Alumni Barnum and Lamont receive university’s highest volunteer service honor

Alumni BILL BARNUM, ’76, JD ’80, MBA ‘80, and ANNIE HUNTRESS LAMONT, ’79, are this year’s recipients of the Gold Spike Award, Stanford’s highest honor for volunteer service. President Marc Tessier-Lavigne conferred the awards at an April 14 dinner held in their honor.

The Gold Spike Award is presented annually by Stanford Associates, an honorary organization of nearly 3,000 Stanford alumni who have demonstrated significant and long-standing volunteer service to the university.

Annie Lamont
Annie Lamont

Annie Lamont has been an adviser and volunteer leader for Stanford for more than 20 years. According to the Stanford Associates’ announcement, “Her vast professional expertise, along with her passion for undergraduate education, has benefited countless university objectives and initiatives.” Her service has included leadership roles on the Humanities and Sciences Advisory Council, the Task Force for Undergraduate Education and the Board of Trustees – where she ensured that student interests were always a priority. She also contributed insights regarding changes in the regional and national health care landscape and the resulting impact on Stanford’s medical enterprise.

Bill Barnum

Bill Barnum “is an exceptional and inspirational leader whose dedication to Stanford is characterized by strategic thinking, wisdom and an inexhaustible can-do attitude which knows no bounds,” Stanford Associates said in its announcement.

For more than three decades, Barnum has devoted himself to Stanford in many ways, including serving on the Board of Trustees, Graduate School of Business Advisory Council, Parents’ Advisory Board, Stanford Associates Board of Governors and the Stanford Law School Dean’s Advisory Council, which he has chaired since 2016. He chaired the Los Angeles and Santa Barbara Major Gifts Committee during The Stanford Challenge and has served as a member of The Stanford Challenge Executive Committee.

The original Gold Spike was driven home by Senator Leland Stanford in Promontory, Utah, in May 1869.  The final link in the construction of the first transcontinental railroad, it symbolized foresight, perseverance and accomplishment. A century later, in 1969, the university established the Gold Spike Award as Stanford’s highest annual honor for volunteer leadership service. In 1973, Stanford Associates assumed responsibility for the award. Because the award is emblematic of those same qualities of foresight, perseverance and accomplishment, it is commemorated by an engraved brass replica of the historic Gold Spike.