“Geoff Cowan ’60 is being honored for his distinguished career promoting the greater good through communications, including his influence in the fields of law and public policy, broadcasting and journalism, and the humanities and higher education.”
“For Geoff Cowan, the path from Choate to Sunnylands was a long and varied one. After Choate, he graduated from Harvard College, then went to rural Mississippi to register black voters and start a farmers’ co-op.”
“He graduated from Yale Law School in 1968, worked in the presidential campaign of Sen. Eugene McCarthy, then practiced law in Washington, D.C., where he co-founded the Center for Law and Social Policy and wrote a weekly legal column for The Village Voice.”
“From 1996 to 2007, Geoff was dean of the University of Southern California’s Annenberg School for Communication & Journalism. When he stepped down as dean in 2007, he was named a University Professor, the inaugural holder of the Annenberg Family Chair in Communication Leadership and director of USC Annenberg’s Center on Communication Leadership & Policy.”
John F. Kennedy was the first recipient of the Choate Rosemary Hall Alumni Award in 1958. Other distinguished recipients include UN Ambassador Adlai Stevenson, three-time Pulitzer-winning playwright Edward Albee, and New York Times editor Hedrick Smith.
This year’s Choate Rosemary Hall Alumni Award is also going to humanitarian Amy Lehman, founder of the Lake Tanganyika Floating Health Clinic.