2020 Alumni Award Winners

Carlos F. Barbas III ’85 Alumni Award

Awarded to an alumna/us who has demonstrated significant career achievement in, or contributions to, the medical or scientific research field.
David Conover ’75

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David received his B.S. in Biology from Eckerd and went on to receive his M.S. and Ph.D. in Fisheries Science at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. He joined the faculty of Stony Brook University in 1981, where he rose through the ranks to eventually become dean of the School of Marine and Atmospheric Sciences. In 2010, David became director of the Division of Ocean Sciences at the National Science Foundation, and he currently serves as vice president for research and innovation at the University of Oregon, where he oversees the University’s entire research enterprise. David has authored more than 125 publications on the ecology and evolution of marine fishes, and his research has been supported for over 35 years by NSF, NOAA and various private foundations. He has received numerous awards, including the Mote Eminent Scholar Chair at Florida State University and the Oscar E. Sette Award from the American Fisheries Society. He is an Aldo Leopold Leadership Fellow and a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and the American Fisheries Society.

Grover C. Wrenn ’64 Service Award

Awarded to an alumna/us who has rendered outstanding volunteer service to Eckerd College in any area
AnnLouise Bleecker ’15

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AnnLouise found Eckerd by following her dad to Florida when he retired and moved from the Washington, D.C., area. She graduated with a B.A. in International Business and subsequently went to work in the finance field. Eckerd is a very special and unique place all on its own, but what shaped her time here was her work in the Athletics Department—specifically, her time spent under the mentorship of then–head basketball coach Tom Ryan ’87. Coach Ryan taught AnnLouise the value of hard work, a solid work ethic and discipline; but, most importantly, he taught her what it means to be a servant leader and put others first. She is eternally grateful to Coach Ryan and the College for all they have done for her. Go Tritons!

Jim Crane Award

Awarded to an alumna/us who has demonstrated significant achievements as an artist, leadership in visual arts education, and contributions to the creative arts.
Martha Ensign Johnson ’75

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Martha earned her B.A. in Visual Arts from Eckerd and has spent 44 years focusing on printmaking in her art career. More than 15 solo exhibitions across the U.S. and Norway, along with numerous group shows, have displayed her work, which has been acquired by many public, corporate and private collectors. Her studio praxis has been shaped by her FPC/Eckerd years, remaining partially research based and socially and environmentally concerned, with a certain literary bent. For many years, Martha also taught in public schools as an artist-in-residence, artist in education and in colleges in Minnesota (Northwestern College, St. Paul, 1997–2004) and California (2008–2012). Some of her students from those colleges have earned graduate degrees in printmaking and professorships and have launched and administered an international printmaking studio (Trykkeriet Senter for Samtidsgrafikk, Bergen, Norway). Martha continues her studio career in Black Mountain, North Carolina.

Margaret Rigg Outstanding Alumna Award

Awarded to alumnae who, as professionals, have distinguished themselves through outstanding leadership in the workplace or community.
Mirna Ramos-Diaz ’80

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Mirna is an associate professor of pediatrics in the Department of Family Medicine at Pacific Northwest University of Health Sciences (PNWU). She received her M.D. from the University of Miami School of Medicine; completed her pediatric residency at the University of Miami, Jackson Memorial Hospital; and is board certified in pediatrics. She worked as a pediatrician in the Yakima Valley, Washington, serving primarily Native Americans and Hispanics in those communities for more than 11 years. She co-founded Roots to Wings, a transformative co-mentoring program whose purpose is to create an educational/mentoring pathway that enables Native American and Hispanic youth living on Native Homelands to become STEM and healthcare professionals. This program received the 2018 honor of semifinalist for The Harvard Project on American Indian Economic Development. She serves as Co-PI for the Summer Research Preparatory Yearlong Program for Native American and Mexican Students in Washington State funded by the National Institute of Health. Mirna has been awarded multiple grants to support the Roots to Wings program, received the PNWU Presidential Service Award and was a speaker with a TEDx presentation in 2016. She was a keynote speaker for the International Mentoring Association in 2019. Her professional dictum, “Live where you serve and serve where you live,” has represented her calling to serve the underrepresented throughout her career.

Margaret Rigg Social Justice Award

Awarded to an alumna who has demonstrated committed service in the advancement of gender and family justice since graduation from Eckerd College
Janice Love ’75

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Janice, dean of Candler School of Theology at Emory University since 2007, became the school’s Mary Lee Hardin Willard Dean in 2017. She is an internationally recognized leader in the church and theological education, and a scholar of world politics—particularly issues of religion and politics, conflict transformation and globalization. She is known for her nearly five decades of dedicated leadership in denominational and ecumenical bodies and for facilitating constructive relationships among people and groups with deeply held differences. She served eight years on the Board of Directors of the Association of Theological Schools and is immediate past president of the Association of United Methodist Theological Schools and the Atlanta Theological Association. She currently serves as secretary of the University Senate of The United Methodist Church.

McArthur Alumni Award

Awarded to an alumna/us who has demonstrated outstanding achievement in each of the following four areas: career or profession; service to Eckerd; dedication to Church, faith or spirituality; and service to the community.
Richard G. Miller ’64

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Rich entered Florida Presbyterian/Eckerd College as a founding freshman and later served as president of the Student Government Association. He was instrumental in developing the intercollegiate athletic program at the College and excelled in basketball, baseball, golf and track. At graduation, he received the E.W. Smith Memorial Award for scholarship, service and athletics. After receiving his MBA from Northwestern University, he began his career as a fundraising professional at the University of Miami. During his working years, he served both institutions of higher learning and nonprofit cultural institutions, serving on community volunteer boards, mentoring young professionals, and leading workshops and training sessions. In 2010, he received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Association of Fundraising Professionals in Broward County. Rich served a two-year term as president of the Eckerd College Alumni Association. He has actively supported student-athletes at Eckerd, and, in 2014, along with his wife, Beth Miller ’65, established the Miller Family Scholarship for scholar-athletes. He is a member of Westminster Presbyterian Church United (U.S.) in Gainesville and is an ordained deacon and elder. At his former church, he served as treasurer. Since coming to Westminster, he has volunteered his time and fundraising expertise to the Board of Directors of the Montgomery Conference Center in the St. Augustine Presbytery. Retired now, Rich enjoys family life and visits with his children and grandchildren.

Outstanding Young Alumni Award

Awarded to a graduate of the last decade who has shown great promise and accomplishment in his or her chosen profession or through community, public or humanitarian service.
Ben Hamburger ’10

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Ben is a painter, a socially engaged artist and an educator driven by art’s potential to unite and provoke critical thought. He facilitates innovative workshops and has taught in schools, federal correctional facilities, universities, museums and nonprofits around the U.S., as well as in Bolivia, Thailand and India. He holds a B.A. in Visual Arts from Eckerd College and an MFA in Community Arts from the Maryland Institute College of Art. Ben has been the recipient of numerous grants, fellowships and awards. His work has been widely exhibited and is part of the permanent collection of the City of New Orleans, Tulane Medical School and private collections around the world. He is based in Asheville, North Carolina, and teaches in the School of Art and Design and Western Carolina University.

Suzanne Armacost Alumni Medal for Outstanding Community Service

Awarded to an alumna/us who has demonstrated a clear commitment to serving a larger community through notable volunteerism, an outstanding act of selflessness or a pattern of service to humanitarian efforts and/or causes.
Timothy Holliday ’95

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Tim graduated with a B.A. in Business with a Management Concentration through the Program for Experienced Learners and is the vice president and co-owner of Children’s World Uniform Supply and Business World Promo Supply with his wife, Cynthia. He and Cynthia are big believers in “supporting the community that supports them,” and they work with a large number of nonprofits by volunteering, donating, providing in-kind support and supplying substantial discounts on products to help promote their nonprofit organizations. One of the best examples is with Toys for Tots, where Children’s World makes a 50% match on all donations made at the store, which has resulted in Children’s World being the largest single-location collection site in Sarasota for the past several years.

William H. Kadel Alumni Medal for Outstanding Career Achievement

Awarded to an alumna/us who has demonstrated a clear commitment to excellence in her or his career as evidenced by public recognition, achievement or leadership that positively reflects the College’s vision.
Virginia J. Scott ’85

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Virginia is a native of St. Petersburg and received her B.A. in Human Resources from Eckerd College through the Program for Experienced Learners. She turned her passion for working with people into a career focused on juvenile welfare, cultural sensitivity and training involving those issues in local and state organizations throughout Florida. Virginia is the original co-chair and a planner of the first MLK Candlelight Vigil and Breakfast in St. Petersburg hosted by the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Commemorative Organization, Inc., of which she serves as president. She is a former member of: the National Council of Negro Women of Washington, D.C.; the Women of Distinction organization under the Girl Scouts of West Central Florida; and the St. Petersburg Community Alliance Bi-Racial Committee of the St. Petersburg Chamber of Commerce. She was the first female African American board member appointed to the original Hospice Care, Inc., in Pinellas County; has been a member of the National Black Child Development Institute of Washington, D.C., for almost 20 years; and has received recognition by the Florida Bar Grievance Committee (6D) for Meritorious Public Service. A married mother of two and grandmother of four, she is a member of the Southern Poverty Law Center of Montgomery, Alabama, and an elder of Maximo Presbyterian Church.

Previous Winners

The Carlos F. Barbas III ’85 Alumni Award

Awarded to an alumna/us who has demonstrated significant career achievement in, or contributions to, the medical or scientific research field. Carlos Barbas sadly lost his battle to cancer on June 24, 2014. His research had focused on developing new therapeutic approaches to treating cancer and HIV and making significant contributions to synthetic biology and synthetic chemistry. This award commemorates the life and accomplishments of Carlos F. Barbas III ’85, Ph.D., and his fellow alumni.

Previous Award Winners

  • 2019 | Marion White ’74
  • 2018Jane Petro ’68
  • 2017Peter Meinke ’82 
  • 2016 | Gary Dunbar ’71, ’75
  • 2015 | Sue Slaugenhaupt ’85

The Grover C. Wrenn ’64 Service Award

Awarded to an alumna/us who has rendered outstanding volunteer service to Eckerd College in any area.

Previous Award Winners

  • 2019 | Thomas Moore ’99
  • 2018Jack ’68 and Trisha ’68 Senterfitt
  • 2017Jesse ’91 and Mila ’90 Turtle
  • 2016 | Greg Mino ’93
  • 2015 | Robin Suarez ’85
  • 2014 | Susan Kroh McDermott ’89
  • 2013 | Matthew Staman ’92
  • 2012 | Dan Mageras ’96
  • 2010 | Lindsay Seward ’90
  • 2009 | Ian Johnson ’89
  • 2008 | Sandy Ripberger ’68, Charlie Stripling ’68
  • 2007 | Andy Haines ’86

Jim Crane Alumni Award

Awarded to an alumna/us who has demonstrated significant achievements as an artist, leadership in visual arts education, and contributions to the creative arts.

Previous Award Winners

  • 2019 | Mary Law ’69
  • 2018Bede Clarke ’83
  • 2017Arthur Skinner ’72 

The McArthur Alumni Award

This award was established by the Board of Trustees to honor the memory of Charles McArthur, an Eckerd trustee from 1967 until his death in June 1973 and chairman of the board from 1971 to 1973. He made possible the McArthur Gymnasium.

Previous Award Winners

  • 2019 | Sterling Watson ’69
  • 2018 Peter J. Genz ’73
  • 2017 George Atkinson ’67 
  • 2016 | Terry Suarez ’66
  • 2015 | Bob Francis ’80
  • 2014 | Susan McEwan Vastine ’64
  • 2013 | R. Ernest Mahaffey ’68
  • 2012 | Albert and Birgit Robbert ’66,’69
  • 2010 | G. Timothy Womack ’85
  • 2009 | Olester Benson ’74
  • 2008 | Mark White ’80
  • 2007 | Marion Marshall White ’74
  • 2006 | Ann Rittenberg ’79
  • 2005 | Claire S. Francis ’65
  • 2001 | Janet Darden Cragan ’77
  • 2000 | Albert Howard Carter III ’64, Rowland A. Sherrill ’66
  • 1999 | George A. Raftelis ’69
  • 1998 | Gary Sperduto ’74
  • 1997 | John T. DeBevoise ’78
  • 1996 | Trisha M. Senterfitt ’68, Jack H. Senterfitt ’68
  • 1995 | Jamie L. Serino ’80
  • 1994 | Kenneth Alan Jacobsen ’73
  • 1993 | Robert Lee Dietz ’79
  • 1992 | Chris Pedro Trakas ’78
  • 1991 | Grover C. Wrenn, Jr. ’64
  • 1990 | William Rhodes Ripberger ’65
  • 1989 | Mary Jane (Stearns) Schenck ’66
  • 1988 | D. Luke Kim ’64, Thomas R. Wayman ’72, John B. Phelps III ’65
  • 1987 | Scott M. Brownell ’71, Walter W. Enloe ’71
  • 1986 | Meredith Black McGuire ’64, Ronald H. Francis ’65
  • 1985 | David E. Eachus ’67, Henry Travers ’68
  • 1984 | Jeanne Johannessen Smoot ’64, Charles M. Stripling III ’68
  • 1983 | Raymond L. Schmidt ’64
  • 1982 | Kenneth Prest, Jr. ’70, Colleen Shannon ’65
  • 1981 | Harry K. Singletary, Jr. ’68, Bluford H. Putnam III ’72
  • 1980 | Jane Arbuckle Petro ’68, James Mitchell Reed ’69
  • 1979 | Harry Thomas Price II ’65, Arthur J. Ranson III ’65
  • 1978 | H. Thompson Houchins, Jr. ’64, Susan E. Russ ’77, Charles C. Thornton, Jr. ’72
  • 1977 | Susan Solteau Kilham ’65, John M. McGuire ’67, Roger J. Porter ’64
  • 1976 | Sherman E. Armstrong ’69, William F. Coleman ’66
  • 1975 | David B. Cozad ’68, Frederick A. Russ ’66

Margaret Rigg Outstanding Alumna Award

Awarded to alumnae who, as professionals, have distinguished themselves through outstanding leadership in the workplace or community. In discerning this award, we are hoping to recognize our alumnae who are working to make the world a better place through social justice work.

Previous Award Winners

  • 2019 | Janice Love ’75

Margaret Rigg Social Justice Award

Awarded to an alumna who has demonstrated committed service in the advancement of gender and family justice since graduation from Eckerd College.

Previous Award Winners

  • 2019 | Mirna Ramos-Diaz ’80

Outstanding Young Alumni Award

Awarded to a graduate of the last decade who has shown great promise and accomplishment in his or her chosen profession or through community, public or humanitarian service.

Previous Award Winners

  • 2019Jennifer Sato ’09
  • 2018Brandon O’Shea ’08
  • 2017Ben Flagg ’12 
  • 2016 | Kaiya Waddell ’06
  • 2015 | Meghan Meehan-Draper ’10, Caitlin Meehan-Draper ’10
  • 2014 | Blake Johnson ’09
  • 2013 | Diana Huestis ’03
  • 2012 | Sarah Sieloff ’06
  • 2010 | Suleyman Bilgutay ’01
  • 2009 | Jaime Wilke Corvin ’99
  • 2008 | Taryn Fielder ’99
  • 2007 | Angela Guyadeen ’03

The Suzanne Armacost Alumni Medal for Outstanding Community Service

Awarded to an alumna/us who has demonstrated a clear commitment to serving a larger community through notable volunteerism, an outstanding act of selflessness or a pattern of service to humanitarian efforts and/or causes. Suzanne Armacost passed away on February 8, 1991, leaving behind a legacy of love and dedication to all who knew her. She was married to former Eckerd president Peter Armacost and was the mother of four. Her presence and strength were felt on campus and in the community. This award is dedicated to her legacy.

Previous Award Winners

  • 2019 |Watson Haynes ’84
  • 2018Jonathan ’91 and Pam ’93 Baker
  • 2017Adele Solazzo ’82 
  • 2016 | Cheryl Burke ’86
  • 2015 | Beth Miller ’65
  • 2014 | William Cooley ’68, Jean Cooley ’68
  • 2013 | Mo Eppley ’98
  • 2012 | Cindy Weatherby ’84
  • 2010 | Carolyn Eliades ’88
  • 2009 | Paul Cheney ’69
  • 2008 | Sue Cornman ’71
  • 2007 | Rebecca Blitch ’02
  • 2006 | William Nye ’96
  • 2005 | John M. Pollock ’90
  • 2004 | Robert R. Johnson ’71, John Steakley, Jr. ’83
  • 2003 | Debra Ann Albright ’86, Louis Raymond Hidu ’74
  • 2001 | Nay Malloy Howell ’75, William Robb Hough, Jr. ’76
  • 2000 | Carolyn Hall Horton ’64
  • 1999 | Brenda Bevans Remmes ’69
  • 1998 | Noreen H. Hodges ’87, Christie Cason Wheeler ’89
  • 1997 | Mary Charlotte McCall ’65
  • 1996 | David Butts ’78, John Stephen Rhodes ’69
  • 1995 | Diane L. Ferris ’86, Martha Jane Eblen ’76
  • 1994 | Elithia V. Stanfield ’74, James D. O’Donnell ’92
  • 1993 | Jan Love ’75
  • 1992 | Terry Cunningham ’88

The William H. Kadel Alumni Medal for Outstanding Career Achievement

Awarded to an alumna/us who has demonstrated a clear commitment to excellence in her or his career as evidenced by public recognition, achievement or leadership that positively reflects the College’s vision. In 1958, William H. Kadel helped found Florida Presbyterian College and then served as president from 1958 to 1968. This was his proudest career achievement until his death on October 14, 1991. Dr. Kadel’s mission was to prepare outstanding leaders for every aspect of life. This award is dedicated to his vision.

Previous Award Winners

  • 2019 | Harvey Jeffries ’64
  • 2018Jeff Moreno ’88
  • 2017Ward Shelley ’72 
  • 2016 | Jonathan Keeton ’80
  • 2015 | David Conover ’75
  • 2014 | Karin Musier-Forsyth ’84
  • 2013 | D. Ashley Hill ’86
  • 2012 | Doug Greenfield ’71
  • 2010 | Jim Sweeny ’65, John Sweeny ’65
  • 2009 | Bill “Tex” Curtis ’71
  • 2008 | Harry Johns ’90
  • 2007 | Michael Bluett ’76
  • 2006 | William Evers ’76
  • 2005 | Susan Slaugenhaupt Nash ’85
  • 2004 | Carol Ann Baily ’69, Eva Dale Collins ’79
  • 2003 | Gabriele Giovanni Mazza ’68
  • 2001 | Linda L. Musante ’76
  • 2000 | Ernest Suarez ’80
  • 1999 | Paul R. Cheney ’69, Timothy Lightfield ’67, Stephen Updegraff ’74
  • 1998 | Robert W. Barnes ’72, Antonia E. Brown ’78, Gary L. Dunbar ’71
  • 1997 | Louis G. Tassinary ’76, Nathaniel H. Bronner, Jr. ’77
  • 1996 | Nancy G. Herbert ’74, Sandra Mortham ’89
  • 1995 | John Henry Hankinson, Jr. ’70
  • 1994 | E. Carrington Boggan ’65
  • 1993 | Paul E. Hoffman ’64, Priscilla Anne Rogers ’71
  • 1992 | Melanie S. Taylor ’74
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