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. If you are a student who will be doing this kind of work domestically or abroad, or know of someone who is, please apply by April 6. 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. 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.
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.
Throughout the award’s history, recipients have been recognized for their caring contributions to humanity in locations near and far. Recipients have included the late Duke professor Benjamin Ward for his work feeding homeless people in Durham, former Duke graduate student Luke Dollar for his ecological research in Madagascar, and retired Duke professor George Maddox for his service to elderly people and school children in Durham.
Congratulations to the 2014 award recipients (photograph on this page), Brenda Brodie, a co-founder of the Durham nonprofit SEEDS, which teaches respect for the earth and each other through gardening and growing food; and the Rev. Colin Miller, founder of the Community of the Franciscan Way, also in Durham, which models a life of communal prayer and acts of mercy.