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Distinguished Alumni Awards

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Founded in 1951, the Distinguished Alumni Awards recognize individuals who have achieved professional and personal successes, and demonstrated exemplary service to their community.

Distinguished Alumni Award Distinctions

  • Lifetime Achievement: Alumnus whose life and accomplishments have earned the respect of their industry, profession or community.
  • University Engagement: Alumnus with extraordinary achievement in their personal and professional endeavors, with special attention to their exceptional service to the University.
  • Community Service: Alumnus who has served his or her community in an exemplary way, sustaining a record of leadership and dedicated service.
  • Career Achievement: Alumnus with exceptional achievements in their professional endeavors, reflecting honor on the University and its alumni.
  • Young Alumni: Alumnus who graduated within the last 15 years and whose accomplishments set a standard for life-long excellence.
  • Appreciation Award for Faculty/Staff: Faculty and staff member honored for achievement in their professional or academic field and loyalty to the University.
  • Special Merit: Alumnus who have provided distinctive contributions to support the University, Alumni, and the Drury Family in the preceding year.
  • Special Category for 2020-2021 – Covid-19 Response Recognition: Alumnus who have served their community in an exemplary way during the pandemic. Multiple alumni will be recognized at the awards ceremony in Fall 2021 after committee review of nominations.

Nomination Timeline

Nominations are accepted throughout the year. On December 31, the nomination cycle closes to allow selection of honorees for the upcoming year.

Nominations received after December 31 will be saved for the next year of selection. Final selections will be made in February of each year. Award recipients and nominators will be notified, in most cases, by April and the ceremony and event takes place in the Fall each year.

The nomination cycle for the 2021 Distinguished Alumni awards is now closed. However, we are taking nominations for the 2022 Distinguished Alumni Awards and encourage you to submit your nominations by December 31, 2021.

Distinguished Alumni Nomination Form

2021 Distinguished Alumni Award Winners

Drury's 2021 Distinguished Alumni award winners will be recognized April 29, 2022 in the Findlay Student Center Ballroom. This is an invitation only event.

DR. EARL HACKETT ’53

Portrait of Earl Hackett.Distinguished Alumni Award for Lifetime Achievement

Dr. Earl Hackett ’53
Bachelor of Science in Chemistry

If Dr. Earl Hackett made a difference in one single person, he would have considered his life a success. But Hackett did more.

From practicing medicine in a leper colony to funding a clinic in Burma to teaching the next generation of neurologists for more than 30 years, Hackett did much, much more.

“I’ve always had the desire, it was something my parents instilled in me,” says Hackett, who was born in 1932 Paul ’20 and Martha Jane, in Burma. “The goal is to live your life so the world is better after you die than before you came.”

For Hackett, that meant continuing his father’s work on leprosy. The goal led him to Case Western Reserve University where he graduated with a medical degree in 1957. Studying neurology, Hackett went to Carville, Louisiana to consult with the U.S. Public Health Service at The National Leprosarium of the United States, later renamed Gillis W. Long Hansen’s Disease Center. Leprosy is also known as Hansen’s Disease, a name given to leprosy in 1932 to help reduce the stigma.

Working in the hospital there for nearly 20 years starting in 1962, Hackett also taught at nearby Louisiana State University School of Medicine in New Orleans, where he retired as chair of the Neurology Department in 1988.

“Earl chose to teach, believing that if he could turn out one good doctor a year, he would reach more people than opening a lucrative private practice,” his children wrote in his award nomination letter. “Thousands of students took his classes and hundreds of residents received specialized training.”

But Hackett’s work was far from over. Moving back to Springfield, Hackett continued to volunteer teach one day a week, traveling to Columbia to work with University of Missouri students.

Hackett’s brother, William ’36, initially took up their father’s work in Burma, and following his death, his daughter sought to continue the effort.

“That was a problem because of the culture there,” says Hackett, noting his niece came to him for help. “She needed a male. So, in 1994 I returned to Burma.”

He returned every two years, until 2013, when his wife told him he was “too old,” Hackett says with a chuckle.

“When we first went, we set up a free clinic and a church and that clinic is still going to this day,” Hackett says, noting his son, Ray ’80, and daughter, Nancy, still travel to Burma with medical supplies. “We helped care for kids at a lot of orphanages. The government made a lot of orphans.”

Hackett’s children continue the work through the family’s Hackett Mission Legacy foundation, the third generation of the Hackett family to make an indelible difference in the country.

“Drury set me on the right path. It prepared me. I met my wife here,” says Hackett. “The professors, like L.E. Meador and Tom Parsons, gave me the education that made everything else possible.”

DR. MATIFADZA HLATSWAYO DAVIS ’05

Portrait of Mati Hlatshwayo Davis.Young Alumni Award

Mati Hlatshwayo Davis

Mati Hlatshwayo Davis has found her voice, and her place in the world, as a trusted medical messenger.   

The Zimbabwe native came to Drury University in 2001, sight unseen, to study science with her sights set on medical school. She achieved her goal of becoming an infectious disease doctor after graduating from the prestigious Lerner College of Medicine at the Cleveland Clinic. She went on to become an instructor in medicine at the Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis.

Then the COVID-19 pandemic nudged her into an additional role as a medical contributor to national and international media outlets such as the BBC, CNN and Newsweek. She’s made it her personal mission to dispel disinformation about the coronavirus and the vaccines developed to fight it. It’s been especially important for her to speak out, she says, because she is a Black woman, an immigrant and a new mother.

“Community engagement has become the biggest part of who I am and what I love to do in this space,” she says.

But she also says the path to this point wasn’t an obvious one. Despite exceling at top-tier institutions at every step of her journey, she often struggled self-doubt in part because she didn’t “see a lot of people that looked like me.” One of the consequences was Davis would often defer when asked to speak to media as expert source from Washington University. That was a job for more experienced doctors, she thought.

When the pandemic hit, Davis was struck by the fact that the virus was disproportionately affecting Black, brown and other minority communities. She realized she needed to speak up, especially when those same communities were more hesitant than the general population about getting vaccinated.

“For some people in my community I am a trusted messenger, more so than even someone far more qualified than me and has more experience,” Davis says. “That counts. That matters. And it matters for young kids coming up and young medical trainees coming to know, ‘You won’t be alone. You will be seen and what you do has value and has worth.’”

In fall of 2021, Davis started yet another professional role as the Director of Health for the City of St. Louis. She views it as the culmination of her medical training, public health work, and passion for improving people’s lives – especially minority and hard-to-reach populations.

“This is the fit,” she says.

Davis credits her time at Drury with building a foundation of confidence and self-assurance because of the knowledge and curiosity it instilled in her and the opportunities it gave her, including becoming student body president, winning a world championship with Students In Free Enterprise and holding court as homecoming queen in traditional African dress.

“I flourished at Drury” she says. “I was accepted for exactly who I was and encouraged to be the very best of me, and I did that with people who supported me the whole time. I can’t show enough gratitude.”

CMDR. ANNA SANTORO ’06

Portrait of Anna Santoro.Career Achievement Award

CDR Anna Santoro, PharmD ’06
Bachelor of Arts in Biology, Chemistry and Spanish

For Anna Santoro, equality is the ultimate goal. She’s seen peers thrive in a diverse environment; she’s also seen the effects of a more homogeneous view.

Growing up in Oklahoma, Santoro attended a magnet school with an intentionally diverse student body.

“To me, that was normal. In my head, it reflected the real world,” says the 2006 Drury alumnae. “But I soon realized that was not the case when I left those walls. When that light bulb clicked on, I knew I had a goal.”

Originally an architecture student, Santoro soon realized it wasn’t the path for her and was ready to switch gears, but to what? Working at the time in a retail pharmacy, Santoro recalls she loved the work, but also knew she didn’t want to take chemistry class.

“I really didn’t,” she says with a laugh. “But my roommates convinced me and you know what, I loved it.”

With degrees in biology, chemistry and Spanish under her belt, Santoro enrolled in pharmacy school at Massachusetts College of Pharmacy, with plans to enter the retail space upon graduation, focusing on populations at need and translating. But again, she found that wasn’t the path for her.  In 2007, she discovered the U.S. Public Health Service and found a way to help serve those in need while also serving her country and providing unique career opportunities.

One of the eight uniformed branches of service, the USPHS Commissioned Corps gave Santoro the opportunity she wanted: to help others beyond her local environment. As a Commander in the USPHS, Santoro is stationed at Federal Medical Center Devens, part of the Federal Bureau of Prisons system. In just a dozen years there, she’s helped streamline the way patients receive medications. As a mental health clinical pharmacist, she implemented a pharmacist run clinic that manages treatment of both inpatient and outpatient inmates with mental health disorders.

“Medications have reactions to each other and it’s not always to the benefit of the patient,” she says. “As a specialist, I work with providers, and with patients directly to help find the medications – or combination of medications – that can best treat their mental health issues as well as provide the best possible quality of life.

“Over 95 percent of my patients will end up back in the community and helping them not only improves their day-to-day life, but improves their chances of success after they are released.”

Working to treat pain management and those with substance use disorder as well, Santoro has helped decrease overall narcotic use by 85 percent in just three years.

The system works so well, the BOP implemented a mental health pharmacist consultant system. Santoro currently serves the southeast region, overseeing 19 institutions in six states and more than 30,000 inmates.

The work earned Santoro major recognition. She was named the 2020 United States Public Health Service RADM Allen J. Brands Clinical Pharmacist of the Year Award for her innovation and progress in novel pharmacy services. In 2021, she was honored with the Weaver/Penna Pharmacist of the Year award from the Board of Pharmacy Specialists, recognizing her role as a psychiatric specialist throughout the nation.

“This career has been so rewarding for me,” she says. “Some of my patients have never had access to health care before. As a mental health pharmacist, I am able to help provide specialized care, as well as to help educate other about the importance of appropriate medication use.”

ROBERT MALONE ’56

Community Service Award

Robert Malone ’56

Robert Malone has had many varied careers in his lifetime, but one thing has stayed constant – his dedication to helping his community.

A geologist by degree, he later trained as a financial planner for American Express, then ran a bank in his small town and taught seniors about the southwest at New Mexico State University,

But in each town, he’s lived in from Canada and Colorado to New Mexico to his current home in Arizona, he always finds a way to give back.

“I’m not sure what first got me interested, but I have always been involved in quite a few things,” he says.

That is a bit of an understatement. He’s organized charity golf tournaments enabling special needs children to attend summer camp, he’s volunteered to teach science at elementary schools and worked to beautify medians. Wanting to bring cheer to his town, he supervised the cutting of a 30-foot Christmas tree and organized the electric company to light it up. He’s served as treasurer and president of more organizations than he can name.

“I’ve kind of been a jack-of-all-trades in my career, I guess it’s the same with my community,” he says.

Malone earned his geology degree from Drury University in 1956, after a bit of a mixed start. He began classes in 1949, but was drafted to serve during the Korean War, returning to school after.

“I had a good time at Drury,” he says with a chuckle, “maybe too good of a time at first. When I returned, I had more sense, as soldiers do. I buckled down and concentrated on my life, my career.”

His degree led him from the oil fields of south Texas to the mines of Canada and back to the states in Colorado where he worked in uranium. By the time the job took him to New Mexico, he was chief geologist over operations of eight Kerr McGee mines, but by 1984 the uranium industry wasn’t what it used to be. He left geology, but wasn’t ready to retire. Taking a financial planning job with AmEx, he took classes and learned the ropes. But during all the moves, he never stopped helping each community he was in.

As coordinator of the Elderhostel Program at New Mexico State, now known as Road Scholar, he helped the city with motel and restaurant occupancy and exposed participants, 65 and older from all 50 states, to knowledge of the southwest. He continues at his retirement community doing barbecue cookouts and pancake breakfasts.

Despite it all, Malone says he was surprised to receive this award. Surprised, but thankful.

“Over all the years, I’ve gotten a lot of plaques and certificates for things, but this has got to be the biggest,” he says. “Never did I dream my alma mater would recognize me in this way. It’s truly an honor.”

An honor befitting a life with the same, helping his community anyway he could.

DR. REGINA WATERS

Portrait of Regina Waters.Faculty Appreciation

Dr. Regina Waters

For Dr. Regina Waters, a professor of communication at Drury University for 28 years, teaching in her discipline has always been about connection – both in the classroom and outside the classroom through networking and mentoring.

Waters is well-known among Drury alumni as someone who can forge lasting and meaningful connections among those within her orbit. It’s produced a powerful network effect, evidenced by the personal and professional bonds shared by a generation of her former students at Drury. Often these connections created relationships that led to job opportunities, friendships and long-lasting mentorships.

For those efforts and for her many years of dedication in the classroom, Waters was honored with the Faculty/Staff Appreciation Distinguished Alumni Award. 

Waters realized early on her students could benefit from seeing examples of alumni who majored in communication but were in career roles outside the discipline. One’s college major is not a narrow lane, she says, but a jumping-off point.

“I thought it was important for them to understand that there was so much more to it than just those labels,” Waters says. “If they could just meet people who had sat where they are sitting and studied what they are studying and moved on into these diverse careers doing things they could never have imagined as an 18- or 20-year-old, that’s where the light bulbs come on.”

Waters cites her own college mentors as the reason why she pursued a career in higher education. Mentors are vital at every stage of life, she says, because they raise awareness of issues or solutions we may not see ourselves.

“A really good mentor asks questions that are important for that part of our developmental journey or that phase of our questioning about the world – about who we are and where we are within it,” Waters says.

It was always important for Waters to be a conduit for students to understand what was happening in the world beyond the campus. She set high bars in the classroom so her students would never be caught flat-footed in life after Drury. Getting them out of their comfort zones meant they were truly learning and digging deeper.

Waters cherished seeing students grow, develop confidence and connect with others. Drury alumni are “talented, interesting, engaged” leaders who care about making a difference, she says.

“They are smart, enlightened contributors to the world, and it’s just been a joy to be a part of their journey in getting there,” she says.

Special 2021 Covid-19 Response Recognition

During our 70th Annual Distinguished Alumni Awards, alumni who went above and beyond during the Covid-19 pandemic will be recognized April 29, 2022 in the Findlay Student Center Ballroom following our 2021 Distinguished Alumni Awards honorees. This is an invitation only event. Alumni Council created this special recognition and the nominations were reviewed and selected after a nomination process in early Spring 2021. We look forward to recognizing these alumni for their contributions during the Covid-19 pandemic.

BRUCE DART ‘77

STEVEN BARD ‘19

ALISON (CRONKHITE) BRAINAIRD ‘00

JENNIFER (JOHNSON) COLE ‘98

STEVEN D. EDWARDS ‘88

SUSAN MATHERN ’86 MBA ‘89

SCOTT MOORE ‘17

CORA (DURBIN) SCOTT ‘90

Past Distinguished Award Winners

Lifetime Achievement

  • 2015 Ralph K. Manley ’49
  • 2016 Dr. Sue Carter Porges ‘66
  • 2017 Warren B. Davis ’59
  • 2018 James & Marilyn Bogle Buchholz ‘57/’62
  • 2020 Dr. Nathaniel Quinn, JR. ’80

University Engagement

  • 1952 Dean James F. McKinley ’25
  • 1957 Helen Wiemer James ’29
  • 1957 Robert Cummings ’32
  • 1957 James Hartford Robertson ’36
  • 1958 Bert Goss ’28
  • 1958 Rev. Thomas Shipp ’41
  • 1959 Dr. George Melcher ’26
  • 1960 Margaret Johnson Bosworth ’45
  • 1960 Rev. Don Newby ’47
  • 1964 R. William Greer ’39
  • 1964 Connie Hjelmeng Johnson ’64
  • 1965 David Brand Woodruff ’38
  • 1966 Thornton Smith ’36
  • 1967 James Trig Brown ’46
  • 1968 William Collinson ’33
  • 1968 Edgar E. Martin ’33
  • 1968 David Weiser ’42
  • 1969 William C. Hayes ’41
  • 1971 Henry C. Duncan ’43
  • 1971 Marvin VanGilder ’48
  • 1972 Clarence R. Haflinger ’38
  • 1972 Robert Heimburger ’39
  • 1972 John B. Haseltine ’60
  • 1973 Elizabeth Grinstead Mallory ’31
  • 1974 Durward Hall ’30
  • 1974 John K. Hulston ’36
  • 1976 James Findlay ’52
  • 1978 Frank Ross ’25
  • 1978 Maurice Wilson ’28
  • 1978 F. Marian Bishop ’49
  • 1979 Flavius Freeman ’32
  • 1981 Dr. Oscar Fryer ’25
  • 1983 Allen V. Eikner ’49
  • 1984 Henry S. Schneider ’49
  • 1985 Ray Aton ’37
  • 1986 Hilbert Keisker ’26
  • 1987 Wallace Springer ’47
  • 1989 Helen Jones Stoneman ’28
  • 1989 Harold Stoneman ’33
  • 1990 Janet Steinmetz Trotter ’53
  • 1990 Marthe Drummond Close ’57
  • 1990 Barbara Cook Hall ’57
  • 1991 Thomas S. Gambill ’49
  • 1993 Sally Bodlovich Tharp ’90
  • 1995 Joel N. Gamel ’40
  • 1997 Patsy Witherspoon Poulos ’47
  • 1998 Don Akers ’48
  • 1999 William E. Pettit ’42
  • 2000 John R. Johnson ’55
  • 2001 Lyle D. Reed ’70
  • 2001 John D. Beuerlein ’76
  • 2008 Lewis T. “Johnny” Johnson
  • 2015 John William (Bill) Ricketts, MBA ’71
  • 2016 Steven D. Edwards ‘88
  • 2017 Gail “Gene” Summers ’63
  • 2018 Dr. Thomas Lynch ’65
  • 2020 Beth Pile ’80

Outstanding Community Service

  • 1959 J. Charles Grosskreutz ’43
  • 1961 Leonard F. Bush ’31
  • 1961 Mary Jane Pool ’46
  • 1969 Virgil E. Fieker ’47
  • 1969 Walter H. Hoffman ’39
  • 1976 Charles H. Brown ’41
  • 1978 Helen Koch
  • 1980 Donald Ray Hodge ’61
  • 1981 John C. Herweg ’43
  • 1982 Leeson C. Meador
  • 1985 Donald C. Dailey
  • 1986 Mitsuo Aoki ’40
  • 1987 Rev. Robert H. Challinor ’47
  • 1988 Ben Parnell ’39
  • 1989 Betty Jane Rathbone Turner ’45
  • 1990 H. Wes Pratt ’73
  • 1991 Ralph Turner ’31
  • 1991 Mary Rose Sweeney ’41
  • 1992 Vernon K. Ausherman ’42
  • 1992 Eleanor Barstow White ’64, ’70 MEd
  • 1993 Charles Sheppard ’41
  • 1994 Dale Creach ’63
  • 1994 Ormal Creach
  • 1996 Hope E. Harris ’43, ’57 MEd
  • 1996 Rosemary Sullivan Bane ’46
  • 1997 Dr. James W. Clawson
  • 1998 Carolyn Lambert Teter ’73
  • 1999 Dorothy Gay Warren ’47
  • 1999 W. Warren Kallenbach ’49
  • 2001 Joan E. Gilmore ’51
  • 2002 Bill H. Cantrell ’42
  • 2003 Jean Short Coday ’52
  • 2003 David Clohessy ’78
  • 2004 John H. Simmons ’60
  • 2004 Drury Women’s Auxiliary 
  • 2005 Mona Tourlentes ’50
  • 2006 Marcia Williams Johnson ’70
  • 2006 Darline Dill
  • 2008 Lewis T. “Johnny” Johnson
  • 2009 Kirk Presley ’80
  • 2010 Patsy Shean Summers ’64
  • 2011 Rev. David L. Scott ’79
  • 2012 Carolyn B. Cotta ’60
  • 2013 Mark L. Walker ’79
  • 2014 Eunice Schmiechen Wallar ’63
  • 2015 Mary Faith Buresh Holzer ’68
  • 2016 Janet Steinmetz Trotter ‘53
  • 2017 Raymond E. Hackett ’80
  • 2018 Thomas W. Stevens ’59
  • 2020 Roye Cole ’03, ’04, ’11 MBA 

Career Achievement

  • 1944 Edward L. Clark ’29
  • 1951 Jean Laubenheim Shephard ’12
  • 1951 Kenneth B. Elliott ’16
  • 1951 William A. Beiderlinden ’17
  • 1951 Lester E. Cox ’18
  • 1952 Marion Hines ’13
  • 1952 Erwin E. Nelson ’14
  • 1952 James E. Ruffin ’16
  • 1953 Faye Steinmetz ’10
  • 1953 Harry A. Shuder ’11
  • 1953 Arthur “Duff” Allen ’13
  • 1953 Edward Mason ’14
  • 1954 John T. White ’16
  • 1954 Louise Trimble Foster ’18
  • 1954 Paul W. Barrett ’24
  • 1954 Frank McDowell ’32
  • 1955 Dora Beggs Shields ’07
  • 1955 Joseph Williams ’11
  • 1955 Otto C. Egdorf ’20
  • 1955 Paul Leonard ’25
  • 1956 Warren White ’04
  • 1956 William Knight ’07
  • 1956 Otto Smith ’07
  • 1956 Reba Staggs ’34
  • 1957 Walter Brunkhorst ’17
  • 1957 David Robertson ’32
  • 1958 David McKnight ’28
  • 1959 Samuel Dawson ’21
  • 1959 Rollin Gillespie ’30
  • 1960 Walter Thompson ’28
  • 1960 Bob Barker ’47
  • 1961 Morris E. Garnsey ’28
  • 1961 Gordon A. Riley ’33
  • 1962 Bruce Joseph Brown ’15
  • 1962 Guy Raynor Hill ’27
  • 1962 Charles F. Robinson’36
  • 1962 Jeanne Meador Schwarz ’37
  • 1963 Allan S. Humphreys ’10
  • 1963 Lois Hall ’14
  • 1963 Dorsey D. Jones ’20
  • 1964 C. Robert Mitchell ’30
  • 1965 Virgil W. Adkisson ’25
  • 1966 Helen Malin Reuber ’29
  • 1967 Joseph King Vivion ’16
  • 1967 William D. Hackett ’36
  • 1968 Archie Russell ’39
  • 1968 Lois Jennings DeNauw ’50
  • 1970 Eugene Everett ’48
  • 1973 Adelaide Haseltine Jones ’24
  • 1973 Ralph K. Manley ’49, ’69 MBA
  • 1973 William C. Virdon ’53
  • 1973 Mary Ruth Cuddy ’59, ’62 MEd
  • 1974 Minnie Mae Prescott ’28
  • 1975 William Fred Schaeffer ’33
  • 1975 Betty Cole Dukert ’49
  • 1975 Rabbi Walter Jacob ’50
  • 1975 Ralph L. Andreano ’52
  • 1976 R. R. Watson ’25
  • 1976 Billie Crawford Davis ’61
  • 1977 J. York Johnson ’25
  • 1977 James Ewing ’38
  • 1977 Frank W. Clippinger ’48
  • 1978 F. Marion Bishop ’49
  • 1978 Delmar E. Caywood ’55
  • 1978 James R. Buchholz ’57
  • 1979 John Geyer ’29
  • 1979 Robert McKinnell ’49
  • 1979 Sandra Kennon Harrison ’61
  • 1980 Leonard C. Pronko ’47
  • 1980 Carol Junge Loomis ’51
  • 1980 Jeanine Smith ’63
  • 1980 Jerry Von Rohr ’66
  • 1981 John P. Edwards ’47
  • 1981 David Harrison ’59
  • 1981 Susanne Logan O’Neal ’53
  • 1982 Dorothy Van Dyke Leake ’14
  • 1982 John T. Carlson ’51
  • 1983 C. Truman Steele ’34
  • 1984 David E. Sweet ’55
  • 1986 Gary L. Matthews ’60
  • 1987 Sterling Newberry ’37
  • 1988 Jerry Poe ’53
  • 1988 Willard Graves, Jr. ’62
  • 1989 John W. Hammon ’64
  • 1990 Emily Haymes ’61
  • 1991 Richard C. Dunn ’58
  • 1991 Margaret H. Cooper ’66
  • 1992 Robert H. Hurlbutt ’47
  • 1992 Kenneth L. Fitts ’67
  • 1993 Donald C. Flesche ’56
  • 1993 J. Regan Thomas ’68
  • 1994 Charles E. Fritz ’42
  • 1994 Georgia Clark Sadler ’62
  • 1994 J. William Langston ’65
  • 1994 Fred S. Gorelick ’70
  • 1995 Andrew Jackson Wann ’40
  • 1996 Nancy Hasler Watsling ’46
  • 1996 Ellen Gray Massey ’60 MEd
  • 1997 Rev. Elton O. Smith ’50
  • 1997 Larry Wallis ’66
  • 1998 Thomas R. Whitlock ’76
  • 1999 Tom Kellogg ’58
  • 1999 Richard French ’59
  • 2000 James R. Silkenat ’69
  • 2001 John D. Burczak ’76
  • 2002 Michael Mallory ’77
  • 2003 Revs. John and Paula Bowman Sandford ’51/’53
  • 2003 Russell Robinson ’74
  • 2004 Dr. William R. Schiller ’58
  • 2005 Paul Stillwell ’66
  • 2007 Jerry L Redfern ’57
  • 2007 Dr. Carol Gevecker Graves ’62
  • 2008 Dorothy “Dottie” Dillard ’45
  • 2008 Lisa Farmer ’82
  • 2009 Judge H. Dean Whipple ’61
  • 2010 Walter George ’79
  • 2011 Dr. D. Greg Farwell ’90
  • 2012 Dr. Ilene K. Gipson ’66
  • 2013 Curtis L. Dinan ’89
  • 2014 Kim Harrison Hamm ’86
  • 2015 Dr. Heidi Prather Bradley ’87
  • 2016 Dr. Calla Wiemer ‘77
  • 2017 S. David Gohn ’64
  • 2018 Dwayne Holden ’64
  • 2020 Rex Bright ’62

Young Alumni

  • 1976 Marcia Mobley Mitchell ’67
  • 1977 Frances Presley Rice ’73
  • 1978 Mark Anschutz ’66
  • 1979 Glenn Richardson ’65
  • 1985 Sue Carter Porges ’66
  • 1985 Brian Gendece ’79
  • 1987 James Wesley Mitchell ’73, ’81 MEd
  • 1990 Susan West ’75
  • 1991 Wayne Schrier ’75
  • 1992 Susan Montgomery McCammon ’73
  • 1993 Michele Reeves Smith ’88
  • 1995 Charlotte C. Hardin ’85
  • 1997 James R. Dunlap ’84
  • 2001 Brian R. Reynolds ’83
  • 2004 Karen L. Williams ’85
  • 2005 Marci Bowling ’95
  • 2008 Michael Wehrenberg ’99
  • 2011 Amber B. Campbell ’98
  • 2012 Christopher B. Kennedy ’99
  • 2013 Sarah Lester Wilkerson ’01
  • 2014 Nathan Pettyjohn ’01
  • 2015 Cliff Johnson ’03
  • 2016 Dr. Adam McClellan ’05
  • 2017 Lauren Holtkamp ’03
  • 2018 Meg Myers Morgan ‘05
  • 2020 Dr. Laura Waters ’05, ’19 MBA 

Faculty/Staff Appreciation

  • 1986 Dr. Lora Bond, Biology
  • 1987 Dr. W. Curtis Strube, Business Administration
  • 1988 Dr. Willard Graves ’33, Mathematics
  • 1989 Dr. Jorge Padron, Chemistry
  • 1990 Dr. Charles Mercer, Accounting
  • 1991 Dr. Victor Agruso, Psychology
  • 1992 Dr. Ruth Bamberger, Political Science
  • 1993 Dr. Rabin Roy, Chemistry
  • 1994 Dr. Richard D. Killough, Philosophy and Religion
  • 1995 Dr. Richard Mears, Language and Literature
  • 1996 Dr. Tijuana Julian ’81, Music
  • 1997 Dr. Harriett Mears, Art
  • 1998 Dr. William D. Rohlf, Jr., Economics
  • 1999 Dr. Wayne Holmes, Literature
  • 2000 Dr. Joseph P. McAdoo, Communication
  • 2001 Dr. Peter D. Browning, Philosophy and Religion
  • 2002 Dr. Harvey Asher, History
  • 2003 Eltjen Flikkema, Ph.D., German, Literature, Director of Honors Program
  • 2004 Joyce A. Roberts, Special Instructor of Dance and Choreography/Dramatics Productions
  • 2005 Dr. Thomas E. Russo, Art
  • 2006 Dr. Barbara Wing, Biology
  • 2007 Dr. Donald Weber, Physics
  • 2008 Dr. Penny Clayton ’83 MBA, Accounting
  • 2009 Dudley Murphy, Design Arts
  • 2010 Alkis Tsolakis, Architecture
  • 2011 Dr. Lisa M. Esposito, Philosophy and Religion
  • 2015 Daniel Cashel, Director of Student-Athlete Enhancement
  • 2016 Traci Sooter, Architecture
  • 2017 Judi Grier Thompson ’61, University Advancement
  • 2018 Dr. Bruce Callen
  • 2020 Larry W. Hughes 

Special Merit

  • 1992 Mercedes Freeman Smith ’89
  • 2000 William Dannevik ’66
  • 2001 Ronald Neville ’69
  • 2002 Betty Herndon Meyer ’40