LAWRENCE -- This year's Distinguished Service Citation award winners will be honored during the annual All-University Supper at 7:30 p.m. Friday, May 16, in the Kansas Union ballroom.
Former Colorado Sen. George L. Brown, philanthropist Adele Hall, educator Liliana Mayo and Nobel Prize-winning economist Vernon L. Smith will receive the awards. The audience will include distinguished KU alumni, representatives of each of KU's 13 schools and the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, KU administrators and national leaders of the Kansas Alumni Association and the KU Endowment Association.
Other guests will include representatives of classified and unclassified staff, university governance, this year's Chancellor's Student Award recipients, the senior class officers and past service citation winners.
The evening will conclude with a brief recital by KU undergraduate pianists Melanie Hadley, Lawrence junior, and Amir Khosrowpour, Irvine, Calif., senior.
Brief biographies of the Distinguished Service Citation award winners follow:
George L. Brown
After serving as one of the famed Tuskegee Airmen during World War II, George L. Brown, of Arlington, Va., began his career as a journalist with the Denver Post before entering politics. He completed five consecutive terms in the Colorado State Senate, where he was the first African-American senator. As director of the Denver Housing Authority, he developed health programs for seniors and recreational activities for children and teenagers and helped found family housing developments and community centers. Brown retired in 1990 from the Grumman Corp. and now is a trustee for the Boys and Girls Choir of Harlem and the Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies in Washington, D.C. He has received the Adam Clayton Powell Award from the Congressional Black Caucus and the Metro Denver Man of the Year award. In 1976 the William Allen White School of Journalism and Mass Communications at KU created the George Brown Urban Journalism Scholarship. Brown received a bachelor's degree in journalism from KU in 1950.
Adele Hall, of Mission Hills, has devoted decades of work to the philanthropic efforts that have made her family name synonymous with charity. As the first woman to lead the Heart of America United Way in Kansas City, she went on to found the Women's Public Service, providing a forum for social issues. Her dedication to public service earned her honors as Kansas City Philanthropist of the Year in 1993. She also has received the Urban League's Image Award and the Junior League Volunteer of the Year award. Hall serves on the boards of the American Academy of Pediatrics Partnership for Children, Children's Mercy Hospital, De La Salle School and Genesis School. She is a member of the KU School of Nursing Advisory Board, Jayhawks for Higher Education and the Chancellors Club.
Thousands of Peruvian families struggling with autism have benefited from the lifework of Liliana Mayo, the founder and driving force behind the Centro Ann Sullivan del Peru. After receiving her master's and doctoral degrees from KU, Mayo, of La Punta-Callao, Peru, returned to her home country, where she has led a local movement to involve autistic children's families in the educational process. She now teaches at the University Cayetano Heredia and the Catholic Pontificate University in Lima. Since 1996 she has been an honorary associate professor in the KU Department of Human Development and Family Life. For her dedication to community health issues, Mayo has received the Peruvian Professional Excellence Award, the Cuban Medal of Honor and the Queen Sofia of Spain International Award.
Vernon L. Smith
Vernon L. Smith, of Arlington, Va., long hailed as the father of experimental economics, shared the Nobel Prize in his discipline in 2002. After receiving his master's degree from KU in 1952, he went on to earn his doctorate from Harvard University. He recently accepted a one-year appointment as the Rasmuson professor of economics at the University of Alaska. He also is a professor of law and economics at George Mason University in Fairfax, Va., where he is a research scholar in the Interdisciplinary Center for Economic Science and a fellow of the Mercatus Center. His work has been funded in part by the Koch Foundation of Wichita. For his innovative research, Smith was elected to membership in the National Academy of Sciences. He is a distinguished fellow of the American Economic Association and a Ford Foundation fellow. He serves on the editorial boards for the American Economic Review, Science and the Journal of Risk and Uncertainty.
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