|Centre honors alumni
RELEASED: Nov. 18, 2004
DANVILLE, KYCentre College honored four alumni at an awards ceremony during Homecoming in October.
Distinguished Alumnus awards went to Daniel George Colley, class of 1964, one of the world's leading researchers in tropical diseases; Benjamin Dickinson, class of 1964, a leading Kentucky jurist; and Washio Ishii, class of 1960, a retired minister and counselor.
David Greer, a 1992 graduate now in a leadership development program at United Technologies Corporation, was tapped for the Young Alumnus Award.
Colley, a biology major at Centre, went on to earn a doctorate in microbiology and immunology from Tulane University and did postdoctoral work at Yale. He has published more than 225 scientific articles, reviews, and book chapters and has made more than 150 formal presentations. He is also the director of the Center for Tropical and Emerging Global Diseases at the University of Georgia.
Dickinson earned a law degree at the University of Kentucky after receiving a B.A. in economics at Centre. He has served Centre in many waysas an admission and annual-fund volunteer, as a member of the Alumni Association board of directors and as a Centre parent. He served for 10 years as the judge for Kentucky's 43rd Judicial Circuit, has been a mentor judge, was a member of the Circuit Judges' Education Committee and has been a member of the Judicial Advisory Counsel for Sexual Abuse and Domestic Violence. As a member of the Kentucky Bar Association's ethics hotline committee, he advises attorneys on difficult ethical questions that arise in their cases.
Ishii graduated from Centre with a degree in psychology and earned a Master of Divinity degree from the Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary. He has served as a pastor, a clinician in transactional analysis and psychotherapy and as a grief counselor. He has served Centre as an Alumni Association director and as a volunteer in other alumni activities.
After graduating from Centre with a degree in economics, Greer earned an M.B.A. at the University of Chicago and studied at American University in Cairo as a Rotary Scholar.
During the awards ceremony, Centre also inducted five into the College's Athletic Hall of Fame. They are Wendie Austin-Robinson '94, Danville; the late John Boardman '74; David Hicks '91, Franklin, Tenn.; the late Thomas Turley Jr. '16; and Matt Vonderbrink '80, Danville.
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