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1997 Recipients

Peter Schweitzer, M.B.A. '67

Peter Schweitzer, M.B.A. '67

Mr. Schweitzer began his career with General Food Corporation in 1961. He also served as executive vice president for Burger King Corporation before joining J. Walter Thompson in 1975.

He was named president of the firm in 1993, having served in a variety of capacities including vice chairman of agency operations worldwide, and as global business director for Ford Motor Company, one of J. Walter Thompson's oldest clients.

Richard E. Whitmer, B.S. '63

Richard E. Whitmer, B.S. '63

Mr. Whitmer earned a law degree from the University of Michigan in 1965 and entered private practice. He served in various capacities with the Michigan state government before joining Blue Cross/Blue Shield of Michigan, one of the country's largest nonprofit corporations, as senior vice president and general counsel in 1977.

Ten years later, he was named president and chief executive officer.


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