The University of Utah will present four distinguished alumnus awards and one honorary alumnus award at Founders' Day ceremonies Thursday, March 5.
Distinguished alumnus recipients will be Bishop Robert D. Hales, the presiding bishop of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints; M. Ray Kingston, founding principal of FFKR Architecture, Planning and Interior Design; Stephen B. Nebeker, shareholder of Ray, Quinney and Nebeker, a Salt Lake law firm; and Helen Bowring Ure, community leader. J.D. Williams, professor of political science who retires this spring, will receive the honoray alumnus award.The ceremonies will celebrate the founding of the U. 142 years ago on Feb. 28, 1850. They begin at 6:30 p.m. in the Olpin Union Ballroom.
Bishop Hales, a 1954 U. graduate, is a member of the U.'s National Advisory Council, President's Club and the state Board of Regents. He has served in the church's First Quorum of Seventy and was an assistant to the Council of Twelve. He was vice president of Cheseborough Ponds Inc. before he beginning his church career.
Kingston, who attended the U. in 1957, designed the U.'s Marriott Center for Dance. He has served in a number of local and national arts community groups and was a presidential appointee on the Advisory Council in the National Endowment for the Arts. He has earned numerous honors, including the Urban Systems Award of Block 57 in Salt Lake City.
Nebeker, who received his U. law degree in 1954, specializes in insurance and personal-injury defense. He is a former president of the Alumni Association and is currently on the National Advisory Council. He has served in numerous community groups, including the Heritage Foundation, Chamber of Commerce and Legal Aid Society.
Ure, who attended the U. in 1942, is on the U. College of Nursing Advisory Board and the Advisory Council for the state Department of Employment Security. She was also chairwoman of the Utah Board of Education and national vice president of the Parent Teacher Association.
Williams, the first director of the U. Hinckley Institute of Politics, has taught 20,000 students about freedom, the political process and the Constitution in his 40-year career. He has received the U.'s distinguished teaching award, the superior teaching award from his college and was named university professor to plan and oversee the bicentennial observance of the Constitution on campus.