Alumni Service Award

The Alumni Service Awards gratefully acknowledge those who have served faithfully in helping to develop a greater Iowa Wesleyan College.

Recent Award Recipients

Donald R. Gibbs ’58, B.A., M.A.

A native of Moline, Illinois, Don Gibbs came to Iowa Wesleyan College in the spring of 1955 from Moline Junior College. While an Iowa Wesleyan student, he played baseball and basketball and was a member of Phi Delta Theta fraternity. He was named to the Iowa All-Conference team as a center for the 1956-57 and 1957-58 seasons. Don went on to coach boys’ basketball at Harmony High School for seven seasons and South Tama for three seasons. He moved to Burlington High School in 1969 and coached the Grayhounds until 1975. He sat out a year and then went to Burlington Notre Dame for a season, and finally returned to Burlington High School. He coached the BHS boys’ basketball team to state tournaments in 1980, 1982, 1984 and 1985. Don stepped down as head coach in 1985, his team, undefeated in his final season and finishing fourth in the class 3A state tournament. The Iowa High School Athletic Association named Don District Coach of the year five times. Don received the Iowa Wesleyan Distinguished Alumnus Award in 1989 and was inducted into the IWC Athletic Hall of Fame in 2005 and now serves on IWC’s Hall of Fame Selection Committee. With this service award, Don becomes the first ‘triple crown’ alumni to receive every honor IWC bestows on alumni. He has volunteered his time in painting campus parking lots and has hosted the Burlington Bees games for the past four years. Don has influenced thousands of young people through his coaching and outlook on life and is always recruiting for IWC, encouraging student athletes to look at Iowa Wesleyan for a great college experience. He graduated from IWC with a B.A. in physical education and received an M.A. from Truman State University. Don’s wife Larita recently passed away; they have five children.

Past Award Recipients

2013   Mick '72, and Susan Brown Michael '72
2011   Warren Ludvigsen ’74   
2011   Jill Dolby Ludvigsen ’74   
2010   Jo Anna Beck Wendel '56   
2009   Glenwood Tolson '38
           Charles Espy, Jr. '63
           Jan McCurdy Espy '65
2008    E. David Mineart ’60 and Elizabeth “Libby” Gentry Mineart ’60
2007    J D “Schim” Schimmelpfennig ’63 and Kathy Grandall Schimmelpfennig ’64
2006    R. John Badger, Jr. ’62
            Bernice “Bunny” Hollander Foster ’62
2003    Philip J. Ciarco ’66, L.H.D. ’06
2002    Byron F. Johnson ’62, D.B.A. ’86
2001    Donald C. Wiley ’70
2000    A. Lowell Doud ’56, LL.D. ’05
            Dr. F. Max Stein ’40
            George W. Stein ’38
1997    Waunita W. Hobbie ’46, L.H.D. ’92
1996    Donald E. Young ’50
1995    Herbert L. Jones ’51 and Colleen Farnsworth Jones ’50
            Roger H. Campbell ’55
1994    Melvin B. Bergstrom x42
            Rev. W. Clifford ’39, D.D. ’04 and Maxine Martin Manning x42
1993    Margaret Robertson Ornduff ’28
           Donald R. Ornduff ’28
            Virginia Caris Van Tuyl ’38
            Richard H. Van Tuyl ’50
            Special Service Award
            Michael S. Jurgensen ’84
1992    Wilma Stephens Evans ’40
            Dr. Austin J. Evans ’41, Sc.D. ’76
1991    Jack E. Stiles ’59
            George W. Alexander ’43
1990    Maisie Taeger Green ’49
            Merle C. Unkrich ’54, LL.D. ’93
1989    Robert T. Dodder ’51, D.D. ’72
1988    Louise Schuerman Hatch ’46, L.H.D. ’91
            Jean Wells Shook ’49
1987    Dr. Louis A. Haselmayer L.H.D. ’67
1986    Kathleen “Kay” Olson Lange ’45
1985    John M. Cavanah ’65
1984    Joan Maxwell Anderson ’70
            R. Michael Calloway ’59
1983    Winifred K. Thomas ’69
1982    Barry E. Halden ’66
            Margaret Deahl Hileman ’46
1981    Alma Spencer Chittum ’23
            William D. Powell x54
1980    Russell ’31 and Mildred Bell Baker x33
            Dale E. Longwell ’64
1979    Elizabeth Davenport Garrels ’67
            John ’67 and Rita Russell King ’65
            Lori Williams Wright ’64, LL.D. ’91
1978    Randall K. Perry ’70
            Charles R. McCuen ’50, LL.D. ’83
1977    Gary N. Shaw ’60, LL.D. ’93
            Howard H. Hills ’30
1976    Warren L. Fye ’55
            Arnold F. Swensen ’63
1975    Dr. Dale E. Garrels ’56
            Harold F. McLeran ’25, LL.D. ’63
1974    Chicago Alumni Club
1973    Roger D. Williams ’60
1972    Carol J. Nemitz ’56, L.H.D. ’03
            Patricia Barrett Kimball Martin ’50
            Alanson K. Elgar ’49, L.H.D. ’87
1971    Dr. R. W. Poulter ’33
            Dr. Robert S. Wettach ’52
            Ellen Gardner Taylor ’19
1970    Marjorie Huston ’32
1969    Josephine Rogers Carper ’35
            Special Service Award
            Ethel Van Hon Garretson ’56
1968    Fred O. Ekstrand ’25
1967    Richard G. Hileman ’48
            Albert L. Leatherby ’51
1966    Dr. Raymond J. Schlicher ’35
            Charles L. Kimball ’50
            Elinor Thompson Lundgren ’34
1965    Columbus F. Hayes ’15
            Kenneth Swartz ’21
1964    Ruth Crane Looker ’33
            Helen Crane Rohde ’32
1963    Mary Crane Ewart ’29
            E. A. Hayes ’25, L.H.D. ’64
1962    Robert K. Beck ’37, LL.D. ’77
            Robert J. Wustrow ’41
            Beulah Billingsley Hayes ’17
1961    Clarence S. Johnston ’17
            Denis T. Jones ’29
            Lois Davison Newburg x30
1960    Meta Jane Brooks ’36, Sc.D. ’61
            Forrest Stewart ’32
            Richard C. Lee ’31
1959    Charles C. Espy, Sr. ’32, LL.D. ’66
            Warner A. Russell ’26, L.H.D. ’67
1958    Elizabeth “Betty” Keyhoe Clark ’29
            Joseph A. Panther ’34
            A. Marvin Patterson ’29, L.H.D. ’67
1957    Sam R. Ewart ’29
            J. Russell Weir x14