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October 13, 2007

SHSU to honor five during homecoming

Five Sam Houston State University graduates who have brought pride to the university through their contributions to business, humanitarian efforts, the medical profession, and public service will be honored as Distinguished Alumni on Oct. 19 as part of the university's 2007 homecoming festivities.

The honorees include Kemper Crabb, Melinda Estes, Roger Lawrence and Cecil Neely, and Peter Bell, the recipient of the university's Young Alumnus Award.

The Distinguished Alumni Gala will take place at 6 p.m. in the Lowman Student Center Ballroom.

Tickets are $60 each or $750 to sponsor a table.

For more information about the event, contact the Office of Alumni Relations at 936.294.1841.

Kemper Crabb received his Bachelor of Science degree in physical education in 1954 and his Master of Science degree in education three years later, both from Sam Houston State.

He spent 30 years in education as a coach, athletic director, and professor of kinesiology.

However, at a time in life when most people are reflecting upon their past accomplishments and settling into a time of relaxation, something unexpected happened to Crabb. After a mission trip to India, he felt called to return to the impoverished streets of that country to try to make life better for its needy citizens.

Although he was a member of a Baptist congregation, he became an ordained Episcopal minister when he had to get an official sponsor for his work, and in 1994, he organized the Order of Servants of the King, a charity organization that builds churches, schools, orphanages and hospitals in remote areas of foreign countries. His primary emphasis has been in India, Nepal and Uganda.

San Antonio native Melinda L. Estes, M.D., has served as president and chief executive officer of Vermont's Fletcher Allen Health Care, a 562-bed facility whose 6,000 employees provide care to nearly one million people in Vermont and northern New York, since 2003.

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