Concise Encyclopedia of Tufts History
Hosea Ballou Medal for Distinguished Service, 1939
The Hosea Ballou Medal for Distinguished Service was created in 1939 to recognize members of the Tufts community who have rendered exceptional service for the institution. Named for Hosea Ballou, 2d, first president of Tufts, honorees may be faculty, alumni, or recipients of honorary degrees. The award is made at the discretion of the Trustees, and is not given on a regular basis. Leonard Carmichael, then-president of Tufts, was the driving force behind the establishment of the award.
Recipients of the Ballou Medal include Frank Durkee (1939), Alfred Church Lane (1940), Vannevar Bush (1941), Arthur Lamb (1944), Raymond Bliss (1947), Samuel Capen (1948), Charles Neal Barney (1949), Harold E. Sweet (1950), Herbert C. Hoover (1959), Robert W. Meserve (1973), Allan Macleod Cormack (1978), and Jean Mayer (1992).