Honorary Alumni Award


Honorary Alumni status is extended to individuals who did not attend ECU but have adopted the University as their own through uncommon and outstanding service, substantial and continuing commitment, and loyalty. In recognition of these expressions of goodwill, the Alumni Association annually bestows honorary alumni status on those whose support and friendship are exemplary in the University community. Selections are made by the Awards Committee of the Alumni Association.


Candidates must not have attended ECU as much as one full academic semester/quarter in pursuit of a degree. An occasional isolated course, either in summer school or otherwise would not cause one to be ineligible for this honor. Trustees serving current terms, Alumni Association Board of Directors and their spouses, or current ECU employees are not eligible. Recipients should have adhered to unquestionable standards of moral and ethical conduct. Receiving this honor would not prohibit the recipient from receiving any other award that the Alumni Association might choose to bestow upon him/her.

The nomination form is designed to collect only the most basic information about the nominee. In order for a nomination to be considered, the form must be completely filled out and accompanied by two letters of recommendation which address:
  • outstanding contribution to his/her profession;
  • outstanding contributions to the general welfare of his/her community, state, nation;
  • outstanding contributions, services, etc., to East Carolina University;
  • honors, awards, etc.;
  • summary narrative regarding significant accomplishments of the nominee and their relationship with and service to ECU.

The supporting information may be documented in any of the following ways:
  • resume or professional vita;
  • articles by or about the nominee;
  • any other documents deemed appropriate.

Supporting documentation should be in an easily-reproducible form:
  • All materials should be typed on letter (8.5 x 11) or legal (8.5 x 14) size pages.
  • All materials should be on white or other light-colored paper to facilitate photocopying

Past Award Recipients






Don Boldt
A.A. "Des" Desimone
Don Langston
Mrs. Richard Todd ("Sweetheart")
Bill and Frances Roberson
Otha Roundtree


Thomas J. Glennon
Phillip J. Kirk 


Archie Burnett
Wayne Dempsey
Don Edwards
Ed Glenn
Jef Glenn
William "Bill" Massey


Betty Debnam Hunt


Sam Winchester


Keith A. LeClair


James W. Batten
Wayne Peterson
Dillard and Mildred Teer


Dr. Hervy Kornegay
Jim Woods (posthumous)


Lawrence F. Brewster
Kenneth F. Forester, Jr.
Richard Worsley


Dr. Leo Jenkins (posthumous) 


Kay N. Abbott
J. Reid Hooper
David H. Womack


Dr. Richard & JoAnn Eakin
Charles Rogers


Ira and Mary Ruth Hardy
William E. Laupus
Marguerite Austin Perry


Steve Keen
Dr. Jesse Peel


Barbara K. Blount
William G. Blount
John O. Reynolds (posthumous)


Mavis Ray (posthumous)
Clarence Stasavich (posthumous)


Marc Basnight
John S. Whichard

Beatrice "Bea" A. Chauncey
V. Parker Overton


Leo Brody
Morris Brody
J.S. "Sammy" Brody
Peggy Smith Corbitt
Ashley B. Futrell
Willie C. Martin

Dr. Charles R. Coble
Edgar R. Loessin
Alan Michael Ashe
James L. Bichsel
Barbara Hall
Ellis F. Hall, Jr.
Harvey R. Lewis
David B. Stevens
David J. Whichard
Dr. E. Jackson Allison Jr.
Robert H. Wright (posthumous)
Richard W. Armstrong 
Gladys Howell
John Howell
Robert "Bob" Martin
2015 David Brody
Jeff Charles
Dr. Ray Martinez
Dr. Mary Raab, M.D.
2001  Diane Murphrey
Edgar Murphrey
Lynn L. Lane 

Trenton Davis
Dennis Rogers 

"My wife and I both graduated from ECU and we are both lifetime members of the Alumni Association. We've always had a devotion to East Carolina, and because we gained so much from our education, we think lifetime membership is a great way to give back to the University. I would recommend lifetime membership to anyone who went to East Carolina. There are many wonderful benefits, and it's very special."

Jerry '65 and Joanie '65 Tolley

"I am a member of the alumni association because it provides an opportunity for me to connect to the university, renew relationships through alumni events, and help attract potential students to ECU. As an active member of the alumni association, I have the chance to serve as an advocate for the university through volunteerism. Being a member along with my son as a fellow Pirate demonstrates commitment and builds a legacy within our family."

Linda Thomas '81

"I am a member because ECU is my second home. Staying connected not only allows me to give back to the university but also inspire the next generation of pirates."

Tim Willis '12

"I am a member of the Alumni Association because I want everyone to know what East Carolina means to me and how much pride and love I have for ECU. Being a member means the world to me, and is the one way that I can give back and stay connected to the place that gave me the best years of my life."

Jeremy Woodard '01

"I am a member of the alumni association because I appreciate how well ECU prepared me for my business career. I enjoy contributing to the alumni association's efforts to provide scholarships for some of our best and brightest students. The Alumni Association does a great job of providing ways for alumni to reconnect with their alma mater and I hope when they do they enjoy it as much as I do. I believe in what ECU stands for and my membership helps me feel a part of the great things ECU is accomplishing!"

Wes Johnson '85