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Alumni to Receive Doane's Honor D Award

Alumni to Receive Doane's Honor D Award

Two former Doane athletes will receive the Honor D Award Saturday, Oct. 6, 2007.

The award dates back to 1958 and honors former Doane athletes who have succeeded in their chosen careers or service. This year's recipients will be honored during halftime of the 1 p.m. Homecoming football game Oct. 6 at Simon Field.

An Honor D Award luncheon precedes the game, beginning at 11 a.m. on the upper level of Perry Campus Center. Reservations are required for the luncheon. For more information, contact the Alumni Office at 402.826.8258.

The 2007 recipients are:

 Fred D. Brown '59, Crete

Fred Brown, former president of Doane College is Honor D RecipientFans who packed Butler Gymnasium for basketball games in the late 1950s had the opportunity to watch a fiery and talented guard as well as their future Doane president.

Born in Holdrege, Dr. Fred Brown attended high school in Ogallala, the son of two educators.  He found his own calling to education at Doane.

Brown was a four-year letterman in basketball, and also lettered in baseball and tennis. He was named All Conference honorable mention in basketball in 1959.

He also was a member of the interfraternity council, Phi Eta Sigma, Sigma Phi Theta, Alpha Psi Omega, Phi Alpha Theta and Doane Players.

He met wife Janet Farrington Brown '60 at Doane and graduated cum laude in 1959 with a degree in history. He then earned his master and doctorate degrees at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia.

Brown began his academic career as an instructor in history at Concord College in West Virginia in 1962.  He continued his career at Gustavus Adolphus College in Minnesota and Buena Vista University in Iowa, where he advanced to provost.

Brown became Doane's 10th president in 1987.  He oversaw the growth of his alma mater from about 600 residential students to 1,000. His support was a big factor in the growth of the Lincoln campus from 200 to 800 adult learners and the 1,300 more served through three graduate programs. The college also opened its Grand Island campus during his presidency.

Doane completed $30 million in campus improvements during Brown's tenure, including the restoration of Gaylord Hall, the $10 million Lied Science and Mathematics Building, the Hansen Leadership Residence Hall, Martin Maintenance Building and the restoration of Whitcomb Lee Conservatory.

Brown retired from Doane in 2005 and was named president emeriti. His current undertaking is land development of Farrington Acres, Farrington-Brown, LLC.

He and Janet have four grown children, F. Montgomery Brown, J.S. Engebretson, Ian Brown '92 and Mary Helen Farrington-Brown '95, and seven grandchildren, including Colin, a member of Doane's 2010 class.

Harold W. Clarke '74, Olympia, Wash.

Harold Clarke, Honor D recipientHarold Clarke grew up in the Canal Zone in Panama and came to Doane on athletic and academic scholarships, recruited through a high school professor. He quickly became a leader on campus, serving as a resident assistant, a Student Congress senator and vice president, a spokesperson for campus group African Americans for Freedoms, Rights and Opportunities (AAFRO), a member of Delta Kappa Pi social fraternity and president of the interdormitory council.

Clarke was a four-year letterman and a co-captain of the track team. He was a member of the 4x100 relay team which set a Doane record in 1971 and became the Nebraska Intercollegiate Athletic Conference champions in 1971 and 1972. Clarke placed second in the 60-yard dash and 300-yard dash at the NIAC indoor meet in 1973. In his senior year he placed in numerous sprint events at the NIAC indoor and outdoor meets and ran on the NIAC outdoor champion 4x100 relay team.

Clarke earned a bachelor of arts degree in social science from Doane in 1974, and then began his career in correctional services as an institutional counselor at the Nebraska State Penitentiary. He rose through the department over the next 13 years, until he became warden in 1987, the first employee promoted from within to the position.

In August of 1990, he was appointed Director of the Nebraska Department of Correctional Services. In 2005, Nebraska lost one of its leaders when he began his role as Secretary of the Washington State Department of Corrections.

Clarke is a successful consultant and published author in his field. He also has served in nearly 50 professional, civic and employment-related organizations during his career. The list includes his time as an officer and president elect of the American Correctional Association, a former member of Doane's Board of Trustees, former board chair of Lincoln Public Schools Foundation Board of Directors and a Lincoln Public Schools mentor.

His awards include the Michael Francke Award from the Association of State Correctional Administrators in 1997, the Citizen of the Year Award from the Nebraska Association of Substance Abuse Directors in 1996 and the Dedicated Correctional Service Award in 1994.

Clarke and his wife, Marie, reside in Olympia. Clarke has two grown children, Vanessa, and Erik who attends Doane College.