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November 10, 2011

Birmingham-Southern College to recognize five individuals with top alumni awards

BIRMINGHAM, Ala.—Birmingham-Southern College will honor its 2011 Distinguished Alumni and Outstanding Young Alumni at the annual Alumni Awards Luncheon on Friday, Nov. 11, in conjunction with the college’s combined Homecoming/Reunion Weekend activities.

Receiving the 2011 Distinguished Alumni Award will be:

  • David Allred of Edgewater, Md., a 1971 BSC English graduate and retired principal deputy chief, United States Department of Justice, Civil Rights Division, Criminal Section, in Washington, D.C. Allred, who received his law degree from Vanderbilt University in 1976, also served as deputy chief, special litigation counsel, and trial attorney for the Department of Justice.
  • Mary Faith Kimbrough Jackson of Birmingham, a 1958 BSC English graduate and a longtime teacher of art, music, choral music, and English in the Birmingham, Tuscaloosa, Chambers County, Randolph County, and Jefferson County school systems. Jackson also is an accomplished organist and has composed more than 40 hymns for the United Methodist Church and other organizations.
  • Dr. Donald Kahn of Birmingham, a 1950 BSC biology graduate and retired president of Cardiac Surgery Associates and chairman of Cardiac Surgery for Princeton Baptist Medical Center. Kahn, who received his doctor of medicine from the University of Alabama School of Medicine, performed the first planned heart bypass and first heart transplant at the University of Michigan Medical Center and the first open heart surgery and heart transplant at Princeton Baptist.

Receiving the Outstanding Young Alumni Award will be:

  • Emily Kyzer Browne of Memphis, a 2000 BSC biology graduate and pediatric nurse practitioner in the Leukemia/Lymphoma Division of St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital. Brown also holds a master’s degree in nursing from Vanderbilt University and will receive her doctorate in nursing from Vanderbilt in 2013.
  • Ben Craig of Philadelphia, Pa., a 1991 BSC history graduate and principal/founder of Swap-Ex, a startup commodity swaps trading platform. He previously served as president of the NASDAQ OMX Futures Exchange. He holds a master’s degree in government administration from the University of Pennsylvania.
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