For more than 50 years, the Distinguished Service Award has been given to dynamic and purposeful volunteer leaders, whose loyal, unselfish, and consistent service to the University of Vermont (UVM) and the Alumni Association Board of Directors has enhanced the reputation and furthered the mission of the University.
Shelburne’s Carroll “Bud” Ockert is that deserving volunteer. Ockert was enrolled in the Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (ROTC) as a UVM student and was commissioned a seconded lieutenant in the Medial Service Corps upon graduation. ROTC got him into “the business,” as he refers to the military, where he spend the bulk of his career in varying assignments in the medical and healthcare field. Col. Ockert has maintained close ties with the ROTC organization over the years, contributing annually to scholarships for UVM students in the corps and serving as president of UVM’s Green Mountain Battalion ROTC Alumni Association.
Col. Ockert and his wife, Jenny, established the Col. Carroll A. “Bud” Ockert ’57 and Genevieve Hess Ockert Scholarship Fund to give Vermont students the opportunity to attend UVM and, they hope, stay in the state after graduating. As Victory Club members, they designated their scholarship to support UVM student athletes. Col. Ockert has been an outstanding volunteer on behalf of UVM, serving on the UVM Foundation Leadership Council and UVM Green and Gold Committee. Col. Ockert and Jenny are also long-time Wilbur Society and lifetime Ira Allen Society members.
Ockert graduated from the University of Vermont in 1957 with a Bachelor of Arts in Zoology, later earning his Masters’ degree in Hospital Administration from Baylor University in Waco, Tex. in 1968.