A guardian of public safety, a U.S. Navy hero, an advocate of international service learning, and a statewide Professor of the Year, are Gettysburg College's Distinguished Alumni for 2010.
The honorees were on campus May 15 to receive their awards during Spring Honors Day. College President Janet Morgan Riggs, Class of 1977, listed the honorees' achievements and expressed the College's pride in her official award citations.
The honored alumni are:
• Marla Graff Decker, Class of 1980, secretary of public safety, Commonwealth of Virginia. A political science major at Gettysburg, she earned a law degree at the University of Richmond and served as a deputy attorney general in Virginia. In 2010, Gov. Bob McDonnell appointed her to her current position, in which she oversees 14 agencies whose areas range from highway safety to corrections and criminal justice to emergency preparedness.
• Francis "Bud" J. Dougherty, Class of 1960, U.S. Navy captain (retired), president and chief executive officer, Transformational Defense Industries, Inc. He earned many decorations during a Naval career that included two combat tours in Vietnam, service as executive officer of the aircraft carrier U.S.S. John F. Kennedy, and command of two F-14 fighter squadrons, the U.S.S. Concord supply ship, and a five-ship service squadron. The New Jersey General Assembly honored him for community service. Read his remarks on receiving the award.
• James "Biff" Houldin, Class of 1963, international team leader, Habitat for Humanity. His career has spanned insurance, farming, and teaching. He cofounded Stone Mountain Adventures summer camp in central Pennsylvania, created the Global Works international youth-development and service network, and has led Habitat home-builders in Romania, Hungary, and Portugal.
• Dr. G. Andrew Mickley Jr., Class of 1970, professor of psychology and chair of neuroscience, Baldwin & Wallace College. He majored in psychology at Gettysburg College, earned master's and doctorate degrees at the University of Virginia, conducted brain-science research in the U.S. Air Force for 21 years, and earned numerous honors as an educator, including Ohio Professor of the Year.
Founded in 1832, Gettysburg College is a highly selective four-year residential college of liberal arts and sciences with a strong academic tradition that includes Rhodes Scholars, a Nobel laureate and other distinguished scholars among its alumni. The college enrolls 2,600 undergraduate students and is located on a 200-acre campus adjacent to the Gettysburg National Military Park in Pennsylvania.
Contact: Jim Hale, online content editor
Posted: Fri, 28 May 2010
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