Outstanding Alumni Award

Description

The Alumni Association’s Outstanding Alumni Award is one of the most prestigious offered by the University. It recognizes alumni with a minimum of five years of work history, outstanding and uncommon achievement in one’s profession, civic affairs, and/or politics. Recipients adhere to standards of moral and ethical conduct that would cause the university to be proud to present the honorees as role models for students and other alumni. It is expected that recipients are recognized by their professional peers as being truly outstanding within their professions.

Eligibility

This award is presented to those who have received a degree from East Carolina University. However, in exceptional circumstances, the Awards Committee may vote to consider someone who attended ECU for at least two consecutive semesters and meets criteria for alumni status as defined by the bylaws of the Association. Generally, a maximum of four awards will be presented to honorees chosen from the alumni population. Trustees serving current terms, Alumni Association Board of Directors and their spouses, or current ECU employees are not eligible. Receiving this award does not prohibit one from receiving any other alumni awards, if the honoree is so selected. The honoree may not receive the award a second time. A history of involvement with the University is not a prerequisite for this award.

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.

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.

Outstanding Alumni Award Recipients
       

Year

Recipient

Year

Recipient

       

1940

Pattie Simmons Dowell '11

1978

J. Curtis Hendrix '62

       

1941

Elizabeth Stewart Bennett '17

1979

Edward Marvin Slaughter Jr. '50

       

1942

Robert Sugg Fleming, M.D.'35

1980

James H. Maynard '65
Luther Martin Taylor '57
Samuel J. Wornom III '65

       

1943

Bonnie C. Howard '19

1981

S. Gerald Arnold '63
Reggie Edgerton '62
Max R. Joyner Sr. '55

       
1944 Allla May Jordan Holland 1982 Richard Conder '57
Glenn R. Jernigan '61
Lucille Winslow '29

 

 

1945

Annie Laurie McDonald

1983

Lawrence R. Atkinson '74, '75
Harold A. Jones '62
Loonis McGlohon '42
Lester R. Ridenhour Sr. '39, '49

       

1946

Robert A. "Bob" Eason '34

1984

John J. Beard III '75
Phillip R. Dixon, Sr. '71
Sheron Keel Sumner '62

       

1947

Jack Clifton Britton

1985

Cecil S. Banks '69
William H. Lindsey '68 '71
Charles E. Woods '50

       

1948

Elsie Morgan Rogers '18

1986

Valeria O. Lovelace '73
C. Ray Pruette '39

       

1949

Malene Grant Irons, M.D. '35

1987

Dudley E. Flood '69
Alice Esther Morgan '44
Sandra Kay Yow '64

       

1950

Nolie Keith Wright '27

1988

William Scott Sawyer '84
Robert Allen Ward '62
Henry G. Williamson Jr. '69, '72

       

1951

Ruth Allen White '25

1989

J. Seaborn Blair Jr. '87, M.D.
Barbara Davenport Day '59
Talmage R. Fauntleroy '75

       

1952

Ruth Blanchard Garner '29, '34, '42

1990

Velton Ray Bunch '71 
Dr. Keith D. Holmes Jr. '68
Dr. Brenda Morgan Ryals '71, '72

       

1953

James L. Whitfield '46

1991

Fred R. Mangrubang '79, '82
Robert Bruce Plybon '72
Ruth G. Shaw '69, '72

       

1954

Hazel Kimrey Way '34, '39

1992

Dr. Patricia C. Dunn '58
Dr. Louise H. Farrior '36
Rebecca Bullock Renn '73, '77
Stuart C. Siegel

       

1955

Robert B. Morgan '47

1993

William Vance Arnold '59
Maria Castillo Clay '72, '76
Janice H. Faulkner '53, '56
Bobby Scot Ober '68, '72

       

1956

Z. W. Frazelle '43, '48

1994

James L. Ebron Jr. '70, '72
Mary Beth Foil '81
David F. Swink '73, '78
Mark E. Tipton '73

       

1957

Frances Willard Bowman '40

1995

S. Rudolph Alexander '53
Terry Brooks Grier '72, '74, '77
Dan M. Guy '65, '67
Leslie Hansen Kopp '74

       

1958

Baxter R. Ridenhour '38, '48

1996

Clay M. Burnett '77, '84
Bertie Edwards Fearing '68, '72
Jeanne Smith Piland '68
Brian Shul '70

       

1959

Nell Wise Wechter '33, '51, '52

1997

Sandra A. Bullock
Frances R. Eason '79
Sandra Mims Rowe '70
Walter T. Worthington

       

1960

No Award Given

1998

Ronnie Barnes '75
J. B. Davis '67
Claude L. Hughes, Jr. '73
Mark Kemp '83
Michael McShane '66
Kevin Williamson '87

       

1961

No Award Given

1999

Layton Getsinger '69
Beth Grant '72
Grover Whitehurst, M.D. '78, '80
Annette Wysocki, M.D. '78, '80

       

1962

No Award Given

2000

Bill Bodenhamer
Hugh C. Cameron '72
Franz Holscher '50, '51

       

1963

William M. A. Greene '43

2001

Robert J. Greczyn '73
E. David Redwine '72
Emily Procter '91
James R. Talton '65 

       

1964

Loonis R. McGlohon '42

2002

Howell Binkley
James Dodson '75
William Garner
K. Edward Greene '66 
Carol Mabe '70

       

1965

Robert B. Morgan '47

2003

Lynn Lieberman Amowitz, M.D.'92
Mary Brimmage Chatman '90, '96
Charles R. Franklin, Jr. '63

       

1966

No Award Given

2004

William Carl Ealy '76
William Phil Hodges '65, '66
R. Samuel Hunt '65, '66
Lucy Ervin Roberts '65, '73

       

1967

Reverand A. Glenn Bass '61

2005

James Cromartie ’66
Dr. Deitra Leonard Lowdermilk ’66
Clay Walker ’89
Conwell S. Worthington II ’72

       

1968

Dr. William H. Wagoner '53

2006 Charles "Charlie" Bishop '59
Lisa Rowland Callahan '83, '87
Douglas J. Morgan, Jr. '88
Thomas Spaulding, Jr. '92 
       
1969 Charles S. Edwards '35 2007 Dr. Shirley W. Carraway '75, '85, '92, 00
James "Jim" Chesnutt '63
Ron L. Clark, Jr. '94
Rev. Hubert E. Walters '65
       
1970 Joseph A. Staton '42 2008
Capt. (Ret.) David M. Fitzgerald '66
Rev. Kenneth R. Hammond '73, '83, '85
Dr. Jerry E. McGee '66
Lt. Gen. Gary L. North '76
       
1971 Jane Murray Dillard '60, '63 2009
Bruce Biggs '66
Maj. Gen. William Holland '75
Dr. Garrie Moore '85
Dr. Jerry Wallace '56
       
1972 Robert L. Jones '58 2010
Brig. Gen. Catherine Chilton '81
Christine "Chris" Joyner Greene '57
Walter Williams '51, '55
       

1973

Robert A. Mays '51

2011
Ralph A. Finch Jr. '67
Marsha Moore Lewis '76, '85
Emilie Tilley '60
Steven H. Wright '78
       

1974

Verne Strickland Jr. '59

2012
Dr. Sharon Allison-Ottey '95
Robert Paul Benzon '71
Robert George Rankin IV '70
       

1975

Augustus H. Tulloss '66

2013 Philip R. Houston '77
J. Fielding Miller '84
Jerry R. Tolley '65, '66
George F. Whitfield '59
       
1976  Howard Rooks '55 2014 William "Bill" Clark '66, '68
Lt. Gen. William "Mark" Faulkner '82
Van Isley '85
Maria Theresa "Terry" Shank '77
       
1977
Larry Donald Byrd '62, '63
2015 Michael C. Aho '02
W. Kendall "Ken" Chalk '68, '71
Maj. Gen. Jeffrey Clark '84
Jeremy Woodard '01
       

 

"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