Outstanding alums to receive Jack Kennedy awards

The Jack Kennedy Memorial Alumni Achievement Award honors outstanding Grove City College alumni who have made significant contributions in their fields and to society in general.

This year’s awards, presented by the College’s Alumni Association on Friday, Sept. 25, as part of Homecoming Weekend, are going to alumni who have made an impact in business and our nation’s security:

  • Don Templin ’84 is executive vice president, Supply, Transportation and Marketing for Marathon Petroleum Corp. He also serves as executive vice president and a member of the board of MPLX GP LLC and a member of the board of Calgon Carbon Corporation. The Nu Lambda Phi fraternity brother played soccer and served on the Alumni Council from 1988 to 2003. 
  • Faith (Whiteley ’64) McCoy retired after a 33-year career as a Clandestine Service staff officer with the Central Intelligence Agency, where she continues to work as an independent contractor. Much of the work she’s done with the agency remains classified. McCoy was a member of the Gamma Chi sorority. 

The Distinguished Service Award recognizes those who make a significant contribution to the College through consistent and exceptional service. This year’s honorees played key roles in the College’s landmark 1984 Supreme Court case, which was the first time an educational institution fought for the right not to accept federal or state funds. They are:

  • Dr. Charles S. MacKenzie, the fifth President of Grove City College, led the College from 1971 to 1991. Under his watch the College defended its independence from the federal government, enrollment increased, a redefining curriculum change was accomplished and major campus projects were completed. 
  • David M. Lascell, Esq., chief counsel for Grove City College in the Supreme Court case, charted the College’s legal strategy and argued on the College’s behalf before the nine justices. He went on to serve on Grove City’s Board of Trustees from 1996 to 2009 and is now a Trustee Emeritus. 

Grove City College’s Alumni Association established the Achievement Awards in 1964. They were renamed in honor and memory of longtime director of Alumni Relations and Career Services Jack Kennedy ’37, who had an indelible impact on the lives and futures of thousands of Grove City graduates.


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