Thursday, October 09, 2003

School of Education Alum Wins Service Award

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10/9/2003 - The Alumni Association of the University of Michigan is proud to announce Richard M. Leach Sr., 54, MA 58, of Grand

Blanc, Mich., as a winner of the 2003 Distinguished Alumni Service Award. This award is the highest honor the Alumni Association can bestow upon an alumnus/a on behalf of the University.

Leach's lifelong commitment to the University is evident by his tireless efforts and involvements in all things Michigan. He is a longtime member and former president of the U of M Club of Greater Flint, and he was directly responsible for creating the club's Dominic Tomasi Scholarship Fund, which enables outstanding student-athletes in Genesee County to attend the U-M. Leach continues to assist the club by organizing its fund-raising efforts through an annual sports night and golf outing. Today, Leach remains a member of the President's Club and the Victor's Club and continues to support the University in every way he can.

Other winners of the 2003 Distinguished Service Award are William H. Haithco, 52, of Fayetteville, Ga.; Martha Purdy Stein, 64, MSW 80, of Santa Fe, NM; and James A. McDivitt, 59, HSCD 65, of Rapid City, Mich.

S. Spencer Scott, of New York, established the Distinguished Alumni Service Award in 1947 to recognize alumni who have distinguished themselves by reason of services performed on behalf of the University of Michigan or in connection with its organized alumni activities. The DASA is presented annually. A five-person selection committee, chaired by the president of the Alumni Association, selects honorees from a list of names submitted by members of the extended U-M community.

The Alumni Association of the University of Michigan honored the four recipients of the 2003 Distinguished Alumni Service Award during a ceremony at the Vandenberg Room in the Michigan League.

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