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Winter 2006 • Volume 12, Issue 1

Outstanding alumni honored for achievements

The Bradley University Alumni Association presented three awards to alumni on Founder’s Day.

Distinguished Alumnus Award

Bane imageKeith J. Bane ’61 received the Distinguished Alumnus Award, which recognizes a graduate whose professional or civic activities bring the highest distinction to themselves, their community, and to Bradley.
Bane retired from Motorola, Inc. as executive vice president of global strategy and corporate development after 30 years with the company. He held a number of top management positions and was responsible for Motorola’s merger and acquisition strategy.

In 1983, Bane became a charter member of the Bradley Council, an advisory board created to advise the University in areas of advancement. He was active in the Campaign for Bradley capital campaign, and was elected to the Board of Trustees in 1987.

He has been active in many civic and church organizations, including the Rolling Meadows City Planning Commission, the YMCA, and United Way. Bane received the outstanding alumnus award from Fenwick High School and has served on its board. He is involved with the Chicago alumni chapter of Theta Chi fraternity.
Bane earned his juris doctor degree from Northwestern University School of Law in 1968 and was a partner with Kirkland and Ellis until 1973. He is a member of the Illinois State Bar Association. He and his wife Kathy live in Rolling Meadows.

Outstanding Young Graduate Award

Stillman imageMichael B. Stillman ’91, an attorney with Querrey & Harrow in Chicago, received the Outstanding Young Graduate Award. This award recognizes a graduate who has gained early and exceptional professional or civic achievement in addition to continuing his/her University involvement.

Stillman practices in the law firm’s Joliet and Chicago offices and concentrates his practice in general litigation, school, and municipal law. He received his juris doctor degree from DePaul University. He is a member of the South Suburban Bar Association, Will County Bar Association, and Illinois State Bar Association. Stillman serves as president of the Board of Education of Community High School District 218 in Chicago’s south suburbs. He is also a member of the Little Company of Mary Hospital Foundation Board of Directors and an active member of St. Catherine of Alexandria parish in Oak Lawn. He resides with his wife, Denise Miarecki Stillman ‘92, and their two children in Oak Lawn.

Lydia Moss Bradley Award

King imageEdward M. King ’54 MA ’62, retired executive director of housing, residential life, and the student judicial system at Bradley, received the Lydia Moss Bradley Award in recognition of his outstanding service to the University.

King retired in 1996 after a 39-year career with the University. He served as dean of men and later was director of residential life and the judicial system. He was involved with Sigma Chi and was recognized with the fraternity’s Order of Constantine award. He became a national authority on fraternity life on college campuses and traveled extensively to lecture and conduct seminars. He served as chairman of the National Interfraternity Conference (NIC) Commission on Values and Ethics and received the NIC’s distinguished service award.

King also has been active with many civic and charitable organizations, including the Citizens Committee for the Office of Economic Development, the Diocese of Peoria Pastoral Council, the Peoria Association of Retarded Citizens, the Peoria County Tuberculosis Association, and the Salvation Army. He is past president of the Catholic High School Board in Peoria.

Previously King has been recognized by Bradley with the Francis C. Mergen Award for Public Service and the Orville Nothdurft Award for lifetime achievement by a former athlete. He and his wife Mary live in Peoria.

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