If one wished to define distinguished service in human terms, June Cheelsman's life would be the preferred definition. June Leigh Cheelsman attended and graduated from Roanoke College in 1947 with a BA in English. Once graduated, she gave her time back to the school by serving on the Alumni Executive Council, where she was secretary for two years. She was also a charter member of the Society of 1842 and was a Roanoke College Associate for five years.
June was past president and a member of the Church Council of Epiphany Lutheran Church in Richmond, and also served as a member of the Church Council of Christ Lutheran Church in Roanoke. She has exhibited her love for young people though her work as a Sunday school teacher and as an advisor for the Luther League. In the Virginia Synod, she served on the Task Force for Senior Adults, and was active in the national activities of the Evangelical Lutheran Church of American (in the one in mission effort, the world missions management group, and in synodical committees involving the Luther League).
June was involved with the Sections Renovation Committee, and 1992 National Committee, and she served as the Epiphany leader for the Lutheran Ingathering for education appeal. June was chosen State Secretary of the Yare by the Virginia Division of the National Secretaries Association and once held the Certified Professional Secretary Rating. She further distinguished herself as a systems engineer for IMB and as a marketing representative for NYNEX today.
June received the Roanoke College Medal on April 15, 1989 for her life of dedication and service to humankind, the Lutheran Church, and Roanoke College.