Alumni Awards

The Durham Academy Alumni Board recognizes the contributions of accomplished alumni and the legacies of dedicated faculty and staff members each year at the Spring Alumni Reception.

The board has honored alumni with the Distinguished Alumni Award each year since 1983, and a faculty or staff member with the Faculty and Staff Legacy Award each year since 2012. In addition, at its discretion, the board may choose to honor an alumnus with the Alumni Service Award, first bestowed in 2014.

Distinguished Alumni Award

Each year, a recipient is selected by a Distinguished Alumni Award Committee. Through this award, the Alumni Board aims "to recognize individuals who have distinguished themselves in their business, profession or vocation and through their actions have demonstrated concern for, and service to, their community. The individuals should have shown loyalty to Durham Academy, and their personal values and achievements should be representative of Durham Academy's highest ideals."

2018 Distinguished Alumni Award recipients David Ravin '89 and Charlie Wilson '89 are both accomplished entrepreneurs in commercial development and construction. Ravin is president and CEO of Northwood Ravin, a real estate development company with offices in Charlotte, Tampa and the Triangle. Northwood Ravin has received national and regional recognition from the National Association of Homebuilders, Urban Land Institute, ICSC, CEL National Customer Service Company and National Multi-Family Housing News. 

Wilson is president of C.T. Wilson Construction Company, a 66-year-old Durham firm that has built and renovated a variety of structures in central and eastern North Carolina, including Revolution Mill in Greensboro; Saxapahaw Rivermill in Saxapahaw; Golden Belt and Venable Center in Durham; and Durham Academy Upper School’s Kirby Gym, Learning Commons and STEM & Humanities Center.

Distinguished Alumni Award Recipients 1983–2018

David Ravin '89
Charlie Wilson '89

Sarah Treem '98

Dr. Billy Fischer '94 

Kim Bullock Ionescu '99 

Ward Nye '81

Jim Sidbury '76 

Brendan J. Moylan '85

Claire Kremen '78

Scott Wing '72
Laura Dunn '93

Greg (Grace) Stanat '83

Roger Jeffs '79
Natalia Castillo '81

David D. Beischer '85

Vivien H. Joklik '77
Colin G Soloway '87

Mark Sanders '81
Kenneth Wilson '66

Caleb K. King '77
Carlyle C. White '65

Hope Boykin '90
David Maddox '76

Lenox D. Baker '59
Ginny Rand Bowman '74
Beth Kramer Helsinger '61

David R. Carr '78
Hunter K. Monroe '80

Angus M. MvBryde Jr. '54
Neill G. McBryde '62

J. Peter Anlyan '68
Benjamin Edward Barker '72

Michael Francis Moylan '84
Sterly Lebey Wilder '79 

Panny Gregory Rhodes '60

Jeffrey Waite Hamill '77

John H. Hager '54

Mary Trent Jones '58
Josiah S. Murray '53

True Gregory Applegate '62
Alexander Isley '80 

Thomas V. Morris '70

James B. Brame Jr. '63
Alfred S. Bryant '51

W. Benson McCutcheon '45
Charlotte Cunningham-Rundles '61

C. Knox Massey '54
Robert Yowell '54

Harald Hansen '51
Hubert O. Teer '48

L. Gordon Crovitz '76
Robert Baker '53

James P. Hendrix Jr. '59
George Watts Hill Jr. '45
Thomas Stevens Kenan III '55
Rebecca Trent Kirkland '60
Dorothy Foster Teer '59 

Faculty and Staff Legacy Award

The Alumni Board grants this award annually to the faculty and/or staff member(s) who, in their service to the school and its mission, best represent the alumni’s aspirations for Durham Academy. Recipients embody the best of the teaching profession in general and are committed to excellence at DA; share a substantial history with the school and have impacted a significant number of alumni; have imparted lessons that transcend subject matter and extend beyond classrooms; have instilled values in students that continue to play a role in the lives of alumni beyond graduation; and serve as pillars of the DA community by representing the school's mission and core values of living moral, happy and productive lives.

In his 10 years at DA, 2018 Faculty and Staff Legacy Award recipient Lee Hark served in a variety of leadership positions, including Upper School director, coordinator of faculty recruitment and Upper School English teacher. As associate head of school from 2013 to 2018, he was the driving force behind the “The DA Graduate: A Mission-Driven Life” project and the faculty’s curriculum-mapping work. 

Alumni Faculty and Staff Legacy Award Recipients 2012–2018

Lee Hark, Associate Head of School

Dennis Cullen, Upper School Math Teacher

Barb Kanoy, Middle School Science Teacher

Tim Dahlgren, Middle School History Teacher

Sheppy Vann, Preschool Director

Ed Costello, Headmaster

Dave Gould, Upper School History Teacher

Alumni Service Award

This award, granted at the discretion of the Alumni Board, recognizes an alumni with superior service in the public sector, or a sustained pattern of volunteer service in the community. Recipients have demonstrated a continued connection to Durham Academy and its core values of living a moral, happy and productive life. 

2016 Alumni Service Award recipient Patrick Nevins '03 served his country in the U.S. Marine Corps, including two deployments to Afghanistan, and subsequently launched the No Better Friend Fund, a nonprofit to support fellow veterans.

English teacher Jordan Adair praised his former student and basketball player's "unquenching desire to make the world a better place. ... Finding a way to serve his fellow returning veterans seems so appropriate for Patrick. He saw a need and applied his skills as a leader to the task at hand, and today is launching the No Better Friend Fund as a way to have a direct impact on the lives of his fellow Marines. I can't think of a better way to define the nature of service."