St. Charles to salute distinguished alumni

St. Charles Community Unit School District 303, in conjunction with the Distinguished Alumni Award Committee and the Greater St. Charles Education Foundation, recently announced three Distinguished Alumni Award for 2014.  

The award is presented to District 303 graduates who have demonstrated a high level of professional achievements or in their contributions to their community.   

The 2014 recipients are Dan Marshall, Col. Michael Miller MD, and Karen Page.  

Marshall, a 1980 St. Charles H.S. graduate, is a fourth-generation St. Charles native and is the owner and principal architect of Marshall Architects based in St. Charles.  His distinctive building designs include Heritage Square located at 5th Street and Illinois Avenue in St. Charles, and the Third Street Shops Renovation in Geneva.  He also provides an internship program at Marshall Architects that every year employs and trains two District 303 high school students who are interested in pursuing careers in architecture.  He is also a past president and board member of the St. Charles Downtown Partnership and currently serves on the Building Code Board of Appeals for the City of St. Charles. 

Col. Miller MD (U.S. Army ret.) graduated from St. Charles High School in 1984.  He is currently the Director of Medical Toxicology Education at Christus Spohn Memorial Hospital in Corpus Christi TX.  Col. Miller lives part-time in Hawaii where he is a staff physician at Tripler Army Medical Hospital.  He served in Operation Iraqi Freedom in 2009 as Emergency Medicine Chief of the 10th Combat Support Hospital in Baghdad, Iraq.  He also served as Theater Consultant for Medical Toxicology for deployed areas of Iraq and Afghanistan.  He retired from the Army in 2012. 

Page graduated from St. Charles High School in 1979.  She is an award-winning author who has collaborated with her husband Andrew Dornenberg on The Food Lover’s Guide to Wine, The Flavor Bible, What to Drink with What You Eat, and Becoming a Chef.  Each of those books is either a winner or finalist for the James Beard, IACP, or Gourmand World Cookbook Awards.  Their book, Becoming a Chef, was praised by Julia Child and that book is part of the Julia Child kitchen exhibit at the Smithsonian.  Prior to becoming a best-selling author, she teamed with her husband as weekly wine columnists for the Washington Post. 

The 2014 recipients will be recognized at the Greater St. Charles Education Foundation’s Night of Jazz event which will be held on Feb. 22 at the Royal Fox Country Club.