James Easton Receives UCLA Medal for 'Tireless Devotion' to University
Chancellor Gene Block presented the UCLA Medal, the university’s highest honor to an individual for extraordinary achievement, to James (Jim) L. Easton on May 8, 2014, at the Chancellor’s Residence. UCLA Anderson Dean Judy Olian nominated Easton for the medal. A top manufacturer of athletic equipment, Easton, who served as vice president of the International Olympic Committee and president of the World Archery Federation, has made extraordinary contributions to UCLA and the larger world.
The UCLA Medal is bestowed on those with exceptionally distinguished academic and professional achievements whose bodies of work or contributions to society illustrate the highest ideals of UCLA. Previous recipients include Nobel laureates, President Bill Clinton, Los Angeles Mayor Tom Bradley, basketball coach John Wooden, U.S. Supreme Court Justice Harry Blackmun and astronaut Anna L. Fisher.
“What an honor to be among the ranks of such esteemed men and women, all talented leaders who have achieved so much,” said Easton in a statement. “I thank UCLA for the life-changing opportunities it afforded me and countless others. To be recognized with the UCLA Medal, the school’s highest honor, makes me very proud.”
Easton’s wife, Phyllis, said in a statement, “I’m thrilled for Jim. UCLA and the many talented people at UCLA have played such a significant role in his and our lives. We are deeply touched, and this recognition is certainly a highlight for us.
The UCLA Medal is a tribute not only to what Jim has accomplished, it’s a tribute to what he will — with resolve and determination — continue to accomplish.”