An intimate group of family, friends, and community leaders gathered on February 16th 2016 in the Husky Union Building (HUB) to celebrate the portrait unveiling of Foster Professor Emeritus Thaddeus Spratlen and his late wife, former nursing Professor Emeritus and diversity advocate Lois Price-Spratlen.
A visual representation of the couple’s commitment to social justice and education, the portrait centers the Spratlens amongst a group of African American nurses, students, and civil rights icon Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Referred to by Nate Miles (VP of Strategic Initiatives at Eli Lily & Company) as the UW’s “most amazing pioneers”, the Spratlens have created several named scholarships, led diversity initiatives, mentored students, and in the case of Thaddeus, helped found Foster’s Consulting and Business Development Center. As Jerry Baldasty, UW Interim Vice Provost said during the celebration, “They built communities, the impact of which will last for generations to come.”
See a condensed version of the unveiling ceremony above. The portrait can be seen on the first floor of the HUB.
Dr. Thaddeus Spratlen was also honored at the 14th Annual Celebration of African American Alumni Achievement on February 26th 2016 by the Association of Black Business Students. See a recap of the event here.