Lou Liay Spirit Award

Each year, the University of Illinois Alumni Association bestows the Lou Liay Spirit Award upon a UI alumnus or alumna who has consistently demonstrated extraordinary loyalty, commitment, dedication and service to the UI Alumni Association and related groups. The award, established in 1997, is named after Lou Liay, EDM '62, executive director of the UI Alumni Association from 1983 to 1998.

Dr. Kenneth Schmidt LAS ’65, MD ’67

Dr. Kenneth Schmidt has been an ardent supporter Kenneth Schmidt portrait of the University of Illinois and its mission.

Since 1995, Schmidt has been a member of the President’s Council, the University’s donor recognition program, as well as the University of Illinois Foundation, the University’s independent fundraising organization. In addition, he is a Golden Life Member of the University of Illinois Alumni Association.

In 1999, then-Illinois governor George Ryan appointed Schmidt to the University of Illinois Board of Trustees. As a member of the University’s 13-member governing body, to which he would be reappointed to a second six-year term in 2005, Schmidt sat on the Executive Committee, chaired the Committee on Academic Affairs (2002-2009) and served as the Board’s acting chairman in 2002.

An Edwardsville, Ill., native, Schmidt has spent nearly 50 years in the medical profession and is currently senior attending physician at the Dept. of Medical Imaging at Holy Family Medical Center in Des Plaines, Ill.. He resides in Chicago’s northwest suburbs with his wife, Maureen.

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