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Honoring Our Distinguished Alumni & Friends

Please join us in congratulating our 2013 honorees:

The Hon. Steve Cohen2013 Distinguished Alumnus Award
The Honorable Stephen I. Cohen (JD ’73)
Congressman Steve Cohen is a fourth-generation Memphian who has dedicated his life to public service. Currently serving in the U.S. House of Representatives for Tennessee’s 9th Congressional district, Congressman Cohen has held public office in the Tennessee General Assembly (1982-2006), the Shelby County Commission (1978-1980), and Vice-President of the Tennessee Constitutional Convention (1977). He is known throughout the state as the “Father of the Tennessee Lottery,” after leading the referendum effort that instituted the successful Tennessee Education Lottery Scholarship program, an initiative to provide Tennesseans with access to affordable, quality, post-secondary education. Cohen is also a Life Member of the Alumni Association.


Summer Owens2013 Outstanding Young Alumna Award
Summer Owens (BBA ’01)
Owens is president and founder of S.O. What! LLC and founder and executive director of the S.O. What! Foundation.  She is a motivational speaker and author of the book Life After Birth: A Memoir of Survival and Success as a Teenage Mother, developed to help all people eliminate judgment and excuses of all types and live life to their greatest potential. She was named “Top 40 under 40” by the Memphis Business Journal and received the Tri-State Defender’s Women of Excellence award and the Women of Achievement Heroism award. She was recognized as a Fogelman College of Business & Economics Outstanding Young Alumna. Her story has been featured on national television, as well as in The Commercial Appeal and Memphis Parent Magazine. Owens is also a Life Member of the Alumni Association.


Gisbons2013 Distinguished Friends of the University
Kathy & J.W. Gibson
Kathy Gibson is Chairman of the Board at Buckman Laboratories International, Inc. and succeeded her father, Robert Buckman, as head of the company that her grandfather, Stanley J. Buckman, created in 1945.  James Wesley “J.W.” Gibson is the CEO of the Gibson Companies and a former County Commissioner. Both are native Memphians and recently established the endowed Kathy and J.W. Gibson Scholarship Fund, the purpose of which is to support high-achieving students who contribute to a diverse student body at the Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law.  Their philanthropic outreach includes Kathy’s dedication to the arts, women and girl-related causes, and J.W.’s devotion to civic involvement.

 

Our recipients were recognized during Homecoming Weekend, November 8-9, and will continue to publicly recognize their social, professional, and personal achievements throughout the year.

Recipients were honored on court during half-time at the Memphis vs. CBU exhibition basketball game on Friday, November 8. They participated in the Homecoming Parade on Saturday, November 9, followed by an on-field recognition ceremony at the football game.

View Photos from the November 8 Reception & On-Court Recognition

View Photos from the Homecoming Parade & On-Field Recognition

For additional information, please contact the alumniassociation@memphis.edu or 901-678-2586.


Past Award Ceremonies

Photos

Videos

Visit our YouTube page to view videos of the past Distinguished Alumni Award ceremonies.


Distinguished Alumni Awards

The Distinguished Alumni Awards are presented in the categories of achievement and service. The purpose of the Distinguished Alumni Award is to publicly recognize alumni for distinguished personal and career accomplishments and for exemplary contributions to society that bring credit to the University of Memphis. Additionally, the Distinguished Alumni Award publicly honors alumni who have performed distinguished service for The University of Memphis through cumulative contributions or by an extraordinary act or effort that advances the University.

1977
Ellen Davies-Rodgers '23

1980
J. Millard Smith '29
H. Frank Magoffin '32, '37
Harvey F. Maxwell Sr. '46
C.L. "Billy" McComas '41
Bob T. Williams '58

1982
Carol Cameron Darr '73, '76
Curtis S. Person Jr. '56
Ronald A. Terry '52

1983
Brig. Gen. A. Paul Bruno '54
R. Brad Martin '76
William N. Morris '54
George E. Crone Jr. '59

1984
Maj. Gen. H.L. Grills '24, '26
H. Pat Heffernan '63
Dr. William R. Lucas '43

1985
R.Adm. Clinton W. Taylor '52
Dr. James W. Williams '66
James A. Hadley Jr. '52

1986
Dr. E. Grady Bogue '57, '65, '68
William W. Farris Sr. '45
William T. Mullen '65, '67

1987
J. Olin Atkins '57, '58
Charles K. Fisher Jr. '57

1988
Pat Kerr Tigrett '63
Angus McEachran '63
Maj. Benjamin R. Schultze '64, '68
Barbara Truax Slover '52

1989
Dr. W.W. Herenton '66
Dr. Kenneth T. Jackson '61
Nicholas L. Johnson '74

1990
Dixie V. Carter '63
Bernice B. Donald '74, '79

1991
Roy W. Black Jr. '61
Dr. Otis L. Floyd '80
Richard C. Hackett '73
Lily Peter '27
Robert Wang '75

1992
Maj. Gen. Donald R. Gardner '60, '73
Dr. Albert C. Yates '65
Rex M. Deloach '63
Dr. Marilyn E. Newhoff '77
J. Harry Woodbury '40

1993
R. Michael Jeter '74
Dr. Archie L. McNeal '32
Dr. J. Boyd Saunders '59
Pauline A. Weaver '71, '74

1994
Veronica F. Coleman '75
Maj. Gen. James Hobson Jr. '75
Dr. James D. Johnson '43

1995
Kellye Cash '87
Sara L. Lewis '72
James L. Rout Jr. '64

1996
Fred Thompson '64
C. Cleveland Drennon Jr. '54

1997
William B. Dunavant '54
Barbara Walker Hummel '48
E. Taylor Richardson '62

1998
R. Jack Fishman '55
Vicki Roman Palmer '80
Dr. Charles H. Brown '68, '70

1999
Benjamin C. Bryant '68, '95
Gail Robinson '66

2000
Tina Santi Flaherty
J.M. "Mickey" Robinson '68
Lt. Gov. John S. Wilder '58

2001
John C. Kelley Jr. '74
Jim Phillips '73, '75
Laurie Tucker '78, '83

2002
Robert "Butch" Childers '71, '74

2003
Frank Flautt '63
Allie Prescott '69, '72

2004
Harold Byrd '71, '75
Margaret Craddock '83, '88
Dan Palmer '66

2005
Marla Johnson Norris '81
James Thomas "Tom" Watson '70

2006
Ken May '83
Deanie Parker '77, '88
Dorothy Johnson Pounders '76, '81

2007
James W. Ayers '65
Marguerite B. Cooper '68, '74
Barbara K. Lipman '83
H. Frank Ricks Jr. '77

2008
G. Douglas Edwards '74
Cathy Ross '82
William Sanderson '68, '71

2009
Thomas Boggs '72
Walter Leavy '75
Lynn Norment '73
Bill Rhodes '88

2010
Ron Hart ’81, ’83
Theopolis Holeman ’71

2011
Ken Bennett '79, '85
Carolyn Hardy ''74, '87
Jody Stephens '84
Dr. Jan Young '83

2012
Richard Glassman '69, '72
William "Bill" H. Watkins, Jr. '67

2013
The Hon. Stephen I. Cohen (JD '73)


Outstanding Young Alumni

Outstanding Young Alumni Awards publicly honor alumni who are 40 years old or younger for their outstanding personal and career achievements and contributions to society that are a credit to the University. These awards are given only in years when a deserving recipient is identified.

1988
Larry D. Cox '69, '73

1989
Dr. Christopher "Kip" Lornell '83

1990
Nancy Elliott McKinnie '74, '80

1991
Gary S. Shorb '85

1992
Gayle Powelson '81

1993
Stephen R. James Jr. '79

1994
George J. Flanigen IV '81

1995
Dr. Theresa M. Okwumabua '82

1996
Holly Kirby Lillard '79, '82

1997
Gregory M. Duckett '85

1998
W. Kevin Vaughan '84

1999
John Dye '96

2000
Isaac Bruce

2002
Elliot Perry '91

2003
Eric Jerome Dickey '83
Christie Kelly '91

2004
Reggie Howard '01

2005
Jon McGlothian '97

2006
Robert Stephens '90

2007
David Kustoff '89, '92

2008
Johanna Edwards '01

2010
Tre Hargett '91, '92

2011
Dana Gabrion '98

2012
Anfernee "Penny" Hardaway '03
Claire Robinson '99

2013
Summer Owens (BBA '01)


Distinguished University Friends Awards

Distinguished University Friends Awards publicly recognize non-alumni who have performed distinguished service for the University of Memphis through cumulative contributions or by an extraordinary act or effort that advances the University. These awards are given only in years when deserving recipients are identified.

1980
Flora Hayes Rawls
Robert M. Robison
Dr. Cecil C. Humphreys

1984
Pat Walker Shaw

1986
Joseph S. Signaigo

1987
Avron B. Fogelman
Robert F. Fogelman

1989
Helen H. Scheidt

1992
Olin F. Morris

1993
S L Kopald Jr.

1994
Leo F. Bearman Jr.

1996
A C Wharton Jr.
Dr. Willard R. Sparks

1998
Bert H. Bornblum
David Bornblum

1999
Dr. Benjamin L. Hooks

2001
Maxine Smith

2002
Kemmons Wilson
Carlotta Watson

2003
Gene Cashman

2004
Billy Hicks

2005
Rudi E. Scheidt

2007
Isaac Hayes
David Porter

2008
Larry Papasan

2009
Henry Turley

2010
Rita Sparks

2012
John Stokes, Jr.

2013
Kathy & J.W. Gibson


J. Millard Smith Illustrious Service to the Association

The J. Millard Smith Illustrious Service to the Association Award publicly recognizes alumni and friends who have performed outstanding service for the Alumni Association.

2007
Lou Strasberg '68

2008
Bruce Harber '91

2010
Bobby Wharton '75

2012
RC and Melba Johnson


Legacy of Visionary Leadership Award

2012
Dr. Shirley Raines & Dr. Robert Canady

 

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