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Oaks Family Endows Lafayette Athletics Leadership Academy

Cynthia Oaks Linville '80

Cynthia Oaks Linville '80

June 13, 2011

EASTON, Pa. - In honor of the 60th anniversary of Dr. Wilbur Wilson Oaks' '51 graduating from Lafayette College, Oaks' daughter, Cynthia Oaks Linville '80, and son-in-law Dr. Judson C. Linville '79, have made a generous gift to endow the Lafayette Athletics Leadership Academy.

The purpose of the Dr. Wilbur Wilson Oaks '51 Leadership Development Fund and the Leadership Academy is to develop, challenge, and support Lafayette student-athletes and coaches in their quest to become effective leaders in academics, athletics and life. The Academy - established in 2011 in a partnership between Lafayette and Janssen Peak Performance - will provide the leadership development programming to accomplish this objective, including interactive workshops, 360-degree feedback, one-on-one coaching, peer mentoring, supplemental online training and educational resources.

Wilbur Oaks served as a member of the Lafayette College Board of Trustees from 1996 to 2001, president of the Alumni Association from 1994 to 1996 and president of the Maroon Club in 1992. He received the Lafayette Medal for Distinguished Service in 2001 and the Joseph E. Bell '26 Alumni Distinguished Service Award in 2002. In May, at the College's 176th Commencement, Oaks was presented with an honorary Doctor of Public Service degree by the College. Oaks is a retired professor of medicine at Drexel University College of Medicine and founder of Saint John's Hospice Homeless Soccer Team Program.

Oaks has received more than 25 awards for his service to the medical profession, including the Christian R. and Mary F. Lindbach Foundation Award, the A.J. Battafarano Award for Humanism in Medicine, the Drexel University Lifetime Achievement Award and the Golden Apple Award for teaching excellence. He has directed 13 medical symposiums and published more than 900 articles in various medical journals.

Oaks' granddaughter, Cammie Linville, just completed her sophomore campaign with the Lafayette women's lacrosse team. Linville started every game last season, scoring 13 goals and was named to the inaugural Academic All-Patriot Team.

Lafayette Athletics, as a partner in the mission of the College, provides an incredibly effective learning experience for student-athletes through competitive NCAA Division I athletics. Lafayette sponsors 23 varsity sports with more than 600 student-athletes.

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