Alumni receive Roanoke College’s highest honor

SALEM, Va. - Two Roanoke College alumni received the College's highest honor last month. Donald Kerr '60 and Roger Sandt '64 each were given the Roanoke College Medal during the Society of 1842 & Medalist Recognition Luncheon during Roanoke's Alumni Weekend.

The Roanoke College Medal recognizes outstanding alumni who show characteristics of responsible leadership, intellectual integrity and good citizenship through their professional accomplishments and service to their community and alma mater.

Kerr, who lives in Brentwood, Tenn., graduated from Roanoke with majors in political science and history. While at Roanoke, he was president of the Pi Kappa Phi fraternity, and he was one of the top athletes on the men's track and soccer teams. For his athletic achievements, Kerr was inducted into the College's Athletic Hall of Fame in 2009. After graduation, Kerr was a member of the U.S. Intelligence Service before joining the Campbell Soup Co., where he worked for 15 years. In 1999, Kerr formed his own company, Kerr Industries, which is comprised of several food production and manufacturing businesses.

In 2007, Kerr provided the lead gift that made possible the turf facility that is home to Roanoke's soccer, field hockey and lacrosse teams. The field was dedicated as the Donald J. Kerr Stadium.

He also is chair of the Maroon Club, which raises money for the College's intercollegiate, intramural and club sports programs.

Kerr is a Lifetime Distinguished member of the Roanoke College Associates, a member of the Society of 1842 and a member of the College's Board of Trustees.

Sandt graduated from Roanoke with a bachelor's degree in economics and business administration. He was a member of the Sigma Chi fraternity, the Roanoke College Choir and the cross country and track teams. After graduation, Sandt worked at various paper companies in New York, New Jersey and Pennsylvania before forming his own company, Sandt Products in Lancaster, Pa., a manufacturer of cash register paper rolls and other paper products.

A Lifetime Distinguished member of the College Associates, Sandt donated the funds to make possible the C. Homer Bast Track at Roanoke, which is named for his former track coach.

Sandt, who lives in Lancaster, Pa., has served on numerous boards in his community, including the Lancaster Family YMCA, the Demuth Foundation and the North Museum of Natural History and Science.

Roanoke College, a classic liberal arts college in Salem, Virginia, combines firsthand learning with valuable personal connections in a beautiful, undergraduate setting. Roanoke is one of just seven percent of colleges nationwide with a chapter of Phi Beta Kappa, the nation's oldest and most prestigious honor society. The Princeton Review lists Roanoke as the 18th most beautiful campus in its "Best 376 Colleges" 2012 guidebook. For additional information, call the Roanoke College Public Relations Office at (540) 375-2282.

Released: May 9, 2012
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