The Sally Rodgers Award for Lifelong Achievement was created in 1999 to honor Sally Rodgers, long time director of alumni relations. This award is given every other year by the Alumni Association to "an individual/or individuals who graduated from Whitman College over 50 years ago and whose life exemplifies the qualities of a liberal arts education." This award is presented at the 50-Plus Reunion.

Recipient for 2016 is Nancy Huff Wolfe ’56

2016 Sally Rodgers Award for Lifelong Achievement Award, Nancy Huff Wolfe '56Nancy Huff Wolfe ’56 was a drama major with minors in English, education and music. During her time as a student at Whitman, Nancy’s love for theatre and performance were solidified. She played many memorable roles, including Juliet in Romeo and Juliet. Nancy has demonstrated a life-long commitment to service through theatre, music and ministry.

Through her church, she has given her time and talents to women and children, assisting with women’s prison ministry and as a youth director. As youth director for the Diocese of Olympia for 12 years, she engaged young people through activities including vacation bible schools, youth leadership training workshops, human values workshops and youth conferences.

Nancy brought her love of music and performance wherever she lived, organizing hymn singing for the local nursing home, singing with the Northwest Inland Musicians, playing piano at the Evergreen Milton-Freewater Health and Rehabilitation Center and directing numerous theatrical productions at the Santa Maria Theatre, Renton Civic Theatre, Issaquah Village Theatre, Fort Lewis Theatre and Vashon Island’s Drama Dock. She has used her musical and theatrical talents to bring communities together to fundraise for causes such as a church in Puyallup, WA, and a new library in Milton-Freewater, OR.

Nancy was awarded the Bishop’s Cross by the Diocese of Olympia in 1988 and was recently honored by the City of Milton-Freewater for her dedication and tireless efforts to improve the public library. The Alumni Association is pleased to present Nancy with the 2016 Sally Rodgers Award for Lifelong Achievement.