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2015 Blue Leadership Ball

Bush ’48 Leadership Awards Going to 6 Elis

NEW HAVEN, Conn. - The Yale Athletic Department will honor the 2015 recipients of the George H.W. Bush ’48 Lifetime of Leadership Awards at the gala Blue Leadership Ball (BLB) on Friday, Nov. 20, at the William K. Lanman Center inside Payne Whitney Gym. The Class of 2015 Bush Award winners are Dick Baribault ’49, Josh Bekenstein ’80, Ginny Gilder ‘79, Jim Goodale ’55 and Patrick Ruwe, M.D. ’83. In addition, David Swensen ’76 will receive a special Bush award.

“This is the night when Yale shows its athletes how important they are to the university,” said Mike Hard ’84, the BLB Chairman and a former lightweight oarsman for Yale and the U.S. National Team. “It’s the best way to make a weekend out of seeing The Game, and I’m excited to see so many younger alumni attending to see coaches, captains and former teammates.”

Five former Yale athletes were selected for the BLB awards based on their examples of leadership since graduation.

Baribault captained the 1948-49 Yale men’s swimming team to the National Athletic Association Union Championship and was part of the 4x100 freestyle relay that set a world record his freshman year. Following his first year at Yale, Baribault, who was born in New Haven and attended Hillhouse High School, enlisted in the Air Force and spent the next three years flying combat in Europe during World War II.

Following graduation, Baribault spent nearly 40 years with the Aluminum Company of America (Alcoa), rising to Vice President. His work with Alcoa took him around the world, including Russia, Poland, East Germany, Great Britain, Switzerland, Japan, Australia and South America. Baribault directed the refinancing of the National Minority Supplier Development Council and reorganized its national headquarters and 44 nationwide regional councils. In 1986, he was the recipient of the Purchasing Magazine’s Medal of Professional Excellence.

Bekenstein, who played varsity lacrosse from 1976 to 1980, helped form Bain Capital in 1984. He has served as its managing director since 1986. Bain Capital is one of the world’s leading private investment firms, with approximately $75 billion assets under management. Since its inception, the company has grown to over 900 employees across seven countries.

Bekenstein currently serves as a board member of many different organizations including Bombardier Recreational Products, Dollarama Stores, Toys ‘R’ Us, Michaels Stores, Burlington Coat Factory, Bright Horizons Family Solutions, Waters Corporation, and Gymboree Corporation. He also has excelled as an active philanthropist, serving as Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and Chairman of the Board of Directors fr New Profit, Inc. He is a board member of City Year and a longtime member of the Board of Trustees of the Pan-Mass Challenge, the country’s largest charity bike-a-thon.

Bekenstein continues to be involved with Yale. In 2013, he was named as a new successor trustee of the Yale Corporation. He has also served on the Board of Advisors of the Yale School of Management, the Yale Investment Committee, an at-large member of the University Council, the co-chair of the Yale Tomorrow Campaign, and a member of the Yale Development Council.

Gilder had an impressive rowing career, earning four varsity letters along with three All-Ivy League honors. However, what she did off the river may have been more significant. In 1976, Gilder participated in the famous women’s crew “strip-in” to protest the lack of facilities for female athletes. She continued her athletic career in fine fashion by being named to the U.S. Olympic teams in 1980 and 1984.

Since the early 1990s, Gilder has worked as an entrepreneur and writer while being the co-owner of the WNBA Seattle Storm. In 2004, she formed the Gilder Office for Growth, which operates as a family investment organization, and she currently acts as the president and CEO.

In 2004, she received the NCAA Silver Anniversary Award.

Goodale, who played varsity hockey and baseball in the mid-1950s for the Bulldogs, is well-known for leading the defense of the New York Times in the 1971 Supreme Court “Pentagon Papers case.” He is a leading First Amendment lawyer and has been called the “Father” of the Reporters’ Privilege that protects reporters from disclosing their sources.

Goodale was the former General Counsel and Vice Chairman of the New York Times who, in 1972, established an annual Communications Law Seminar at the Practising Law Institute that led to the creation of the First Amendment Bar.  

After his career at the Times, Goodale partnered with Debevoise & Plimpton Law Firm, which represented new media companies and dealt with issues concerning First Amendment and intellectual rights. From 1995 to 2010, he hosted and produced the TV program Digital Age. Goodale has taught for over 30 years at the law schools of Yale, NYU and Fordham. He is author of over 200 articles on the press and of the recent book “Fighting for the Press.”

Dr. Ruwe was a three year starter on the varsity football team under legendary coach Carm Cozza and also wrestled as a heavyweight for the Bulldogs. In 1982, he was chosen to be the 106th Yale Football Captain and was selected as an Academic All-American.

After receiving his degree in Environmental Biology, Ruwe went on to graduate cum laude from the Yale School of Medicine and was inducted into the Alpha Omega Honor Medical Society. He went on to win multiple awards for his research, and completed his fellowship at the Kerlan-Jobe Orthopaedic Clinic in Los Angeles, where he was involved in the care of many professional athletes.

From 1993 to 1999, Ruwe was an Assistant Professor of Orthopedic Surgery at Yale School of Medicine and an Associate at the Yale Sports Medicine Center. During this, time he also was the Co-Director of the Yale Shoulder Center and the school’s Orthopedic Team Physician.

Ruwe is the author of an extensive collection of scientific articles, and has done numerous research on shoulder function in swimmers, post-operative pain management in knee arthroscopy, and the use of MRI to detect sports injuries.

In 1999, Ruwe began practicing at Connecticut Orthopedic Specialists, P.C., and remains active at Yale University where he serves as the President of the Yale Football Association.

Swensen, Yale’s Chief Investment Officer, oversees $22 billion in endowment assets and several hundreds of millions of dollars of other investment funds. Under his stewardship during the past 28 years the Yale Endowment generated returns of 13.8 percent per annum, a record unequalled among institutional investors. Mr. Swensen leads a staff of 30, located near the University’s campus in downtown New Haven.

Swensen has won numerous awards, including a 2014 honorary degree from Yale, the 2012 Yale Medal for outstanding individual service to the University, a 2008 fellowship in the American Academy of Arts & Sciences, a 2007 Mory’s Cup for conspicuous service to Yale, a 2007 Hopkins Medal for commitment, devotion and loyalty to Hopkins School and a 2004 Inaugural Institutional Investor Award for Excellence in Investment Management.

Swensen has advised the President of the United States as a member of the President’s Economic Recovery Advisory Board. He has also served as trustee or advisor to the Brookings Institution, Cambridge University, the Carnegie Corporation, the Carnegie Institution of Washington, the Hopkins School, TIAA, Major League Baseball, the New York Stock Exchange, the Howard Hughes Medical Institute, the Courtauld Institute of Art, the Yale New Haven Hospital, the Investment Fund for Foundations, the Edna McConnell Clark Foundation, and the States of Connecticut and Massachusetts.

The Blue Leadership Ball is the flagship event for Yale Athletics. It is the one chance, every two years, for all athletic alumni and fans to get together and celebrate what makes the athletic experience special. This year, Yale Athletics hopes to increase participation from young alumni and ensure the night kicks off a wonderful weekend for all Yale faithful.