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The Pro Bene Meritis award is the highest honor bestowed by the College of Liberal Arts at The University of Texas at Austin. The purpose of the award is to honor individuals who are committed to the liberal arts, who have made outstanding contributions in professional or philanthropic pursuits, or who have participated in service related to the College of Liberal Arts. In addition to expressing appreciation to those distinguished individuals so honored, the College of Liberal Arts, through this award, is seeking to heighten public awareness of the critical role played by the liberal arts in education and society today.

The award is presented annually at a dinner in the fall. The alumni, faculty, students and staff of the college take pride in these individuals and the legacy of their character and achievements.

College of Liberal Arts

Pro Bene Meritis Award

The Pro Bene Meritis award is the highest honor bestowed by the College of Liberal Arts at The University of Texas at Austin. The purpose of the award is to honor individuals who are committed to the liberal arts, who have made outstanding contributions in professional or philanthropic pursuits, or who have participated in service related to the College of Liberal Arts. In addition to expressing appreciation to those distinguished individuals so honored, the College of Liberal Arts, through this award, is seeking to heighten public awareness of the critical role played by the liberal arts in education and society today.

The award is presented annually at a dinner in the fall. The alumni, faculty, students and staff of the college take pride in these individuals and the legacy of their character and achievements.

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Vice Admiral (ret) Raquel C. Bono, MD

Served with honor and distinction as a highly respected Naval Officer and the first woman surgeon in the military to hold the rank of Vice Admiral. As the former chief executive officer (CEO) and director, Defense Health Agency (DHA), Vice Admiral (Dr.) Bono led a joint, integrated combat support agency that enabled all branches of the U.S. military – Army, Navy, and Air Force – medical services to provide health care services to combatant commands. Dr. Bono integrated an unprecedented $50 billion worldwide health care enterprise composed of 50 hospitals and 300 clinics that provide care to 9.5 million military beneficiaries; oversaw the Department of Defense (DoD) deployment of the electronic health record (EHR) system; and advanced the development of the largest federated health system with the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. Dr. Bono received her bachelor’s degree from The University of Texas at Austin; her Master of Business Administration from Washington State University, Spokane; and her medical degree from Texas Tech Health Sciences Center, Lubbock. She completed her surgical internship and residency at the Naval Medical Center, Portsmouth, VA and performed a trauma and critical care fellowship at the Eastern Virginia Graduate School of Medicine, Norfolk. Shortly after training, Bono saw duty in Operations Desert Shield and Desert Storm as head, Casualty Receiving Fleet Hospital Five in Saudi Arabia from August 1990 to March 1991. 
 

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Richard P. Meier, Ph.D.

Educated at the University of Chicago (B.A., Anthropology), Washington University in St. Louis (M.A., Anthropology), and the University of California, San Diego (Ph.D., Linguistics). His postdoctoral work at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (1982-1984) and at Stanford (1984-86) was in Psychology. He joined the faculty of The University of Texas at Austin in 1986. Professor Meier's research is inspired by the fact that there are two modalities, or transmission channels, available to human languages: the visual-gestural modality of sign and the oral-aural modality of speech. His publications examine the linguistics of signed languages and their acquisition by deaf children. He seeks insights into the ways in which linguistic organization and child language development are (or are not) shaped by the modality in which a particular language is produced and perceived.
 

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Rashmi S. Mullur, MD

A board-certified internist, endocrinologist and integrative medicine physician. She received a BA in Plan II Honors at The University of Texas at Austin, a medical degree at the University of Texas, Southwestern Medical Center, and then completed a residency and Chief residency at Barnes-Jewish Hospital and Washington University in St. Louis. She completed her endocrinology fellowship at the VA Greater Los Angeles and Cedars-Sinai Medical Center.  She completed additional training fellowships in clinical research, medical education, and integrative medicine.  Her clinical practice uses integrative approaches in the management of patients with diabetes and hormonal disorders.  She has pioneered several clinical, research, and educational programs utilizing integrative medicine and digital technology in the management of chronic disease. 
 
Dr. Mullur is an Associate Professor at the David Geffen School of Medicine.  She currently serves as the Chief of Telehealth at the VA Greater Los Angeles, where she started the tele-yoga programs for veterans in 2012.  She is a national leader on the use of integrative medicine in the virtual setting and led her health system in the transition to virtual care during the pandemic. She is inspired by the opportunity to leverage digital health technology to advance whole-person healthcare.  

Dr. Mullur also serves as the Education director for the UCLA Integrative Medicine Collaborative. She has written several educational curricula focused on integrative medicine for a wide range of audiences including patients, staff, and medical trainees.  She serves on the Academy of Integrative Health and Medicine (AIHM) BIPOC committee and is committed to promoting health equity in integrative medicine and whole health.

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Please nominate distinguished alumni (including young alumni), faculty members, and friends of the College of Liberal Arts for the Pro Bene Meritis award.

Criteria and Procedures

To nominate someone, please review the criteria and then complete the form.

  1. Nominees should be persons who have demonstrated excellence in their chosen business, profession or life's work or in their service to society. See a list of past recipients.
  2. Nominees should be committed to the liberal arts, having made outstanding contributions by their scholarship, philanthropy or service to the College.
  3. Winners must be persons willing to participate in the award ceremony and in future activities with the College of Liberal Arts.
  4. Nominations of two or more people for a single award are accepted; however, the selection committee may choose to present an award to only one of the nominees.
  5. Members of the Pro Bene Meritis Award Selection Committee are not eligible for the award.
  6. Nominations will be kept on file for five years and an award may be presented at any time within that period.
  7. Posthumous nominations are accepted. In such cases, please provide a contact person and indicate that person's relationship to the deceased.
  8. Those nominated for the young alumnus/a award should have received a degree from the College of Liberal Arts and be under the age of 45 at the time of their nomination.

Submit your nomination online or download the form and email it to:

Molly Thompson
College of Liberal Arts
116 Inner Campus Drive, GEB 4.308,
Stop G6300
Austin, TX 78712
mthompson@austin.utexas.edu

Harry H. Ransom, Ph.D. - 1984

Mr. C. B. Smith, Sr. - 1984

Mrs. Sue Spivey Killam - 1985

Mr. Lowell H. Lebermann, Jr. - 1985

Stanley R. Ross, Ph.D. - 1985

Rev. Everett H. Jones - 1986

Mr. Lenoir M. Josey II - 1986

Mr. Willis W. Pratt - 1986

Mrs. Annette G. Strauss - 1986

Robert and Nancy Dedman - 1987

Winfred P. Lehmann, Ph.D. - 1987

Clarence and Henriette Cline - 1988

Bernard and Audre Rapoport - 1988

Archibald A. Hill, Ph.D. - 1989

Wolfgang and Marian Michael - 1989

Walt and Elspeth Rostow - 1989

Nettie L. Benson, Ph.D. - 1990

Robert D. King, Ph.D. - 1990

Charles and Sarah Seay - 1990

Mr. Morton H. Meyerson - 1991

Mr. and Mrs. Larry E. Temple - 1991

Baine and Mildred Kerr - 1992

William S. Livingston, Ph.D. - 1992

S. Chad Oliver, Ph.D. - 1992

Margaret C. Berry, Ph.D. - 1993

Mrs. Liz Carpenter - 1993

Ira Iscoe, Ph.D. - 1993

James R. Roach, Ph.D. - 1993

Warner J. Barnes, Ph.D. - 1994

James and Mari Michener - 1994

The Honorable J. J. Pickle - 1994

Walter I. Firey, Jr., Ph.D. - 1995

Edwin and Rebecca Gale - 1995

James L. Kinneavy, Ph.D. - 1995

Robert A. Divine, Ph.D. - 1996

Mr. William B. Hilgers - 1996

William O. S. Sutherland, Ph.D. - 1996

Lucy S. Meritt, Ph.D. - 1997

John R. Silber, Ph.D. - 1997

Stanley N. Werbow, Ph.D. - 1997

James T. Willerson, M.D. - 1997

Mr. Rex G. Baker, Jr. - 1998

Wales and Abby Madden, Jr. - 1998

Americo Paredes, Ph.D. - 1998

Sheldon Ekland-Olson, Ph.D. - 1999

Mr. Gordon Appleman - 2000

James B. Ayres, Ph.D. - 2000

Mrs. Ann B. Brinkerhoff - 2001

W. Roger Louis, D.Phil. - 2001

Ms. Barbara M. Myers - 2001

Mrs. Sandra E. Snyder - 2001

Mr. Creekmore Fath - 2002

William Goetzmann, Ph.D. - 2002

James W. McKie, Ph.D. - 2002

Paul B. Woodruff, Ph.D. - 2002

Elizabeth Fernea, Ph.D. - 2003

Betty Sue Flowers, Ph.D. - 2003

Joe and Terry Long - 2003

Charls Walker, Ph.D. - 2003

Mrs. Carrin Patman - 2004

Bernth O. Lindfors, Ph.D. - 2004

John R. Trimble, Ph.D. - 2004

Robert Helmreich, Ph.D. - 2005

Shannon Ratliff - 2005

Prudence Mackintosh - 2005

Larry D. Carver, Ph.D. - 2006

Miguel Gonzalez-Gerth, Ph.D - 2006

Denton Cooley, M.D - 2007

David Oshinsky, Ph.D. - 2007

Robert Solomon, Ph.D. - 2007

Julius Glickman - 2008

Judith Langlois, Ph.D. - 2008

Lynn Schusterman - 2008

Tom Staley, Ph.D. - 2008

Leslie D. Blanton - 2009

Maureen H. Decherd - 2009

Sidney Monas, Ph.D. - 2009

Frances B. Vick - 2009

Frank Denius - 2010

W. Parker Frisbie, Ph.D. - 2010

Ellen Clarke Temple - 2010

Martin W. Dies III - 2011

Austin Ligon - 2011

Howard Miller, Ph.D. - 2011

Carolyn and Peyton Townsend - 2011

H.W. Brands, Ph.D. - 2012

Thomas M. Cable, Ph.D. - 2012

O. Howard Frazier, M.D. - 2012

Michael L. Gillette, Ph.D. - 2012

The Honorable Ben Barnes - 2013

Toyin Falola, Ph.D. - 2013

Jeanne and Michael Klein - 2013

Marion Mark, Ed.D. - 2013

Robert Henry Dedman, Jr. - 2014

James Garrison, Ph.D. - 2014

Judith W. Perkins - 2014

Peggy Beckham - 2015

Austin Gleeson, Ph.D. - 2015

Bill Powers - 2015

Stephen Ballantyne - 2016

Elizabeth Cullingford, Ph.D. - 2016

Max Miller, Ph.D. and Sylvia Miller - 2016

Edmund T. Gordon - 2017

Robert L. Patton, Jr. - 2017

Keith D. Sharman - 2017

Bianna Golodryga - 2018

Richard Harper, M.D. - 2018

Jeremi Suri, Ph.D - 2018

Sara C. Bronin - 2019

Dr. Brian Levack - 2019

J. Thomas Ward - 2019

Stuart W. Stedman - 2020

Jason S. Lamin - 2020

Jaqueline Jones - 2020

Michael Stoff - 2020

Randy and Mary Diehl -2020

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