The Betty and Bob Hall Award was instituted in 2007 by trustee-emeritus A. Morris Williams, Jr. (Trinity 1962; Graduate School 1963) and his wife Ruth Whitmore Williams (Woman's College 1963) to support Duke University students’ participation in Christian-related service projects. Mr. and Mrs. Williams set up the endowment in honor of the parents of Sara Hall Brandaleone (WC 1965), whom they greatly admired. Sara and Bruce Brandaleone joined Mr. and Mrs. Williams in funding the endowment. Read a reflection from a past Hall Award winner, on page 2 of the newsletter.
Thanks to an endowment established by the friends of Bob and Betty Hall, the Chapel offers an annual award to a student doing Christian service work during the summer. Applications in the form of a letter that addresses the summer work and its relationship to the student’s faith expression should also include a detailed budget. The award will be approximately $3,000.
The Chapel is currently accepting applications in the form of a letter that addresses the summer work and its relationship to the student’s faith expression should also include a detailed budget. For more information contact the associate dean for Religious Life.
Humanitarian Service Award
The Duke University Chapel Humanitarian Service Award aims to recognize individuals with a commitment to service and simplicity. The award is inspired by the lives of two Duke professors: Dr. George R. Parkerson Jr. and the late Dr. C. Eric Lincoln.
The recipient of the award receives a grant of between $1,500 and $3,000 to further humanitarian efforts.
An online nomination form is available here. Submissions are due by July 19, 2019.
The award has its roots in a relation between two Duke professors. In 1990, religion professor, sociologist and United Methodist minister C. Eric Lincoln started the Humanitarian Service Award endowment to honor Dr. George R. Parkerson, Jr., former chairman of the Department of Community and Family Medicine at Duke’s School of Medicine. By establishing this endowment, Dr. Lincoln sought to recognize Dr. Parkerson’s “caring love and concern for humanity” and to encourage others to do the same.
Both Parkerson and Lincoln have exemplified lives in service of others. Dr. Lincoln’s life was dedicated to service through reconciliation, hospitality, care, mentoring, and ecumenism. Throughout his career, Dr. Parkerson’s concern for humanity has been revealed in his work in family medicine and as he has helped his students “see life whole.”
The purpose of the award is to lift up an individual who has demonstrated both a long-term commitment to serving others and a lifestyle marked by simplicity, characteristics Dr. Lincoln believed described Dr. Parkerson.
Recent recipients are listed below.
DeWarren K. Langley, executive director of the nonprofit Charles Hamilton Houston Foundation, and the Rev. William J. Barber II, a bishop, pastor, author, and community organizer
Donna Carrington from the Community Empowerment Fund, and Reynolds Chapman from DurhamCares
The Rev. Kevin Baker, lead pastor at FirstUnited Methodist Church in Graham, North Carolina, and a chaplain at the Alamance County Detention Center
Patricia James, founder of Durham Triple Play Long Ball Program, and Marcia Owen, director of the Religious Coalition for a Nonviolent Durham
The Rev. Colin Miller, founder of the Community of the Franciscan Way, and Brenda Brodie, a co-founder of the Durham nonprofit SEEDS