Judith Hinkle
Donnie Akers, O.D.
Distinguished Alumni Award 2016
Donnie Akers, O.D., class of 1994, assistant clinical professor at the Kentucky College of Optometry (KYCO), received the Distinguished Alumni Award, presented to alumni whose contributions have enriched the lives of others and who bring honor and distinction to the individuals, their families and the University of Pikeville. A native of Dana, Ky., Akers earned a doctor of optometry degree from the Indiana University School of Optometry. He returned to Eastern Kentucky and practiced optometry in Paintsville for 15 years before becoming a founding faculty member at KYCO. Akers lives in Pikeville with his wife, Robyn.
Past Recipients of the Distinguished Alumni Award
1967 - William C. Hambley
1971 - Lillie Chaffin
1972 - Dr. Raymond Wells, Inez
1973 - John Waddell
1974 - Rediford Damron
1975 - Joe Sharpe
1977 - Charles B. Chrisman
1982 - Jewell Cline, Perry Cline
1983 - Walter P. Walters, Sr.
1984 - Carl Hatcher
1985 - Goldie Benedict
1986 - Jonathan Hiers
1987 - Franklin Day, Alice Kinder
1988 - John Paul Riddle, William C. Hambley
1989 - Georgia Muncy, Harold Edmonds, Ample Calhoun
1990 - Walter May, Lucille Saad Smith, Philip Vinciguerra (posthumously)
1991 - Charles E. Spears
1992 - John B. DuPuy
1993 - Otta Barton
1994 - Terry Dotson, Chester Goble, Irene Goble
1995 - William J. Baird, III
1996 - Jean Hale
1997 - Charles Robert Johnson, William Sullivan
1998 - Billie Jean Osborne
1999 - Doug Hinkle
2000 - Ron Terry, Frank Welch
2001 - Lois Esham, Benny Ray Bailey
2002 - Linda Scott-DeRosier
2003 - Willie Smith, Ruth Wheeler
2004 - Donnie Jones, Reed Anderson
2005 - Dr. Chauncey Rupe, Imogene June Johnson
2006 - Dr. Robert B. Sparks
2007 - Rhoda Jane Claytor, Jean Shockey
2008 - Roger Wagner
2009 - Gene Davis
2010 - Jed Weinberg
2011 Spring - Dr. Orville M. Clark Jr., Justice Will T. Scott
2011 Fall - Kitty Baird, Judith Hinkle
2012 - Wayne T. Rutherford
2013 - Della Dotson Griffey, David Lester
2014 - Dr. Raynor Mullins
2015 - Gene D. Davis, Judi Patton

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