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Oct. 15, 2012

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

BIRMINGHAM, Ala.—Birmingham-Southern College will honor its 2012 Distinguished Alumni and Outstanding Young Alumni at the annual Alumni Awards Luncheon on Friday, Oct. 19, in conjunction with the college’s combined Homecoming/Alumni Reunion Weekend activities.

Receiving the 2012 Distinguished Alumni Award will be:

  • Dr. Robert Corley of Birmingham, a 1970 magna cum laude history-political science graduate and assistant professor of history at UAB. He served previously at UAB as director for the Global and Community Leadership Honors Program and director of the Center for Urban Affairs. Corley was a member of the taskforce that created and designed the Birmingham Civil Rights Institute. He received his master’s degree and Ph.D. from the University of Virginia.

  • Dr. Sharon Spencer of Birmingham, a 1979 magna cum laude chemistry graduate and professor and associate scientist at the Health and Research Center at UAB Hospital. Spencer is board certified in radiology and therapeutic radiology and is a member of numerous medical organizations in her field. She received her M.D. and master’s degree in health administration from UAB.

  • Dr. Robert Baldwin of Birmingham, a 2003 MPPM graduate and retired physician who now spends much of his time writing, teaching, and speaking about capital punishment. His book Life and Death Matters: Seeking the Truth About Capital Punishment was published in 2009. Baldwin is president of the Alabama Ear Institute, a nonprofit organization he founded, which is dedicated to children born deaf and hard of hearing. He received his bachelor’s and M.D. degrees from UAB.

Receiving the Outstanding Young Alumni Award will be:

  • Dr. Danny Milner Jr. of Norwood, Ma., a 1995 chemistry graduate and assistant professor of pathology at Harvard Medical School, assistant professor in the department of immunology and infectious diseases at the Harvard School of Public Health, and honorary visiting lecturer at the University of Malawi College of Medicine in Blantyre, Malawi. He earned his M.D. from the University of Alabama School of Medicine and master’s degree from the Harvard School of Public Health.

  • Rebecca Beers of Birmingham, a 2004 history-political science graduate and litigation associate for Haskell Slaughter Young and Rediker LLC. Prior to working at the law firm, Beers was law clerk for BSC alumnus and U.S. Senior District Judge William M. Acker Jr. She also graduated from the Washington & Lee University School of Law.

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