Alumni & Parent Programs

Alumni Recognition Dinner

The Butler University Alumni Association Board of Directors will honor five outstanding alumni and one professor emeritus for extraordinary professional achievement and/or service to the University and their communities at the annual Alumni Recognition Dinner on Saturday, May 3, 2014. Registration for this year's event will open in late March. 


2014 Awards and Honorees


 The Butler Medal
 
Winstan "Bud" Sellick '44

The Butler Service Medal
 
Dr. Roger W. Boop '62 MS '65

The Robert Todd Duncan Alumni Achievement Award
 Jay Love '76

The Katharine Merrill Graydon Alumni Service Award
 
Eldon Palmer '50

The Hilton Ultimus Brown Alumni Achievement Award
 Ed Carpenter '03

The Joseph Irwin Sweeney Alumni Service Award
 Christina Fugate '04

 Ovid Butler Society Mortar Award
  Clarence '73 and Fabiola Crain

Ovid Butler Society Foundation Award
  Chris '96 and Nicole '98 Miskel

Alumni Achievement Awards

Every year at the Alumni Recognition Dinner, the Butler University Alumni Association Board of Directors recognizes select individuals for outstanding service to Butler University, outstanding contributions in a career field, and/or exemplary service to the community. Below are the past recipients to the alumni achievement awards.

If you are interested in nominating a Butler alumnus to receive an award, for additional information please read the nomination form.

Butler Medal ~ More Information

The Butler Medal is the highest honor conferred by the Butler University Alumni Association. It recognizes individuals for a lifetime of distinguished service to Butler University or their local community while at the same time achieving a distinguished career in their chosen profession and attaining a regional or national reputation. All recipients have had, in the course of their lifetime, a profound influence on the course of Butler University.

Past recipients include:

  • Clide E. Aldrich (1970)
  • Angelo Angelopolous '40 (1963)
  • Geoffrey Bannister (2000)
  • James E. Bettis '40(1969)
  • Werner W. Beyer (1988)
  • Charles A. Bonsett '49 (1984)
  • Stephen A. Briganti '64 (2002)
  • Hilton U. Brown 1880 (1959)
  • Bertha Green Caldwell '28 (1983)
  • Howard C. Caldwell Sr. '15 (1968)
  • Louis F. Chenette (1986)
  • John D. Cooke '62 (1997)
  • Clarence Crain '73 (2008)
  • Nicholas M. Cripe (1977)
  • William J. Davey '47 (1982)
  • Dr. Dale W. Doerr (1989)
  • Elizabeth Durflinger (1973)
  • Willard "Bill" D. Eason '54 (1994)
  • Otto N. Frenzel (1976)
  • Edward F. Gallahue (1971)
  • James A. Gloin '23 (1967)
  • Kenneth E. Hauck '51 (1972)
  • Charles A. Henzie '36 (1972)
  • Paul D. "Tony" Hinkle (1961)
  • Frank J. Hoke (1970)
  • James I. Holcomb (1960)
  • Harry T. Ice '26 (1966)
  • Judy Johnson '61
  • M. James Johnston '65 M.B.A. '68 (2006)
  • Skip Kappes '45 (2010)
  • Dodie Miles Kappes '47 (1999)
  • John K. Kingsbury '06 (1965)
  • Carolyn Lautner '45 (2007)
  • Jane Lewis '45 (1975)
  • Betty Blades Lofton '51 (2005)
  • Richard G. Lugar (1993)
  • Dorothy B. Lynn '23 (1975)
  • Vivian White Marbury '22 (1995)
  • J. Irwin Miller (1964)
  • Nancy Moore '33 (1968)
  • James H. Morris '40 (1976)
  • Max S. Norris '42 (1985)
  • Thomas P. Nickell Jr. '42 (1987)
  • Joseph M. Nygaard (1984)
  • Lloyd W. Olcott '49 (1979)
  • Fey R. Orr '40 (1986)
  • James H. Otto '34 (1973)
  • Nathan E. Pearson (1963)
  • James R. Phillippe (1999)
  • A. Byron Reed '39 (1990)
  • Thomas E. Reilly Jr.(1989)
  • Denis '52 and Carolyn '54 Ribordy (2009)
  • M. O. Ross (1962)
  • Herbert F. Schwomeyer '42 (1974)
  • Howard L. Shearon III '61 (1996)
  • David M. Silver '37 (1987)
  • Diane Meyer Simon '68 (1968)
  • Richard A. Steele '50 (1980)
  • John D. Stegman '57 (2004)
  • Allegra Stewart '21 (1966)
  • Paul R. Stewart (1978)
  • Frank Streightoff '60, '56 & '63 (2003)
  • Elsie I. Sweeney 1909 (1970)
  • Rev. Jean Smith '65
  • G. Cullen Thomas 1913 (1960)
  • Emma Lou Thornbrough '34 (1981)
  • George M. "Mac" Waller (1998)
  • John R. Walsh '53 (1992)
  • Robert E. Wildman '47 (1990)
  • Hal D. Wilkins '51 (2001)

Butler Service Medal ~ More Information

The Butler Service Medal is the second highest honor conferred by the Butler University Alumni Association. It recognizes emeriti faculty or retired faculty and staff for a lifetime of distinguished service to Butler University or their local community while at the same time achieving a distinguished career in their chosen profession and attaining a regional or national reputation. All recipients have had, in the course of their lifetime, a profound influence on the future course of Butler University.

Past recipients include:

Alumni Achievement Award ~ More Information

The Alumni Achievement Award was created in 1979 to recognize alumni whose personal and professional accomplishments bring honor and distinction to Butler University, perpetuating its reputation for excellence and whose fine example warrants this high commendation from the Butler University Alumni Association.

Past recipients include:

  • Henry W. Abts '41
  • Toni Sue Ax '62
  • Louise Terry Batties
  • Nancy Niblack Baxter '59 M.A. '67
  • Elaine Bauer '71
  • Sally Bell Beck '53
  • Albert W. Bloemker '27
  • Brown Bolte '30
  • Georgia Gianakos Buchanan '48
  • Barbara Sherow Busche '50
  • Jerry D. Butler '61
  • Howard C. Caldwell Jr. '50
  • C. Carson Conrad '34
  • Nancy Cotterill '72
  • William Davis '35
  • P. R. Duke '59
  • Todd Duncan '25 '69
  • Thomas R. Elrod '70
  • Thomas J. Faulconer III '49
  • David A. Gentry '57
  • Gladysmae Cissna Good '62
  • Ruth Marie Griggs '33
  • Lee Grimm '64
  • Jane Halonen '72
  • William L. Hart '39
  • Mark M. Holeman '42
  • Karl R. Kalp '48
  • Philip S. Kappes '45
  • John Keach '50
  • Harvey S. Kelly '72
  • Manert H. Kennedy '56
  • Thomas A. King '66
  • Betty J. Koss '46
  • Sandy Schwomeyer Lamb '69
  • B. T. Maxam '47
  • E. Carver McGriff '49
  • James T. Morris '70
  • James T. Neal '41
  • Sally Cornelius Ohleyer '53
  • Nancy Ostrander '47
  • J. Corbin Patrick '27
  • James W. Pyles '61
  • J. Douglas Reeves '63
  • Thomas P. Rhoades Jr. '30
  • Denis E. Ribordy '52
  • Anne C. Schuster '41
  • Raymond Sears '35
  • Dennis Shearer '63
  • William R. Shover '52
  • Jean McAnulty Smith '65
  • Nick Smyrnis '47
  • James. J. Stewart '34
  • William L. Sylvester '51
  • Chris C. Theofanis '52
  • James A. Thom '60
  • J. Russell Townsend Jr. '31
  • Mary Vance Trent '37
  • Jean Brown Wagoner '19
  • R. Luke Walton '37
  • Sidney H. Weedman '60
  • Jean Wells Whitcraft '44
  • Billie Lou Carpenter Wood '51

In 1995, the Alumni Association Board of Directors approved the establishment of a service award category to recognize individual contributions to the University. In an effort to honor the significant contributions of young alumni, the Board also established awards for both achievement and service to highlight the special accomplishments of graduates of 15 years or less. At the same time, the Board approved the naming of each award to honor an individual of significance in the history of Butler University.

The Robert Todd Duncan Alumni Achievement Award ~ More Information

The Robert Todd Duncan Alumni Achievement Award is presented to an alumna or alumnus whose class graduated at least 15 years prior to the presentation of the award. It recognizes personal and/or professional achievement which brings honor and distinction to the University and individual attainment and/or contributions for the betterment of society.

Past recipients include:

The Hilton Ultimus Brown Alumni Achievement Award ~ More Information

The Hilton Ultimus Brown Alumni Achievement Award is presented to an alumna or alumnus whose class graduated less than 15 years prior to the presentation of the award. It recognizes personal and/or professional accomplishment which brings honor and distinction to the University and individual attainment and/or contributions for the betterment of society.

Past recipients include:

The Katharine Merrill Graydon Alumni Service Award ~ More Information

The Katharine Merrill Graydon Alumni Service Award is presented to an alumna or alumnus whose class graduated at least 15 years prior to the presentation of the award. It recognizes a long-term commitment of outstanding service to the University. The recipients have provided affirmative service to the University to assist in perpetuating the University as a great educational and cultural institution.

Past recipients include:

The Joseph Irwin Sweeney Alumni Service Award ~ More Information

The Joseph Irwin Sweeney Alumni Service Award is presented to an alumna or alumnus whose class graduated less than 15 years prior to the presentation of the award. It recognizes a significant commitment of outstanding service to the University. The recipients have provided affirmative service to the University to assist in perpetuating the University as a great educational and cultural institution.

Past recipients include: