Alumni receive awards for service to communities, professions, church, and family.
Ten former students who attended BYU 40 or more years ago were honored Feb. 24 at the annual Emeriti Awards Celebration. The event was sponsored by BYU Emeriti Alumni Association.
Honored were Wm. Grant Bangerter of Alpine, Utah; Robert W. Blair (BA ’55) of Provo; Maxine Petty Cameron of Provo; George D. Durrant (BS ’56) of Cedar Hills, Utah; Allan B. Gomez (BS ’60) of Mapleton, Utah; Mark G. Hathaway (BA ’55) of Provo; James E. Mangum (BS ’54) of Orem, Utah; Elaine McAllister Moody of Provo; Herschel N. Pedersen (BA ’56) of American Fork, Utah; and Lera Benson Whittle (AB ’28) of Provo.
“These recipients were selected based on their contributions to profession, church, career, community, and home, as well as their support for BYU,” explains James J. Pinegar (BS ’49), emeriti president.
Elder Bangerter is an emeritus General Authority who served in the Presidency of the Seventy and as a regional representative, an Assistant to the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, president of the Jordan River Temple, a temple sealer, and a patriarch in the Alpine Utah West Stake.
Blair, a retired BYU professor, was the founding chair of BYU’s Linguistics Department. He and his wife traveled to Russia and China to teach English, and he was a pioneer in the BYU David M. Kennedy Center’s China Teachers Program. He also worked extensively in Central and South America through the Peace Corps. He served as the first mission president in the Baltics.
Cameron began her BYU experience as the vice president of her freshman class and received Phi Kappa Phi designation in 1969. She was on the BYU piano faculty for 15 years and the BYU–Hawaii faculty for six years. She served a three-year mission training temple missionaries.
Durrant is a retired religion professor whose students once voted him among the 15 most influential people at BYU. He was also named professor of the year for Religious Education. He has written many books and is a popular speaker. Durrant served as president of the Kentucky-Tennessee Mission and of the Provo Missionary Training Center (MTC).
Gomez is a retired doctor of podiatric medicine. He received the Podiatrist of the Year Award in 2001–02 from the Utah Podiatric Medical Association. As a student, he served for two years as student body president at the California College of Podiatric Medicine in San Francisco.
Hathaway’s career paths have ranged from real estate broker to broadcaster. He is a former KBYU-TV station manager and instructor of communications at BYU. He produced and directed many award-winning television programs. He also served as a Provo city council member for 12 years.
A former Orem, Utah, mayor, Mangum has received several county and state awards. He was a mission president in Arizona for five years and has served in the Provo MTC presidency as well as in the Toronto Ontario and Nauvoo Illinois Temples. He is a sealer at the Mount Timpanogos Temple.
Moody has been the curriculum chair for Elder Quest, a lifelong-learning program for seniors offered through Utah Valley State College. She received the Ezra Taft Benson Award for voluntary service at the Benson Institute, served four full-time missions, and is a temple ordinance worker at the Provo Utah Temple.
Pedersen is a popular public speaker who has given firesides and speeches from New York to California. A member of the Cougar Club Hall of Fame, he coached youth basketball for 20 years and youth baseball for 25 years.
Whittle served as a temple worker for 18 years—until age 98. She belongs to the Daughters of Utah Pioneers and has taught elementary school. Whittle puts most of her focus on family and hosts a monthly family home evening with more than 130 family members.