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2014 Distinguished Alumni Award winners - Norm Kellum, Karen Bruton and Jim Williams

Distinguished alumni reflect the spirit of Wake Forest

A BUSINESSWOMAN WHO MERGED HER WORLDS OF HEAD AND HEART. A LAWYER WHO STEPPED UP FOR HIS COMMUNITY AFTER A TRAGIC SHOOTING. A TRUSTEE RENOWNED FOR HIS LEGAL ACUMEN AND SERVICE THROUGHOUT NORTH CAROLINA.   Karen Bruton (MBA ’84), Norman B. Kellum Jr. (’59, JD ’65, P ’96) and James T. “Jim” Williams (’62, JD […]

James T. Williams Jr., Greensboro, N.C.

As a standout tackle on Wake Forest’s football team in the early 1960s, James T. “Jim” Williams (’62, JD ’66, P ’89, ’92) once considered pursuing a career in the NFL until Professor of History Forrest Clonts (1920) encouraged him to attend law school. Williams, who was a first generation college student, said he was […]

Norman B. Kellum Jr., Trent Woods, N.C.

After four people were critically injured following a shooting in Greenville, N.C., last summer, Norman B. Kellum Jr. (’59, JD ’65, P ’96) established a relief fund called “Greenville Strong,” for those victims and the victims of future acts of random violence. When two local high schools won state football titles, Kellum and his law […]

Karen Bruton, Brentwood, Tenn.

Making money or making a difference? If you had to choose, which would it be? Karen Bruton (MBA ’84), an accountant and business executive, has combined her success for the former with her desire to devote her life to the latter — giving people “a new tomorrow.” As founder of Hope Investments, Bruton traveled globally […]

Distinguished Alumni Award winners Richard Burr ('78) and Jane Owens Cage ('78)

Distinguished alumni reflect the spirit of Wake Forest

A U.S. SENATOR. A HEROINE IN THE HEARTLAND. A TRUSTEE HONORED POSTHUMOUSLY FOR HIS LONG SERVICE TO THE UNIVERSITY. U.S. Sen. Richard Burr (’78), Jane Owens Cage (’78) and the late Graham W. Denton Jr. (’67, P ’93, ’97, ’10) were named the 2013 Wake Forest Distinguished Alumni Award winners. They were recognized at a […]

U.S. Sen. Richard Burr ('78)

Richard M. Burr, Winston-Salem, N.C., and Washington, D.C.

As with every elected official, it can be tempting to consider U.S. Sen. Richard Burr (’78) in policy terms. He’s the guy who streamlined bureaucracy to expedite medical care for millions of Americans, for example. But to get the real point, ask somebody across the allegedly impassable gulf of partisanship to describe what makes the […]

Jane Owens Cage ('78)

Jane Owens Cage, Joplin, Mo.

With an evangelism of action, not words, Jane Owens Cage (’78) embodies the Wake Forest spirit of Pro Humanitate. She stepped up to serve her community when it needed her most, using business savvy and a gift for connecting with people and building consensus to lead the Citizens Advisory Recovery Team that brought Joplin, Mo., […]

Graham W. Denton Jr. ('67)

The late Graham W. Denton, Jr. (’67)

Last October, three months before the distinguished alumnus lost his fight with pancreatic cancer, Wake Forest had a chance to thank Trustee Graham W. Denton Jr. (’67) for his devotion and service to the University. The University and Denton’s colleagues at Bank of America, where Denton had been an executive, announced that the main reception […]

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Michael “Mike” Aiken, Greensboro, N.C.

Since 1985 the Rev. Michael “Mike” Aiken (’71) has been executive director of Greensboro Urban Ministry, a nondenominational agency providing crisis intervention and outreach services. As one nominator wrote, “He is out to put himself out of a job as he works to end homelessness and poverty in Greensboro and Guilford County.” In accepting his […]

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Libba Clark Evans, Winston-Salem, N.C.

Well-known for her service in the private and public sectors, Lisbeth “Libba” Clark Evans (’74, MBA ’78) earned two degrees from Wake Forest and she has never strayed far from the place. She has, at one time or another, held leadership roles on the Board of Trustees, the Alumni Council, the boards of directors of Wake […]