Spencer R. Crew, chief executive officer of the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center, was among nine people inducted into the Rutgers University Hall of Distinguished Alumni this past weekend.
The event took place at 6 p.m. Saturday at the Neilson Dining Hall on the Douglass College campus at the New Jersey university. Crew had been director of the Smithsonian's National Museum of American History in Washington before coming to Cincinnati to head the Freedom Center in 2001.
He developed the Smithsonian's popular permanent exhibit on American presidents and oversaw the preservation of the flag that inspired Francis Scott Key to write "The Star-Spangled Banner."
Crew received his bachelor's degree in American history from Brown University in 1971, master's in American history from Rutgers in 1973 and a doctorate from the university in 1979.
The YWCA will honor eight Career Women of Achievement today in a noon ceremony at the Albert B. Sabin Cincinnati Convention Center.
Honorees are: Lorraine A. Bolsinger, vice president, marketing, General Electric Aircraft Engines; Roberta Campbell Bradford, president and CEO, Drake Center Inc; Cheryl N. Campbell, vice president of corporate communications and public relations, Convergys Corp.; Delores Hargrove-Young, president and chief operating officer, XLC Services; Karen Meisel Hoguet, senior vice president and CEO, Federated Department Stores; Valerie A. Lemmie, city manager, Cincinnati; Judith Van Ginkel, president of Every Child Succeeds and associate professor, Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center; and Cleaster Whitehurst-Mims, president and CEO, Marva Collins Preparatory School.
Carrie M. Jones, a senior at Western Hills High School, received the Mamie Earl Sells Scholarship Award for academic achievement.
Keith Crowley, a senior at McNicholas High School, has received the 2003 Earth Day Environmental Award in the student category for his volunteer work at Cincinnati Nature Center.
The award was given by the Greater Cincinnati Earth Coalition.
Keith is son of John and Maureen Crowley, Pierce Township.
He also was named Youth Volunteer of the Year by United Way, Eastern Area.
Outstanding youths of the year of the Boys and Girls Clubs of Greater Cincinnati will be honored from 11:30 to 1:30 p.m. today by Bengals coach Marvin Lewis at the club's Annual Achievement Luncheon in Schiff Conference Center, Xavier University.
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