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Jefferson J. Coleman Outstanding Alumnus Award

Jefferson J. Coleman Outstanding Alumnus Award

In 1998, the Alumni Board of Trustees (ABT) decided that the chapter needed to recognize its alumni that have been a credit to the chapter after leaving the Capstone. The criteria are that the alumnus has helped others through their job, civic activities and/or chapter service. They decided a fitting name for the award would be the Jefferson J. Coleman Outstanding Alumnus Award.

Jefferson Coleman was the first pledge of Theta Sigma that was the basis for starting the Delta Chi Chapter at The University on February 12, 1927. Jeff went on to serve The University in many capacities, from Business Manager of the football team to Director of Alumni Affairs, for almost 50 years. Until his death in 1995 he was the only person that had attended every Alabama bowl game, starting with the Rose Bowl on January 1, 1926. In 1990, The University honored him by renaming Memorial Coliseum after him. In addition, he served Delta Chi nationally by serving in various positions, most notably as “AA” from 1954 to 1956. For his meritorious and inconspicuous service, Jeff was inducted into The Order of the White Carnation.

Recipients to date are as follows:


1998 Walt Granger, ‘50 (Deceased ’04)
1999 Bill Mace, ‘56 (Decease ’98)
2000 Noah Langdale, PHD, ’41
2000 Rick Manley, ’53
2000 Jim Page, ‘53 (Deceased ’04)
2001 Major General (Retired) Larry Northington, ’71
2001 Federal Judge Robert Vance, ‘50 (Deceased ’89)
2002 Bill Crawford, ’71
2002 Jon Vice, ’70
2003 Carden Johnston, MD, ’57
2003 George Rudd, MD, ’50 (Deceased ’2012)
2004 Judge Stephen Kennamer, ’78
2004 Jack Whetstone, MD, ’52
2005 Charles E. “Chuck” Carlin, ’57
2005 John B. Saint, ’68
2005 Donald Ray Pate, ’85
2006 Jim Merrell, '58
2007 Stan Williams, '60
2009 Jack Weeks, '55 (Deceased ’68)
2011 Matt Scalici, '80
2012 James M. Cannon III, ‘39 (Deceased ’2011)
2012 David B.(Ernie) Kennamer. ‘80


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