Charles A. Dukes Award

Recognizing extraordinary long-term volunteer leaders

The Charles A. Dukes award was instituted in 1982 and named after the first director of the Duke Alumni Association, who built his reputation on his volunteer leadership. Since then, we’ve presented the award to nearly 300 longstanding volunteers who have served with distinction in leadership roles and gone beyond expectations to help Duke further its mission.

Each year, nominations are submitted by staff in the Alumni Affairs and University Development offices and approved by their respective boards. The winners are notified of their selection by the President in July. Nominators should describe in detail how their candidates have excelled in their volunteer position. To nominate a fellow alum, please fill out and submit the online nomination form.




Join us in congratulating the 2014 Charles A. Dukes Award winners:

W. Barker French A.B.’63 W. Barker French A.B.’63

Why do I serve as a volunteer for Duke?
“Volunteering for Duke on the Durham and Regional Affairs Advisory Board allows me to keep abreast of Duke developments and represent the university in my community. I’m proud that Duke continues to reach out to Durham and expand their participation in local projects. The ‘town-gown’ culture is fading away thanks to the work of Duke’s Office of Durham and Regional Affairs.”


William W. B.S.C.E.’62 and Irene Lilly McCutchen A.B.’62William W. McCutchen B.S.C.E.’62 and Irene Lilly McCutchen A.B.’62

Why do I serve as a volunteer for Duke?
William: “I received an excellent education at Duke. The university has continued to grow in stature and quality. Duke makes significant contributions to improving the world in a variety of fields. We have many relatives and friends who have attended Duke.”

Irene: “I am grateful and honored by the privilege I have had to participate in small ways within the Duke community. Through engaging with many people whom I admire, as together they meet the challenges and possibilities inherent in the academic environment, I believe I have learned so much about the way to love and serve the world. For this I am very grateful.”

Hardy Vieux A.B.’93Hardy Vieux A.B.’93

Why do I serve as volunteers for Duke?
“Much of what I am, what I stand for and what I stand upon were forged in this enchanted place of outrageous ambitions. It is here that I learned to give voice to my values, and it is here that I learned to act with purpose and conviction. Serving my alma mater, therefore, is as organic and instinctual as breathing. It is my incessant attempt to repay the gift.”


Karl G. Wellner and Deborah A. NorvilleKarl G. Wellner and Deborah A. Norville

Why do I serve as a volunteer for Duke? 
Karl: “I volunteered for Duke because I believe in the school’s exceptional cutting-edge education, its fostering of solid values and a strong school spirit — all while maintaining a sense of humility.”

Deborah: “A university is only as great as the support it gets. That’s what provides the facilities, the opportunities, the funding to attract the top professors. Our sons have the privilege to receive an education from one of the finest universities in the world. A Duke education is a gift, and I was raised to believe that to those whom much is given, much is expected in return. Volunteering in service to Duke University is one way to assure that the gift of an education at Duke is one that others will be privileged to enjoy for years to come.”

Myles Wittenstein A.B.’59Myles Wittenstein A.B.’59

Why do I serve as volunteers for Duke? 
“I am extremely proud to be a Duke graduate, and to participate as a volunteer allowed me to continue an association (with Duke) over the years. I always say I took more than I gave as a student, and I’ve been trying to make up for it ever since! To be a part of such an institution, to observe its excellence in so many areas, and to be on the periphery – even just a little – is such a privilege. I thank Duke for the chance to serve in such a way.”

Other Charles A. Dukes honorees

1983 Recipients

George D. Beischer '63
Susan Fox Beischer '63
Joan Kansteiner Berthoud '49
Sharon Stewart Byrd '61
Katherine Mitchell Couch N'58
George F. Dutrow '59, M.D.'60, Ph.D.'70
Charles R. Fyfe, Jr. '68, M.B.A.'74
Rufus R. Hambright '44, M.D.'50
Richard M. Hiergesell T'39
Nelson P. Jackson T'53 W.
Arthur Kale '25, B.D.'31
Amos R. Kearns, Jr. T'58
Gayle Cooper Kearns T'58
Nancy Weigle Kraus '73, A.M.'74
George D. McCeney E'33
Robert K. Montgomery LL.B.'64
Peter M. Nicholas '64
Virginia Lilly Nicholas '64
Beth Daniel Osborne N'77
Joanne Snow Osteen '58
David Stollwerk '64
Thaddeus B. Wester '46, M.D.'51
William B. Wilmer E'51

1984 Recipients

Timothy C. Barber '78
Julia Caudle Cogburn '78
William C. Dackis E'44
Margaret Washburn Davis '37
J. Roland Goode T ‘36
Edward M. Hanson, Jr. '73, A.M.'77, J.D.'77
Julie Kline Hopper T'61
James A. Matthews, III '78
Richard Maxwell E'55
Frederick W. Neu E'34
Pamela Sargent Newsome N'69
Anna Cooper Painter R.N.'48, B.S.N.Ed.'54
Betty Smith Speir '49
Jeannette Mumford Straub N'63, M.S.N.'66 K.
David Straub '59, M.D.'65, Ph.D.'68
Charles E. Warner M.D.'58

1985 Recipients

James N. Barton E'60
Henry M. Beck, Jr. '73
John P. Bent, Jr. P'88
Susan Parker Bishopric '50
Roy S. Bredder '65
Werner C. Brown '42
O. Charlie Chewning, Jr. '57
William M. Eagles '40, M.D.'44
Clay S. Felker '51
F. Owen Fitzgerald, Jr. B.D.'54
Marvin A. Franklin, III '70 (Gus)
Emile L. Gebel '58, M.D.'62
Carol Anspach Kohn '60
Edward J. Landau '51
Harry L. Nolan, Jr. '64
Alan E. Rimer E'64
Elizabeth Becker Taylor '49

1986 Recipients

Chester J. Andrews '29, B.D.'32
R. William Bramberg '57
Charlotte Corbin '35
George J. Evans, Jr. E'56
Brenda LaGrange Johnson T'61
John A. Koskinen '61
Robert F. Long '41
Margaret Castleberry Malone N'39
F. Maxton Mauney, Jr. M.D.'59
Thomas E. McLain '68, J.D.'74
Robert E. Mitchell LL.B.'61
Kathleen Bryson Moore '35
George W. Nance '36
Dale R. Shaw '69, M.D.'73
Brian Stone LL.B.'63

1987 Recipients

James H. Corrigan, Jr. E'47
Dan W. Hill, III T'66
Jan Blei Jason M.Ed.'73
Cynthia A. MacLeod '75
John P. Ondek, Jr. '37
Leon L. Rice, Jr. J.D.'36
Dorothy Lewis Simpson '46
William R. Sizemore M.F.'47
Catherine Stilson Thompson '78
James D. Warren '79
Arthur E. Wheeler E'47
Virginia Tate Williams N'56

1988 Recipients

Edward P. Berger '58, A.M.'59
Frances Adams Blaylock '53 (Parkie)
Stanley G. Brading, Jr. '75
E. Blake Byrne '57
Julie Campbell Esrey '60
Joseph C. Farmer M.D.'62, H.S.'62‑'65, '67‑'70
Robert T. Johnson, Jr. T'58
Francis E. Kelly, Jr. T'44
Charles W. Petty, Jr. LL.B.'63
Barbara Albers Rinella '65
Thomas C. Schneider P'87
Eula Wilson Wake '29
Gregory Scot Wolcott E'78

1989 Recipients

Darryl Wade Copeland E'58
Palmer Peebles Garson '79
Katherine Wood Gauld '61
S. Perry Keziah, Jr. T'54, J.D.'54
Roberta C. Pearlman P'90

1990 Recipients

Edward G. Bowen, M.D. T'57, M'59
Donald B. Brooks T'65, L'68
Lawrence C. Davis '40 (Crash)
Patricia A. Dempsey '80
Anton Henry Gaede, Jr. L'64
Robert A. Garda E'61
Lawrence E. Goldenhersh '77
Laura Anne Hancock '82
William E. King '61, G'63 '70
James E. Love, III '79
C. Maness Mitchell '41, D'44
Vincent L. Sgrosso '57, J.D.'62
Fred W. Shaffer '54
Margaret Taylor Smith '47
Carolyn Cone Weaver '59

1991 Recipients

Michele Clause Farquhar '79
John E. Hansen T'59
Robert L. Heidrick T'63
W. Eric Hinshaw T'71
David G. Klaber J.D.'69
Katy Sords Mercer '77
Paul D. Risher E'57
Elaine R. Sanders '91
Jack D. Williams, M.D. T'60, M'65
Charles Howe Wilson T'51

1992 Recipients

Helen and Bill Curtin P'92
Rebecca Weathers Dukes W'56 (Becky)
F. Reid Ervin E'42
N. Allison Haltom W'72
Lawrence Foy Hayes, Jr. D'75
Kenneth W. Hubbard T'65
Nancy Page Jackson T'68
Anthony J. Limberakis, M.D. M'79
Richard A. Palmer L.L.B.'66 (Chip)
Marjorie Anderson Pipkin W'66
Kenneth H. Pugh E'70
Michael G. Reiland T'75
Pamela Landreth Reiland T'75
Guy Solie T'67
Doris A. Stoessel W'67

1993 Recipients

Jay Morris Arena M.D. '32
Lawrence E. Blanchard, Jr. A.B.'42
Louis H. Fracher A.B. '42
William O. Goodwin T'68
Nancy Jordan Ham A.B. '82
Harvey B. Hamrick T'54
Virginia Versagli Herndon A.B. '75
Thomas P. Losee, Jr. A.B. '63
David C. Martin A.B. '52
William W. Neal III T'54
Peter Robert Schmidt T'56
Nancy Russell Shaw L'73

1994 Recipients

Rex D. Adams T'62
Elizabeth Huggin Collins '58
Joanne Yoder Dearth '70
Dara Lyn DeHaven AM'74, JD'80
James C. Geoghegan T'54
James F. Girand E'59
Calvin Hill P'94
Janet Hill P'94
Robert M. Price, Jr. '52
Robert Rosemond T'49, M'53
Judith Burns Smedberg '65
Kathleen Stone Sorley '79
A. Morris Williams, Jr. T'62, MAT'63

1995 Recipients

Charles M. Couric T'68
Joyce Harrold Hamilton T'65
Kathleen Dobson Ix E'79
Lisa Edelman McLaughlin T'78
Robert Williams McLaughlin T'79
Charles M. Smith T'62, D'65
Laurel Kimbrough Walsh T'63
John A. Yarborough T'41, M'44
Gwynne A. Young T'71

1996 Recipients

Marion and Penny Antonini P'96
Eva Herbst Davis '87
James E. Gibson, Jr. '50
Terri Lynn Mascherin T'81
Laurie Eisenberg May '71
Randolph J. May '68, J.D. '71
Stacy Leigh Sempier T'81
Harold L. Yoh, Jr. E'58

1997 Recipients

Charles B. Corley, Jr. E'49
Cecelia Gassner E'94
Charles V. Ghoorah AB'91, JD'94, AM'94
Edward M. Reefe E'68
Nora Lea Rogers Reefe W'67
Sheri Sauter T'97
John L. Sherrill T'50
Susan Payor Wilkerson T'83

1998 Recipients

Adrienne L. Baroff T’87
Anne Tyrell Elmore A.B.78
Sumathi R. Jones A.B.'87, A.M.'95
Grace P. Lowden T’52
David C. Rorer PhD’64
Margo D. Rorer MAT ‘65
W. Earl Sasser T’65

1999 Recipients

Catherine Angell T’73
Susan F. Kistler BSN ’84, MSN ‘94
Bruce J. Ruzinsky T’80, JD ‘83
Michele M. Sales T’78, JD ‘81
Mohamed O. Sarhan J.D. ‘99
Stephen A. Windham T’93

2000 Recipients

Sara Hall Brandaleone WC’65
Robert M Carter T’65
Camille Crittenden G’91, G’97
Ted S. Levy E’63
Walter W. Simpson III B’74
Robert K. Steel T’73
Donald W. Wallis '72, J.D.'74

2001 Recipients

James F. Akers T’73 (Jake)
Peter H. Burian (Faculty)
James Allen Byerly, Jr. T’74
Melody Tope Hainline T’82
Michael R. Hemmerich T’80, L’85, B’94
Page Ives Lemel BSE ‘84
Ruth Ann Hall Sauter T’71
John T. Tolsma T’95
Joseph E. Walker, T’51, M’60
Harold G. Wallace BD ‘71
Patricia Speight Wilson T’76
William T. Wilson T’76
Russell Wright T'71 (Rusty)

2002 Recipients

William A. Bermont, II T’97
Daniel L. Dees T’92
Michael Dockterman L’78
Ann Wooster Elliott T’88
Jason W. Goode T ’97, J.D.’00
William J. Griffith, III T’50
Robert T. Harper T’76
Scott I. Kaplan T’92
Mark S. Militello T’84
Richard H. Patterson, Jr. T’80
Jonathan B. Rosen T’92
John Sacha T’70
Suzanne J. Wasiolek T’76, G’78, L’93
Seth A. Watkins, BSE’92, MS’93, PhD’96, JD’99
Cary Willis Weems T’77

2003 Recipients

Christopher A. R. Brice T’87
Curtis Francis Brockelman, Jr. ’91
Douglas M. Firstenberg T’82
R. Menese Gardner T’42
Peter C. Griffith T’78
T. Rudolph Howell M’58
Sang Chul Lee G’76
Charles B. Looper T’53, P’78, P’86
Joanne L. Mazurki T’74
Alex F. Roland, PhD ’74

2004 Recipients

Michael J. Bingle E’94
Kate Bostock T’94
Frank Burney T’76
Susan Lynn Callahan T’86
James G. Dalton T’44
Lee E. Faber T’64
Anne DeVoe Lawler T’75
Dan Levitan T’79
Ariane H. Matschullat P'04
Robert W. Matschullat P’04
Richard S. Miller T’68
Peter M. Nicholas, Jr. T’92, B’98
Robert R. Penn T’74
Simon B. Rich, Jr. T’67
Matt D. Sample T’96
Edwin Colby Walton T’94
Sara Towe Wood WC ’42

2005 Recipients

Wilton Dale Alston B.S.E.’81
Charlotte Reeves Clark ’79, MEM’83
Diana L. Crawford P’01,P’03,P’05
Thomas W. Crawford P’01,P’03,P’05
Nikki Hurst Gibson ’80
Christopher W. A. Holt M.B.A.’96
Peter J. Kahn JD’76
Kenneth Durham Weeks, Jr. MD’74

2006 Recipients

Erica Berg Gavin ’96
John R. Gordon P’06
Kiendl D. Gordon P’06
Roy W. Kiefer M.B.A.’78
Derrick Banks Mashore ’79

2007 Recipients

Babita Lal Deitrich B.S.E.’89, M.B.A.’96
Kathleen E. Viall Gallagher B.S.N.’75
Sibylle Gierschmann LL.M.’99
David E. Majestic ’80, M.H.A.’83

2008 Recipients

Alberto Jose Delgado ’93
R. Ross Harris ’78, M.B.A.’80
William P. Miller ’77
Mark E. Stalnecker ’73
Robert C. Taylor ’49, LL.M.’52
Mike S. Zafirovski P’08
Robin G. Zafirovski P’08

2009 Recipients

Betsy Alden-Rutledge WC’64
Marilyn Mayberry Arthur WC’56, P’79, P’88
Danal Blessis B.S.E.’82
Jill Bayer Ciporin ’84
Jill Moskowitz Gardner ’89
Janis Jordan Rehlaender B.S.E.’77, P’07,’09, ’11

2010 Recipients

Thomas C. Clark '69
Harry H. Esbenshade, III ’79 (Hap)
Jeffrey H. Fox ’84
Kathryn Crommelin Lieb ’69
Richard B. Lieb ’69
Owen A. May M.B.A.’83

2011 Recipients

Artyn Haig Gardner '73
Alice Matheson Stanback W.C.’53
Fred J. Stanback, Jr. T’50
Paul S. Teller T’93
Melvia L. Wallace T’85

2012 Recipients

2012 Recipients

Mary Dawson WC '53
Ann Pelham Cullen T’74
Ruth Ross WC’68
Lewis Fred Sutherland T'73 and Barbara H. Sutherland T'75
Jerry Wilkinson E’67
Bill J. Geary P’12, P’15 and Kristi J. Geary P’12, P’15

2013 Recipients

C. Leland Bassett '59
Nelson Bellido '89
Mary "Kazie" C. Metzger WC '68
Peter Moller '61
Jean Derek Penn '79, M.B.A.'84


2012 Recipients