The Sally Rodgers Award for Lifelong Achievement, created in 1999 to honor Sally Rodgers, long time director of alumni relations, is given to an individual who graduated from Whitman College over 50 years ago and whose life exemplifies the qualities of a liberal arts education.

The 2020 Sally Rodgers Award Winner, Dan Clark '65

Portrait of Dan ClarkDan Clark spent a career practicing law and pursuing his interests in human rights, criminal justice, diversity, and equality, through advocacy for communities and individuals. He has served as a co-founder and leader of numerous organizations in Walla Walla and beyond, including Peace Brigades International, a global human rights organization committed to nonviolent conflict resolution, Denver Conciliation Services, a pioneering mediation project, Walla Walla 2020, working to preserve and enhance our area’s quality of life, the Walla Walla Alliance for the Homeless, and Fort W.W. Museum’s living history company. Locally, Dan is particularly known for his work promoting historic preservation, including research and interpretive plaques on downtown buildings, residences, and little known historic sites. Most recently, Dan worked with Associate Professor of History, Sarah Davies, to establish the non-profit Walla Walla Historic Cemeteries for the care and maintenance of local abandoned cemeteries. He has also published books on a variety of subjects including activism and local history, as well as contra dancing, which he has long enjoyed calling and participating in with his wife, Barbara.