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The Muhlenberg College Alumni Association honored eight members of the Muhlenberg community at the 51st Annual Alumni Achievement Award Luncheon on May 17. These distinguished individuals were recognized for the success they have achieved and the dedication and vital support they provide to the College.
For Distinguished and Exceptional Service to the College, the Alumni Association recognized Dr. Carl Oplinger ’58. Carl began his 40-year career at Muhlenberg, as professor of biology, in 1963. His long list of fellowships, awards and study programs include the National Science Foundation Fellowship at Arizona State University, the Lindback Award for teaching excellence, the Paul Empie Award, given to the faculty member who demonstrates commitment to the goals of the college, and the Heubner Award, given to a faculty member who promotes global education and awareness. In 1977, Carl and his wife Marilee were selected as associates in the Danforth Foundation Program, a program they participated in for eight years. Carl has always demonstrated a commitment to lifelong learning and “the Muhlenberg experience.”
Carl has served multiple terms on the Alumni Association Executive Council, and has been involved with various alumni career development programs. He currently serves on two committees of the Wildlands Conservancy Board of Directors, and has authored several publications, including An Environmental and Natural History of the Lehigh Valley (coauthored with R. Halma) published in the spring of 2001.
In this, the 50th year since his graduation from Muhlenberg, the Alumni Association honored Dr. Paul Brucker ’53 with the award for Distinguished and Exceptional Attainments in Life. After earning his M.D. from the University of Pennsylvania in 1957, Paul began his career as a family practitioner in Ambler, Pa. He went on to become an Alumni Professor and Chairman of the Department of Family Medicine at Jefferson Medical College, and in 1990 he became President of Thomas Jefferson University. In 1995 Paul was named Chairman of the Board of Trustees for the Jefferson Health System. Paul was awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Science degree by Muhlenberg in 1991, and in 1994 he was elected a member of the prestigious Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences.
Beyond his impressive list of professional accomplishments, Paul is
recognized as an exemplary citizen through his civic work. He is a member
of the Board of Directors of Greater Philadelphia First, the Greater
Philadelphia Urban Affairs Coalition; the Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce;
Gwynedd Mercy College and the Philadelphia Orchestra. In 1997 he received
the Boy Scouts of America Good Scout Award, and in 2002 Paul received
the Magee Rehabilitation Hospital’s Humanitarian Award. A dedicated
alumnus, Paul has served as a member of Muhlenberg’s Board of
Trustees since 1990, and was a
John Rosenberg ’63, President of the Alumni Association presented the award for Distinguished and Exceptional Service to the Alumni Association to Carol Mummey Klement ’64. Carol has been an active member of the Lehigh Valley Area Alumni Club since its early years (among the first women to join after her graduation in 1964). Over the years she has been particularly active in the club’s fundraising efforts, having served as chairperson of volunteers for the Mule-Viking Craft Show.
Carol is a life member of both the Alumni Trust Fund and the Woman’s Auxiliary of Muhlenberg. She supports the Muhlenberg Theater Association, the Scotty Wood Tournament and the basketball program – she has even traveled to Europe to support the men’s basketball team! A retired elementary school teacher from the Allentown School District, Carol is a member of the Lehigh Chapter of Pennsylvania Association of School Retirees.
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