With Distinguished Alumni and Honorary Alumnus Awards
Six distinguished alumni and one honorary alumnus will be honored during Homecoming in October with University awards. Their accomplishments range from preservation of the family to offering economic hope for impoverished areas of the world.
Distinguished Award winners are Loretta Seneca Crane from Draper, Utah; W. Kenneth Hamblin of Provo, Utah; King Husein of Pebble Beach, Calif., and Timothy Val Stay of Orem, Utah. Receiving Service to Family Awards winners are William C. Duncan of Lehi, Utah, and Donald George Anderson of Cedar City. Hal G. Moore of Orem will be given the Honorary Alumni Award.
Unlike many who have succeeded financially and then turned to making a difference in the world, Stay has never seen these as sequential goals. His business and engineering skills have helped him create jobs in poverty-stricken areas of the world. In 2000 Stay co-founded Unitus, a nonprofit organization that facilitates and stimulates growth of micro-credit institutions. He also co-founded the Center for Economic Self-Reliance at BYU in 2000.
Crane has distinguished herself as a lawyer and a nurse. She was on the faculty in BYU’s College of Nursing and worked as district director for clinical operations of Kindred Healthcare in Utah. In the 1990s Crane became instrumental in resolving a conflict regarding Seneca Nation tribal lands. The negotiated resolution resulted in a multimillion-dollar compensation package which formed the basis for further economic development and scholarships.
A retired BYU professor, Hamblin has been referred to as the Carl Sagan of geology. Over the past several decades, his textbooks have become among the most highly acclaimed and widely read. He is a master of geologic illustration and has shared his exceptional talents with generations of students.
Husein provided the endowment for BYU’s King and Diane Husein Professorship in Civil Engineering. He is a volunteer mentor for BYU civil engineering students and a member of the President’s Leadership Council. He was the inspiration for the joint venture between Okland construction and his company, Span Construc-tion, to build the new Student Athlete Building and Indoor Practice Facility.
Duncan has been an influential legal voice in defending marriage. For the past year he has consulted with those working to pass state marriage amendments around the country. Additionally, Duncan has written or co-written more than 30 major law review articles in legal periodicals. He has been executive director of the Marriage and Family Law Research Grant at the J. Reuben Clark Law School at BYU and is director of the Marriage Law Foundation in Provo.
Anderson has been a positive influence in the lives of innumerable children and families. His clinical skills as a licensed clinical social worker have helped many parents nurture their children, and he has also developed numerous community programs and sits on medical boards to provide services to those with handicaps.
Anderson’s achievements and service may seem even more remarkable when views in the context of his being blind, but he has never let his disability hinder his success.
A former public school math teacher, Moore joined the BYU mathematics faculty in 1961 and retired in 1994. According to university policy, he could continue to work as an adjunct professor for three years after retirement, and he did so. Following that period, he volunteered to continue teaching without remuneration, and he has been donating his time as a professor for the past six years. Moore’s teaching is exceptional and he has been a great influence on students at BYU.
Writer: Charlene Winters