HUDSON -- Jill Waalen and Tom Zeuli are recipients of the 2019 Hudson High School Distinguished Alumni Award.

The purpose is to provide inspirational role models for students, provide recognition for past graduates, and promote a legacy of community pride. The alumni have distinguished themselves by their contributions to their vocation, to their community, and to society in general. They have demonstrated those qualities of character, citizenship, and service that form the foundation of a democratic and humane society.

Tom Zeuli – class of 1971

Tom Zeuli – Class of 1971
Tom Zeuli – Class of 1971

Tom Zeuli, a dedicated decision–maker, is recognized for always considering what was of primary importance in maintaining and improving the growing community of his hometown of Hudson. Zeuli was honored by Mayor Rich O’Connor and the Hudson Common Council on Sept. 17, 2018, upon his retirement. He retired after 40 years of service to the city, most recently as both Parks and Public Works Director, both major positions of responsibility in any growing community.

The mayor stated that “the city is thankful for his countless hours of hard work and his always positive attitude. The handprints of his service are everywhere in our community and will serve as a permanent reminder of his dedication and love for his hometown.”

Zeuli’s dedication is further magnified by having served for 41 years, and continuing to serve as a Hudson volunteer fireman.

Jill Waalen - class of 1980

Jill Waalen - Class of 1980
Jill Waalen - Class of 1980

Jill Waalen is recognized for her career as a physician, researcher and medical journalist, focusing on preventive medicine. As a professor and scientist at the Scripps Research Institute in La Jolla, Calif., she has published peer-reviewed research on subjects ranging from hematology and genetics to digital medicine. Waalen has held multiple leadership positions in the American College of Preventive Medicine, earning the College’s Distinguished Service Award in 2010, and is a director of the University of California, San Diego Preventive Medicine program

Waalen has received several national medical writing awards, including from the American Medical Association; has served as an editor of the American Journal of Preventive Medicine and Nature Digital Medicine; and is developer and director of the certification examinations of the American and International Boards of Lifestyle Medicine administered to physicians in seven languages in more than 14 countries.