LEWISBURG, Pa. - Judge Susan Crawford, a Bucknell University alumna and trustee, was named a 2005 Distinguished Daughter of Pennsylvania.
Crawford, one of 10 recipients of this year's award, will be recognized at the 58th Annual Presentation Luncheon hosted by Pennsylvania Gov. Ed Rendell and Judge Marjorie Rendell, First Lady of the Commonwealth, at the governor's residence in Harrisburg Tuesday, Oct. 18.
The annual award is given to women in recognition of outstanding accomplishments of state and national importance.
"We are pleased that the state of Pennsylvania is honoring Judge Crawford with this prestigious award," said Bucknell President Brian C. Mitchell. "We are proud to count Judge Crawford as a member of the Bucknell family - both as an alumna and chair of the board of trustees."
Mitchell said that Judge Crawford's leadership and professional contributions will benefit future generations of women. "Judge Crawford's professional advancement is an example of the fruits of hard work, aptitude, and charisma and serves as an example for all professionals, regardless of gender," he said.
In making the announcement, Judge Rendell said, "Each Distinguished Daughter is a remarkable woman whose presence represents a powerful and lasting tribute to the spirit of community that has provided both strength and prosperity to Pennsylvania. The Governor and I commend them for their leadership and contributions to the commonwealth." Read complete announcement.
The 1969 Bucknell graduate's barrier-breaking professional experience includes service as a United States Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces judge from 1991 to the present. She served as chief judge from 2000 to 2004 and is the first female to serve in either capacity.
In 1983, Crawford was named general counsel of the Army and from 1989 to 1991 she served as inspector general of the U.S. Department of Defense.
A recipient of Bucknell's Outstanding Alumni for Achievement in a Chosen Profession in 1989, she was awarded in 1993 the Bucknell Female Athlete Alumni Achievement Award.
She was elected to the university's board of trustees in 1988 which she currently chairs and is the first female to serve in that role.
As an award recipient, Crawford joins an elite group of women who have been honored by the state since 1949 for distinguished service. To date, 420 women have been recognized as Distinguished Daughters of Pennsylvania. Previous recipients include Pearl Buck, Grace Kelly, and Mamie Eisenhower.