Denison Awards 8 Alumni Citations During Reunion Weekend, June 2-4
Posted: May 29, 2000
Individually, the Alumni Citation winners have distinguished themselves as: a Zanesville community and professional leader for 50 years; a Kent State University educator and expert on endangered Ohio plants; a West Virginia public servant and educator; an outstanding Kentucky newspaper editor and publisher; a quintessential Denison volunteer from Erie, Pa.; a Columbus-native now food columnist for the New York Times Sunday Magazine; a psychiatrist/medical educator who has pioneered minority education outreach and judicial training programs in Chicago and Washington, D.C., and a theologian ordained the first black woman Episcopal priest in Ohio.
The eight Alumni Citation Awards - the highest awards bestowed by Denison's Society of the Alumni - will be presented by President Dale T. Knobel and Alumni Society President Julia B. Houpt Denison '75 in ceremonies that commence at 8 p.m. Friday (June 2) in Swasey Chapel. This year's recipients are:
Widowed during WWII, Butterfield and her late brother, Owen M. Phillips (Denison '29), both graduated from the Ohio State University School of Optometry before establishing a joint practice in their hometown. On the occasion marking her 50 years of community service, the Muskingum County Community Foundation awarded her its Thomas Service Award in 1997.
In addition, Lantz has been involved in numerous community, civic and Denison volunteer activities, including Charleston's Fund for the Arts, Friends of Culture and History, and the Community Music Association. A past president of the St. Albans Rotary Club and former Paul Harris Rotary Foundation Fellow, Lantz currently serves on the board of WVU's Eberly College of Arts & Sciences. As a Denison volunteer he has completed 15 years as an alumni recruiting team member and has assisted in career advising and fund-raising. Since 1965 he has headed the family's Lantz Lumber Company, Inc.
In her community of Danville, she has been active in the United Way, the Boyle County Leadership Program, as well as the Heart of Danville local preservation organization. She serves on the boards of Centre College and historic Shakertown in Pleasant Hill, Ky. Schurz and other Danville community leaders helped establish the Great American Band Festival, in which her paper's Advocate Brass Band participates. Her brother Scott Schurz (Denison '57), publisher of the Bloomington, Ind., Telegraph, also holds a Denison Alumni Citation.
In Erie, he is national sales manager of Eriez Magnetics, a manufacturer of industrial separators, vibratory conveyors, and metal detectors. He is active in his community as a United Way account executive, as a board member of the Erie Center for the Blind and Visually Handicapped, and as a member of St. Vincent Health System's board of corporators.
A former Cleveland resident who currently lives in Oak Park, Dove served Denison as an Alumni-Nominated Trustee from 1988 to 1994 and has been active as a career advisor and annual fund, class reunion and capital campaign volunteer.
Kelly has taught systematic theology at Howard University Divinity School since 1987 and this fall will be Dupont Visiting Professor at Goucher College. A leading expert on theology from the perspective of an African-American woman ("womanist" theology), Douglas is the author of "The Black Christ," and "Sexuality and the Black Church." She recently visited her alma mater as the inaugural speaker in the new Provost's Lecture Series that features distinguished alumni scholars. Kelly makes her home in Germantown, Md., with her husband, Lamont, and son Desmond. This is the 51st year that Denison has awarded Alumni Citations.
Denison University, founded in 1831, is an independent, residential liberal arts institution located in Granville, Ohio. A highly selective college enrolling 2,100 full-time undergraduate students from all 50 states and dozens of foreign countries, Denison is a place where innovative faculty and motivated students collaborate in rigorous scholarship, civic engagement and the cultivation of independent thinking.
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