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


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.

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."

Faculty and Staff Legacy Award


In his 10 years at DA, 2018 Faculty and Staff Legacy Award recipient Lee Hark has 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 since 2013, he has been the driving force behind the “The DA Graduate: A Mission-Driven Life” project and the faculty’s curriculum-mapping work. 

The Faculty and Staff Legacy Award is given to the faculty or staff member who best represents the alumni's aspirations for the school. Previous recipients include Upper School math teacher Dennis Cullen (2017), Middle School science teacher Barb Kanoy (2016), Middle School history teacher Tim Dahlgren (2015), former Preschool Director Sheppy Vann (2014), former Headmaster Ed Costello (2013) and former history teacher Dave Gould (2012).

Alumni Service Award


 

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

After two deployments to Afghanistan, Nevins returned to Durham to earn a master's degree candidate in Duke University's Sanford School of Public Policy. In the time that Nevins has been back in Durham, he has twice shared his story with students in Jordan Adair's Literary and Artistic Responses to War course, and he and Adair have stayed in close contact since his graduation from DA. In introducing Nevins at the alumni reception, 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," Adair said. "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."

Nevins is the second recipient of the Alumni Service Award. The first award was granted to alumnus Chris Rosati '89.

Distinguished Alumni Award Recipients

2018
David Ravin '89
Charlie Wilson '89

2017
Sarah Treem '98

2015
Dr. Billy Fischer '94 

2014
Kim Bullock Ionescu '99 

2013
Ward Nye '81

2012
Jim Sidbury '76 

2010
Brendan J. Moylan '85

2009
Claire Kremen '78

2007
Scott Wing '72
Laura Dunn '93

2006
Greg (Grace) Stanat '83

2005
Roger Jeffs '79
Natalia Castillo '81

2004
David D. Beischer '85

2003 
Vivien H. Joklik '77
Colin G Soloway '87

2002
Mark Sanders '81
Kenneth Wilson '66

2001
Caleb K. King '77
Carlyle C. White '65

2000
Hope Boykin '90
David Maddox '76

1999
Lenox D. Baker '59
Ginny Rand Bowman '74
Beth Kramer Helsinger '61

1998
David R. Carr '78
Hunter K. Monroe '80

1997
Angus M. MvBryde Jr. '54
Neill G. McBryde '62

1996
J. Peter Anlyan '68
Benjamin Edward Barker '72

1995
Michael Francis Moylan '84
Sterly Lebey Wilder '79 

1994
Panny Gregory Rhodes '60

1993
Jeffrey Waite Hamill '77

1992
John H. Hager '54

1991
Mary Trent Jones '58
Josiah S. Murray '53

1990 
True Gregory Applegate '62
Alexander Isley '80 

1989 
Thomas V. Morris '70

1988 
James B. Brame Jr. '63
Alfred S. Bryant '51

1987 
W. Benson McCutcheon '45
Charlotte Cunningham-Rundles '61

1986
C. Knox Massey '54
Robert Yowell '54

1985 
Harald Hansen '51
Hubert O. Teer '48

1984
L. Gordon Crovitz '76
Robert Baker '53

1983
James P. Hendrix Jr. '59
George Watts Hill Jr. '45
Thomas Stevens Kenan III '55
Rebecca Trent Kirkland '60
Dorothy Foster Teer '59 

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