Distinguished Alumni to be Honored

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The 2005 inductees are: Trudy Webb Banta, William Bass III, Dermontti Dawson, William L. Fouse, Virginia G. Fox, Joel C. Gordon, William R. Grant, Angelo B. Henderson, G. Samuel Hurst, Earnest O. Robbins, Howard Schnellenberger, William R. Sims, Marcia K. Stanhope, Joseph G. Teague, Lee T. Todd Jr., Douglas J. Von Allmen, Emery A. Wilson, and George C. Wright.


LEXINGTON, Ky. (May 2, 2005) -- The University of Kentucky Alumni Association will induct 19 members into its Hall of Distinguished Alumni Friday, May 13, at the Radisson Plaza Hotel in Lexington. The induction ceremony will begin with a reception at 6:30 p.m., followed by a banquet and induction ceremony at 7:30 p.m.

The UK Alumni Association Hall of Distinguished Alumni was established in 1965 in celebration of the university’s centennial year. Every five years, the association recognizes a select group of outstanding alumni and honors them with induction into the prestigious Hall of Distinguished Alumni. The honor acknowledges UK alumni at the pinnacle of success in professional endeavors and community leadership.

The 2005 inductees are: Trudy Webb Banta, William Bass III, Dermontti Dawson, William L. Fouse, Virginia G. Fox, Joel C. Gordon, William R. Grant, Angelo B. Henderson, G. Samuel Hurst, Earnest O. Robbins, Howard Schnellenberger, William R. Sims, Marcia K. Stanhope, Joseph G. Teague, Lee T. Todd Jr., Douglas J. Von Allmen, Emery A. Wilson, and George C. Wright.

Trudy Webb Banta

Trudy Webb Banta is professor of higher education and vice chancellor for planning and institutional improvement at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis. Banta has been on the forefront of designing assessment instruments and data collection methods to measure the effectiveness of colleges and universities in meeting their goals of providing quality education. Banta earned a bachelor’s degree in education as well as a master’s degree in counseling from UK in 1963 and 1965, respectively. She obtained a doctoral degree in educational psychology from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville.

William M. Bass III

William M. Bass III is professor emeritus at the University of Tennessee and founder of UT’s Forensic Anthropology Research Center, popularly referred to as “the body farm.” The three-acre farm serves as a valuable resource for law enforcement agencies as well as a training ground for forensic anthropologists. Considered the world’s leading expert on forensic anthropology, Bass has trained most of the practicing forensic scientists in the United States. He also has been a mentor to crime writer Patricia Cornwell. After earning a bachelor’s degree from the University of Virginia in 1951, Bass went on to earn his master’s degree in anthropology at UK in 1956. He received his doctoral degree from the University of Pennsylvania in 1961.

Dermontti F. Dawson

After a standout career in football, track and wrestling at Bryan Station High School in Lexington, Dermontti F. Dawson was a lineman for the UK football team. He was selected in the second round of the National Football League draft by the Pittsburgh Steelers in 1988. In 12 seasons with the Steelers, Dawson became one of the greatest centers in NFL history. He was voted into seven consecutive Pro Bowls. Dawson was inducted into the Kentucky Athletic Hall of Fame in 2003. Dawson is a member of the UK College of Education Alumni Hall of Fame. He earned bachelor’s degrees in recreational and physical education from UK in 1988 and 1995, respectively.

William L. Fouse

Fouse is chairman emeritus and member of the board of directors of Mellon Capital Management. He is recognized for his many contributions to the investment industry. Pensions & Investments, the preeminent international financial newspaper for institutional investing and fund management, honored Fouse in its December 1999 “Men of the Century” feature article, naming him among the select group of 10 individuals who changed the face of investing. Fouse earned a bachelor’s degree in commerce in 1950 and master’s degree in business administration in 1952 from UK.

Virginia Gaines Fox

Virginia Gaines Fox, life-long educator and public television executive, currently serves as Education Secretary in Kentucky Governor Ernie Fletcher’s administration. Fox, who retired from Kentucky Educational Television (KET) as executive director and CEO in 2002, was Fletcher’s first cabinet appointment soon after his election in the fall of 2003. As CEO of the National Educational Telecommunications Association, Fox became the first female CEO of a national organization in public broadcasting, and was among a group of people involved in the launch of KET in 1968, helping transform it into the largest Public Broadcasting Service member network in the United States. Fox received a bachelor’s degree in elementary education, with distinction, in 1961 from Morehead State University. She earned her master’s degree in library science in 1969 at UK.

Joel C. Gordon

Joel C. Gordon founded Surgical Care Affiliates in 1982. He has been involved as a founding partner in several other health care companies and has participated as a venture capital investor in several companies. Gordon graduated from UK with a degree in business and economics in 1951. He was commissioned as a second lieutenant in the United States Air Force where he served for three years. Upon discharge as a first lieutenant, Gordon began his business career as a trainee with a department store in Nashville, Tenn. In 1969, Gordon, along with a former college roommate, founded General Care Corporation, a company that built and operated acute care hospitals. This company grew to operate 13 hospitals and was listed on the New York Stock Exchange in 1978; it was acquired by Hospital Corporation of America in 1980.

William R. Grant

William R. Grant is director of science, natural history and feature programs for WNET public television, the flagship of the Public Broadcasting Service. After working for the Louisville Courier-Journal, the Lexington Herald-Leader, the Detroit Free Press, and the San Francisco Chronicle, Grant joined public television in 1983 as managing editor for “Frontline.” Since that time, he has been a major contributor to public television programming. In 1967, he became the first person to receive a UK master’s degree in mass communication. Television programs for which he was responsible have won eight national News and Documentary Emmy awards and six George Foster Peabody awards. Grant was a Nieman Fellow at Harvard University in 1979-80.

Angelo B. Henderson

In 2004 Angelo B. Henderson became associate editor of Real Times LLC, the nation’s largest African-American newspaper chain. Working as deputy Detroit bureau chief of the Wall Street Journal, Henderson was honored with the 1999 Pulitzer Prize for distinguished feature writing. His dramatic narrative detailed the lives affected by an attempted drugstore robbery that ended in the robber’s death. Henderson has covered a variety of beats at newspapers including the St. Petersburg Times and the Courier-Journal. Henderson earned a bachelor’s degree in journalism from UK in 1985. He is the owner and president of Angelo Ink LCC, a media-consulting firm that provides motivational speaking, media services, training and development to professional and aspiring journalists, corporate executives, support staff and civic organizations.

Gerald Samuel Hurst

Gerald Samuel Hurst is a retired corporate research Fellow from Oak Ridge National Laboratory where his 33-year career involved research on instrumentation, atomic physics, gaseous electronics and laser physics, including original work on Resonance Ionization Spectroscopy (RIS). He has over 20 patents in the fields of radiation, detectors, touch screens and RIS. Hurst was instrumental in the founding of Consultec Scientific Inc., Atom Sciences Inc., and Pellissippi International Inc. In 1947, Hurst earned a degree in physics from Berea College. He received a master’s degree in physics from UK in 1948 and a doctoral degree in the same field from the University of Tennessee in 1959. Hurst taught physics at UK from 1966 to 1970.

Robert G. Lawson

Robert G. Lawson has been a faculty member of the UK College of Law for over 40 years, serving as dean 1971-73 and 1982-88. Lawson is best known among Kentucky’s lawyers and judges for efforts to improve the state’s laws and the application of those laws. He is the principal author of the state’s laws on crime and punishment and the principal drafter of the Kentucky Rules of Evidence. He is author of a book on Kentucky evidence law that is used by all of the state’s judges and most of the trial lawyers. He received UK Great Teacher Award in 1973 and 2001. He received a bachelor’s degree from Berea College in 1960. He graduated from the UK College of Law in 1963.

Earnest O. Robbins II

Earnest O. Robbins II is senior vice president and international division manager for the Parsons Corporation, a major engineering firm with offices worldwide. He joined Parsons upon retirement from the U.S. Air Force as a major general in 2003, culminating 34 years of service. Assignments included base civil engineer squadron commander, director of plans and programs at the Pentagon, and command civil engineer at Air Force Space Command and Headquarters Air Combat Command. He was the Air Force Civil Engineer, Headquarters U.S. Air Force, at the Pentagon. Robbins earned a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from UK in 1969. He received a master’s degree in engineering from Arizona State University in 1973.

Howard Schnellenberger

Howard Schnellenberger is the director of football operations and head coach at Florida Atlantic University. During his coaching career, Schnellenberger has been part of four colligate national championship teams. In 1983, he led the Miami Hurricanes to the school’s first title. He was offensive coordinator for coach Paul “Bear” Bryant at the University of Alabama when the Crimson Tide won championships in 1961, 1964 and 1965. In addition, Schnellenberger has been part of seven NFL playoff teams and was part of two Super Bowl championship staffs. Schnellenberger became an All-American tight end under Blanton Collier at UK 1952-55.

William R. Sims

William R. Sims served in the U.S. Air Force for 27 years. His assignments included commander of an award-winning, 500-person design and construction organization. He retired as the civil engineer for the Air Force’s research and development command. Following retirement, Sims was the principal in charge of Disney projects for the Ralph M. Parsons Company in Pasadena, Calf. Later, he joined Walt Disney Imagineering, the Disney company that designs and builds its theme parks, as vice president of architecture and facilities engineering with worldwide functional responsibilities. Sims retired from Disney in 1996 and founded Windermere Teams Inc. Sims graduated from UK in 1958 with a degree in civil engineering. Upon graduation, he was called to active duty in the Air Force. While in the Air Force, he earned a master’s degree in architecture from Princeton University in 1963.

Marcia K. Stanhope

Marcia K. Stanhope is the associate dean and the Good Samaritan Professor and Chair in Community Health Nursing in the UK College of Nursing. She has served in leadership capacities at the university for over 20 years. She was director of the community health nursing and administration division from 1984 to 1996. She served as associate dean from 1996 to 2002. In 1981 Stanhope was senior author of “Community Health Nursing: Promoting Health of Aggregates, Families and Individuals.” The book is now in its sixth edition and is one of the most widely-used community health nursing textbooks in the world. In 1967 Stanhope received a bachelor’s degree in nursing from UK. She earned a master’s and doctoral degree in the same field from Emory University and the University of Alabama, respectively.

Joseph G. Teague

Joseph G. Teague is president of Omnimold LLC and NeoMed Technologies Inc. in Cleveland, Ohio. In his career as engineer and engineering manager, Teague has developed nuclear aircraft propulsion systems, safety systems for nuclear weapons and the attitude control rockets for Saturn IVB, the third stage of the Saturn rocket that propelled the astronauts on flights to the moon. He was instrumental in getting one of the first four MRI patients imaging systems installed at UK. Teague received a bachelor’s degree and master’s degree in mechanical engineering from UK in 1956 and 1958, respectively.

Lee T. Todd Jr.

Lee T. Todd Jr. became the 11th president of UK on July 1, 2001. A native of Earlington, Ky., and a graduate of UK and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, President Todd is the fourth UK alumnus to hold the presidency but the first with an undergraduate degree from UK. He is a former UK engineering professor, and successful entrepreneur who launched two worldwide technology companies, DataBeam and Projectron, both based in Kentucky. He also is a public advocate for research, technology and an entrepreneurial economy in the Commonwealth.

Douglas J. Von Allmen

Douglas J. Von Allmen has acquired over 50 businesses, in many different industries, over the last 28 years. In the last four years, he has focused on the professional beauty supply distribution business. He is founder and chairman of Beauty Alliance Inc., the largest privately owned professional beauty supply distributor in the country. After graduating from UK, Von Allmen started his business career as a certified public accountant with the national firm of KPMG Peat Marwick. Before he began acquiring businesses, he was the financial officer with two publicly owned companies, Horace Mann Educators Corporation and Volkswagen Insurance Company. In 1965 Von Allmen earned a bachelor’s degree in business and economics at UK.

Emery A. Wilson

Emery A. Wilson, M.D., is the director of the Office of Health Research and Development and dean emeritus of the UK College of Medicine. He is the author of more than 130 articles and abstracts and four books. Wilson was dean of the UK College of Medicine for 17 years. Wilson earned a bachelor’s degree from Emory University in 1964 and graduated from the UK College of Medicine in 1968. After completing a residency in obstetrics and genecology and serving in the U.S. Air Force, he held a faculty position and a fellowship in reproductive endocrinology at Harvard Medical School. He returned to the UK College of Medicine faculty in 1976. He is professor of obstetrics and gynecology in addition to his administrative duties.

George C. Wright

George C. Wright, noted African-American scholar, is the seventh president of Prairie View A&M University, the second oldest institution of higher education in Texas. Prior to joining the Prairie View A&M family, Wright was executive vice-president for academic affairs and provost at the University of Texas at Arlington. In 1993 Wright joined the faculty at Duke University as vice provost for university programs and director of the Afro-American studies program. His wealth of experience in higher education began as an assistant professor at UK in 1977. Wright received a bachelor’s and master’s degree from UK and a doctorate in history from Duke. In 2004, Wright was awarded an honorary doctorate of letters from UK.

Cost to attend the dinner is $50 per person. For more information, contact Peggy Collins at the UK Alumni Association at (859) 257-3801 or (800) 269-ALUM or visit the Web site.

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