ECU honors 2003 outstanding alumni
(Nov. 5, 2003)
The East Carolina University Alumni Association will honor four individuals with Outstanding Alumni Awards at Homecoming this weekend. The awards recognize ECU alumni for exceptional professional, cultural and civic accomplishments. This year's honorees are:
* Dr. Lynn Lieberman Amowitz, a 1992 graduate of the School of Medicine, currently the senior medical researcher for Physicians for Human Rights, based in Boston, and the Director, Initiative in Global Women's Health at Brigham and Women's Hospital and Harvard Medical School. Amowitz is most noted for her work with women in Afghanistan, and received national attention after her appearances on the Oprah Winfrey Show and CNN. She has traveled to Afghanistan numerous times, as well as to other war-torn regions such as Kosovo, Sierra Leone, and Nigeria in an effort to bring better health care to the people through human rights investigations.
* Mary Brimmage Chatman '90, '96, president of HealthAccess Inc., an organization dedicated to managing and facilitating health fitness and wellness centers in conjunction with University Health Systems in Greenville. She has served as a staff nurse, assistant nurse manager, wellness nurse, and assistant director in her 13-year career with UHS. Under Chatman's leadership, the UHS wellness program has earned five national and state awards.
* Charles R. Franklin Jr. '63, director of the Albemarle Mental Health Center in Elizabeth City, which provides mental health, developmental disabilities, and substance abuse services to six counties in northeastern North Carolina. Franklin serves on several local health planning committees, interagency councils, and civic organizations and boards. He is immediate past chair of the ECU Board of Trustees.
* Leon Franklin Williamson III '67, director of Central Intelligence Representative to Special Operations Command, at MacDill Air Force Base in Tampa, Fla. He has had an illustrious career with the CIA as well as the armed forces, serving as a Special Forces sergeant in Vietnam from 1962-1964. Williamson has received numerous awards including the Purple Heart and Intelligence Star, the second highest award given for heroism by the CIA.
The 2003 Outstanding Alumni Award winners will be honored at a dinner on Friday at the Hilton of Greenville and will be featured in the ECU Homecoming Parade Saturday morning, beginning at 9:45 on East Fifth Street and proceeding west to downtown Greenville. The four will also be honored during halftime of the ECU-South Florida football game that afternoon.