Outstanding Alumni Awards
George R. Reller '49
George R. Reller '49, was an Earlham trustee for nine years and legal counsel for the College for many more. His volunteer service to Earlham include leadership of the Alumni Association during the early 1970s and prominent roles in two successful capital campaigns.
Throughout his long career as an attorney, George Reller was widely esteemed for his skill, insight and honesty. For many lawyers in the Wayne County Bar Association he was the model for what an attorney should be: intelligent, principled and devoted to justice and the welfare of his community. More than a few of the letters supporting his Distinguished Alumni Award speak also of his affability, humor and quality as a sympathetic listener.
George Reller served 30 years as a trustee for Reid Hospital in Richmond and 19 years as the board's chairman. He is a long-time trustee of the Wayne County Boys Club and is past president of the Richmond Rotary Club.
Andrea Seabrook '96
Andrea Seabrook '96 speaks a voice familiar to millions of listeners to National Public Radios news and information programs. As NPR's congressional correspondent she brings daily breaking news as well as longer, in-depth features on Congress. While frequently a thorn in the side of the House leadership in both parties as any good reporter ought to be she is often sought out by them, says NPR's senior Washington editor Ron Elving. This is a testament to her great gift of personable interaction.
Seabrook joined the NPR in 1998 as an editorial assistant. After a stint at NPRs Mexico Bureau she returned to Washington and eventually became an editorial assistant for the networks Morning Edition program. In January 2003 she was named congressional correspondent, a job that keeps her in almost constant motion.
Seabrook majored in biology at Earlham, where she also studied Spanish and worked for the student radio station, WECI. A confessed devotee of Earlham, she has returned to campus often, most recently in November 2003 to deliver a convocation address and meet with students and faculty members.
Distinguished Service Awards
P. Gerald Mills '49
P.Gerald Mills '49 bears the surname of a family that has connected itself with Earlham since its founding. His 2005 award for Distinguished Service recognizes, in part, his service on the Earlham Board of Trustees that began in 1970 and continues still. Between 1975 and 1985, he served as the board's chair. He remains an honorary lifetime trustee.
"Capturing Gerald's leadership on the Board of Trustees is more a task for the College Archivist than a letter like this," one board colleague wrote in support of the award. He recalled that "Gerald was a model of what a college trustee should be. He was a quiet, but effective counselor to Earlham's presidents and encouraged his fellow trustees to take the long view of the role of the College, insisting on fiscal responsibility and using his business acumen to inform his own opinions and to help shape the Boards consensus on many, many issues."
Gerald Mills was a successful leader in American retailing. He served as president of Indianapolis based L.S. Ayres Department Stores. Later he served as executive vice president of Dayton Hudson Corporation, a national chain of retail stores that includes Target. The corporation is consistently saluted for its practice of expressed ethical standards. After retiring from Dayton Hudson Corporation, he served as Chairman and CEO of Jacobsons specialty stores.
Paul A. Lacey
Paul A. Lacey was practically an institution within an institution long before he retired from Earlham College as professor of English in 2001. For thousands of students who matriculated through his diverse courses in English and the Humanities, Paul Lacey's face remains a fond memory of Earlham.
Noting that a senior colleague once had asserted that Paul Lacey was "the most important person" at the College, a professor who nominated him for the Distinguished Service Award concurred. "That was a fair assessment, it is not going too far to say that for most of his time at Earlham, Paul was our mentor, our visionary and our conscience."
His service to Earlham included a three-year term as provost (1972-75), sandwiched with one year as acting president. His fellowships and awards include the Danforth Foundation's Harbison Prize for Distinguished Teaching and the Sears Roebuck Foundation's Teaching Excellence and Campus Leadership Award. In 1992, the Council for Advancement and Support of Education named Paul Lacey the Indiana Professor of the Year.
Since 2003, Lacey has been presiding clerk of the American Friends Service Committee Board, a role that includes his acting as liaison between the Service Committee and its Quaker constituents.