Outstanding Alumni Awards
Margaret Heafield Hamilton '58
Margaret Heafield Hamilton, a math major and philosophy minor at Earlham, deferred entry into a doctoral program in abstract mathematics in order to work on the fledging space program. She directed the on-board flight software project for the Apollo and Skylab projects while serving as director of the software engineering division of the Charles Stark Draper Laboratory at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. She became a pioneer in the systems engineering and software development industry. She also helped define system software requirements for the Space Shuttle program. Hamilton is founder and C.E.O. of Hamilton Technologies, Inc., which designs systems and develops software based on a paradigm known as “Development Before the Fact.” In 1986, she received the Augusta Lovelace Award from the Association for Women in Computing.
Katherine "Kay" Krewson Pickering ’59
Kay Krewson Pickering has made her mark on her community with her extreme dedication to volunteer service, most notably through the Harrisburg (Pa.) Center for Peace and Justice. She is known for her work on conflict mediation and housing counseling, helping clients from lower socio-economic backgrounds find appropriate and affordable housing. Pickering’s work is widely known and appreciated in her area, and she has been honored for her volunteerism with awards from such diverse groups as the Dauphin County Bar Association, the United Way of the Capital Region, Temple University, YWCA of Greater Harrisburg and the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania Department of Education. A member of the Religious Society of Friends since she was 10 years old, she spent the summer of 1959 at American Friends Service Committee work camps in France and Germany. She has been a member of Harrisburg Friends Meeting for 45 years.
David K. Wagner ’52
David K. Wagner was a pioneer in the field of emergency medicine. Originally trained as a pediatric surgeon, he saw a need for more specialized training for doctors working in hospital emergency rooms. At Drexel University College of Medicine, he created one of the first training programs in the country for emergency medicine. He worked to get emergency medicine accepted as a board-recognized specialty and was a founding editor of Principles of Practice of Emergency Medicine, the first textbook in the field. He has received numerous awards for his contributions to the field and is the namesake of the David K. Wagner Award from the American Academy of Emergency Medicine, which honors “individuals who have made a meaningful impact on the field.” Wagner received the first such award in 1995. He attended medical school at St. Louis University, completed his residency at the University of Washington and a fellowship at St. Christopher’s Hospital for Children.
Distinguished Service Award
State Senator Allen Paul
Citizens of East Central Indiana will remember State Senator Allen Paul for a variety of legislative accomplishments, but at Earlham, he may always be known as Senator Stoplight. The Senator, a 23-year veteran of the Indiana legislature, was instrumental this year in securing a traffic signal at the main entrance to campus. The College had been trying to convince the Indiana Department of Transportation (INDOT) to install a stoplight at the location since at least 1962, but Sen. Paul made the initiative a priority and arranged a pivotal meeting with the commissioner of INDOT and a representative of the Governor’s office. The new traffic signal will be added as part of an on-going project to widen Route 40. Paul, a Republican, is a former Assistant Majority Caucus Chairman and Assistant Majority whip in the State Senate. A decorated veteran of the U.S. Army and a retired Brigadier General of the Indiana National Guard Reserve, he is chairman of the Veteran Affairs Committee. He also chairs the Insurance and Financial Institutions Committee and serves on such other committees as the Agriculture and Small Business Committee and Homeland Security, Transportation and Veterans Affairs. He is a graduate of Parsons College.