Thomas Jefferson Foundation Medals Recipients Reflect, Look Ahead

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University of Virginia Press Release:

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va., April 14, 2016 — In celebration of Thomas Jefferson’s birthday Wednesday, winners of the 2016 Thomas Jefferson Foundation Medals gave public talks discussing advances in children’s advocacy, architecture, criminal justice reform and technological development.

The University of Virginia and the Thomas Jefferson Foundation – the independent, nonprofit organization that owns and operates Monticello – jointly awarded the 2016 Thomas Jefferson Foundation Medals in Architecture, Law, Citizen Leadership and Global Innovation during Wednesday’s Founder’s Day festivities. This is the inaugural year for the Medal in Global Innovation, hosted by the Darden School of Business to honor individuals who have led a significant global innovation that creates value for humanity.

This year’s recipients were Cecil Balmond OBE an internationally renowned architect, artist, writer and engineer; Judge John Gleeson, a former federal judge known for his active support for criminal justice reforms; Marian Wright Edelman, a lifelong advocate for disadvantaged Americans and founder and president of the Children’s Defense Fund; and Gordon Moore, an engineer, technologist and entrepreneur who helped put Silicon Valley on the map.

UVA President Teresa A. Sullivan and Leslie Greene Bowman, president and CEO of the Thomas Jefferson Foundation, presented the medals – struck for the occasion – at a luncheon at the University. Recipients also were to be honored with a private dinner at Monticello on Wednesday evening.

Other Founder’s Day celebrations included a tree planting, presided over by Sullivan, to honor Professor Emeritus of Biology J. James Murray, a leader in the improvement and maintenance of UVA’s Grounds and gardens. Murray chaired the Arboretum and Landscape Committee for several years and participated in the committee’s activities for almost 30 years. A tree was planted in his honor on the lower portion of the Lawn, in front of Cocke Hall. (Previous tree-planting honorees are listed here.)

Each of the medalists offered remarks on Wednesday.

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