Brigham Young University President Rex E. Lee will award Presidential Citations to three people at the university's 116th Commencement activities April 25 at 4:30 p.m. in the Marriott Center.
Receiving awards will be Elder Victor L. Brown of Salt Lake City and Charles E. (Chuck) and Harriet Peterson of Provo. They will join other recipients who have been honored since the award's inception in 1983.The citation recognizes outstanding individuals and groups, and the current honorees will be acknowledged for their civic, professional and religious accomplishments.
A lifetime of service to the LDS Church characterizes many of the accomplishments in Elder Brown's life. He became an LDS General Authority in 1961 when President David O. McKay called him to serve as second counselor in the Presiding Bishopric. In April of 1972 he became the 10th Presiding Bishop and served until April 6, 1985, when he became a member of the First Quorum of the Seventy.
For more than two years, from June 1985 through August 1987, he served as president of the Salt Lake LDS Temple. His wife, Lois Kjar Brown, was temple matron. Earlier church positions include being a bishop and a counselor in a stake presidency.
Among his responsibilities were establishing a worldwide translation and distribution organization for the church, and he served as a member of the Church Board of Education with special ties to BYU's business school.
He was an executive with United Airlines before his call to full-time church service. Among his professional accomplishments were roles in helping establish a systemwide computer reservations network and assisting a merger between United and Capital Airlines.
For almost 56 years, Harriet and Chuck Peterson have worked as a team in family, church, civic and professional undertakings. They are known for their entrepreneurial accomplishments, which led to a partnership at Utah Office Supply in 1949 and the formation of an automobile dealership, Chuck Peterson Motors, in 1959. Business thrived through 1984, when the Petersons retired and sold the companies.
As active participants in their community, the Petersons have directed their service in many directions.
Harriet Peterson was president of Jaycee Wives, Ladies Literary Club, PTA, Phila Nada Literary Club and Riverside Ladies.
Among his honors, Chuck Peterson includes Utah Jaycee Outstanding President; Provo's "Mr. Free Enterprise;" Time Magazine Intermountain Regional Quality Dealer Award; Utah County Citizen of the Year; BYU Honorary Alumnus; Abraham Smoot Public Service Award; Weber College Presidential Citation; and Reed Smoot Citizen of the Year award.
Utah Valley Regional Medical Center has been a recipient of the Petersons' talents, with Chuck Peterson serving on the board of directors and Harriet Peterson as a member of the volunteer auxiliary.
Chuck Peterson, a founding board member of the BYU Cougar Club, also affiliated with National Cougar Club and Downtown Coaches. He served 12 years in the Utah State Legislature and is now in his second term in the Utah State Senate. Both have been active politically as delegates to two National Republican Conventions.
Thomas S. Monson, second counselor in the First Presidency of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, will conduct the ceremonies.
Former BYU president Jeffrey R. Holland, now a member of the First Quorum of the Seventy for the LDS Church, will be the Commencement speaker and receive an honorary doctorate.
A graduation dinner will follow the Commencement at 7:15 p.m. in the Wilkinson Center Ballroom. Tickets are available through the Alumni House.