Clarksville, Ark. ---The University of the Ozarks Alumni Association will honor five of its own during Alumni Weekend by presenting them with the university's distinguished Alumni Association awards for 2003.
Dr. David L. Hosley ’59 of Titusville, Fla., will receive the Achievement Award; Bob Harrison ’50 of Rogers, Ark., will be the recipient of the Merit Award; Shari Bauser Standridge ’97 of Pottsville, Ark., will receive the Young Alumni Service Award; and May Mills Taylor ’37 of Clarksville and Ernest King ’41 of Russellville both will receive the 2003 Legacy Award. The awards will be presented during the Alumni Awards Banquet, scheduled for noon, Saturday, April 12. The university’s annual Alumni Weekend runs from April 10-13. Hosley recently started a new job at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in Daytona Beach, Fla., as dean of the school of corporate training and professional development. He previously served 11 years as manager of technical training for the Lockheed Space Operations Company. His duties for Lockheed included managing the technical training for the U.S. Space Shuttle program at the Kennedy Space Center. Hosley, who earned a doctorate in education administration from the University of Arizona in 1971, spent 27 years in the U.S. Air Force, retiring in 1988 as a colonel. He flew 475 combat missions during the Vietnam War, receiving four distinguished flying crosses and 17 air medals. He and his wife, Bobbi, have two children, Dori and David. Harrison retired in March 2002 after a 47-year career as an agent and manager for American National Insurance Company in Fort Smith. He is a member of the Bentonville Optimist Club and has two children, Lynn Harrison and Pam Lehnen. Standridge, an environmental studies major, is a production planner for Bardcor Corp. in Russellville. She has served on the Alumni Board since 1998 and has chaired several committees. She and her husband, Brian, have two children, son Blake, 3, and daughter Rhyen, who was born in November. Taylor and King will both receive the Legacy Award, which was started last year by the Alumni Association to recognize alumni who have given unselfishly of their resources to support Ozarks during their lifetime. Taylor first enrolled at Ozarks in the mid-1930s and earned her teaching certificate in 1937. She returned to the university to complete her degree in 1956. She taught English for 23 years at Clarksville High School, retiring in 1979. Taylor earned a master’s degree from the University of Arkansas. She and her husband, Harve Taylor, Jr., were married 35 years before he died in 1973. They have two sons, Harve Taylor III and Tom. Taylor has been active in the Ozarks Alumni Association, First Methodist Church, the Johnson County Library, and with the retired teachers organization. King retired in 1985 as a Russellville physician after a 35-year career in which he estimated he delivered more than 4,000 babies. He served as Pope County coroner for more than 20 years, held a seat on the state Board of Health, served as president of the Pope County Medical Society and has been a member of the Lions Club for more than 35 years. He is also a longtime member of the U of O Board of Trustees. He and his wife, Maribeth, have three children, Katherine, Fred and Alice. To register for the Awards Banquet or for more information on the event or any Alumni Weekend event, please contact the Alumni Office at (479) 979-1234.