Seven alumni and supporters of BYU who have made significant differences in the lives of others will be honored with university awards at Homecoming 2005.
The Distinguished Service Award, for outstanding service in a profession, community, church, or nation, will be given to Loretta Seneca Crane (BS ’61), W. Kenneth Hamblin (BS ’53), Firoz “King” Husein (ME ’71), and Timothy V. Stay (BS ’86). William C. Duncan (BA ’95) and Donald G. Anderson (BS ’72) will receive the Service to Family Award, for exceptional service to families, whether in their home, community, or nation. Receiving the Honorary Alumni Award, for people who have not attended BYUbut have rendered significant service to the university, will be Hal G Moore.
Crane has distinguished herself as a lawyer and a nurse. She was on the faculty inBYU‘s College of Nursing and works as the district director for clinical operations of Kindred Healthcare in Utah. In the 1990s Crane became instrumental in resolving a conflict regarding the Seneca Nation’s tribal lands. The negotiated resolution to the dispute resulted in a multimillion-dollar compensation package for the Native American tribe that formed the basis for further economic development and for scholarships for the tribe’s young people.
A retired BYU professor, Hamblin has been referred to as the Carl Sagan of geology. His textbooks are highly acclaimed and widely read. With research focusing on the landscape evolution of the Grand Canyon, he is also a master of geologic illustration. Through the W. Kenneth Hamblin Field Trip Fund and the Hamblin Global Geology Fund, BYU upper-class and graduate students have visited many geological sites. Hamblin recently published another book, Beyond the Visible Landscape.
Husein provided the endowment for BYU‘s King and Diane Husein Professorship in Civil Engineering. He is a volunteer mentor for BYU civil engineering students and a member of the President’s Leadership Council, and he was the inspiration for the joint venture between Okland Construction and his company, Span Construction, to build the new Student Athlete Building and Indoor Practice Facility.
Unlike many who have succeeded financially and then turned to making a difference in the world, Stay has never seen these as sequential goals. His business and engineering skills have helped him create jobs in poverty-stricken areas of the world. In 2000 Stay cofounded Unitus, a nonprofit organization that facilitates and stimulates the growth of micro-credit institutions around the globe. In 2004 he cofounded the Center for Economic Self-Reliance at BYU.
Duncan has been an influential voice in the defense of marriage at a time when very few legal professionals were actively engaged in the battle. For the past year he has consulted with those working to pass state marriage amendments around the country. Duncan has written or co-written more than 30 major law review articles in legal periodicals and other respected legal publications.
Anderson has been a positive influence in the lives of innumerable children and families. His skills as a licensed clinical social worker have helped many parents nurture their children, and he has also developed numerous community programs. Anderson’s achievements and service may seem even more remarkable within the context of his being blind, but he has never let his disability hinder his success.
A former public-school math teacher, Moore joined the BYU mathematics faculty in 1961 and retired in 1994. According to university policy he could continue to work as an adjunct professor for three years after retirement, and he did so. Following that period, he volunteered to continue teaching without remuneration, and he has been donating his time as a professor for the past six years.