Concord Alumni and Friends Honored at Spring Banquet

For Immediate Release: 
Jun 07 2000

Concord Alumni and Friends Honored at Spring Banquet

Athens, W.Va. - Concord College’s Alumni Association honored those who have contributed to the College in a wide variety of ways at its Spring Banquet, Saturday, May 13, 2000. Awards were given in the following categories:

Linda Fink Service Award (Someone who has made outstanding contributions to their community.) The recipient was Faye Robertson from Princeton, W.Va. “Some people were born with the ability to help others,” announced Dr. J. Douglas Machesney, during the presentation of the award. “She has worked tirelessly to make Mercer Counter a better place. She helped the College with fundraising and volunteered with the Salvation Army, Bloodmobile, Retired Seniors, Chamber, and many other community organizations. We are glad that we have this opportunity to recognize Faye and her contributions to Concord and Mercer County.”

Alumnus of the Year (Someone who has made outstanding contributions to the Alumni Association and College.) The recipient was Dr. Margaret Wells Egar who graduated from Concord College in 1956 with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Education. She completed post-graduate work at Emory University in Atlanta, Ga., where she received a Master of Science degree in biology in 1958 and a PhD in 1960.

Dr. Egar taught at Ball State University, the New York College of Osteopathic Medicine, New York Institute of Technology, Indiana University School of Medicine and Cleveland State University. In 1980, she was an honorary research fellow at the University of Birmingham genetics department in England.

Dr. Egar is now retired and is a member of the Concord College Alumni Association Executive Council. She resides in Cleveland Heights, Oh., with her husband Joseph.

Golden Alumnus (An alumnus who has contributed greatly to the Association and/or College for 25 years or more.) The recipient was Robert Bennett Crawford. He graduated from Concord College in 1958 earning a Bachelors Degree in Business Administration, majoring in Economics. In 1964, he earned his Masters Degree from Virginia Tech University and received an honorary doctor of leadership from the local chapter of Alpha Phi Omega.

Mr. Crawford taught college-level business courses, and served in management positions with various non-profit organizations. He also worked as administrative assistant in the Governor's Office of Federal State Relations, served as National Membership Chairman of the National Council for Small Business Management Development and served on the West Virginia Advisory Council to the Small Business Administration.

Ben Crawford has written over 25 publications dealing with management, business, personnel and education related topics. He is currently serving as President of the Concord College Alumni Association. He has been a tireless servant of Concord, helping with and serving as the President of the New River Valley Chapter. He has also worked on various Alumni Committees and projects for over 25 years. He currently lives in Blacksburg with his wife Carol.

Outstanding Alumnus (An alumnus who has made great strides in their profession and/or community.) The recipient was Homer Keaton Ball who graduated from Concord College in 1948 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Education. He later received a Masters Degree from the University of Michigan. After graduation he worked for the Virginia State Health Department for five years. He returned to Athens and operated a grocery store for 24 years, and then was employed in various capacities associated with the physical plant at Concord College.

Homer Ball has served the citizens of Mercer County as sheriff, a member in the House of Delegates and a member of the West Virginia Senate. He continues to reside in Athens with his wife Helen.

“Over a third of our students have had an association with a Concord alumnus or alumna,” stated President Jerry Beasley. “Our alumni are very important to the long-term success of this College and our mission.”

For more information about involvement with the Concord College Alumni Association, call Kati Whittaker at 1-304-384-5348, or e-mail at


Concord College Notes: The Concord College Alumni Association was incorporated November 23, 1951. Currently, there are seven alumni chapters located throughout the eastern United States. The association fosters higher academic standards, sponsors scholarships, recruits new students and helps students who are currently enrolled.

Photo #1:

Dr. J. Douglas Machesney presents Fink Service Award to Fay Robertson.

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Alumna of the Year Margaret Egar

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Ben Crawford received the Golden Alumnus Award from Joseph Friedl.

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Outstanding Alumnus Homer Ball