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Distinguished Service Awards granted at Muskingum College 2006 Alumni Weekend

Culminating this year's Alumni Weekend, held June 16-18 at Muskingum College, was the presentation Saturday of the Distinguished Service Award (DSA) to four alumni in recognition of their personal and professional achievements. The award is the college's highest alumni honor.

DSA GROUPSponsored by the Muskingum College Alumni Council, the DSA recognizes and honors alumni who have distinguished themselves through their professional endeavors and exemplary service to mankind. Any living Muskingum graduate or former student is eligible to receive this award.

Receiving the awards were: Dr. Doris Lee Raymond McCoy ’51, an internationally recognized author, interviewer, psychologist and television producer; The Reverend Dr. A. Bruce Henderson ’56, a pastor and theologian;  Donald L. McKendry ’62, a career public educator and leader in the creation of the John and Annie Glenn Historic Site and Exploration Center; and Dr. Richard M. Brown ’62, who is recognized worldwide for his work in economic development in impoverished nations.

Dr. Doris Lee Raymond McCoy ’51

Dr. Doris Lee Raymond McCoy’s wide-ranging and distinguished career includes work as s a psychologist, author, educator, motivational speaker, television and radio commentator and producer.

Following her 1951 Muskingum graduation, Dr. McCoy earned her master of arts degree from Stanford University and her doctoral in educational psychology from Claremont Graduate University.  She served on the faculties of National University, Mesa College, and the University of California San Diego, and as a founding member of Johnston College (now known as Johnston Center for Integrative Studies) at the University of Redlands.

Widely published, she shares the traits for success which she identified through extensive interviews with more than 3,000 leaders in the fields of business, politics, communications, entertainment and athletics.  Recent publications include America’s New Future: 100 New Answers; Megatraits: 12 Traits of Successful People; and America’s New Vision: Our Leaders Point the Way.

Motivated by the satisfaction she felt as an educator when her students encountered and mastered new areas of learning, she created the American Spirit Foundation to assist young people in discovering their gifts and talents.  She also has promoted international understanding and cultural exchange through her work for the International United Nations Conferences on Women in Kenya, Beijing, and Mexico City.

Dr. McCoy uses her frequent journeys with the Explorer’s Club as opportunities for worldwide service.  She has co-led Explorer’s Club Flag-Carrying Expeditions into Peru and Ecuador, searched for Ecuadorian medicinal plants that may offer hope in the fight against AIDS, malaria and cancer, and has conducted research in more than 15 rainforests in South America, Central America and Asia.

Reverend Dr. A. Bruce Henderson ’56

As a compassionate pastor and respected theologian, The Reverend Dr. A. Bruce Henderson is a member of Muskingum’s class of 1956. He earned his master of divinity degree from Pittsburgh Theological Seminary in 1959 and his doctoral degree from St. Mary’s Divinity School at the University of St. Andrews, Scotland in 1977.

Reverend Henderson has ministered both nationally and internationally, serving as pastor of Presbyterian churches in five states and Scotland.  As a leader in the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), he helped shape policy and programs of the General Assembly Cooperative Committee on Ordination Examinations, the Council of the Synod of Florida and the Hunger Task Force of the Synod of Florida.  His call to serve those with the greatest need led him to join the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) Sudan Mission Network and the Presbyterian Association of Mission Pastors.

With his wife, Karen, Reverend Henderson has made five missionary trips to Sudan, in North Africa since 1997.  There, with his wife’s help, he serves as a visiting professor at Nile Theological College in Khartoum and as a volunteer with the Sudan Evangelical Presbyterian Church.

Characterized by the New York Times as one of the most dangerous countries in the world  for Christians, Sudan is one of the most oppressed and impoverished regions of the world, wracked by disease and a civil war that has raged for nearly half a century.  Reverend Henderson’s work there, providing Christian education, is tantamount to a politically and socially underground activity.

Donald L. McKendry ’62

Donald L. McKendry’s service to others has helped ensure that the birthplace of American space pioneer and patriot John Glenn will endure as a public museum dedicated to educating and encouraging current and future generations.

A member of the Muskingum class of 1962, Mr. McKendry earned his master’s in education from Ohio University.  His 28-year career in public education encompassed 22 years as principal of John Glenn High School,  inspiring him to share the story of fellow Muskingum alumni John and Annie Castor Glenn.

In 2000, Mr. McKendry spearheaded the ambitious effort launch the John and Annie Glenn Historic Site and Exploration Center, which included the relocation of the Glenn family home to the heart of New Concord. Dedicated in 2002, the museum has already hosted more than 10,000 visitors.  As the executive director of the John and Annie Glenn Museum Foundation, Mr. McKendry managed the facility’s ongoing operation until he retired from that position in 2005 and became emeritus director of the museum foundation.

Mr. McKendry has also generously shared his distinctive talents and keen lifelong enthusiasm for education with the Muskingum College community, serving the college in the areas of alumni relations, education certification/licensure and development.  His wife Jean ’64, son Craig ’93 and daughter Julie ’94 are all Muskingum alumni.

Dr. Richard M. Brown ’62

Dr. Richard M. Brown’s career has created a legacy of economic development that has changed the lives of people in impoverished nations all over the world.

Graduating from Muskingum in 1962, he joined the Peace Corps, volunteering in Uttar Pradesh and creating a new model for a poultry farmer cooperative that was replicated throughout India. He then enrolled at American University, receiving a Fulbright Scholarship, a National Science Foundation Fellowship, and earning his master of arts in Asian studies and his doctoral degree in international relations. 

In the early years of Dr. Brown’s career, he was stationed in the Republic of South Korea, Indonesia and Sri Lanka with the United Nations Development Program.  He spurred the growth of the Korean shipbuilding, fine instruments, and trade promotion industries; developed Indonesian education curriculums, export projects and a temple reconstruction program; and brought irrigation to a Sri Lankan desert.

In 1980, he joined the United States Agency for International Development, serving for 20 years in positions including mission director in Sri Lanka, Bangladesh and Egypt.  His contributions ranged from irrigation systems and information technology in India; to road construction, sustainable vegetable gardening and disaster preparedness in Bangladesh; and expanded education, energy, telecommunications, water and sewage infrastructures in Egypt. In  2001, he received the Presidential Distinguished Service Award, our country’s highest honor for government employees.

Dr. Brown went on to lead innovative economic growth initiatives in more than 40 countries for the non-profit Winrock International. Currently with Advanced Engineering Associates International, he oversees energy and environmental programs – such as the rehabilitation of Afghanistan’s electric power sector – in Asia, Eastern Europe, and Latin America.

A sports enthusiast, Dr. Brown and his wife, Georgia, have also created youth sports programs in the many countries they have served.

IN THE PHOTO: Pictured from left to right are The Reverend Dr. A. Bruce Henderson, Donald L. McKendry, Muskingum College Alumni Council President Gordon F. Litt, Dr. Doris Lee Raymond McCoy, Muskingum College President Anne C. Steele and Dr. Richard M. Brown.