NEW YORK - As Columbia's Varsity C Celebration turns 90 this year, two loyal and devoted supporters of the athletics program - Helen Doyle Yeager '85BC (women's basketball) and Donald J. Jackson '73CC (football and baseball) - will be honored with the Varsity C Alumni Award.
"I am excited for both Helen and Don. They are two of our most loyal alumni," said M. Dianne Murphy, Director, Intercollegiate Athletics and Physical Education. "Their dedication and passion for Columbia Athletics is an outstanding example for our student-athletes. We are thrilled to honor them."
One of three female members on the Leadership Committee for the Columbia Campaign for Athletics: Achieving Excellence, and a member of The Women's Leadership Council, Helen Doyle Yeager is a major supporter of the women's basketball program as well as The Campbell Sports Center. A two-time captain of the women's basketball team, Helen still ranks top-ten all-time in the Columbia record books in rebounding.
As a Barnard student, she was proud to be the female student representative on the inaugural committee when the Columbia-Barnard Athletic Consortium was founded, and 25 years later, was honored as one of the 25 most influential women in the Consortium's history during the year-long Columbia-Barnard Athletic Consortium Silver Anniversary Celebration.
A 1985 graduate of Barnard College, Helen also earned an MBA from the University of Pennsylvania's Wharton School. Helen and her husband Scott have four children: Michael, Beth, Hannah and Ryan.
Don Jackson serves on the Football Advisory Committee and the Leadership Committee for the Columbia Campaign for Athletics: Achieving Excellence; his major support for Columbia Athletics encompasses both the varsity sports programs and capital priorities like The Campbell Sports Center.
Currently the president of 620 Associates LLC, a New York-based investment advisory firm, Don previously held positions on Wall Street at Salomon Brothers and the Union Bank of Switzerland.
Jackson received a B.A. from Columbia College in 1973 and an MBA from Columbia Business School in 1980. While at Columbia, he was a captain of the football team and a member of the baseball team; he received All-Ivy League and Honorable Mention All-America honors as a quarterback in the 1971 season, and he still ranks in the top five in Columbia Football's record books for career touchdown passes thrown.