TACOMA, WASH. — Charles Matthaei, chairman of the board at Roman Meal Co., was presented with the 2013 University of Washington Distinguished Alumni Veteran Award at the Veterans Day Celebration and Ceremony at the Medal of Honor Memorial, University of Washington Seattle on Nov. 11. Mr. Matthaei was recognized for his naval service and a lifetime of philanthropy, civic activism and passionate advocacy of research and programs that promote wellness.

A World War II veteran and University of Washington class of 1943 alumnus, Mr. Matthaei studied chemical engineering before he was called to duty on the battleship USS Missouri. After returning from the Pacific, he went to work for the family business: Roman Meal Co. Under his leadership, Roman Meal bread became a staple in kitchens across America.

In 2008, he was inducted into the Baking Hall of Fame. Over the years, Mr. Matthaei developed a working relationship with the Linus Pauling Institute (LPI), a health and wellness research organization connected to Oregon State University. As a result, Roman Meal sponsors the LPI Healthy Aging Program and partners with LPI on many health and wellness initiatives. Mr. Matthaei has been recognized by several Pacific Northwest community organizations, including the Boy Scouts of America, Tacoma Rotary and the MultiCare Health Foundation and Center for Healthy Living.

Veterans Appreciation Week is a campus-wide community initiative coordinated by the University of Washington Alumni Association.