Berea College Honors Five Alumni


Two psychologists, the president of the Global Research Group, a pathologist, and a reverend were recipients of Berea College’s 2011 alumni awards. The awards, given by the Alumni Association, recognize the accomplishments of alumni in their professional lives as well as their service to the college. The Distinguished Alumnus Award is given to alumni who have achieved distinction in their chosen field and applied the principles fostered at Berea to enrich the lives of others. The Outstanding Young Alumnus Award is given to alumni during or prior to their twentieth class reunion year, and whose achievements in career, public service and volunteer activities are worthy of recognition. The Alumni Loyalty Award is given to alumni who have rendered outstanding service to, and demonstrated loyal interest in, Berea College. The Honorary Alumnus Award is given to non-alumni in recognition of their outstanding service to, and demonstrated loyal interest in, Berea College. These awards were given during Berea College’s 2011 homecoming weekend.

Dr. P. Clayton Rivers, ’61, and Dr. Linda Stewart Rivers, ‘62

Alumni Loyalty Award

Clay and Linda RiversClay and Linda Rivers, members of Berea College’s Founders Club and Great Commitments Society for many years, have been honored with the college’s 2011 Alumni Loyalty Award.

Clay earned his bachelor’s degree in psychology from Berea College in 1961. Later, he earned his master’s and doctorate degrees in clinical psychology from Southern Illinois University-Carbondale. He was a post doctoral fellow in alcohol studies at Harvard Medical School and Massachusetts General Hospital. He served as an assistant professor of psychology at Marshall University, associate professor and department chair at North Dakota State University, and is currently professor emeritus at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln where he worked from 1972-2002.

Linda attended Berea College from 1958-61. She earned her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in psychology at Southern Illinois University-Carbondale and her doctorate in developmental and counseling psychology from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Her career combined university teaching, programming and providing direct services to gifted students in Lincoln Public Schools, and a private practice in psychology.

They co-taught two short term courses in Berea’s psychology department and served as visiting professors in the spring of 2002. Linda once wrote to a classmate, “Berea provided both of us with a beginning in life that we still believe we could never have found elsewhere. For that, we’ll always be grateful.” Both Clay and Linda are licensed to practice psychology in the State of Nebraska and have authored substantial grants in their fields, published in professional journals and presented their research at national and international meetings.

Dr. Harold L. Moses, M.D., ‘58
Distinguished Alumnus Award

Dr. Harold L. Moses, M.D., ‘58Dr. Hal Moses, director of the Frances Williams Preston Laboratories and professor of cancer biology, medicine and pathology at the Vanderbilt University School of Medicine, is Berea College’s 2011 Distinguished Alumnus. Moses, the founding director of the Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center, which he led for twelve years, currently serves as vice chairman of the Berea College board of trustees. Trained as a pathologist, Moses has devoted much of his career to researching growth factors and tumor suppressor genes and has received many awards for his research.

He has served as president of the American Association for Cancer Research, president of the Association of American Cancer Institutes, chair of the NIH Chemical Pathology Study Section, chair of the Molecular Oncogenesis Study Section, a member of the Integration Panel for the US Army Breast Cancer Program, co-chair of the Breast Cancer Progress Review Group for the National Cancer Institute, and chair of the National Cancer Institute Cancer Centers review panel. He is a member of the Institute of Medicine of the National Academies and was founding chair of the National Cancer Policy Forum of the Institute of Medicine from 2005-2011.

Dr. Patrick E. Napier, ‘49
Distinguished Alumnus Award

Dr. Patrick E. Napier, ‘49The Reverend Patrick Edward Napier, a winner of the Lifetime Contribution Award from the National Country Dance and Song Society, is Berea College’s 2011 Distinguished Alumnus. Having taught and attended the college’s Christmas Country Dance School for nearly 60 years, Napier is noted as “A teller of tales, an inspirational teacher of Eastern Kentucky history, traditions, music, and dance, a generous mentor and living legend.”

Born in Hazard, Kentucky, Napier earned his bachelor’s degree in agriculture from Berea College in 1949 before earning his master’s and doctorate degrees in education from the University of Kentucky. During World War II he served as a staff officer in the Merchant Marines for three years and visited 15 countries. He served in the army during the Korean War before teaching in Kentucky schools for 32 years.

He is a life member of the National Education Association, the Kentucky Association of School Administrators, and the Kentucky High School Coaches Association. He is also a Kentucky Colonel. Napier is an active member of the Presbyterian Church and has served as both a deacon and a ruling elder. After retiring from the field of education at the age of 60, he was ordained as a minister by the Presbytery of Western Kentucky where he served as pastor of several small churches including White’s Memorial in Berea and the Guerrant Memorial Church in Jackson, Kentucky.

During college Pat was a member of the Berea College Country Dancers and has continued this interest for many years. He taught Appalachian square dancing at the Berea Christmas Dance School for more than 50 years. Pat has three children and eight grandchildren. Pat’s wife, Irene Turner Napier, passed away in 2001.

Kathryn Coughlin, ‘95
Outstanding Young Alumnus Award

Kathryn Coughlin, ‘95Kathryn Coughlin, a Berea College alumna of 1995, has been named the recipient of the college’s 2011 Outstanding Young Alumnus Award. Since 2002, Kathryn has served as president of the Global Research Group, a non-profit organization which produces scholarly research on the Islamic world. She also serves as director of research development at Harvard University.

She earned her bachelor’s degree in history from Berea College and a master’s degree in Middle East history from Georgetown University. She completed her doctoral exams in Islamic History at Georgetown University. She has taught and lectured in the Middle East, North America, Europe and Asia on a wide range of subjects including religion and gender, Islamic law, religion and modernity, and U.S. foreign policy.

A recipient of more than 25 grants, fellowships and prizes during her academic career, including the prestigious Congressional Harry S. Truman Graduate Fellowship for Public Service, Coughlin’s research has been supported by a number of American and international foundations including the U.S. Social Science Research Council and the Arbeitskreis Moderne Und Islam (Germany). She has served as a consultant to National Geographic, the U.S. Census Bureau, Smithsonian Institute and the Human Rights Association in Nazareth. Her publications include a reference work on Muslim cultures in 16 countries (Muslim Cultures Today: A Reference Guide, Greenwood Press, 2006), and a book titled “How I Fell in Love with the Muslim World.”

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Berea College, the first interracial and coeducational college in the South, focuses on learning, labor and service. The College only admits academically promising students with limited financial resources—primarily from Kentucky and Appalachia—but welcomes students from 40 states and 70 countries. Every Berea student receives a Tuition Promise Scholarship, which means no Berea student pays for tuition. Berea is one of nine federally recognized Work Colleges, so students work 10 hours or more weekly to earn money for books, housing and meals. The College’s motto, “God has made of one blood all peoples of the earth,” speaks to its inclusive Christian character.