Brigham Young University President Jeffrey R. Holland will award Presidential Citations to three people during the school's 114th Commencement April 28 at 9 a.m. in the Marriott Center.
Recipients will be Lynn Stephen Richards, Lucille Janette Covey Richards and B.Z. Kastler. The citations were established in 1983 to honor outstanding individuals and groups, and this year's honorees will be recognized for their civic, professional and religious accomplishments.Lynn Stephen Richards is an attorney who received degrees from BYU and Stanford Law School. He has been a Utah state senator, a member of the Board of Visitors for both Stanford Law School and the J. Reuben Clark Law School at BYU and a member of the Utah State Bar and Federal Bar.
At various times he practiced law with Henry D. Moyle, Stephen L. Richards, J. Reuben Clark and Albert E. Bowen. He served as the legal adviser to his father-in-law, Stephen Mack Covey, founder of the Little America chain of hotels, and has continued as the legal counsel to the present Little America owner Earl Holding.
His contributions to BYU include being a president of the university's Alumni Association, and active support of the Karl G. Maeser Association, the President's Club and the Cougar Club. With his brothers and sisters he endowed scholarships at BYU's J. Reuben Clark Law school to honor his father.
Lucille Covey Richards' life has been characterized by service. She received the LDS Primary Service Award for 25 years of Primary activity on the ward and stake levels. She also has worked extensively in the Relief Society. She has been active in many civic, women's and literary clubs and has donated her time to numerous causes, including volunteer service at LDS Hospital. She assisted in founding the Covey Family Association and has helped in the publication of Covey family genealogies.
A long-time supporter of BYU, she has endowed several scholarships at BYU in the name of her father and has provided major funding for the Stephen Mack Covey Professorship in Entrepreneurship and Small Business in the School of Management.
Through her generosity, BYU performing groups traveling abroad receive cultural training through the David M. Kennedy Center for International Studies.
Kastler, former president and chairman of Mountain Fuel Supply Co., graduated summa cum laude from the University of Utah with a Doctor of Laws degree. He has been president and chairman of Questar Corp. and subsidiaries, Mountain Fuel Resources, Inc., Wexpro Company, Entrada Industries Co., Celsius Energy Co., Interstate Brick Co. and Interstate Land Corp.
He has been a director of two dozen companies and associations, including Intermountain Health Care Inc. and the Utah Manufacturers Association, which honored him with its Businessman of the Year Award in 1983.
He is chairman of Citizens for Positive Community Values and served in the Utah Legislature. He also has been a trustee of a dozen organizations, among them the U. Alumni Association and Westminster College.