recognized the outstanding achievements of
Sir Ian Wood, OBE,
Chairman – John Wood Group plc,
Miss Duncan MacDonald, Trustee – The Scottish
Coalition USA and Dr. Alan L. Bain, President
Emeritus of The American-Scottish Foundation, Inc.
The Award celebrates the diversity of contributions that
Scots and American-Scots have made to the world, as well as
acknowledges Honorees for their role in strengthening
The evening was
Elizabeth DeForest Scott and
Captain Roderick Gow, and
benefitted the work of ASF,
The Archie Foundation,
whose mission is to support pediatric care and children’s wards in
hospitals and communities in the North of Scotland,
and is head quartered at the Royal Aberdeen Children's Hospital.
Sir Ian Wood has been Patron of Archie from 2000 - 2012
and ASF is Archie’s partner in the United States.
Heather L. Bain, Chairman of
the American-Scottish Foundation, who presented each of the
evening’s three Wallace Awards, said,
“on behalf of the American-Scottish Foundation, I could not be more
delighted to acknowledge the remarkable achievements of
these three exceptional individuals in this manner”.
Ms. Bain also spoke of the accomplishments of the
American-Scottish Foundation over the past year, and gave
thanks to its many supporters.
Amongst the many guests enjoying the evening were three past
recipients of the Wallace Award; D. Euan Baird, Duncan A.
Bruce and Robert R. Douglass. It was atruly magnificent
evening exemplifying the best of Scottish culture and style.
auctioneer, George McNeely, undertook the Live Auction which
included a visit to the home and lunch with the Foundation’s
Patron, The Duke of Hamilton, as well as the sale of a
Scottish landscape painting which had been donated by Sir
To learn more
of the work of the American-Scottish Foundation
visit their website at
or call 212 605 0338 (ext. 4).
AWARD® 2012 HONOREES – Biographies
SIR IAN WOOD
educated in Aberdeen, Sir Ian is Chairman and Chief
Executive of the John Wood Group PLC. He is also
Chairman of J W Holdings Limited, one of Scotland’s
largest fishing groups and Chancellor
of Robert Gordon University.
graduate of Aberdeen University, Scotland he has
received Honorary Degrees from Aberdeen University,
and Robert Gordon University, Scotland,and anHonorary
Doctor of Technology from Glasgow Caledonian University,
He was awarded
the CBE in the 1982 New Year's Honours List,
and a Knighthood in 1994. In 2007, Sir Ian established
The Wood Family Trust,
a Scottish-based charity with a global outlook;
Sir Ian is the Chairman.
Additional Current Information:
DR. ALAN L. BAIN
Alan Bain, a naturalized U.S. citizen, was born in England
of Scottish parents. A Law graduate of St.Catharine’s
College, Cambridge University,
He was admitted to the English Bar as a member of the
Honourable Society of the InnerTemple where he was an
Inner Temple Scholar. In 1961, he left for the U.S. to
attend Columbia Law chool, from which he graduated in
1964 with a J.D. He served as President of the Class of
1964 for the period of his studies. He was also admitted to
the New York State Bar.
In 1970, Dr. Bain founded World-Wide Business Centres,
Inc. In 1991, WWBC offered free accommodation to The
American-Scottish Foundation®, an arrangement that
continues. In 1993, he was elected ASF’s President becoming
President Emeritus in 2010.
In 2005, he invested in The Carloway Mill, a producer
of Harris Tweed, and has spent the past seven years actively
involved in reviving the mill and the industry. Traveling
regularly to Scotland over the past twenty years he has been
heavily engaged in a wide range
of American Scottish activities
In 2009, Dr. Bain was awarded an Honorary Degree from
Queen Margaret University, Scotland.
He is a member of The University Club in New York City
which he served as a Council member and Vice President; and
of London’s Oxford
and Cambridge Club and the Marylebone Cricket Club.
MISS DUNCAN MACDONALD
Duncan MacDonald began her career in television in New York
City, moving on to radio both in New York City and Boston.
She hosted a daily afternoon program on the prestigious New
York Times radio station: WQXR. She also served as
Home and Food Editor of Yankee Magazine for 15 years,
and wrote a column for House Beautiful. She is a past
president of the New York Chapter of American Women in
Radio and Television and became a Trustee and Executive
Director of the
National Friends of Public Broadcasting.
In the early 1970s Miss MacDonald became a member of the
American-Scottish Foundation®, working closely with Lady
Malcolm Douglas-Hamilton. In 1974 she and Lady Malcolm
decided there should be a “Scotland Week”, a precursor to
the more recently established annual celebration of Scottish
of which Miss MacDonald was the lead driving force.
Duncan MacDonald continues her work as a volunteer in
several Scottish organizations, including the Scottish
Society of Martha’s Vineyard of which she is one of the
founders, and the Caledonian Foundation USA, Inc.,
where she serves as a Trustee and Executive Vice President.
She is, in addition, a Trustee of The Scottish Coalition
Foundation was formed in 1956 by Lord Malcolm
Douglas-Hamilton. The Foundation is delighted that the
family connection continues with
His Grace The
Duke of Hamilton and Brandon serving as ASF’s current
The mission of The
the pre-eminent, national, US-based not-for-profit
organization, is dedicated to strengthening ties between
individuals, institutions and businesses of Scotland and the
through the pursuit of contemporary social, cultural,
educational, philanthropic, scientific and economic interests
The Foundation champions,
for mutual benefit, the extraordinary and creative
relationship between Scotland and the United States with an
extensive program of projects and events
- a bridge between the two great countries.
His Grace The
Duke of Hamilton and Brandon
Heather L. Bai
Dr. Alan L.
Bain - President Emeritus
Elizabeth DeForest Scott
Captain Roderick C.Gow, OBE
Alexander B. Grannis
Charlotte Lyeth Burton
Dougal R. Munro
Olivia M. Sanson - Corporate Secretary
The Lord Sempill
Robert W. Thompson - Treasurer
Hellman, MBE - Director of Development
Natalie Douglas-Hamilton, CBE - President Emerita
American-Scottish Foundation® introduced the
Wallace Award in 1970. It was awarded annually until 1988.
After a hiatus, the Foundation revived the Wallace Award in
2000. The recipient was Senator Trent Lott, then Republican
Senate Majority Leader. Senator Lott received the Award in
recognition of his sponsorship of Senate Resolution 155 that
adopted April 6, in perpetuity,
as National Tartan Day.
recipients include: Euan Baird, Duncan A. Bruce, Sir Sean
Connery, Robert R. Douglass, the Forbes Family, Former
Senator Trent Lott, The Rt. Hon. Lord Robertson of Port
Ellen and The Rt. Hon. Lord
Smith of Kelvin and the late Donald and Eleanor Taffner.