Kathryn Karr '88 -- Alumni Service Award
If philanthropy is inherited, Kathryn Karr ’88 definitely got that gene. She became a President’s Circle (formerly President’s Club) donor at the urging of her mother, Nettie Karr, who has made annual gifts to Linfield for more than 30 years.
Ten years after graduating, Karr’s mother loaned her $10,000 to help with the down payment on her first home. Instead of having Karr pay her back, she invited her to “pay it forward” in donations to Linfield College.
In 2003 Karr was a founding member of the President’s Circle Leadership Team (PCLT) and in January 2007 became chair. The PCLT identifies and recruits leadership donors, who contribute $1,000-$10,000 to Linfield annually.
Karr has given time as well as money over the years. She has called 100-plus donors and has served as a spokeswoman and an ambassador, has hosted events and written letters. In recognition of her efforts to increase charitable giving to the college, she received this year’s Alumni Service Award.
Karr's energy and enthusiasm for Linfield are simply infectious, said Jodi Kilcup, assistant vice president of College Relations. "She has played a major role in leading and encouraging our team of fund-raising volunteers. Her positive example helps alumni understand the importance of their annual giving.”
Karr said her mother began giving to Linfield when Kathryn’s older sister, Sharon, enrolled in 1975. Their brother, Dan, graduated in 1983, and in 1986, Nettie Karr established a nursing scholarship fund.
Karr lives in Portland, where she has worked with the non-profit Central City Concern since 1994. She is also a Realtor with Realty Trust Group in northeast Portland.
Her goals for the President’s Circle are to increase the number of donors giving at that level and to involve more friends and alumni working with College Relations staff on fund development.
“If all of us just make a few calls, the potential grows exponentially,” Karr said. “Plus, giving to Linfield is fun and rewarding. All of us are doing development work already. We are keeping in touch with each other, building and sustaining relationships and sharing our Linfield experience. Taking it to the next level and encouraging each other to support the college is a natural progression.”
A Stayton native, Karr describes her Linfield student days as “an amazing experience.” She particularly appreciated the opportunities to study abroad. “It is my hope and wish and desire that all college students could have such life-molding, life-changing, life-affirming experiences,” she said.
Karr considers it a privilege, not a burden, to make phone calls for the college and says every call is exceptional in its own way. Sometimes she is calling to thank donors for their long-time commitment; at other times, she is recruiting new donors.
“Most people want to give and appreciate being invited to give,” she said. “We have a common history, so it’s easy to strike up conversations, and everyone is always so gracious.
“We are all thrilled when the college accomplishes great things,” Karr added. “This is one way we can all help assure that Linfield continues to thrive.”
The Rev. Jim Simon ’67 – Distinguished Alumnus Award
Giving and sharing are concepts that the Rev. Jim Simon ’67 not only preaches from his pulpit but also demonstrates in his own life.
Simon has served the American Baptist Church for nearly 40 years. He is currently senior pastor at Aurora Hills Baptist Church in Aurora, Colo., where he has served since 2000.
Simon has received the Linfield College Distinguished Alumnus Award, which honors graduates whose professional achievements mark them as leaders in their fields.
Widely respected for his interfaith activities, Pastor Jim, as he is known, has opened his church to Korean and Latino congregations that lacked their own sanctuaries. And he initiated a weekly prayer time for local pastors, strengthening inter-church and inter-faith relations in his community. Out of that grew a multi-church Easter sunrise service.
He also has worked with children, serving as a commander for AWANA (Approved Workmen Are Not Ashamed, from 2 Timothy 2:15) .
“His life of service for the Lord reflects great credit on himself and the Linfield community,” said Lt. Col. Leland “Lee” Paulson ’67, who nominated Simon for the Distinguished Alumnus Award.
Paulson, a Linfield classmate who also is a member of Simon’s church, knows first-hand what a giving spirit his pastor has. In late 2005, Paulson’s kidneys were failing and he went on dialysis. Simon donated one of his kidneys in July 2006 to save his life. The two played a round of golf together the day before their tandem surgery in Denver.
“Pastor Jim is a living example of love and compassion and he was willing to risk his own life to help a fellow Linfield alumnus,” Paulson wrote in his nomination letter.
Both men are doing well now.
At Linfield, Simon and his wife, Janet, sang in the college’s a cappella choir. During his student days, he served as a volunteer firefighter for McMinnville and spent summers working for the State of Oregon as a forest warden, protecting the forests of Yamhill County.
Simon went on to receive a master of divinity degree from American Baptist Seminary of the West’s Covina Campus in California and a doctor of ministry degree from McCormick Theological Seminary in Chicago. He led churches in Washington, Iowa and Nevada, before moving to Colorado. While serving a church in Iowa, he was instrumental in designing a Hospice program, the first in that state.
During his career, Simon served on the American Baptist Church board in each of the four regions where he worked – the Northwest, Midwest, Rocky Mountain, and ABC of the West. Most recently, he served on the ABC Rocky Mountain Region Policy Board.
Marvin Henberg – Walker Award
Marvin Henberg has served in a variety of pivotal roles since joining Linfield in 1994 as vice president for academic affairs and dean of faculty. In that position, he served as the chief academic officer, responsible for all academic programs and faculty hiring.
From July 2005 to April 2006, Henberg served as interim president, allowing the college to extend its search for a new president. After Thomas L. Hellie was hired, Henberg worked as the new president’s special assistant for three months to ensure a smooth transition.
For his many contributions to the college, Henberg earned this year’s Walker Award, presented to a non-alumnus in recognition of service to Linfield.
During his sabbatical last year, Henberg worked on two books, one on environmental philosophy, “Wilderness Values, Ethics, and Policy,” and one on Linfield’s 150-year history, “Inspired Pragmatism: An Illustrated History of Linfield College.” After poring over tens of thousands of documents and reviewing thousands of old photos, he may now know more about the college’s history than any other living person.
This fall, he returned to the faculty as professor of philosophy and chairman of the Philosophy Department. He also helped found the environmental studies program and regularly teaches courses in that discipline, as well.
Henberg has played a major role in shaping the college’s direction, including the adoption of a new curriculum in 1997. He served as chairman of the Planning Council, which developed a strategic agenda to establish priorities and guide the college’s future growth and finances.
Raised in rural Wyoming, Henberg was the first member of his family to attend college. He graduated summa cum laude with a bachelor’s degree in English literature and philosophy from Washington and Lee University in Virginia.
He received a Rhodes Scholarship and completed bachelor’s and master’s degrees at Magdalen College at Oxford University. He earned a Ph.D. in philosophy from the University of Texas at Austin. He also has been a Danforth Fellow and a Woodrow Wilson Fellow, and has earned numerous teaching awards throughout his career.
Henberg taught at the University of Idaho from 1976 to 1994. He spent a year as a visiting associate professor of philosophy at Texas A&M University and a year as a visiting member on the law faculty at the University of Southampton, England.
He has written many articles and made scholarly presentations on philosophy, the environment and ethics. He is the author of “Retribution: Evil for Evil in Ethics, Law and Literature” and is co-editor of two editions of “Readings in the Development of Moral Thought.”
A passionate outdoors enthusiast, Henberg loves to ski, hike and run. He has been training this summer and fall for his sixth marathon, timed to precede his 60th birthday by a scant few months.
Susan Hyde ’00 – Outstanding Young Alumnus
Susan Hyde ’00 wants people around the world to have the opportunity to cast their votes in democratic elections – elections run with integrity.
She is in her second year as assistant professor of political science at Yale University, where she is affiliated with the MacMillan Center for International and Area Studies and the Institution for Social and Policy Studies. Before joining Yale, she was a research fellow in governance studies at the Brookings Institution in Washington, D.C.
Hyde is this year’s Outstanding Young Alumna, in recognition of distinguished achievements in her field.
Her research interests include international influences on domestic politics, elections in developing countries, international norm creation, and the use of natural and field experimental research methods.
Hyde’s current research focuses on the effects of international democracy promotion efforts, particularly international elections observation. She has served as an international observer with the Carter Center and the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe for elections in Albania, Indonesia and Venezuela, and has worked for the Democracy Program at the Carter Center. She also visited Nicaragua last year in anticipation of elections there.
At Yale, Hyde teaches an undergraduate course on international organizations and a graduate course on the role of non-state actors in world politics.
“I have great colleagues and wonderful students here,” she said, adding that it felt good to have her first year as an assistant professor under her belt.
In addition to her ongoing research projects, Hyde is working on developing her dissertation, on the promotion of democracy, into a book. She earned her Ph.D. in 2006 from the University of California-San Diego.
A native of Sisters, Hyde is a Linfield product in more than one sense: Her parents, Glenda and Dayton Hyde, both graduated from the college in 1974.
As a student at Linfield, Hyde ran cross-country. She had considered going to law school, but was influenced to pursue graduate study in political science by three of her professors: Elliot Tenofsky (since retired), Howard Leichter and Dawn Nowacki. Both Leichter and Nowacki said they remember Hyde as an outstanding, hard-working student and are very pleased that she has joined the Ivy League.