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Winter 2015/16


David Gilbertson

received his juris

doctor degree from the USD School of

Law in 1975. Currently serving his

fourth consecutive four-year term, the

South Dakota Supreme Court Justice

has put his education to honorable use.

In 1972, he received an undergraduate

degree from South Dakota State

University and came to Vermillion for

law school. Positions in private practice

and circuit courts followed his education

and led to his current Supreme Court

seat. Multiple committees, such as the

South Dakota Judges Association, have

also been under his direction. Gilbertson

has received various awards honoring his

defense of judicial independence, such as

the Distinguished Service Award from

the National Center for State Courts in

2006 and the American Bar Association’s

“Grass Roots” Award in 2014. The

Sisseton, South Dakota native’s reputation

is founded in a solid USD law education

that has helped develop both a just court

system and respected career.

John Hallenbeck,

chief of the

Stroke Branch at the National Institute

of Neurological Disorders and Stroke

(NINDS), graduated from USD with

his B.S.M.D. in 1964. He then finished

his medical degree at the University of

Pennsylvania and began his career at the

University of Michigan; there he took

on a medical internship and neurology

residency. Hallenbeck next entered the

United States Navy and worked at the

Naval Medical Research Institute until

becoming chief of its neurology training

program from 1983 until 1991, when

he was appointed chief of the NINDS

Stroke Branch. Over the course of his

career, the board certified neurologist

has become trusted as an expert on brain

injuries, diseases of the central nervous

system and cerebral arteries, and more.

In recognition of his work, honors such

as the American Stroke Association’s

Thomas Willis Award (2011) and the

Mihara Cerebrovascular Disorder

Research prize have been awarded to him.

Susan Tuve

attended USD as an

anthropology major from 1965–67.

Though she finished her degree at the

University of Minnesota, the Vermillion

native’s loyalty remained rooted to

the community and her Coyote years.

Following graduation, she worked in

finance with the First National Bank

of Minneapolis and for different trust

companies until retiring from the field

in 2001; it was then she came back to

Vermillion. However, even from afar,

she volunteered much of her time to the

university. She aided in initiating the

Twin Cities USD alumni lunch club

while living in Minneapolis, served on

the USD scholarship committee and

Foundation board of directors, and has

been an escort for the Chamber Singers

tour. She became the USD Foundation’s

senior director of planned giving in

2005. Together, Tuve and her husband,

Doug, reside in Vermillion and continue

to actively support and stay involved with

the university.

Alumni Achievement Award winners David Gilbertson, Susan Tuve and John Hallenbeck

with USD President James W. Abbott, second from left.

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