Awarded to an alumnus or alumna whose selfless and caring work and deeds benefit society and humankind.
With his eyes on the ministry, Tom Beddoe followed the footsteps of his father, a clergyman who received an honorary degree of Doctor of Divinity from Bucknell in 1920.
As an undergraduate, he was elected president of Kappa Sigma fraternity and won distinction as a student orator. He served as an assistant in the Bucknell department of religion and as chaplain in the Lewisburg Federal Penitentiary following his graduation from Colgate-Rochester Divinity School.
Entering the Air Force in 1942 as a chaplain, he served four years and was awarded the Bronze Star. In 1948, he launched his career in Rochester, N.Y., where he is now the executive director of the Men's Service Center. His ministry has been devoted to the underprivileged, the hopeless, and the destitute. Promoting self-respect, his work with alcoholics and the homeless reflect his commitment to curing the complex ills of the inner city. Additionally, he has served as teacher, consultant and minister in many communities and spent 1964 teaching sociology at Virginia Union University. He wrote a case study of alcoholism that was published by the Yale University Press.
President of the Rochester Alumni Club, Reverend Beddoe's family life has consistently revealed his affection for alma mater, aided in great measure by his lovely wife, a member of the Class of 1942. Two sons are also graduates of Bucknell.
In 1963, he was saluted by Bucknell when it bestowed upon him the honorary degree of Doctor of Divinity.