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Alumni Award of Honor

Celebrating our leaders

The Alumni Award of Honor is the highest honor awarded by the College of Charleston Alumni Association. It is presented to those individuals who have made outstanding contributions to the Association or to the College. This was formerly known as the Honorary Life Membership Award. Both alumni and friends of the College are eligible for this award.

2016 Alumni Award of Honor

 Charles J. Baker III, Class of 1980  

Chuck Baker has been connected to the College of Charleston his entire life.  His father, Charlie Baker, was a member of the Class of 1937 and many of his father’s classmates became mentors.  As a student at the College, Baker played on the tennis team coached by another mentor, Billy Silcox ’65.  After graduation with a degree in biology, Baker decided upon career in the law. Today he is the office managing partner for Womble Carlyle Sandridge & Rice, LLP in Charleston.

Following in his mentors’ footsteps, Baker began volunteering at the College.  Eventually he would become president of the Cougar Club Board, president of the Alumni Association and serve on the Foundation Board. As president-elect of the Alumni Association, Baker led in the development of the Association’s strategic plan based on three simple tenets: Stay Informed, Get Involved, and Give Back.

If accomplished, these tenets would produce a base of informed, engaged, and generous alumni. The culmination of the Boundless Campaign with 10,089 alumni donors is a testament to the efficacy of the strategic plan.The Alumni Association and the College owe a debt of gratitude to Chuck Baker for his leadership in crystalizing and then mobilizing a plan that will be used for years to come. 

Alumni Award of Honor Past Recipients

George W. Barnette III '58
Charles J. Baker III '80
Norman A. Chamberlain '09 *
Louis E. Condon '50 *
Sylvester D. Craig '05 *
Alexander C. Dick '15 *
Charlotte Buist Dickson '37 *
Daniel S. Dukes IV '76
Elmina L. Eason '28 *
J. Harold Easterby '20 *
James B. Edwards '50 *
Margaret Ehrhardt '67
Yvonne duFort Evans '58
Harry W. Freeman '43 *
Alexander L. Geisenheimer '03 *
Kenneth S. (Gus) Gustafson, Sr. '75
Sylvia Craver Harvey '58
Robert Heffron, Sr. '39 *
William D. Hilton '51
Gedney M. Howe, Jr. '35 *
F. Mitchell Johnson '37 *
Jean Wayland Johsnon & Tapley O. Johnson, Jr., FR
John M. Jordan, Jr. '62
John L. Kresse, FR
Edward Kronsberg, FR *
Marie M. Land, FR
Charles L. Latimer, Jr. '44 *
Lionel K. Legge '09 *
Wendell M. Levi '12 *
Harry M. Lightsey, Jr., FR *
Carl J. Likes '37 *
Tony Meyer '49
William V. Moore, FR *
Harold A. Mouzon '13 *
John D. Muller, FR *
J. Robertson Paul '10 *
Edwin S. Pearlstine, Jr., FR
Milly Deas Pinckney '51 *
Bernard F. Puckhaber '50 *
Mary Loretto Croghan Ramsay '42 *
Kitty Gianatos Rentiers '51
Myrtle Craver Riggs '46 * 
G. L. Buist Rivers '16 *
George C. Rogers, Jr. '43 *
John Arthur Siegling '28 *
Mary Geraty Silcox '33 *
Willard A. Silcox '33 *
Willard A. (Billy) Silcox, Jr. '65
Robert Scott Small '36 *
Sam Stafford III '68
Theodore S. Stern, FR *
Gordan B. Stine '44 *
W. Leigh Thompson '57 *
Jane Lucas Thornhill '46
Edward E. Towell '34 *
Elizabeth Jenkins Young '39 * 
John A. Zeigler, Jr., FR *


FR=Friend of the College