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Honoring Alumni: Fall 2017

At Homecoming 2017, BYU recognized 17 people for contributions to their field, families, communities, and the university.


Education: Brent G. Wilson (BS ’76, PhD ’82), Louisville, Colorado, professor of information and learning technologies at the University of Colorado Denver

Engineering and Technology: Thomas R. Ingersoll (BS ’85, MEM ’86), Laguna Beach, California, aerospace engineer and entrepreneur

Family, Home, and Social Sciences: Larry L. Eastland (BA ’67, BA ’67), Marina del Rey, California, director at Shale Oil International, chair at LEA Capital Advisors

Fine Arts and Communications: Elizabeth Shropshire (BMu ’84), Litchfield Park, Arizona, founder and program director of the nonprofit Shropshire Music Foundation

Humanities: Richard E. Culatta (BA ’04, MS ’07), Herndon, Virginia, CEO of the International Society for Technology in Education

Kennedy Center for International Studies: Karin Hoops Berg (BA ’98, JD ’03), Aurora, Illinois, attorney and partner at the firm Katten Muchin Rosenman

Law School: Sharla Smith Hales (BA ’82, JD ’86), Minden, Nevada, general counsel for the Churchill County School District

Life Sciences: John D. Bell (BS ’82), Laie, Hawaii, BYU–Hawaii academic vice president

Marriott School: Robert E. Parsons Jr. (BS ’79, MBA ’81), Orem, Utah, executive vice president and CFO of Exclusive Resorts

Nursing: Nancy Kuehner Kraus (BS ’82), Trabuco Canyon, California, executive director of critical care and clinical education and Magnet Program director at the Children’s Hospital of Orange County

Physical and Mathematical Sciences: Linda H. L. Furuto (BA ’00), Honolulu, Hawaii, professor of mathematics education at the University of Hawaii at Manoa


Distinguished Service Award: Carlos W. Martins (BS ’85), Campinas, Brazil, founder of language-learning companies Wizard and Grupo Multi, author, and investor

Distinguished Service Award: Timothy E. Wright (BA ’83), Bountiful, Utah, cofounder of Life Storage and Quick Quack Car Wash

Emeriti Distinguished Service Award: Paul E. Gilbert (BS ’68), Paradise Valley, Arizona, real-estate and litigation attorney and partner at the firm Beus Gilbert

Young Alumni Distinguished Award: Emily Hardman-Reading (BS ’06, JD ’10), Castro Valley, California, president and founder of Amicus Communications and a Canterbury Fellow at the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty

Service to Family Award: Natalie Mackay (BS ’00), St. Louis, Missouri, founder of Unlimited Play accessible playgrounds

Honorary Alumni Award: Bill Child, Salt Lake City, founder, developer, and chairman of RC Willey

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