Benjamin Ide Wheeler Medal

History

Benjamin Ide Wheeler was an outstanding figure in the Berkeley community: active leader, statesman, and shaper of public opinion; accomplished scholar and distinguished University of California president who transformed the school from a small college into a world-renowned university.

Dr. Wheeler always thought in terms of value to human life, no matter what issue he tackled. He also fostered a close, supportive relationship between the campus and the community. He was so admired by the Service Clubs Council of Berkeley that, in 1929, it established an award in his name.

The Wheeler Medal recognizes and honors an outstanding member of the Berkeley community who has provided years of distinguished service, in any field of activity, which has benefited the quality of life for a significant number of people in Berkeley. The BCF assumed the responsibility of granting the award to "Berkeley's Most Useful Citizen" in 1994.

Wheeler medalists remind us that Berkeley is filled with people who are committed to the greater good and who make the city such a unique place to live.

Prior Recipients:

  • 1929 William H. Waste
  • 1931 August Vollmer
  • 1933 Robert Gordon Sproul
  • 1935 Chester R. Rowell
  • 1937 William B. Herms
  • 1939 Monroe E. Deutsch
  • 1941 Louise Marks
  • 1943 Lester W. Hink
  • 1945 E.O. Lawrence
  • 1947 Vere V. Loper
  • 1949 Emery Stone
  • 1951 Clarence A. Bullwinkel
  • 1953 Galen M. Fisher
  • 1955 Walter A. Gordon
  • 1957 Lilly M. Whitaker
  • 1959 Robert R. Porter
  • 1961 Redmond C. Staats, Jr.
  • 1963 Claude B. Hutchison
  • 1965 Katherine Towle
  • 1967 Wallace J.S. Johnson
  • 1969 Roger W. Heyns
  • 1971 Wilmont Sweeny
  • 1973 Carol Sibley
  • 1975 Thomas B. Shaw
  • 1977 Sylvia C. McLaughlin
  • 1979 Robert W. Ratcliff
  • 1981 Paul E. Harberts
  • 1983 Robert G. Eaneman
  • 1985 Robert A. Rice
  • 1987 Margaret S. Gordon
  • 1989 Fred S. Stripp
  • 1991 Mary Lee Jefferds
  • 1994 Ira Michael Heyman
  • 1995 Alba and Bernard Witkin
  • 1996 John A. Martin, Jr.
  • 1997 Chang-Lin Tien
  • 1998 David R. Brower
  • 1999 Marian Cleeves Diamond
  • 2000 Thelton E. Henderson
  • 2001 Jeffrey Shattuck Leiter
  • 2002 Alice Waters
  • 2003 Kent Nagano
  • 2004 Arthur Rosenfeld, Ph.D.
  • 2005 Davida Coady, M.D.
  • 2006 Mal Warwick
  • 2007 Robert Cole
  • 2008 Helen and John Meyer
  • 2009 Steven H. Oliver
  • 2010 Denny Abrams and Richard Millikan
  • 2011 Narsai M. David
  • 2012 Susan Medak
  • 2013 Wavy Gravy
  • 2014 Arlene Blum - View Video of Arlene Blum
  • 2015 Archana Horsting - View Video of Archana Horsting
  • 2016 Skip Battle - View Video of Skip Battle