Ten members of the Emeritus Club of Brigham Young University, which includes former students who attended BYU more than 50 years ago and retired faculty, will receive the Special Recognition Award for "lives of outstanding achievement."
The recipients will be honored at the organization's annual luncheon meeting March 31 in the Wilkinson Center, says club president A. Sherman Christensen, a U.S. district judge. The ceremonies will include the induction of the Class of 1939, which has a membership of 4,500.Those to receive honors are Royden C. Braithwaite, Cedar City; C. Bland Giddings, Mesa, Ariz.; Earl Wayne Hanks, Tooele; Harold I. Hansen, Provo; Laura Tucker Henrie, Orem; Ruth Ellsworth Knudson, Arlington, Va.; Jay L. Nelson, Salt Lake City; Virginia H. Riggs, Provo; Wilmer W. Tanner, Provo; and Asahel D. Woodruff, Salt Lake City.
Royden C. Braithwaite was president of Southern Utah State College for 24 years and was awarded an honorary doctor of humanities degree by the college. He was a psychology professor at Cornell University, professor and coordinator of student organizations at BYU and the first co-dean of the BYU College of Family Living.
Before retiring in 1988, C. Bland Giddings specialized in nuclear medicine for 35 years. He set up Arizona's first nuclear medicine facility in 1957 and was president of Arizona Nuclear Medicine Physicians. An accomplished cellist, Giddings also played in the Mesa Symphony Orchestra, of which he was president.
Earl Wayne Hanks headed accounting departments in two business colleges for seven years and was an administrator at Tooele Army Depot for 33 years. In honor of his wife, Hanks established the Mabel Smith Physical Education Scholarship at BYU.
Harold I. Hansen taught speech and drama at Michigan State University, in 1946 and 1947, at Utah State University, 1947-1952, and was a professor at BYU from 1952 to 1979, serving as department chairman and director of speech graduate studies. He developed and directed the Hill Cumorah Pageant for 40 years.
A 1931 BYU graduate in home economics, Laura Tucker Henrie is a well-known clothing designer and costumer. For 16 years she made costumes for the BYU Program Bureau for appearances worldwide. She also designs wedding dresses and doll clothing.
Ruth Ellsworth Knudson holds advanced art history degrees from George Washington and American Universities and has given private art history lessons to hundreds of women students. She also conducts tours annually to galleries in China, Russia, England, the European Continent and the United States.
Jay L. Nelson did graduate study at five universities and was president of Utah Technical College at Salt Lake City from 1949 to 1978. He served on the board of Northwest Association of Schools and Colleges, an accrediting group, as president of Mountain States Association of Community Colleges and as a consultant for the U.S. Department of Education.
Virginia H. Riggs served at BYU from 1967 to 1988 in the Foreign Students Office and in Alumni Relations as records supervisor, administrative assistant, alumni activities coordinator and assistant director of alumni programs.
A professor of zoology at BYU from 1949 to 1980, Wilmer W. Tanner was curator of natural history collections and director of the Monte L. Bean Life Science Museum, which he helped plan. For many years he edited the journal of the Herpetologists League and served as its president. He was awarded the first federal contract to research ground radiation effects on animals in Utah and Nevada.
Asahel D. Woodruff taught and conducted research in educational psychology at Cornell University, 1942-1949; was dean of the BYU Graduate School, 1949-1952; associate director of human resources research at George Washington University, 1952-1954; dean of the BYU College of Education, 1954-1960; and at the University of Utah, 1960-1966.