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The Gold Spike Award is the highest annual honor for volunteer service at Stanford, recognizing decades of exceptional and significant service to the university.

Steve Denning

Steve A. Denning, MBA '78

Steve is a force on and off campus who brings people together, helps shape big ideas, and bridges Stanford to the world. Steve has collaborated with Stanford presidents, academic leaders, and fellow alumni to pioneer interdisciplinary research and teaching and to bolster the university’s global impact. From his steadfast service as chair of the Board of Trustees to his pivotal work establishing the Knight-Hennessy Scholars Program to loyal engagement with his GSB class and many boards and committees, Steve’s profound commitment will benefit Stanford for ages to come.

V. Joy Simmons, '74

Joy is an unwavering pillar of the Stanford community who leads by example. A tireless champion of the undergraduate experience, the arts, and diversity, Joy has been a strategic standout on Stanford’s Board of Trustees, the Arts Advisory Council, SAA’s Board of Directors, and myriad other councils and committees. Her indomitable energy and advocacy have been vital in the ongoing growth of the Black Community Services Center and the thriving Stanford National Black Alumni Association. Through decades of leadership and mentoring, Joy is a standard-bearer for alumni and future generations.

List of past recipients

Fred W. Alvarez, '72, JD '75 
Roy Anderson, ’47, MBA ’49
Vernon Anderson, ’53, MBA ’57
Thomas Bailard, ’64, MBA ’69
Rocky Barber, ’73, MS ’73, MBA ’75
Bill Barnum, ’76, JD ’80, MBA ’80
Danily Bell, ’29
Warren Berl, ’42
Helen Bing
Peter Bing, ’55
John Birke, MBA ’65
Eugene Bishop, ’31
Reid Briggs, ’32
Harry Bright, ’29
Alden Brown, MBA ’48
Douglas Brown, ’59, MBA ’61
Robert Brown, ’31
T. Robert Burke, ’64, JD ’67
Malin Burnham, ’49
Royal Bush, ’35, MBA ’41
John Butler, ’53
Mariann Byerwalter, ’82
Julie Greer Campbell, ’65
Jim Canales, ’88, MA ’89
Kenneth Christensen, ’30
Donald Clark, ’56
Roger Clay, Jr., ’66
Clyde Cook, 1918
Benjamin Crocker, ’56, JD ’58
Donald Crocker, ’56, JD ’58
Joseph Cusick, ’51, Sloan ’73
Kenneth Cuthbertson, ’40, MBA ’47
Ralph Davidson, ’50
Richard De Luce, JD ’55
Irving Deal, ’50
Roberta Bowman Denning, ’75, MBA ’78
James Dickason, MBA ’51
Susan P. Diekman, '65, MA '67 
Sue Bricker Dorn, ’55
Morris Doyle, ’29
Charles Ducommun, ’35
Herbert Dwight, Jr., ’53, MS ’59
Lewis Eaton, ’42
William Edwards, ’50
Charles Eldon, ’48, MBA ’50
W. Noel Eldred, ’31, ENG ’33
Leonard Ely II, ’48, MBA ’50
Patricia Engasser, ’59, MD ’62
Barbara Denning Finberg, ’49
Nathan Finch, ’31, LLB ’34
Doris Feigenbaum Fisher, ’53
Thomas Ford
C. K Poe Fratt, MBA ’59
Bradford Freeman, ’64
John Freidenrich, ’59, LLB ’63
W. Parmer Fuller III, ’33
James Gaither, JD ’64
Frederic Glover, ’33
John Goldman, MBA ’75
Kay Sprinkel Grace, ’59, MA ’75
Richard Guggenhime, ’29
Ruth Levison Halperin, ’47
Allan Harris, ’45
Lawrence Harris, Jr., ’32
Barbara Herrmann Hart, ’59
W. W. Henry, ’26
Walter Hewlett, MS ’68, MS ’73, DMA ’80
David Heyler, Jr., ’48, JD ’51
George Hume, JD ’75, MBA ’75
Leslie Bryant Hume, MA ’71, PhD ’79
John Isaacs, ’31
Franklin Johnson, Jr., ’50
Stanley Kaisel, MA ’46, PhD ’49
William Kimball, Jr., ’41
Marcus Krupp, ’34, MD ’39
Annie Huntress Lamont, ’79
William Landreth, ’69
Joan Lane
Melvin Lane, ’44
Chien Lee, ’75, MS ’75, MBA ’79
John Leland, Jr., ’56
John Levin, MA ’70, JD ’73
Robert Levison, Sr., ’21
Roger Lewis, ’34
John Lillie, ’59, MS ’64, MBA ’64
Frank Lodato, ’49, MA ’56
Lawrence Marx, Jr.
Susan R. McCaw, ’84
Bowen McCoy, ’58
Burton McMurtry, MS ’59, PhD ’62
Linda Randall Meier, ’61
J. D. Middleton, ’25
A. A. Milligan, ’38
Gretchen Hartnack Milligan, ’73, MBA ’75
Kendyl Monroe, ’58, LLB ’60
John Morgridge, MBA ’57
Stuart Morshead, ’50, MBA ’52
Robert Moulton, Jr., ’40
Nancy Barry Munger, ’45
Wendy Munger, ’72
R. Chandler Myers, ’54, JD ’58
Denise O’Leary, ’79
Susan Packard Orr, ’68, MBA ’70
John Packard, ’55, MBA ’61
Templeton Peck, ’29
Gregor Peterson, ’54, MBA ’59
Charles Pigott, ’51
John Pike, ’56
Frederick Rehmus, MBA ’61
Claude Rosenberg, Jr., ’50, MBA ’52
Robert Rosenberg, ’54, LLB ’56
Victoria Post Sant, ’61
Karl Schwarz, ’55, MS ’59
Mary Carroll W. Scott, '66
John Scully, MBA ’68
Perry Seiffert, ’64
Jack Shepard, ’53, MA ’55, MBA ’56
Leon Sloss III, ’49
Ralph Spiegl, ’45, MD ’48
Garen Staglin, MBA ’68
Noel Stearn, 1918, MA 1919
Isaac Stein, MBA ’70, JD ’72
Paul Stock, MBA ’61
Jeffrey Stone, ’78
Earle Talbot, 1902
Dorcas Hardison Thille, ’53
James Triolo, ’35, MA ’36
Gene Walker, ’28
Alan Weeden, ’45
J. Fred Weintz, Jr., ’48
W. Frank West, ’47, MS ’48
Julie Stulce Williamson, ’66
Robert Williamson, Jr., ’66, MBA ’68
Ward Woods, ’64
William Wraith III, ’54, MS ’58, MBA ’59
John Young, MBA ’58