Algernon Sydney Sullivan Awards

Since 1933, Mary Baldwin University has been presenting the Algernon Sydney Sullivan award in recognition of a senior with distinguished records of service. One of the few awards given out at Commencement, it is one of the highest honors that Mary Baldwin University bestows.

History of the Awards

The Algernon Sydney Sullivan Awards were established by the New York Southern Society in 1925 in memory of Algernon Sydney Sullivan, a southerner who became a prominent lawyer, businessman, and philanthropist in New York in the late nineteenth century. The Society and carefully selected colleges and universities jointly arrange for the issue of medallions which are to be perpetual reminders of Algernon Sydney Sullivan, the memory of whose life has been handed down with loving and grateful admiration as one that was a continuous expression of those high qualities which ennoble and beautify living and bind man to man in mutual love and helpfulness. Such lives must ever be encouraging and inspiring; they justify our highest ideals and hopes.

Algernon Sydney Sullivan, born in Indiana in 1826, rose to success in New York City as a respected lawyer and a man who “reached out both hands in constant helpfulness” to others. After his death in 1887, the Society sought to honor him and the award bearing his name was established in 1925 by a Sullivan Memorial Committee and the New York Southern Society, which Sullivan had served as its first president. The award seeks to perpetuate the excellence of character and humanitarian service of Algernon Sydney Sullivan by recognizing and honoring such qualities in others. It was first presented in June 1925 at the George Peabody College for Teachers in Nashville, Tennessee, now a part of Vanderbilt University.

Funded by the Algernon Sydney Sullivan Foundation and administered by the New York Southern Society the awards stem from the Society’s wish to establish a permanent reminder of the “noblest human qualities as expressed and followed in the life of its first president, Algernon Sydney Sullivan; and to do so in a manner which will perpetuate the influence of such a man, not so much as an individual but as a type.” The prestigious awards are given only by selected “representative institutions.” After the New York Southern Society closed its doors, the awards were continued by the Sullivan Foundation and grew to include more and more institutions throughout the South. Mary Baldwin University has been recognizing Sullivan Award winners since 1933.

Mary Baldwin University presents the Algernon Sydney Sullivan award to the undergraduate senior who exhibits Sullivan’s ideals of heart, mind, and conduct as evidenced by a spirit of love for and helpfulness to others, who demonstrates “fine spiritual qualities, nobility of character – and unselfish service to the broad community.” It is one of the highest honors that Mary Baldwin University bestows. An Algernon Sydney Sullivan Non-Student Award, recognizing unselfish service, noble character, and spiritual qualities, may also be awarded.

Past Award Recipients

2018
Diamonique Leslie Anderson
Lynn Pasquerella

2017
The Mary Baldwin Alumni Community

2016
Betsey Suchanic
Rita Wilson (posthumously)

2015
Bethany Zaiman
James D. Lott

2014
Holly Johnston
Lew Askegaard

2013
Britney Diane Lambert
Brenda Bryant (posthumously)

2012
Tierra Smith
Abigail Disney

2011
Ada Sue Myers
Lee Cochran

2010
Erin Paschal
Patricia Hunt

2009
Robyn Stegman
Louise McNamee ’70

2008
Tromila Wheat
Mary Beth Smyth ’47

2007
Tiffany Jackson
YuLee Larner

2006
Nzinga Salcedo-Hutchinson
Caroline Rose Hunt

2005
Christian Brookx Peele
Elizabeth Kirkpatrick Doenges (posthumously)

2004
Susannah Thornton Baskervill

2003
Lin Lin Aung
Charles S. Luck III

2002
Kelly Michelle Wimmer
Alice Tolley Goodwin

2001
Janeen Anita Pettus Carter
Georgeanne Bates Chapman

2000
Christy Michelle Riggs
Rev. Dr. Billy Graham

1999
Crystal Scott-Whitlow
Margaret Pollard Rea

1998
Shannon LeNay Plaster
H. Gordon Smyth, Jr.

1997
Jennifer Ragan Dorough
Fletcher Collins, Jr.
Margaret Collins

1996
Maggie Marie Hagen
Sarah Jean O’Gorek
Dorothy Baughan Moore

1995
Danica Jamison
Lucia Marie Morgan
Ouida Caldwell Davis

1994
Lori Lee Broglio
Amanda Jane Townes

1993
Evelyn Kate Mills
Lisa Kristine Nichols
Margaret Herscher Hitchman

1992
Mary Virginia Cocke
Yoko Sakae

1991
Elizabeth Lee Baker
Mabel Rackley Hirschbiel

1990
Saunders Porteous Vickery
Ruth Peters Sproul

1989
Mary Kathleen Reagan
Katherine Dyer Dudley

1988
Peggy Lynne Kellam
Marguerite F. Livy

1987
Jane Elizabeth Blair
Frank Robbins Pancake

1986
Denise Corinne Ouellette
Martha Stackhouse Grafton

1985
Judith Ann Clegg
Elisabeth Kubler-Ross

1984
Vicki Denise Etheride
Staunton-Augusta Rescue Squad

1983
Sandra Ellen Shufelt
Patricia Hoblert Menk

1982
Ann Belton Filipowicz
Paul O. Hirschbiel

1981
America de la Garza
George M. Cochran

1980
Mary Lynn Tuggle
Helen K. Groves

1979
Ellison Miller Carey

1978
Nan Overton Mahone
Anne Kate Reid Hipp

1977
Donna Grey Booth
Diane Elizabeth Hepford
William White Sproul, Jr.

1976
Carol Lynn Howard
Jane Frances Smith

1975
Constance Anne Bak
John P. Edmondson

1974
Ann Bowman Day
Bertie Murphy Deming

1973
Lilly Simrill Smith
Ella Jean Lewis

1972
Ruth McNeil
Lillian Carolyn Rudeseal
Patricia Catherine Click

1971
Herbert Snipes Turnes
Nancy Ruth Jones

1970
Katherine Carr Crawford
Marguerite Hillhouse
James Trenholm Spilman

1969
Judith Lynn Barnett
Charles Preston Lunsford, Sr.

1968
Minna-Abbott Smith
Midlred Ellen Taylor

1967
Louise Stuart Tabb
Bessie Conway Lewis

1966
Karen Ann Cowsert
Margaret St. Clair Moore

1965
Charlotte Hoff Folk
John Baker Daffin

1964
Jacqueline Virginia Riddle
Katie Heard Craig

1963
Dorothea Louise Bessire
Archibald Alexander Sproul

1962
Bertha Alicia Salinas
Eldon Defriece Wilson

1961
Mary Bruce Woods
Gilpin Willson, Jr.

1960
Nina Elaine Vaughn
Ruth Carnegie Campbell

1959
Carraleigh Ann Singletary
Elizabeth Camp Ebbott

1958
Elizabeth Ann Withrow
Desiree L. Franklin

1957
Julianne Rand
Richard Randall Potter

1956
Nancy Virginia Buston
Antoinette Rotan Peterson

1955
Mary Hornbarger Mustoe
Hope Summerell Chamberlain

1954
Mary Ann Taylor
Frederick Lyons Brown

1953
Libby Alby Bull
Jane Clay Tucker

1952
Florence Anderson Wimberly
Mary E. Lakenan

1951
Alletta Wood Jervey

1950
Josephine Baxter Timberlake
Frances Elizabeth Lankford

1949
Edmund Douglass Campbell
Cynthia Ann Betts

1948
Lucille Foster McMillin
Irma Elinor Weathersby

1947
Emily Pancake Smith
Alice Parker Wilson

1946
Lewis Wilson Jarman
Anne WIlson Armstrong

1945
Katherine Elizabeth Sherrill
Betty Lee Neisler

1944
Josephine Morton Hannah

1943
Mary Watters
Mary Rose Mitchener

1942
Adelaide McSween

1941
Passie Fenton Ottley (posthumously)
Louise Margaret Kinkel

1940
Nettie Lambuth DuBose Junkin
Hilda Elizabeth Brown

1939
Hunter Bryson Blakely
Shirley Marvil Black
Frances Rosa Witz Hull (Mrs. Cordell Hull)

1938
Nancy Witherspoon McFarland
Abbie Morrison McFarland
Jean Eaton Diescher

1937
Isabel McIlhenny Nichols

1936
Margaret Elizabeth Pfohl
Mary Delia Nichols

1935
Margaret Kable Russell
Charlotte Beverley Hoy

1934
William Wayt King
Grace Pilkington Crowe

1933
Abel McIver Fraser
Charlotte Alexander Taylor