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U.Va. marks the 261st birthday of its founder
Annual Thomas Jefferson Foundation Medals In Law, Architecture To Be Given, Plus Tree Planting, During Founder’s Day Activities

April 2, 2004 -- J. Harvie Wilkinson III, the former Chief Judge of the Richmond-based U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit, and landscape architect Peter Walker, principal of Peter Walker and partners, and newly selected winner of the design competition for the World Trade Center memorial, will receive 2004 Thomas Jefferson Foundation Medals in Law and Architecture, respectively.

The Thomas Jefferson Foundation Medal in Law, and the Thomas Jefferson Foundation Medal in Architecture, are the highest outside awards offered by the University, which grants no honorary degrees. The annual awards — law in its 28th year, and architecture in its 39th year — are given as part of the University’s Founder’s Day activities, centered around Jefferson’s April 13 birthday.

The University and the Thomas Jefferson Foundation, a non-profit organization that owns and operates Monticello, sponsor the medals, which will be presented during a private luncheon in the University’s Rotunda.

Both medal recipients will give public lectures. Walker will speak on “Minimalist Gardens” on Monday, April 12, at 3 p.m. in Old Cabell Hall auditorium. Wilkinson will discuss “Building a Legal Culture of Affection” on Wednesday, April 14, at 4:20 p.m. in the School of Law’s Caplin Pavilion.

A tree honoring Ernest H. Ern, U.Va. professor emeritus of environmental sciences, will be planted near the University’s Brooks Hall on Tuesday, April 13. University President John T. Casteen III will preside at the planting of a white oak at the 2 p.m. ceremony.

Ern joined the University of Virginia faculty in 1962 as assistant professor of geology. He became assistant dean in the College of Arts & Sciences in September 1966, served as dean of admission from 1967 to 1973, and was promoted to vice president for students affairs in 1973, a position he held for 20 years. Ern was named senior vice president and University professor in 1993. That same year, the U.Va. Board of Visitors established the Ernest H. Ern Distinguished Professorship in Environmental Sciences. In 1998, he received the Algernon Sydney Sullivan Award for excellence of character and service to humanity.

Contact: Katherine Thompson Jackson, (434) 924-3629

FOR ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Contact the Office of University Relations at (434) 924-7116. Television reporters should contact the TV News Office at (434) 924-7550.

SOURCE: U.Va. News Services

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