The Distinguished Alumni Award is conferred annually at a signature event that celebrates the awardees’ achievements. The 2015 Distinguished Alumni Awards were conferred on Friday, April 17. This year’s recipients are Winston Louis Bissette Jr. (‘65, P ’94, P ’97) and Kathy Killian Noe (’80).
A man of perpetual intellectual curiosity and nationally esteemed professional acumen, Lou Bissette can’t say no to a cause in which be believes. His service has reached education, the environment, the arts, economic development and health-related charities. Along the way, he served two terms as mayor of Asheville, N.C., and is listed as one of the Best Lawyers in America.
After Killian Noe graduated from Wake Forest in 1980, she quickly declined the comforts of home for a life of service thousands of miles away. That first adventure, in which she mentored youth and volunteered in a hospital in the Gaza Strip, began a remarkable journey. Since then, she has founded addiction-recovery programs in Washington, D.C., and Seattle that pick up where conventional, impatient rehabilitation center services end.