A prominent Korean actor and the Brigham Young University track coach will receive Distinguished Service Awards at the BYU Alumni Association Homecoming Banquet and Annual Meeting on Friday.
Kwang Nam Yang, a 1956 graduate of BYU, and Clarence F. Robison, who graduated in 1949, will receive the honors after the banquet at 5:30 p.m. in the Wilkinson Center Ballroom. Also to be presented are the Honorary Alumni Awards, the Service to Family Award and the Young Alumni Awards.BYU President Jeffrey R. Holland will address the alumni after the dinner and the presentation of awards.
Recipients of the Honorary Alumni Award will be Lucille Covey Richards, Salt Lake City, and Paul K. Edmunds, Mapleton. The Service to Family Award will go to Anna Henrietta Hogan of Bancroft, Idaho. Young Alumni Awards will be presented to Lynette Cowley, Salt Lake City, and Val Cowley Sheffield, Burlingame, Calif.
Yang graduated from BYU with a master's degree in theater and cinematic arts. He returned to Korea and joined the faculty in the department of theater and cinema at Chung-Ang University in Seoul, where he serves now as department chairman.
Robison directed the efforts of BYU's track team from 1948 to 1988 and was responsible for the team's winning 20 conference championships and three WAC indoor titles, sharing one NCAA team championship and finishing among the 10 top NCAA teams in 15 of the past 19 years.
He has been inducted into the Utah Sports Hall of Fame and the BYU Athletic Hall of Fame and in 1976 was named Citizen of the Year by the Utah County Council of Governments.
Richards has been active in Covey Enterprises, having served as a trustee, partner, officer and stockholder. She said her greatest accomplishment has been as wife, mother and homemaker.
Edmunds is being recognized for his 20-year service as a physician at BYU's McDonald Health Center and for the many uncompensated hours he donated to the center. He is a member of the New York Academy of Science and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Health in London.
His children also remember many times when he was called back to the Health Center in the night to treat sick and injured students and the many times homesick students were invited to their house.
Hogan received her master's degree in education from BYU in 1962. Since then, she has devoted her time to strengthening the special educational programs of rural Idaho.
Cowley received her registered nurse bachelor's degree from BYU in 1976 and since then has cared for terminally ill patients at LDS Hospital in Salt Lake City.
Sheffield, winner of the male Young Alumni Award, received bachelor's and master's degrees in zoology from BYU. He attended the University of Chicago and earned his doctorate and medical degrees.