Charles S. La Follette— 1991 Martha and Artemis Joukowsky Distinguished Service Award

Award Citation:

The Archaeological Institute is honored to present its Distinguished Service Award to Charles S. La Follette, who served as a dedicated Trustee from 1983 to 1989 and fortunately continues his participation as a member of several committees, including, most recently, a term as Chair of the Nominating Committee.

When an organization faces a crucial juncture in its history, as the AIA did during its National Endowment for the Humanities Challenge Grant Campaign, success depends on finding the proper leadership. As Chair of that Campaign from 1984 to 1986, Charles La Follette provided the dynamic leadership and expertise that enabled the AIA to attain its fundraising goals. By doing so, the stage was set for the organizational growth that has brought the AIA to its present state, as an Institute of varied programs and 11,000 members.

It is not surprising that Charles La Follette would bring success to his endeavors for the AIA. After receiving his MBA from Harvard Business School he embarked on an exciting business career, as an executive for major corporations that would take him to locations in the United States and Europe. Ultimately, he settled in San Francisco, where he continues his career and his extensive civic and cultural activities, today.

The AIA is fortunate to have had the guidance of Charles La Follette during its "crucial juncture" and remains forever indebted to him for his magnificent efforts.


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