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Distinguished Alumnus Award

2013 Recipients
Linda L. Addison
BA ’73, JD ’76, Life Member
New York, NY

Addison is global head of Dispute Resolution and Litigation of Norton Rose Fulbright and serves on its Global Executive Committee. A founder and president of the Center for Women in Law at The University of Texas School of Law, she was named one of the “50 Most Influential Women Lawyers in America” by the National Law Journal.


Charles D. Fraser Jr., M.D.
BA ’80, Life Member
Houston, TX

Fraser is surgeon-in-chief at Texas Children’s Hospital in Houston, where he pioneered the first artificial heart specialized for newborns. Fraser is also a professor of surgery and pediatrics at Baylor College of Medicine.


Wallace B. Jefferson
JD ’88
Austin, TX

Jefferson is the first African-American chief justice of the Supreme Court of Texas. He has served as president of the Conference of Chief Justices, an association of chief justices from the 50 states and U.S. territories. He currently serves on the Judicial Conference Committee on the Rules of Practice and Procedure, the Board of the American Bar Foundation, and the council of the American Law Institute.


Janiece Longoria
BA ’76, JD ’79, Life Member
Houston, TX

Longoria is a partner in the firm of Ogden Gibson Broocks, Longoria & Hall. As chairman of the Port of Houston, she oversees the second-busiest port in the United States. She is also a former vice chairman of the UT System Board of Regents and a founder of the Center for Women in Law at The University of Texas School of Law.


Robert B. Rowling
BBA ’76, Life Member
Dallas, TX

Rowling is owner and chairman of TRT Holdings, Inc. He has served on the UT System Board of Regents and has chaired the UT Investment Management Company. The McCombs School of Business’ new graduate building will be named Rowling Hall in his honor.


James J. Truchard, Ph.D.
BS ’64, MA ’67, PhD ’74, Life Member
Austin, TX

Truchard is co-founder and CEO of one of the United States’ most successful tech companies, National Instruments. He is a member of the Royal Swedish Academy of Engineering Sciences and has been recognized with the Woodrow Wilson Award for Corporate Citizenship for his community involvement.