ELKINS – Davis & Elkins College honored three alumni and a member of the College’s Board of Trustees for their achievements and contributions at the annual Founders’ Day convocation on October 1 at the Myles Center for the Arts Harper-McNeeley Auditorium . The ceremony was part of the Homecoming and the Family Weekend.
The winners are: Joyce Butler McKee Allen, Crystal Mace; G. Marion Brady ’49, distinguished alumnus; Louis W. Stark ’76, Tower Prize; and Houston T. Darling ’14, an outstanding young alumnus.
Considered the College’s most prestigious award, the Crystal Mace Award is given in recognition of transformational leadership, service and/or character, and unprecedented gifts of time, talent and/or treasure.
Allen has been a mainstay at Davis & Elkins College since joining the board in 1992. Her service to the board spans more than 25 years, with terms from 1992-2004, 2005-2015 and back again. from 2016 to today. She worked with the Academic Affairs, Development and Student Affairs Committees of the Board of Trustees and co-chaired the College’s highly successful Centennial Campaign. His enthusiasm for education has shown in his donations to the College which benefit a variety of programs.
Recognizing the importance of technology in education, Allen generously funded the Joyce Butler-McKee Allen Education Computer Lab which includes laptops, educational software and furniture for education students; Dell laptops and a charging cart, as well as SmartBoards, for business students; and a SimPad PLUS used in the Center for Advanced Clinical Learning at Davis Medical Center to give nursing students more realistic interaction in simulation lab support “the patients.”
Allen is also partly responsible for naming the Caboose Cafe. The retired Chessie system caboose was donated to the College and later changed hands to Elkins resident James Schoonover. When he was later given to Elkins resident Sid Gillispie, he and Allen decided he should return home. JF Allen Company made a special delivery to bring the caboose back to campus.
In 2015, his four children – John C. Allen Jr., Susan McKee Crimmins, Thomas Braxton McKee and Peter Kingsley McKee Jr. – established the $1 million Joyce Butler McKee Allen Professorship in Education, which offers a as well as professional development. opportunities, to improve the D&E teacher training program.
A native of Winchester, Virginia, and a retired educator, Allen attended Mary Washington College at the University of Virginia and earned her Bachelor of Arts and Master of Arts degrees from Salem College. She worked as an educator and reading specialist in Harrison County schools.
Student-athletes and spectators alike enjoy every time they walk through the arch at Davis & Elkins College Allen Athletic Fields. Dedicated in 2012, the baseball, football, lacrosse, and softball sports field complex on the north end of campus is named for Allen and her husband, the late John C. Allen, because of their generous gift and efforts of JF Allen. Co. Inside the McDonnell Center, the Hilda and Robert R. Butler lobby is named after Allen’s parents.
The Distinguished Alumnus Award is the highest honor given to a Davis & Elkins College alumna who has made a significant contribution to society during her career. Selection criteria include career advancement and related service to others, significant honors in one’s field, and commitment to Davis & Elkins College.
Brady was admitted to D&E in 1946 after serving 14 months in the United States Navy during World War II. He graduated in 1949 with a degree in education. He began his teaching career in a semi-rural high school in northeast Ohio and since then has taught at all levels from sixth grade through graduate school. He has also served as county director of education, teacher trainer, consultant to publishers, states and foundations, contributor to academic journals, author of textbooks, professional books and curriculum. studies, columnist for nationally distributed newspapers, project director and school visitor. across America and abroad.
In the mid-1960s, while on the faculty of Florida State University, he became interested in what was being taught at the high school level in American middle and high schools. Subsequently, Brady questioned the relevance and acceptability of math-science-language-arts-social studies “heart” study programme. His insights have appeared in academic journals, professional books, chapters in other people’s books, study courses for teens and their teachers, and newspaper articles distributed nationally by Knight-Ridder/Tribune . He says the main idea of his work is, “There will be no significant improvement in the academic performance of learners and schools until systems theory and thinking replaces school subjects and disciplines as the primary organizers of general information and knowledge.”
Brady is the author of “What is worth learning? » and “What is worth teaching? »among other works, and is a guest blogger for The Washington Post’s “The answer sheet.” He resides in Cocoa, Florida.
The Tower Award is presented to an alumnus or former student of D&E for outstanding commitment and service to the College and its alumni programs. Selection criteria include volunteering time, talent, and/or funds in support of the many student and alumni programs offered by the College.
As a student, Stark held leadership positions in the Tau Kappa Epsilon and the Interfraternity Council. He received his Bachelor of Science in Psychology from D&E in 1976 and later earned a Master of Science in Counseling with Honors from Hofstra University. He pursued additional graduate studies in higher education administration at Drake University and the University of New Orleans and received a certificate in management from Tulane’s AB Freeman School of Business.
Professionally, Stark serves as Vice President of Student Affairs at Case Western Reserve University, a position he has held since 2013. Previously, he served 16 years as Vice President of Student Affairs at Coe College. Stark has also served as vice president for student life at Central College, associate vice president for student affairs at Tulane University, and associate dean of students at Washington University in St. Louis. He has held a variety of other student affairs positions in Residence Life, Greek Affairs, School Counseling, and Admissions. His experience at Tau Kappa Epsilon helped him win the Grand Prytanis Leader Award after working with students to reactivate their chapter.
Stark has also served as a consultant for Trio education programs, as well as a consultant to colleges and universities evaluating student affairs programs, risk management, Greek affairs, and the roles of student affairs deans. He has held numerous committee positions with the University Athletic Association, the NCAA, the Iowa Student Personnel Association, and the National Academy for Leadership and Executive Effectiveness.
Bringing his expertise in higher education, Stark served D&E as a founding member of the National Alumni Council from 1985 to 1988 and on the Board of Trustees from 1989 to 1994. He was then appointed Trustee Advisor, serving until 2005 .
Outside of his profession, Stark has served on the boards of non-profit organizations including Cities in Schools/New Orleans, Boys Clubs of Greater New Orleans, Planned Parenthood of East Central Iowa, St. Luke’s Hospital Community Relations Committee and the Church of Covenant. In addition, he served on the Strategic School Improvement Plan Committee for Lin Mar Community Schools and served two terms as a member of the Marion, Iowa City Council.
Stark and his wife, Ann, live in Cleveland, Ohio. They have two adult children, Liz and Will.
The Outstanding Young Alumnus Award is given to a recent graduate or former graduate within the past 10 years who shows promise in their profession, including career achievement and honors, community service/service to others, and commitment to the College .
Darling earned his Bachelor of Arts in Criminology and Bachelor of Science in Accounting with a minor in Finance from D&E in 2014. As a student, he was a member of Senator baseball and received the Athletic Department’s award for 2014 College Athlete of the Year.
Professionally, Darling has progressed in his career in banking and as a business owner. As Vice President Commercial Lending at FCB Bank, a division of ACNB Bank, he is responsible for building relationships with commercial clients primarily by providing commercial lending services to assist in operations and growth. of a client’s business. He has worked with clients in a wide variety of industries and sectors, including small business, commercial real estate, manufacturing, healthcare, hospitality and non-profit organizations.
Prior to his current role, Darling worked as a business relationship manager at Fulton Bank in Frederick, Maryland, and as a management trainee at Fulton Financial Corp. in Ellicott City, Maryland.
As an entrepreneur, Darling owns Amaysing Shade, a company that offers beach tent rentals on Pawleys Island and Litchfield Beach in South Carolina.
Darling attended Leadership Frederick County in 2019 and is a member of the Finance and Audit Committee for the Rotary Club of Frederick.