The Distinguished Alumni Award
This award recognizes alumni who have distinguished themselves in their chosen field, and in doing so, have brought distinction and honor to North Cross School. The annual winner is presented in January.
The recipient of the 2020 Distinguished Alumna Award was Dr. Caroline Light '87.
Dr. Light has served as the Director of Undergraduate Studies in the department of Women, Gender, and Sexuality at Harvard University since 2008. Her research explores the ways in which race, gender, and region have shaped collective (mis)memory and archival silence. The Harvard Class of 2019 chose Caroline as one of their favorite professors. This was the seventh time that Dr. Light had been selected for this honor by Harvard students.
She has authored two books: The Pride of Race and Character: the Roots of Jewish Benevolence in the Jim Crow South (NYU Press, 2014) and most recently Stand Your Ground: A History of America’s Love Affair with Lethal Self-Defense (Beacon Press, 2017). She has been featured on national news outlets and by Time Magazine regarding the history of gun laws in the United States and has also been an OP-ED contributor for The New York Times.
Caroline has a bachelor of arts in history from Duke University and a master's degree and doctorate in history from the University of Kentucky. She lives in Cambridge, MA with her husband and three children.
2019: Liza Mundy '78
2018: Catherine Bradshaw '93
2017: Will Dichtel '96
2016: Katherine Fulton '73
2015: Harry I. Johnson, III ’86
The Alumni Service Award
This award is presented annually to one outstanding alumnus/a who has made significant contributions to his/her community. Nominees should meet the following criteria:
The recipient of the 2019 Alumni Service Award was Susan Card '76 (NGA).
2018: George B. Cartledge III ‘82
2017: Ian McDade ’91
2016: Sarah Boxley Beck ’98
2015: Elizabeth Fulghum Frankl ’82
2014: Russ Ellett ’84
2013: Katherine Watts ’67
2012: Allen B. Whittle ’91
2011: Joseph D. Logan III SA ‘49
2010: Stephen W. Lemon ‘80
2009: Linda A. Valleroy ’68
2008: David B. Trinkle ’79
2007: Anne Lee Stevens SA
2006: G. Andrew Kegley, Jr. ’77
2005: T. Christopher Moore ’71
2004: Kathryn Krisch Oelschlager ’69
2003: Deb Bennett Haggerty ’76
2002: David D. H. Willis, Sr. ’77
2001: J. Randolph Garrett III ’65
2000: T. Garrick Steele ’71
1999: Rossie Carter Hutcheson ’73
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