2015 Distinguished Alumni Award Winners Announced
The University of Dallas National Alumni Board has announced its annual list of distinguished
alumni. The 2015 Distinguished Alumni Award recipients, who will be honored during
a reception and dinner Saturday, Oct. 3, at the Omni Dallas Hotel, are John Alvis,
Raymund King, Nancy Cain Marcus and Michael Marz.
The Distinguished Alumni Awards recognize UD alumni who have demonstrated sustained,
distinguished accomplishment and contribution to any field of human endeavor. The
award is the highest honor the university can bestow on its alumni.
A gentleman, a man of letters, an ever-magnanimous friend, John Alvis has been a distinguished
and well-loved member of the UD community for nearly 50 years. One of the university's
first graduates, he is now one of the university's most respected scholars. An author
of books on Homer, Vergil, Milton, Shakespeare and Nathaniel Hawthorne, Alvis serves
as professor of English and director of the American Studies Program. He holds bachelors,
masters and doctorate degrees from the University of Dallas.
After 10 years of distinguished medical practice as a head and neck surgeon in Oklahoma
City, including treating many of the victims of the Oklahoma City Bombing in 1995,
Raymund King began a law career. In 2004, he was named the Distinguished Young Alumnus
of Oklahoma City University School of Law after writing two best-selling books for
the American Bar Association. Principal and founder of the Law Offices of Raymund
C. King, MD, JD, PLLC, King focuses primarily on health care, corporate and entertainment
law. In addition, he is also an executive producer of three live-action films currently
in production. King serves on the boards of seven local, national, and international
charities that collectively assist children, the homeless and military veterans. He
holds a bachelors degree from the University of Dallas.
Nancy Cain Marcus is a distinguished philanthropist, leader in education and culture,
and a patron of the arts. Among her most distinguished accomplishments are a presidential
appointment as a U.S. Public Delegate to the 56th session of the United Nations General
Assembly and a gubernatorial appointment to the State of Texas Commission on 21st
Century Colleges and Universities. A fellow at the Dallas Institute of Humanities
and Culture, a faculty member of Southern Methodist Universitys Masters of Liberal
Studies Program, she holds a masters degree and doctorate from the University of Dallas.
A recognized leader in finance, Michael Marz is vice chairman of First Southwest Company.
His professional accomplishments include being awarded Deal of the Year by Institutional
Investor in 1997 and testifying before the U.S. House of Representatives Financial
Services Committee on municipal market regulation. He was a founding member of the
Perot Museum of Nature and Science and a recent chairman of the board of trustees
of the Jesuit Foundation. He holds bachelors and masters of business administration
degrees from the University of Dallas.
For ticket and event sponsorship information, visit udallas.edu/DAA. A significant portion of event proceeds will support scholarship opportunities for
University of Dallas students.
IMAGE: Clockwise from top left: John Alvis, Raymund King, Nancy Cain Marcus, Michael