Awarded to an alumnus or alumna whose selfless and caring work and deeds benefit society and humankind.
Although he did not receive his undergraduate degree - he was accepted at Jefferson Medical College on a special three-year basis during World War II - he is certainly a distinguished Bucknellian.
A native of West Hazleton and the son of an anthracite coal miner, Bob Gatski worked his way through college by serving as an attendant at local hospitals and became, in 1955, the youngest man ever to serve as the superintendent of a state institution for the mentally ill when Pennsylvania Governor David Lawrence appointed him to serve in that capacity at the Danville State Hospital.
As a practicing psychiatrist, he has made numerous contributions to the treatment of alcoholics, the aged, and the mentally disturbed. As an administrator, the strength of his multiple talents has been expressed in his ability to lead and to create new programs of therapy and in his willingness to exert his leadership ability to marshal resources on behalf of people who need the helping hand of human care.