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~Wellesley College Honors Three with Alumnae Achievement Awards ~

For immediate release:
February 14, 2002

Mary Ann Hill,

WELLESLEY, Mass. - Wellesley College will honor three alumnae Thursday, February 21, for the significant contributions they have made to their respective fields of corporate governance, literature, and law. Luella Gross Goldberg '58, Nayantara Pandit Sahgal '47, and Patricia Williams '73 will receive the College's Alumnae Achievement Awards for 2002 at a ceremony in Alumnae Hall beginning at 6:00 pm. The event, which includes an awards presentation and remarks by the honorees, is free and open to the public.

Established in 1969, the Wellesley College Alumnae Achievement Awards are given annually to "alumnae of distinction who through their achievements have brought honor to themselves and to Wellesley College." The award winners serve as role models for students and represent excellence in their respective fields. Past award winners include Secretary of State Madeleine K. Albright '59, foundation philanthropist Anna Faith Jones '54, and journalists Linda Wertheimer '65 and Cokie Roberts '64.

Luella Gross Goldberg '58 has led a distinguished and pioneering career as a corporate director and civic leader. This past summer, she was named the first American to the Board of Directors of the ING Group, the tenth largest publicly-traded company worldwide. Goldberg's service as a corporate director began in 1976, when she became the first female director of insurance giant Northwestern National Life Insurance Co. (now ReliaStar Financial Corp.). An expert in corporate governance, finance, and public affairs, she is a respected entity in the world of corporate leadership, and other major corporations including TCF Financial Corporation, Communications Systems, Inc., Hormel Foods Corporation, and Piper Funds, tapped her for their boards, from the mid-1980s through the present.

Goldberg's accomplishments in the business world are mirrored by her devoted civic service. She is a life director of the Minnesota Orchestral Association and has served on the boards of Wellesley College (where she was acting president in 1993), the University of Minnesota Foundation, St. John's University, Carlson School of Management, Women's Economic Alliance, and the United Way of Minneapolis, among others. Her work has garnered many awards including the Governor's Leadership Award for the State of Minnesota and the National Conference of Christians and Jews Award for Distinguished Humanitarian Service. In 1997, Golberg was named one of Minnesota's three most influential women in business, and her significant leadership has paved the way for younger generations of women to serve in top-level positions in corporate America.

Nayantara Pandit Sahgal '47 is one of India's premier postcolonial novelists and political journalists. A former delegate to the U.N. General Assembly, she was born into a powerful political family: her uncle was the first prime minister and her mother India's first ambassador to the U.N. Her closeness to India's postcolonial regime informs her work, both fiction and non-fiction. Sahgal critically examines India's sociopolitical culture since colonialism and creates a groundbreaking voice for women's issues in that patriarchal society. A vocal opponent of Indira Gandhi's "emergency" in the late 1960s, Sahgal deals provocatively with issues of sex, class, race, politics, and religion in her novels. Her works include Prison and Chocolate Cake (1954), A Time to Be Happy (1958), From Fear Set Free (1962), Mistaken Identity (1988), Rich Like Us (1985) and Indira Gandhi: Her Road to Power (1982). An internationally-recognized writer, she has won numerous awards, including a Honorary Doctor of Letters degree from the University of Leeds in 1997, the Sinclair Fiction Prize (for Rich Like Us), and the Commonwealth Writers' Prize for Eurasia.

Patricia J. Williams '73 is a legal scholar and professor of American law at Columbia University. Her books, including The Alchemy of Race and Rights: A Diary of a Law Professor (1991), The Rooster's Egg: On the Persistence of Prejudice (1995), and Seeing a Color-Blind Future: The Paradox of Race (1997), illustrate some of America's most complex societal problems and challenge our ideas about cultural constructs of race and gender.

Williams has garnered many awards, including a prestigious 2000 MacArthur Fellowship, with a stipend of $500,000 over five years to support her continued intellectual studies. Other honors include being named the first black woman to give the Reith Lecture at the British Broadcasting Corporation in 1997 and receiving the National Association of Black Political Scientists Book Award in 1992. Williams graduated from Harvard Law School in 1975 and served as deputy city attorney in Los Angeles until 1978 and staff attorney for the Western Center on Law and Poverty in Los Angeles from 1978-80. She has taught law at Golden Gate College (1980-84), the City University of New York (1984-88), the Univeristy of Wisconsin, Madison (1988-1993), and Columbia School of Law, where she has been affiliated since 1991. She is also a contributing editor and columnist for The Nation.


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