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Three Alums Awarded @ Summer Reunion

Three Berea College alumni have received special awards during this year's summer reunion, which was the last official event during Berea's sesquicentennial year.

Stambaugh, Cheng, and White receive Alumni Awards

Dr. Harry Stambaugh, a surgeon and founder of Kentucky’s first burn center, and Dr. H.H. Cheng, an agronomist and professor at Washington State University and more recently the University of Minnesota, received Distinguished Alumnus Awards. William Edward White of Somerset was honored with the Alumni Loyalty Award, which is given each year to an alumnus who has rendered outstanding service to, and demonstrated loyal interest in, Berea College.

Stambaugh, a 1950 graduate of Berea, has devoted his life to providing patient care to children born with birth defects and those who have suffered traumatic injuries, specializing in the care of acute burns and reconstructive surgery. He founded Kentucky’s first burn center, the Children’s Hospital Burn Center, and served as its medical director for 30 years. Related to this work, the Paintsville native also holds a U.S. patent for the invention and application of an ultrasonic technique for characterizing skin burns.

Dr. Stambaugh also served for 30 years on the faculty of the University of Louisville School of Medicine, the institution where he earned his medical degree. He served in the U.S. Army and Army Reserve and just recently retired from the U.S. Armed Forces Military Entrance Processing Command, Medical Division. He has received awards for his professional contributions from organizations in Louisville and from the U.S. Department of Defense for Outstanding Military Service. He and his wife, Bette, are residents of Louisville.

Dr. Cheng graduated from Berea in 1956 with a B.A. degree in agriculture, then earned his M.S. and Ph.D. degrees from the University of Illinois. His career has encompassed teaching, research, administration, and public service in the areas of agronomy and soil science. His teaching career included 24 years at Washington State University, where he also served as Associate Dean of the Graduate School, and 13 years at the University of Minnesota, where he was professor and head of the Department of Soil Science.

He has published more than 130 scientific papers and has served on the editorial board of a number of scientific journals. Dr. Cheng has applied his knowledge to problems and policies nationally and internationally by participating in projects and exchanges in Africa, South America, Europe and China related to environmental and natural resource management. Retired now from teaching, Cheng continues to be active, serving as an advisor and a member of several boards related to development and education projects in agriculture throughout the world. He and his wife, Jo, reside in Roseville, Minn.

White, winner of the Kentucky Outstanding Teacher and the Principal with Principles Award, is a 1965 Berea graduate who worked as a vocational agriculture teacher, secondary and elementary principal, retiring as a school principal in 1997. For more than 20 years, White coordinated the Lake Cumberland/Pulaski County area alumni chapter meetings – several years cooking breakfast for the group in order to increase attendance.

He has given talks about Berea College to the Chamber of Commerce and helped place Berea Agriculture students in co-op opportunities. He also served as a volunteer Berea College admissions associate for ten years.

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