The Catlin Gabel alumni board recognizes distinguished alumni through an annual awards program. In 2008, the alumni board revised the annual awards program to honor three alumni with diverse professional, civic, and service achievements. The honorees are recognized at the Celebration of Leadership and Service event each fall.
Distinguished Alumni Achievement Award
Granted to Catlin Gabel graduates or former students for significant accomplishments in business or professional life.
Dr. Philip Starr ’79
Philip leads a team of neuroscientists and clinicians at UC San Francisco working to develop a brain stimulation device to alleviate the symptoms associated with Parkinson’s disease. He was a finalist for the International B.R.A.I.N. prize. His current work in human movement disorder is supported by the National Institute of Health, the Defense Advanced Research Project Agency, the Michael J. Fox Foundation, and Surgivision, Inc. Philip has been the editor of numerous scientific journals and books, and is an internationally known lecturer in neurological science and neurosurgery.
Distinguished Alumni Service Award
Granted to Catlin Gabel graduates or former students for extraordinary service to their community, state, nation, or the world.
Dr. Derrick Butler ’86
Derrick is a family medicine physician, associate medical director, and director of T.H.E Clinic’s HIV program in South Central Los Angeles. T.H.E. Clinic is a longstanding federally qualified community health center. Derrick is focused on addressing the current HIV/AIDS epidemic and the health disparities of urban populations. With an additional interest in international health, he has also lived in Africa as a Peace Corps volunteer and participated in medical missions in various parts of Africa.
Distinguished Younger Alumni Award
Granted to Catlin Gabel graduates or former students who have achieved much in the arena of professional accomplishments or social service before the age of 40.
Amelia Templeton ’02
Amelia is a multimedia reporter and producer for Oregon Public Broadcasting, covering Portland-area news. She was previously a reporter for EarthFix, covering environmental issues in the Northwest. She co-produced Oregon Field Guide and the online special Glacier Caves: Mt. Hood’s Secret World, which won an Edward R. Murrow Award for news documentary and two regional Emmy Awards. Amelia has also worked nationally as a freelance journalist for NPR, Marketplace, and CBS News. She worked with congressional staff to develop and successfully pass the Refugee Crisis in Iraq Act of 2008 and personally helped several Iraqis and their families receive asylum in the U.S.
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Granted to a Catlin Gabel community member in appreciation of outstanding service to the school.
Meg Patten Eaton ’58, 2014 Honoree Joey Day Pope Volunteer Award
Meg attended Catlin-Hillside from preschool until graduation. After graduating from Mills College, Meg returned to teach 9th and 10th grade English. Headmaster Manvel Schauffler introduced her to her husband, Sid Eaton, when he was a teacher at Charles Wright Academy, and they returned to Catlin Gabel in 1971. As an active volunteer and CG parent, Meg wrote the parent handbooks for the Beehive, Lower School, and Middle School; edited the “Rummage Rag" newsletter and did volunteer Rummage recruiting and scheduling; and edited a PFA newsletter. She worked at Catlin Gabel in the Learning Center and as the first alumni director. Later Meg worked as a freelance writer, editor, and designer for clients including Catlin Gabel. She helped organize Catlin Gabel celebrations for its 25th and 50th anniversaries and now works in the CG archives meticulously sorting, organizing, and identifying the pictures and artifacts of the school’s history.
In 2013, the athletic hall of fame launched to celebrate Catlin Gabel’s exceptional alumni athletes. The people who have inspired our community with their dedication and skills and who serve as role models for today’s student athletes. We aim to increase awareness and pride in Catlin Gabel’s athletes past and present. Go to Athletics for information and to submit a nomination. Go Eagles!