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Three Stanford staffers chosen for 2014 Amy J. Blue Awards for their extraordinary contributions

The awards were established in 1991 to honor the life and work of the late Amy J. Blue, an associate vice president for administrative services and facilities, who was known as a woman of incisive intelligence, abundant energy and unrelenting honesty.

Stanford News Service Amy J. Blue

Amy J. Blue is remembered every year by awards in her memory given to outstanding Stanford staff members.

Now in their 24th year, the Amy J. Blue Awards honor staff members who are exceptionally dedicated, supportive of colleagues and passionate about their work.

This year's honorees are Laurette Beeson, assistant dean in the Graduate Life Office; Laura Jones, director of heritage services and university archaeologist; and Mark Urbanek, technical manager in the Film & Media Studies Program.

President John Hennessy is scheduled to present each recipient with an Amy J. Blue Award at a May 21 ceremony in the courtyard of Lagunita Court, a student residence on Santa Teresa Street across from Roble Field. The ceremony, which is open to families, friends and colleagues of the recipients, will take place from 3:30 to 5 p.m. Refreshments will be served.

Profiles of the winners will appear in Stanford Report in the days before the ceremony.

The Amy J. Blue award includes a $4,000 prize.

The awards were established in 1991 to honor the life and work of Amy J. Blue, an associate vice president for administrative services and facilities who died of brain cancer in May 1988, about a month before her 45th birthday.

Stanford created a garden in her name, a small oasis of flowering trees and shrubs now located near Memorial Church. It has four wooden benches, including one that rocks, and a sundial with an engraved motto: "Count only happy hours."

Blue was known as a whirlwind of a woman who propelled excitement, intensity and novelty into every undertaking. She also was known as an extraordinary leader – a woman of incisive intelligence, abundant energy and unrelenting honesty.