2013 Alumni Award Winners
Young Alumni Achievement Award – Adrienne “Adie” Harmon, Class of 2001
Adrienne “Adie” Harmon, class of 2001, was born and raised in central Illinois. After graduating from Lincoln College, she went to University of Illinois at Springfield and received her Bachelor of Science in Biology. She then went on to receive a doctorate in dental medicine from Arizona School of Dentistry and Oral Health and a master’s certificate in Public Health from the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill, both degrees earned in 2008. Adrienne joined the National Health Service Corps and has given her service as a dentist for the past five years to an underserved area in Northern Arizona. She has also been a clinical instructor at Northern Arizona University in Flagstaff, Ariz., since August 2009. Adie contributes much of her success as a dentist to her former LC professor, the late Don Hilscher.
Adrienne made multiple trips down to Port-au-Prince, Haiti, with six trips in the last five years as a dentist. While she is there, she treats up to 500 patients per week doing extractions. Adrienne serves on these mission trips as a volunteer dentist through Haitian Christian Outreach (HCO). Adrienne teaches Haitian dentists how to sustain the clinic and deliver care to the poorest country in the western hemisphere while she is back in the states. Prior to becoming a dentist, Adie went to Haiti with HCO several times to serve on mission teams. Adie’s father was involved with HCO, and her first trip to Haiti was with him when she was a young teenager.
The LaVeta Zurkammer Alumni Award – Paul Beaver, Class of 1956
Paul Beaver, class of 1956 and Lincoln College Professor Emeritus is a native of Lincoln and Logan County. Paul taught History and English for seven years at Elkhart Junior High before returning to Lincoln College to join the faculty. Paul taught and served as curator of the Lincoln Museum on the College campus for much of his time at LC. He retired in 2001. He met his wife Sue at LC, and they have two daughters who both attended as well. Paul is an accomplished author of several books and articles. He even co-produced a film, From Surveyor to President, Abraham Lincoln in Logan County, Illinois, in 2003 as part of Lincoln’s Sesquicentennial. In 2008 Paul was named “Citizen of the Year” by The Lincoln Courier newspaper. He has been actively involved in the Lincoln Alumni Committee for many years, attends every LC event possible, and still stays in touch with fellow classmates as well as former students. Paul has proven over the years that he is devoted not only to Lincoln (the President as well as the town), but is a true Lincoln College cheerleader. Since his graduation from Lincoln College 57 years ago, he has shown nothing but dedication, passion and enthusiastic involvement with the College.
Alumni Achievement Awards – David Fischer ’63, Jack Sparacio ’63 and Bill Gossett ’43
David Fischer, class of 1963 and class Valedictorian, continued his education at the University of Missouri, graduating with an A.B. degree (with Honors in Economics) in 1965, and the University of Missouri School of Law in 1968 (Cum Laude). He served as a member of the Judge Advocate General’s Corps of the United States Army from 1968-72, where he handled general courts-martial cases on both the trial and appellate levels. He joined the University of Missouri law faculty in 1972. His career has been in the area of Tort Law. David enjoys spending as much time as possible doing the hobbies he loves: skiing, hiking, jogging, scuba diving, photography, and auto mechanics–he has a 1960 MGA which he restored.
Jack Sparacio, class of 1963, recently retired after a successful career in manufacturing. Between 1991 and 2012 Jack was President and CEO of IMED Corp, a San Diego-based subsidiary of Advanced Medical Inc., Lang Manufacturing Company in Everett, Wash., and Plastics Engineering & Development, Inc. (PEDI) in California. Jack earned his AA degree from Lincoln College and his BA degree in Business Administration and Education from Western Michigan University. He also completed studies at Northwestern University School of Business in the Executive Management Development Program and Columbia University Graduate School of Executive Management Development. Jack currently serves as a member of Lincoln College’s Board of Trustees.
William E. “Bill” Gossett, class of 1943, is a well-known business and civic leader in and around Lincoln. Bill’s voice is known throughout Lincoln and Logan County to those who tune in to View Point every Wednesday morning at 8:15 on WLCN Radio. He has been a business owner; is a Veteran having served in the Army Air Corps; has been an active participant in education, having served on two school boards; and was a member of the LCHS District #404 Steering Committee.
Mr. Gossett is a staunch supporter of children of all ages. He has been a Board of Trustee member at Lincoln College since 1998, a coach, a mentor for the students at Washington-Monroe School, and the chairman of the Lincoln Elks Crippled Children’s Commission. He has shared his love of education at the Logan Correctional Center by participating in their Story Book Reading Program. He is a positive role model for all and an advocate for all aspects of education.