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Leaders in Service Hall of Fame Induction

Three new inductees will enter the Southwestern College Leaders in Service Hall of Fame for the Social Sciences on Friday, April 20, in Deets Library on the Southwestern College campus. 

The celebration will begin at 5:30 p.m., with the unveiling of plaques followed by dinner and the induction ceremony.  There is limited seating available and RSVP is necessary.  For more information, contact Susan Lowe, director of alumni programs at SC, at (620) 229-6334.

The inductees include:

Eugene L. Lowry ’55 is an ordained elder in The United Methodist Church, and was professor of preaching at Saint Paul School of Theology for three decades (1968-98). He has been involved in public affairs and church-related projects as a volunteer in Kansas City. In 1962 he was named to the Human Relations Commission of Kansas City, Mo., a group charged with implementing the recommendations of the Mayor’s Task Force on Civil Disorders. As chair, he guided the commission in its work of arbitration, influence, and consciousness-training. In 1992 he was named to the Board of Trustees of the Kansas City (Mo.) Public Library. Three major building projects were completed during his 13 years on the board. He also initiated development of a preschool for disadvantaged children.

Larry D. Eason ’55 was the founding president and CEO of the Child Study Center in Fort Worth, heading the agency for 38 years. The center was a merger of six agencies serving handicapped children, and provided diagnostic and treatment services to children with developmental disabilities. After retiring in 1999, Eason became a consultant to not-for-profit organizations in strategic planning and fund development. His first client was Union Gospel Mission where he led the agency in the development of a 10-year master plan. He then became a member of the board of directors, and during the past 11 years he has served as president of this board. Eason was a member and chair of Southwestern’s Board of Trustees (1998-2010) and co-chaired the Builders of Excellence capital campaign. He is now an emeritus trustee of Southwestern College.

Myrne (Richards) Roe ’58 is a retired editorial writer and syndicated columnist for the Wichita Eagle and her column was published regularly at newspapers across the country. Her columns about her struggles with chronic, clinical depression won several awards from public health and mental health organizations. Roe has taught in Wichita public schools and at Wichita State University. She was campaign manager for Dan Glickman’s successful first campaign for Congress, then served 10 years as his chief aide. She also headed the Office of University Communications at Wichita State University for four years, where her staff won numerous national communication, advertising, and publication awards. Roe was awarded the Kansas Public Relations Society’s Clarus Award for Professional of the Year in 1987.

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