chan '77, Stanley Chew `77, `79, King “Jimmy” Law `82, Annie (Chan) Igarashi `83, Lasie Yong `88, Joy Chang `92, Richard Yong `92, Doris Chew '07, Jonathan Chan `09, Elizabeth Chang `12, Megan Chan `13, Betty Chew `15
The Chan family, for whom the Chan Family Health Sciences Learning Center and Clinics facility on the Stockton campus is named, have been generous benefactors of Pacific over the years. Drs. Tony and Virginia Chan met while in line for commencement ceremonies at the Thomas J. Long School of Pharmacy and Health Sciences in 1977. The Chan family now operates many private practice pharmacies in Southern California, serving several thousand patients each year. Their son, Jonathan, earned his degree from the Thomas J. Long School of Pharmacy and Health Sciences in 2009 and their daughter, Megan, in 2013. Eleven siblings, nieces, nephews, cousins and spouses of those family members have also graduated from Pacific. Together, their generosity in their roles as students, alumni, parents, and Regents, has enhanced University facilities, student success, and program offerings.

Nominations for Alumni Awards from the University community and friends of the University are welcome and may be submitted using the nomination form.  Visit the Gallery of Distinguished Alumni Awards for a complete list of past recipients.