Wayne Heppler, a 1960 graduate of Southern Utah State College will be honored with the college's prestigious Distinguished Service Award at the annual Alumni Banquet during Homecoming Week.

A native of Beaver and a graduate of Beaver High School, Heppler served for four years in the U.S. Air Force before enrolling at SUSC (then College of Southern Utah). After receiving an associate of science degree, he completed a bachelor of science degree at Utah State University.After working for several electronics companies in California, Heppler and another SUSC graduate, Charles Masters, formed their own highly successful graphic terminal manufacturing company - De Anza systems of San Jose, Calif. The company designs and manufactures digital electronic equipment used in displays of medical imagery, earth resources and special image processing.

Heppler and Masters later sold the company to Gould, Inc., of Chicago, Ill., for $26 million. He now serves on the board of directors of Amperif Corp.

Heppler and his wife, Annette, have contributed 10 full-tuition scholarships to the SUSC department of physical science every year since 1981. The Marva and Rue Heppler Scholarships, named after his parents, have made a huge impact on the science department. According to Richard Kennedy, head of the department of physical sciences, the Hepplers' contribution accounts for about half of the department's full-tuition scholarships.

"This is a major contribution - it's been terrific," Kennedy said. "Any honor this institution can bestow on him is greatly appreciated by this department."

Heppler will be honored at the Alumni Homecoming Banquet Friday, Oct. 12, at 6:30 p.m. in the Harris Pavilion. SUSC President Gerald R. Sherratt will be the guest speaker. The Distinguished Alumni Award will be presented at the banquet, also.

Tickets to the banquet can be purchased from members of the alumni council or from the Alumni Relations Office, 586-7777.