Doug Zimmerman '64 B.S.

Which groups or activities were you most involved in at ASU? What did you gain from that involvement?

I was president of the Associated Men Students group, was part of the Blue Key scholastic honorary society and participated in advanced ROTC and received my commission in the U.S. Army during my time at ASU. I received the designation at Commencement of Distinguished Military Graduate. I was elected Homecoming King in 1964.

Additionally, I was a resident advisor in one of the on-campus fraternity houses and a member of Phi Sigma Kappa fraternity. What I learned from all this was that people working together to help others helps them, our community and ourselves. Giving our time helps us all more than just taking.

How did your education at ASU prepare you for your current job or business?

The education gave me the academic credentials to be accepted into law school. My activities on campus gave me incentive to go into trial law and further develop the skills I had learned in public speaking, debate and communication. (I also loved to argue!)

Why have you chosen to be a member of the Alumni Association?

I have a long history of involvement with the group. I knew Don Dotts, the executive director of the association for many years, and he kept in touch with me and encouraged me to come back and get involved with it.  I served on the Alumni Association’s board of directors from 1979-1993, and was board president in 1986-87.

Tell us about your involvement in the creation of the Alumni Association's Veterans Chapter.

I was recruited to be a part of a planning committee for the Salute to Service event at ASU, and our committee met other veterans as part of the planning process. Through our discussions with them, we learned about the large number of returning war vets who were enrolling at ASU. We also learned about the university's commitment to support them.

Several of us involved in the event planning process thought creating an alumni chapter for military veterans would help both the current students who are veterans and we vets who are alumni.  The alumni veterans also had resources and contacts that we thought could help these vets.  Veterans talking to other veterans can produce a productive dialogue!

What advice would you give to today's ASU students?

Today’s students face huge hurdles that will require all their energy and commitment.  Help our country recover by participating in our democratic process and help those we select drive us toward a recovery and a better America. This is your journey to take with the help of others, but not on the shoulders of others. Along the way, help those who struggle and truly realize what you have been given by others. Share your caring and compassion with those less fortunate.

And on this Veterans' Day, pause a moment and remember the veterans. Many suffer still from their combat experiences.  New vets are on our on campuses now and we need to welcome them home and make their journey easier.

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