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.
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
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.
medal recipients will give public lectures. Walker will speak
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.
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
planting of a white
oak at the 2 p.m. ceremony.
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.
Professorship in Environmental Sciences. In 1998, he received the Algernon
Sydney Sullivan Award for excellence of character and service to humanity.
Katherine Thompson Jackson, (434) 924-3629