Five distinguished alumni to be honored

Mesa State College will honor five distinguished alumni at its annual banquet Friday night at the W.W. Campbell College Center.
This year’s event will be the first fundraiser banquet to raise money for the Mesa State College Alumni Association Scholarship Fund, which is awarded to seniors based on need and merit.
The event begins at 5:30 p.m., with the awards ceremony following at 7 p.m.
The Distinguished Alumni Award is given to Mesa State alums who set themselves apart either through their career or through service to the community.

SUSAN J. BROWN
Graduated in 1965, associate of science in nursing.
Age: 63.
Residence: Grand Junction.
What sets her apart: Brown has started two home-health programs, including Home Care of the Grand Valley Inc., that have proven successful and won several awards such as No. 1 in Colorado and the Top 100 award for excellence from HomeCare Elite. She just finished her term as president of the Home Care Association of Colorado.

MAURICE L. DALE
Graduated in 1951, associate of science.
Age: 77.
Residence: Paonia.
What sets him apart: Dale designed the first commercial nuclear power reactor for North American Aviation Inc., and he designed military equipment for Lockheed Missiles and Space Corp., including rockets, satellites, search-and-rescue submarines,and spy planes used to track night troop movement along the Ho Chi Minh Trail during the Vietnam War.

DANIEL M. ROBERTS
Attended Mesa State from 1977 to 1978.
Age: 65.
Residence: Grand Junction.
What sets him apart: Roberts has spent the past 25 years as vice president of finance and administration with Mays Concrete Inc. in Grand Junction and has served as president and board member to numerous organizations such as the Associated Builders and Contractors Inc., Western Colorado Education & Training Fund Inc. and the Mesa State College Foundation.

DANIEL W. MacKENDRICK
Graduated in 1956, associate of arts.
Age: 73.
Residence: Grand Junction.
What sets him apart: MacKendrick has coached numerous championship baseball teams, including Mesa State’s team, which won 10 conference championships from 1964 to 1975 when he was the assistant coach. He also served as Mesa State’s athletic director from 1980 to 1990 and was an English professor for more than 20 years.

ROBERT G. WILSON
Graduated in 1961 with diploma from Mesa College, then earned degree in accounting from Western State College.
Age: 67.
Residence: Grand Junction.
What sets him apart: Wilson served as a board member, financial consultant, vice president, interim chief executive officer and chief operating and financial officer to the Rocky Mountain HMO, one of the earliest and most successful HMOs in the nation, from 1973 to 2005, and was on the founding board of Hospice & Palliative Care of Western Colorado.


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