Distinguished Alumni Awards

W. W. Patty Distinguished Alumni Award
Janet MacLean - 2016
Portrait of Janet MacLean

Janet MacLean, M.S.'53, Re.D.'59 earned an M.S. in 1953, a Director of Recreation in 1955, and a Doctor of Recreation in 1959 while working full time for the School of Health, Physical Education, and Recreation.

Dr. MacLean was at the forefront of leading the National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA) in the development of the National Council on Accreditation, for which she served as Chair. She served as Vice President of Recreation for both the state and district units of the American Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation, and Dance (AAHPERD). Most notably, Dr. MacLean served for five years on the President's Council on Fitness and Sports, and served as delegate/consultant/featured speaker at three White House Conferences on Aging.

She is a well-known national leader in the field of gerontology, as well as in the recreation and parks profession, and co-authored a leading textbook in the recreation and parks field, in addition to authoring numerous monographs, chapters, and professional articles.

Among her many awards and honors were the prestigious Vitae Bonae Award from Senator Richard Lugar in recognition of her leadership in promoting fitness and health awareness for older Americans, the Sagamore of the Wabash, and the coveted Rocking Chair Award from Sigma Delta Chi Society of Professional Journalists at Indiana University.

Dr. MacLean was a demanding and consummate teacher. Few professors can claim to produce so much during their academic career and be so fondly remembered by countless students and alumni.