The award recipients were U.S. Rep. Ralph Hall, B.J. Hornbostel, H. Lanier Richey (posthumously honored) and Marilyn Richey, the Rose City Civitan Club and Dr. Bobby Stinson. They were honored Friday night at Harvey Convention Center for their contributions to education.
Hall, who was not present because he attended another event in Rockwall, talked about the importance of an education in a recorded statement played for the more than 400 attendees.
“Education is more important than ever, especially in this era of a divided congress,” he said. Hall said when he was first elected into the U.S. House of Representatives in 1980, Congress did work together.
“Children are neither Democrats nor Republicans,” Hall said.
Former District 6 state Rep. Leo Berman accepted the award on Hall’s behalf, saying that Hall had “been a great friend to Smith County and Texas College.”
Hall was first elected to serve the 4th District of Texas in the U.S. House of Representatives in 1980 and has been re-elected to each succeeding Congress.
At the beginning of the 113th Congress, Hall was named Chairman Emeritus of the House Committee on Science, Space and Technology. Among his many accomplishments on that committee was promoting science, technology, engineering and math education.
“I am honored and humbled and will continue to serve our wonderful community to the best of my ability,” she said after she received her award.
Richey grew up in Atlanta, and after working for Tennessee Oil and Gas and IBM, he owned his own companies, which included oil and gas and cattle. In 2006, the Atlanta Independent School District recognized him as an inaugural member of the district’s outstanding alumni.
His wife, Marilyn Richey, accepted the award on his behalf and thanked Texas College.
“I know he would be honored — he had a good feel for the school,” she said.
Charles Booker, president of the Rose City Civitan Club, accepted his organization’s award. “Civitan appreciates the opportunity to serve the community and we are proud to accept this honor,” he said.
The club, chartered in Tyler in 1977, seeks out community needs, then works to fulfill them, according to the club’s biographical information.
Stinson attended Texas College, graduating from there in 1961. He earned a doctorate and had a 33-year career as a public school educator. Stinson holds affiliations and memberships with several professional, social and civic organizations that are geared toward uplifting community and celebrating academic excellence, according to his biography.