Two Price natives, Harry Halamandaris and Gregg Passic, will receive the College of Eastern Utah's Distinguished Alumni Awards for 1991.
Halamandaris is president of Teledyne Systems Co., in Los Angeles, and Passic was recently named chief of the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency's Financial Investigations Division. The awards will be presented at CEU's annual Founder's Day banquet, Saturday, March 9, in the Student Activity Center in Price.A Carbon High graduate, Halamandaris attended CEU on a football scholarship in the late 1950s. Upon completion of his associate's degree, he entered Utah State University where he earned bachelors in mathematics and electrical engineering, graduating as the engineering school's valedictorian. Before accepting an engineering position with Teledyne, he worked for Hughes Aircraft Co.; Litton Guidance and Controls; and established his own company, Satellite Positioning Corp., which was eventually sold to Seismic Computing of Houston.
Passic attended CEU from 1967 to 1969 before moving to Salt Lake City, where he worked for the Salt Lake County Sheriff's office while studying at the University of Utah. After graduating with his bachelor's degree in art in 1971, he joined the DEA at the suggestion of his father, long-time Carbon County sheriff and CEU graduate, Albert Passic. He was stationed for a short time in Salt Lake City and Denver before being transferred to Frankfurt, Germany. Nearly a decade of foreign service also took him to assignments in Turkey and Switzerland.
In addition to the distinguished alumni awards, CEU will also induct state Rep. Mike Dmitrich, D-Price, to the Athletic Hall of Fame and name the recipient of the 1991 Eagle Award for service to the college.