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Past Recipients

Titles reflect occupations and achievements at the time awards were presented.

Meryl Lin McKean
Health care reporter, Kansas City's Fox4 News

David Turner
Brigadier General, Commander of the South Atlantic Division of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers

Marlene Mawson

"Mother" of KU women's athletics

Gavin D. Tade
Squadron Commander, 73rd Aerial Port Squadron, Naval Air Station Fort Worth Joint Reserve Base

Arnold Neil Gordon-Bray

Deputy director of operations for the U.S. Africa Command

Glenn D. Chambers
Wildlife biologist, filmmaker and photographer

Mark Schupp

President and CEO, Schupp Company, Inc.

Mike Webb
Inventor and International Business Executive

Clifton Baile

D.W. Brooks Distinguished Professor and Georgia Research Alliance Eminent Scholar of Agricultural Biotechnology, University of Georgia

Susan Beebe
Director, Lower Division Studies in English, and Senior Lecturer, Department of English, Texas State University San Marcos

Steven Beebe
Regents and University Distinguished Professor and Chair, Department of Communication Studies, and Associate Dean, College of Fine Arts and Communication, Texas State University San Marcos

Bryan Burns

Vice president, strategic business planning and development, ESPN

Robert Buhrkuhl
Retired director of financial management and comptroller, U.S. Special Operations Command

Michael Quimby

Founder, president and tonal director of Quimby Pipe Organ, Inc.

Michael Davidson

Chairman, chief agency and marketing officer for State  Farm Insurance Companies

Ted and Betty Meyer
Owners of Meyer Music Company

Phil Sumrall
Manager of advanced planning, Exploration Launch Projects Office, Marshall Space Flight

James Crane

Founder, chief executive officer and chairman of the board, EGL Eagle Global Logistics

Joe Vandepopuliere
Inventor of Puppy Chow, professor emeritus of agriculture, University of Missouri

William H. Parrish

Associate professor for homeland security and emergency preparedness, Virginia Commonwealth University

Jerry Osborn
Chief executive officer, Community Counseling Consultants, Inc.

Paula Mitchell Derks
President, Aircrafts Electronics

David Steward

Founder and chief executive officer, World Wide Technology

Thomas H. Kunz

Distinguished professor at Boston University and international authority on bats

John A. Romito

Greater Kansas City Orthopedic Surgeon of the Decade

George H. Alvord

President and chief executive officer, Gate Gourmet, world's largest airline food caterers

Timothy H. Doke
Vice president for corporate communications, American Airlines 

D. Kent King

Commissioner, Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education

Everett H. Thomas

Chief, Nuclear Arms Control Division, Strategic Plans and Policy Directorate, Joint Chiefs of Staff

Robert G. Hartley

Founder and chief executive officer, Hartley's Executive Cleaning and motivational speaker for youth

John W. White

Information technology pioneer, Texas Instruments and Compaq Computer Corporation

John R. Clark

President and chief executive officer, United Foods and president, Overbrook Farms, Inc.

D. Mitchell Wheeler

Founder, Marketing Associates International, a multi-million dollar sports and entertainment marketing company

Helen Hocker

Founder of women's athletics programs, Washburn University, Topeka, KS

William F. Fulkerson
Staff analyst,, computer information systems, Deere & Co., and visiting physicist, University of Illinois Center for Complex Systems Research

Mary Ann Hart
International opera soloist and voice characterization for Disney's Beauty and the Beast and Pocahontas

Donald Kelsey

Research chemist for Shell Oil Co., holds 44 patents in synthetic polymers

Charles Pace
Assistant manager, Space Shuttle Systems and Operations Integration, NASA Johnson Space Center

William Bradshaw

Vice president for medical affairs, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Kansas City

Ruthane Wise

Healthtech Rehabilitation, nation's largest individually owned rehabilitation center

Homer H. Kempfer

Volunteer consultant in education research, Universidad Estatal a Distancia, Costa Rica

Rex R. Taggart

Physician and medical officer for parts of Africa, Latin America, Europe, U.S. Department of State

Dorothy Diemer Hendry

Writer and editor, Harcourt Brace Jovanovich

Joseph Sellman
Deputy commander, 7350th Air Base Group, Tempelhof Central Airport, Berlin

David Baker

Associate professor of English, Denison University, and editor-in-chief of Kenyon Review, one of the world's most influential literary magazines

Joey Ford

Co-director, Oprah Winfrey Show, Harpo Productions

Bonnie Fitterling Braun

Family life specialist, U.S. Department of Agriculture Extension Service, and associate director, Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, VA

A. L. Folkner
Physician and prominent Warrensburg and university leader

Fred E. Cameron

High school football coach, Vinton and East St. Louis, inducted into Iowa and Illinois halls of fame

David Laughlin
Acclaimed western artist and authority on Frederic Remington

Brice B. Durbin

Billy Key

Thomas Hollyman

Nationally published photojournalist and photography director for the movie, Lord of the Flies

Edna Mae Whitsitt
Teacher and administrator, among early KC principals to embrace desegregation

James Appleberry

President, Northern Michigan University

Tony Eberwein
Presiding judge, St. Louis County Associate Circuit

James McDowell
Director of marketing services, Hallmark Properties

Robert P. Foster

Owner and operator, Foster's Supermarket and Double HH Farms, Inc., and president emeritus, Northwest Missouri State University

Bonnie Foster Kelley
National fashion coordinator, W.T. Grant Co., and teacher, Grand Central School of Art

Leonard E. Goodall
Professor of political science, University of Nevada Las Vegas, and former president at UNLV and the University of Michigan-Dearborn

William H. Klingenberg, Jr.

Vice president of corporate planning, Business Men's Assurance Company of America

Rita L. Youmans
National expert on the needs of urban families and UCM professor emeritus

Louis Alley

Author and physical education department head at the University of Iowa; one of only three men to serve as president of three national physical education organizations

R. C. Bradley

Professor of education, North Texas State University and internationally known writer, speaker and consultant on teaching

Sam D. Hoeper, Sr.

Educator, physician and surgeon

Edna P. Gehlken
Early feminist, college professor and nutritionist

Ralph C. Bedell

Professor of educational psychology who helped develop national standards for counselor education programs

Wallace H. Graham
Personal physician to Pres. Harry S. Truman

Joseph E. Kallenbach
Emeritus professor of political science, University of Michigan Ann Arbor

Vernon Kennedy
Major league baseball player, Chicago White Sox and Detroit Tigers

William B. Peck
Professor emeritus at UCM, famous arachnologist

Janice Gudde Plastino

National co-founder of the study of dance science, co-author of modern dance book classic and professor, Department of Dance, University of California Irvine

Marvin M. Millsap

Executive, General Motors

James H. Pendleton
Director of industry competence, Arthur Anderson & Co.

James S. Whitfield

Administrative manager and convention director, National Farm & Power Equipment Dealers Association and designer of the official UCM flag

Harold P. Brown
Emerson D. Fowler
Joe Herndon

James W. Evans

Inventor of Cheerios, president and CEO of American Maize Productions Co.

E. Gene Ferguson

Professor of voice and opera, University of South Carolina

Alma Rae Benney Greenwood

Glenn W. Stahl
Founder, Stahl Specialty Co.

Ucola Collier Katzentine

Organized and owned first radio station, WKAT, in Miami, FL
James C. Kirkpatrick
Missouri's longest-serving secretary of state

William H. Byler

J. Lawrence Walkup