USD Foundation names 2013 Inman Award recipients

VERMILLION, S.D. -- Philip and Marjorie Odeen of McLean, Va., will receive the University of South Dakota Foundation’s 2013 Darwin and Adele Inman Award for Distinguished Service.

A 1957 USD graduate, Philip Odeen served in senior positions with the Office of the Secretary of Defense and the National Security Council. He was Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense and later led the Defense and Arms Control staff for then-National Security Adviser Henry Kissinger. A member of the Northrop GrummanBoard of Directors as well as the boards of Avaya, Convergys, Reynolds and Reynolds, and Washington Gas Light Company. He serves on the U.S. Defense Science Boardand is active in various other government advisory groups.

Marjorie Odeen graduated from USD in 1958 with a degree in communications disorders. She is a member of a volunteer organization in Washington, D.C., that raises money for charitable causes that include providing educational opportunities for at-risk children.

Both Odeens are USD Foundation Trustees; Phil has also served on the Foundation Board of Directors. The couple gave the lead gift to restore the historic Skinner organ during renovation of Aalfs Auditorium in Slagle Hall.

The Inman Award will be presented at Dakota Days during the Foundation’s annual award luncheon at 12:15 p.m. Friday, Oct. 4 in the Muenster University Center. Reservations may be made by contacting Kathy Chandler at 1-800-521-3575.   

Created in 1996 by the University of South Dakota Foundation, the award annually recognizes the generosity and volunteer leadership exemplified by Darwin and Adele Inman during USD’s early years.  The Odeens are the 24th recipients. Download a photo of Philip and Marjorie Odeen.

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