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 Gold Medallion Award


The International Swimming Hall of Fame Gold Medallion Award is presented each year to a former competitive swimmer for his or her national or international significant achievements in the field of science, entertainment, art, business, education, or government. There are no restrictions other than the recipient must be an outstanding adult whose life has served as an inspiration for youth.



Presenting the ISHOF Gold Medallion Award Winners...

2009
Ambassador William Robert “Tim”Timken, Jr.
Ambassador William Robert “Tim”Timken, Jr. (USA)

Born in Canton, Ohio, William Robert “Tim” Timken, Jr. taught himself to swim on a family vacation to the beach, beginning a love affair with swimming that has remained with him throughout every phase of his life.

He was a prep school All-American swimmer at Phillips Andover Academy and captained the swim team at Stanford University. After earning a master’s degree from the Harvard Graduate School of Business Administration, in 1962, he joined the family business – the Timken Company – a manufacturing dynamo started by his great-grandfather in 1899. Throughout his 43 years with the company, serving in many positions, from bauxite shoveler to President, CEO and as Chairman for 30 years, Tim continued swimming. In 1974, he helped found the O*H*I*O Masters Swim Club, (Old Hearts Inspiring Others), the largest masters program in Ohio, at the Branin Natatorium in Canton. In 1976, he helped bring the U.S. Olympic Team to Canton for training. As a Masters Swimmer, Tim has won numerous National and World Championships, set dozens of national and international records, has excelled in open water swims and twice swam on relays that crossed the English Channel.

Swimming was a welcome respite and diversion from the pressures of managing one of the world’s great manufacturing corporations.

“At the company, everything is accomplished by a team,” says Timken. “But in swimming, it’s you and you alone. Money doesn’t matter. Your name doesn’t matter. Your success is accomplished on your own and depends upon how much effort you put into it as an individual.”

When he wasn’t swimming, Tim was deftly leading the Timken Company through the recessions of the 1980’s and 1990s, economic downturns that decimated much of America’s manufacturing sector.

"We're a producer's producer, and we tend to be at the whip's end when recessions crack," said
Timken.

Like the iron, steel and textile industries, the Timken Company, best known for making roller bearings used by the transportation and industrial equipment industries, was losing ground to cheaper imports from the Far East. Timken won antidumping cases against the Japanese, among others, but it didn't stop there. To help break out of an old pattern--watching strong profits earned in good times turn into losses during a recession--Timken spent money when nearly everybody else was laying back. By boldly investing in efficiency and hi-tech expansion both in the U.S. and overseas, the Timken Company increased productivity and dramatically reduced controllable costs, production lead time, delivery time and prices. Tim retired from day to day operations of the company in 2003, leaving the Timken Company, a worldwide NYSE, Fortune 500 company with annual sales of 5.8 billion dollars and over 27,000 employees operating in more than 24 countries, well positioned to navigate the current economic crisis.

Following his retirement, he received a presidential appointment to serve as Chairman of the Securities Investor Protection Corporation and on August 15, 2005, he was sworn in as Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the United States of America to the Federal Republic of Germany. He presented his credentials to German President Horst Köhler on September 2, 2005. After more than three years in Germany, Ambassador Timken and his wife, Sue, returned to the U.S. in December 2008.

During his private sector career, Ambassador Timken served on the boards of numerous public companies. He has also chaired the National Association of Manufacturers, The Manufacturing Institute, the Ohio Business Roundtable and was a member of the U.S.-Japan Business Council for 20 years.

He has been involved with education at all levels, serving on the Advisory Boards of the Stanford University School of Business and the Institution European D’Administration de Affairs (INSEAD). He served as a Trustee of Stanford University, The Hoover Institution and as Chairman of the Ohio Foundation of Independent Colleges.

Ambassador Timken has also received many honors and awards. He is a Chevalier in the French Legion of Honor and an honorary citizen of  Colmar, France. He has received the Woodrow Wilson Award for Corporate Citizenship, the Adam Smith Award and the Ellis Island Medal of Honor. He has been named Ohio Business Statesman of the Year and has received the Ohio Governors Award.


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2008
Giovanni “Nanni” Moretti
Adolph Keifer
2007
Adolph Keifer
Esther Williams
2007
Esther Williams
Julian (Tex) Robertson
2006
Jim Press
Julian (Tex) Robertson
2005
E. Clay Shaw
cirque
2004
Cirque du Soleil "O"
Julian (Tex) Robertson
2003
Julian "Tex" Robertson

 

Dick Pound
2002
Richard W. Pound

Sandra Baldwin
2001
Sandra Baldwin
Gregory J. Bonann
2000
Gregory J. Bonann
Mayor James Whelan
1999
Mayor James Whelan

Rogers B.
1998
Rogers B. "Tiger" Holmes

Paul W. Bucha
1997
Paul W. Bucha

Joao Havelange
1996
Joao Havelange


Buddy Ebsen
1996
Buddy Ebsen


Jim Moran
1995
Jim Moran

Paul Tsongas
1993
Paul Tsongas

Andrew Young
1992
Andrew Young

Donna deVarona
1991
Donna deVarona

Dr. James E. Counsilman
1990
Dr. James E. Counsilman

Fred M. Kirby III
1989
Fred M. Kirby II

Ronald Reagan
1988
Ronald Reagan

Willard Garvey
1987
Willard Garvey

Captain David McCampbell
1986
Captain David McCampbell

William E. Simon
1985
William E. Simon

Art Linkletter
1984
Art Linkletter

Barry Goldwater
1983
Barry Goldwater


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