Four Catawba College Alumni Honored with Distinguished Alumnus Awards
October 28, 2012
At a barbecue luncheon that was part of the college's Homecoming Weekend activities, four individuals were honored as recipients of Catawba College's Distinguished Alumnus Award on Saturday, Oct. 27. The honorees include 1979 alumnus Michael S. Bauk of Salisbury; 1955 alumnus the Rev. Dr. Thomas R. Hamilton of Newton; 1971 alumnus Dr. Dolan Hubbard of Timonium, Md.; and 1951 alumnus Jack Ward of Mocksville.
These awards are given annually by Catawba's Alumni Association to individuals who have served their community, distinguished themselves in their profession, and have served the Catawba College community.
The Rev. Dr. Thomas Hamilton perhaps summed up the sentiments of all of the honorees when he said after receiving his award presentation, "I stand before you and immodestly and unabashedly say, 'I'm proud to be here.' I am proud of every moment and every specific interest I've shared with Catawba College."
Catawba President Brien Lewis made the presentations, assisted by the president of the Alumni Association Board of Directors, Andie O. Lynch '06, and Lynn Shuping Gullett '84, who serves the Alumni Association as vice president of the alumni records and recognition committee.
Lewis also recognized Gordon Kirkland '70, the Catawba's Chief Club coordinator, who has announced he will retire from the college at the end of December. Kirkland is the son of the legendary Catawba football coach, the late Gordon Kirkland Sr.