Awarded to an alumnus or alumna whose selfless and caring work and deeds benefit society and humankind.
Not only has Dr. Clarence Cranford's three decades of service and devotion as a trustee of Bucknell been of untold value to the well-being of this university, but his wise counsel and enthusiastic willingness to work for noble causes extends throughout the world.
He has been a member of the Board of Trustees of the Kloser Theological Seminary, president of the Washington Federation of Churches, president of the American Baptist Convention, and director of the Ministers Life and Casualty Union. In addition, he was honored by the House of Representatives of the United States Congress, served as director of youth work at the Baptist Temple in Philadelphia, and has been a preaching missionary to U.S. armed forces in Hawaii, the Philippines, Okinawa, Japan, Guam, Greece, Crete, and Libya. He also has conducted preaching missions to Germany and behind the Iron Curtain in Russia.
He served as senior minister of the Calvary Baptist Church in Washington for 30 years and is currently president of Bucknell's Emeritus Club.
As an undergraduate, Clarence Cranford majored in the A.B. Course and was a member of Alpha Chi Mu fraternity. An outstanding piano player, he was deeply involved with the Ministerial Association and became managing editor of The Bucknellian. He also was editor of the Freshman Handbook, active on the YMCA cabinet, and president of the Student Council of Religious Activities.
In 1942, Bucknell bestowed upon him the honorary degree of Doctor of Divinity.
Note: Dr. Cranford's award was accepted for him by Ken Slifer, Class of 1926.