Alumni to Receive Doane's Honor D Award
Three former Doane athletes will receive the Honor D Award Sunday, Oct. 2.
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 introduced during halftime of the 1 p.m. Homecoming football game Oct. 1 at Simon Field.
The Honor D Award luncheon takes place Oct. 2, beginning at noon 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 2011 recipients are:
Harold M. Nordlund, M.D. '51 of York
Harold Nordlund, a native of York, came to Doane College in 1947, in part on the advice of Coach Jim Dutcher. A two-sport athlete, Nordlund lettered multiple years in basketball and track.
In addition to sports, he was very active on campus, participating in student council, Delta Kappa Pi social fraternity, Inter-Fraternity Council, Men's House Council, Phi Eta Sigma (first-year honor society), and the Honor D Club. As a senior, he served as class president, was selected to Who's Who Among Students in American Universities and Colleges and was both a Doane Scholar and Rhodes Scholar candidate.
He graduated from Doane magna cum laude in 1951 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in biology. In 1955, he received his Doctor of Medicine degree from the University of Nebraska College of Medicine.
Nordlund completed his medical training at Cook County Hospital in Chicago before returning to York in 1956, where he entered family practice with the Bell Clinic. He had particular interests in the fields of pediatrics and obstetrics and delivered a staggering 1,977 babies throughout his 37-year career. Nordlund retired from medicine in 1993.
A fitness and swimming enthusiast, Nordlund not only swims one mile daily but has helped promote physical fitness in York by serving on the York Parks and Recreation board and helping to spearhead the drive for the Family Aquatic Center, which opened in 2008.
Nordlund also has served as a member of the school board for several years, is a member of the Housing Authority Board, and is active in the First Presbyterian Church. Additionally, he has served on the boards of Cornerstone Bank in York, the Hawkeye Bancorporation in Iowa, and the First National Bank in Albion. Nordlund is a member of the American Medical Association and the American Academy of Family Practice.
For his dedication to his community, the York Area Chamber of Commerce presented its Community Service Award to Nordlund in 2005. He also was among the three initial honorees for the York High School Hall of Fame where he was applauded for, among many things, returning to his hometown to give back to his relatives, friends and neighbors.
Nordlund, and his wife, Judi, have five children.
Herbert Cousins Jr. '74 of Weston, Fla.
Herbert Cousins' childhood in Panama City, Panama, was worlds away from the life he'd carve out for himself as an adult. From tough beginnings, he advanced to a master's degree and a 20+year career in the FBI.
Cousins came to Doane via a coaching connection between Doane Basketball Coach Bob Erickson and Panama's national basketball Coach Cecilio Williams.
Cousins became one of Doane's all-time top single-season rebounders. He also was one of the top scorers of his era, finishing with 1,080 points. He represented Panama in the World Games in the former Yugoslavia, the Pan-American games in Colombia, South America, and the Central American and Caribbean games. Panama named him among its greatest athletes.
In 1974, he received a Bachelor of Arts degree from Doane with majors in psychology and Spanish and certification in education. He received his Master's degree in Secondary Education Administration and Supervision from the University of Nebraska-Omaha in 1978.
After graduation, he accepted a position teaching Spanish at George Norris Jr. High School in Omaha, NE. He rose to become an administrator in the Omaha Public Schools District, before leaving education in 1982 and joining the FBI - the pursuit of a childhood dream to work in law enforcement. He subsequently became a counter-terrorism expert.
His first post with the FBI was as a special agent in the Omaha field office. He quickly found himself at the forefront of some of the FBI's high-profile assignments: providing security at the 1984 Olympics in Los Angeles and assisting the U.S. military during Operation Just Cause. He was the lead agent in a major domestic terrorism investigation in South Florida. He served as one of two team leaders who assisted with the investigation after the 1993 raid of the Branch Davidian religious sect in Waco, Texas; and as one of the assistant special agents in charge of the Houston Division, he was the on-scene commander during the 1998 civil rights murder investigation of James Byrd Jr., in Jasper, Texas.
Cousins served the FBI in many more capacities and advanced to the level of Senior Executive. He served as the Section Chief in charge of the FBI's undercover and sensitive operations program at FBI Headquarters, Washington, D.C. and as Special Agent in Charge of the Springfield, Ill., division before retiring in 2003.
Following his retirement, Cousins served as Inspector General for Miami-Dade County Public Schools, the fourth largest school district in the United States.
He is the principal of Cousins and Associates, an agency that provides law enforcement, private corporate security consulting, and investigative and litigation support on a national and international level.
Cousins has been a member of the Screen Actors Guild over five years. He acted in a commercial featuring former NBA player Shaquille O'Neal and played Charles Barkley's double in several commercials.
Carrie McCain Morton '98 of Waukee, Iowa
Salina, Kan., native Carrie McCain Morton graduated from Doane in 1998 with a Bachelor of Science degree in mathematics. A cross country and track standout, she became a National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics All-American in track and field and was twice named an NAIA Scholar Athlete. In 1996, she placed fourth in the marathon at the national championships.
While at Doane, Morton was a member of the campus Fellowship of Christian Athletes organization, as well as Cardinal Key, Doane Republicans and Alpha Lamda Delta. She also served as a peer advisor and a peer tutor.
Following graduation, she accepted a position as an actuary with State Farm Life Insurance Company in Bloomington, Ill., working with product development, financial reporting and financial modeling. In 2002, Morton earned her Fellowship in the Society of Actuaries.
In 2004, she accepted a position with the Principal Financial Group in Des Moines, where she is currently in the Corporate Actuarial Department working with financial reporting and risk management.
Additionally, she represents the Principal Financial Group on the American Council of Life Insurers' Deputies Subgroup on Accounting Issues and also serves on the Life Office Management Association's Textbook Advisory Panel and the Program Committee of the Iowa Actuaries Club.
Morton has helped hundreds of students prepare for and successfully complete the Society of Actuaries' Individual Insurance exam through an Individual Insurance exam study guide she published from 2002-2006. She was also a co-founder and instructor for Perfect 10 Actuarial Seminars, which provided actuarial exam preparation seminars from 2004 through 2006.
She was the 2006 recipient of the Doane College Young Alumni Award.
Morton lives in Waukee, Iowa, with her husband, Bill. Athletics remain a big part of her life. She has completed four Ironman triathlons and, in 2010, competed in the Ironman World Championships in Kona, Hawaii.