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May 28, 2004


LEWISBURG, Pa.— The Bucknell University Alumni Association Board of Directors will present its annual awards to five alumni during Reunion celebrations June 5.

Honored will be: Bob '44 and Helen "Honey" Rhinesmith Baker '44; Thomas Buzard '54; and William Wolfe Jr. '53.

In addition, Don Husch '54 will be recognized for his Loyalty to Bucknell. Husch passed away May 8 but was told of the award before he died.

Bob and Honey Baker, West Milford, N.J., will receive the Loyalty to Bucknell Award, given for extraordinary service, dedication and commitment to alma mater. Both have served as alumni class officers or representatives, represented their class at the annual Scholarship Day program, and received the Bison Club award in 1989. Bob served on the Bison Club executive committee for more than 20 years and Honey served as alumni magazine class reporter or co-reporter for 50 of her 60 alumnae years.

Thomas Buzard, Princeton, N.J., will be honored with the Service to Humanity Award, given to the graduate whose selfless and caring work and deeds benefit society and humankind. A surgeon with the Fuld Medical Center, now the Capital Health System in New Jersey, for 35 years, Buzard worked to develop a level II trauma center at the center and played a major role in the development of a $40 million building project with three additional trauma rooms and emergency room.

William Wolfe Jr. , Tucson, Ariz., will receive the Award for Outstanding Achievement in a Chosen Profession. Wolfe served as manager of the electro-optical department at Honeywell where he directed programs involving infrared night driving, star sensors and space experiments. He also taught at the University of Arizona's Optical Science Center, where he conducted research programs such as the space craft probe to the planet Venus. Responsible for the first design of the Cadillac infrared night driving system, he recently received a patent for the fluorescent detection of certain cancers.

Don Husch, Westfield, N.J., will be honored with the Loyalty to Bucknell Award. The award, given for extraordinary service, dedication and commitment to alma mater, recognizes his Bucknell activities including serving as president of the Northern New Jersey Bucknell Alumni Club for 15 years and Reunion chair or Reunion gift chair for his 40th, 45th and 50th Reunions.

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