Distinguished Alumnus Award

A Distinguished Alumnus is a graduate (or group of alumni) who has demonstrated excellence in one or more of the following areas:  Leadership • Innovation • Service • Professional or Personal Accomplishments

Nominations should include the following information:
In what ways has the nominee uniquely demonstrated excellence in leadership, innovation, service, professional, or personal accomplishments?
How does the nominee mirror the School District’s values:  Start with heart, strength in team, and contagious drive?

2020 Distinguished Alumnus Award

Kent Beittel '65

Kent Beittel '65 was the first and only director of The Open Shelter, Inc., an Ohio non-profit corporation that serves the homeless in Columbus. For nearly 36 years the shelter has provided shelter, meals, medical services, clothing and other services to hundreds of thousands of persons in need. His dedication to service, advocacy and fundraising has not been an easy path, and Kent has overcome many obstacles over the years including social service bureaucracies and funding challenges. But he has always been adamant about accepting everyone, no questions asked. The UAAA is proud to present the 2020 Distinguished Alumni Award to Kent.

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2020 Distinguished Alumni Award

All UA Alumni Essential Workers

The UAAA is honored to name ALL UAHS Alumni essential workers as 2020 Distinguished Alumni! Essential workers are the people that are risking their lives so we can stay safe, fed and operating as close to "normal" as possible during the pandemic. Many of our UA alumni are on the front line and should be recognized for their leadership, innovation, service and professionalism as they battle COVID-19.

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YEAR HONORED
DISTINGUISHED ALUMNUS
GRADUATION YEAR
2020
Kent Beittel
Class of 1965
2020
UA Alumni Essential Workers
All Classes
2019
Peter Edwards
Class of 1979
2019
Herbert Brown
Class of 1949
2018
Jack Mortland
Class of 1953
2018
David Younkin
Class of 1958
2017
Catherine McMichael
Class of 1972
2016
Steve Morgan
Class of 1966
2015
Dr. Stephen Hinshaw, PhD.
Class of 1970
2014
Thomas Wheeler
Class of 1964
2014
Colleen McMahon
Class of 1969
2013
Terry Waldo
Class of 1963
2012
Thomas Krouse
Class of 1977
2012
Dr. George Smoot
Class of 1962
2011
Dan Minutilli
Class of 1976
2010
Dr. David Cromer
Class of 1953
2009
Beverly D'Angelo
Class of 1969
2008
Dr. Edward Rosenow
Class of 1952
2007
Jack Nicklaus
Class of 1957
2004
The Ravens Band
1997
Robert L. Defenbaugh
Class of 1945
1993
John Wuichet
Class of 1928