||College announces Alumni Achievement Awards
DANVILLE, KY - Centre College has named four persons as recipients
of annual Alumni Achievement Awards. All were honored on campus on Saturday,
Oct. 21, during college homecoming activities.
Kevin Taylor, a 1985 Centre graduate who is vice president of Prudential
Securities in New York, was tapped for the Young Alumnus Award. Three
persons received Distinguished Alumni Awards. They are Don Blackburn,
class of 1969 and founder of Beacon House in Louisville; David Ray,
class of 1959, retired U. S. Secret Service agent, and Frances Cundiff
Johnson, class of 1946, a retired missionary who lives in Campbellsville.
Taylor's career in financial services has included a stint as a municipal
bonds analyst with the Standard & Poor's Corporation. While at Centre,
he majored in economics and management, and he subsequently earned a
master's degree from Indiana University. Taylor has volunteered his
time for numerous Centre activities, including the Admission Office
matching program, the Alumni Association board of directors and the
Brown Scholars leadership program.
Blackburn founded and is president of the board for Beacon House, a
non-profit residential center in Louisville that gives after-care treatment
for persons trying to overcome drug and alcohol addictions. Blackburn
and his wife raised $2 million to fund the house, which supports 34
residents. An attorney and entrepreneur, Blackburn has been associated
with a number of business ventures, including O'Malley's Corner, the
Oldenburg Brewery and Players.
Ray joined the U.S. Secret Service in 1965 and remained with the service
until his retirement in 1996. His assignments included security for
President Richard Nixon, Secretary of State Henry Kissinger, and foreign
heads of state during their visits to the United States. In 1978 he
coordinated security for the Camp David Peace Accords. Ray managed security
for four presidential inaugurations in Washington, and he served a decade
as director of the Secret Service field office for Kentucky. Ray, who
lives in Simpsonville, now runs a private security company.
Johnson was active in foreign mission work for 29 years, helping to
build a church and a religious printing service in Zimbabwe. She and
her husband, Douglas, established the Central Africa Mission Evangelistic
Literature Service to print and distribute hymnals, Sunday school supplies
and other Christian materials in four languages. Johnson's husband died
in 1989 and she remained in Africa working on her own until 1993. In
the United States, she has served as a teacher and counselor.
During homecoming weekend, Centre also inducted six persons into the
Centre Athletic Hall of Fame. They are Valerie Ziegler, '76, Greencastle,
Ind.; Michael Hall, '85, Danville; Kevin Lavin, '87, Louisville; Orin
Teeter, '44, Morehead; the late Louis Seelbach of Louisville; and, as
an honorary inductee, long-time faculty member Kitty Baird.
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[Released Oct. 23, 2000]
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