|Janet Dobrovolny ’68|| |
Dobrovolny named Beberman Award Winner
This year’s Max Beberman Memorial Distinguished Alumni Award recipient is Janet Dobrovolny, University of Illinois Laboratory High School class of 1968.
Each year the school awards an alum who exemplifies the kind of distinction Professor Max Beberman brought to Uni High. The award is presented to graduates who have demonstrated exemplary service to their communities, to their fields, and/or to Uni High.
Dobrovolny graduated from Stanford University with numerous honors at the age of 19. She is a member of Stanford Cap and Gown, the honorary women’s society that admits scholars based on academic merit and community service. Janet earned her J.D. at the University of California, was admitted to the California Bar Association, served as an intern with San Francisco-area public defenders, and started her own law firm in 1979. She has been quoted in several popular books by well-known personality Suze Orman and has presented estate planning seminars with Orman on public television throughout the country. A recognized expert on trusts and conservatorships, Janet has been the legal consultant and author behind various Orman publications and the Suze Orman Protection Portfolio software, which has sold more than a million copies.
Her volunteer leadership positions include work with the Asian Art Museum of San Francisco; V-Day, a non-profit that seeks to stop violence against women; the Alan Beaven Family Fund, which honors a September 11thFlight 93survivor and addresses environmental issues; and the humanitarian PRASAD Project, which promotes health, education and sustainable community development in India, dental care in the United States, and eye care in Mexico. Janet also works with an organization recognized by UNESCO that protects repositories of cultural diversity and creative expression, particularly of oral traditions.
Janet serves on the Dean of the University Department of Social Work’s fundraising committee. The President’s Council of the University of Illinois Foundation recently extended membership to Janet based on her fundraising for the J.S. Dobrovolny Chair in Entrepreneurial Engineering.
The Beberman Award was established in 1985 in honor of the late Max Beberman, whose distinguished career as a math educator brought him international renown. During his tenure at Uni from 1950 to 1971, he founded and developed the University of Illinois Committee on School Mathematics (UICSM), which significantly altered the teaching of math around the world. Professor Beberman is remembered as a fantastic teacher whose forte was enabling students to discover for themselves the “New Math” ideas for which he is famous.