Avenidas Lifetime of Achievement 2017
Sunday, May 21st from 3 to 5pm
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George and Ruth Chippendale
George Chippendale, a retired aeronautical engineer who worked at Lockheed Missiles & Space for 30 years, and Ruth Chippendale, a professional volunteer, have a 60 year history of helping people in need. These Palo Alto residents welcomed 20 foster children into their home, and adopted one of them. For decades, this caring couple prepared meals for the hungry at St. Francis. Ruth continues to help at the Downtown Streets Team Food Closet, and serves as the main organizer for the food at the Hotel de Zink homeless shelter.
George is a driving force at the Society of St. Vincent de Paul, coordinating emergency response to those in need in East Palo Alto. George was also a pilot for Interplast, an organization that performs reconstructive surgery for those with cleft palates and burns.
In his professional life, whether as investment banker, managing general partner of a growth fund, or co-founder of a software firm, Dexter Dawes earned the reputation as an astute and successful businessman, CEO and negotiator. Dexter took his talents and experience serving on 16 corporate boards and applied them on behalf of many non-profits, helping them make sound decisions pertaining to financial strength.
A few examples are his active involvement in the investment issues and the development of financial guidelines at Channing House, serving on the Bond Oversight Committee while a trustee of Foothill/De Anza College, and helping the Utilities Commission, where he served for 11 years. Other non-profit boards Dexter served on included Palo Alto-Los Altos AYSO, president of Paly Sports Boosters and board president of the Philharmonic Baroque Orchestra and Chorale. Dexter resides with his wife in Palo Alto.
Being a Girl Scout has always been a huge part of Marion’s life, having been a member continuously since 1939 when she first became a Brownie! She has since served as a Girl Scout Camp Counselor, Troop Leader, Camp Director, Trainer, and Organizer. She directed three Camporees annually for 37 years for the Girl Scouts of Palo Alto and Santa Clara County.
Another passion of Marion’s is the Palo Alto Sister City organization where she served as Vice President as they became involved with the city of Oaxaca, Mexico. Marion has been active with the organization for about 50 years. She became fluent in Spanish and has taken groups to Oaxaca at least 15 or more times. She supports an orphanage there and has been instrumental in in improving the sanitation in the surrounding area. Marion and her husband live in Palo Alto.
Judy Sleeth, who developed an appreciation of art early in her life, served as a well-regarded art and history teacher at Castilleja, and a long time docent at Cantor Museum. In 1982, she created a non-profit called Art in Action after funding cuts eliminated arts education in local schools. This program has now grown to 22 states, 200 schools, roughly 50,000 students and is now offered online as well, which allows those who aren’t professional teachers to help children learn to love art.
Judy served as Executive Director for Art in Action from 1982-2013. Upon her retirement, her family endowed a scholarship to bring those valuable lessons to the underserved schools in our community. Judy and her husband are residents of Atherton.
Carol and Terry Winograd
Carol Winograd, an emerita professor of Medicine and Human Biology at Stanford University and a geriatrician, has served on numerous boards including: J Street, Chair of the Advisory Board of the Jewish Chaplaincy at Stanford medical Center, Abraham’s Vision, New Israel Fund and the Women Donors Network’s Middle East Peace Circle. She is also a long-time member of Physicians for Social Responsibility. Carol also brought the Jewish and Muslim communities in Palo Alto and the South Bay together as co-founder of JAMAA, Jewish and Muslim American Association.
Terry Winograd, Ph.D., mentored and taught students at Stanford for 40 years, including many future leaders of Silicon Valley, such as the co-founders of Google, and is now an emeritus professor of Computer Science. Terry founded Computer Professionals for Social Responsibility and the Liberation Technology Project. He is also an active member of Bend the Arc, a Jewish social justice organization.
Together the Winograds are actively engaged with Sunday Friends, Kol Emeth and Beth David synagogues, the Palestinian Jewish Dialogue Group. They have traveled together to Kenya with Stanford students to help local people apply technology to solve problems of daily living. They are Stanford residents.