As part of 1989 Homecoming activities, the Alumni Association of Brigham Young University will honor seven individuals with various awards.
They will be recognized at the Homecoming Banquet in the Wilkinson Center Ballroom Friday, Oct. 20, at 5:30 p.m.John Charl Brown, formerly of the U.S. Department of Agriculture, will receive the Distinguished Service Award for his life's work in agriculture. Since his retirement in 1980, he has donated much of his time and substantial amounts of money to the BYU department of agronomy and horticulture to further research.
James C. Fletcher, former NASA administrator and keynote speaker for the banquet, will also receive the Distinguished Service Award. He was first named to his position at NASA in 1971 following a successful career as a scientist, educator, corporate leader and aerospace engineer. He is recognized as a pioneer in guided missile research and has served on several governmental consulting committees.
Barbara Bailey Hales, founder of Project VOTE (Vocational Opportunity Through Equity), will be the third Distinguished Service Award recipient. She has dedicated herself to educating people against bias and stereotyping in vocational education. With a master's degree from BYU in home economics education, she joined the Utah State Office of Education as a special education and educational specialist in consumer and homemaking education in 1975.
Artis P. Grady, a special instructor of nutrition at Southern Utah State College, will receive the Young Alumni Achievement Award for her contributions as a consulting dietitian in areas such as Kansas and Tennessee.
Dale Murphy, professional baseball player for the Atlanta Braves, also will be a recipient of the Young Alumni Achievement Award. He has been the National League's Most Valuable Player twice, has been selected to the all-star teams four times and has won the Gold Glove award five times. He was named by Sports Illustrated in 1987 as one of eight top athletes in the world "who care the most" and has done extensive work for national and local charities.
Delbert V. Groberg will receive the Service to Family Award for his contributions, which began with his 11 children. All are BYU graduates, seven of whom have received master's degrees or equivalents and four of whom have earned doctorates. Groberg was orphaned at age 3 and quickly realized, through loving relatives, the need to care for others.
Wallace O. Tanner, who will receive the Honorary Alumni Award, is credited for helping establish initial relationships with the Egyptian government, which permitted BYU researchers to unearth and study the nation's antiquities.