Bell Tower awards banquet hall filled with alumni

Alumni Awards

Furman University holds an annual gala event to recognize the service, leadership, and accomplishments of members of the Furman community.  At the Bell Tower Ball, awards are presented to distinguished alumni, parents, and friends in celebration of extraordinary achievement.

Man receiving an award at the Bell Tower Ball
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Bell Tower Award categories

Nominate an Award Recipient

Nominate an outstanding member of the Furman community for an award by sending an email to alumni@furman.edu with a brief narrative describing the individual’s eligibility.

The Carl F. Kohrt Distinguished Alumni Award

The Kohrt Award is presented by the Alumni Association Board of Directors in recognition of significant professional or personal accomplishments and in gratitude for continued loyalty to Furman University. In 2015 the Alumni Association Board of Directors voted unanimously to name this award in honor of Carl Kohrt ’65, in appreciation for his selfless service to Furman. Kohrt served as Interim President from 2013–14 and is a longstanding member of Furman’s Board of Trustees, acting as chair from 2006–08.

Previous Recipients:

  • Chuck Ambrose ’83
  • Julius Babb ’39
  • Andrea Behrman ’76
  • Furman Bisher ’38
  • Robert Blocker ’68
  • Bal Carter ’75
  • Richard Cass ’53
  • John Coniglio ’40
  • Edith Bowden Coogler ’34
  • Lamar Coogler ’34
  • Beth Daniel ’78
  • Aubrey Daniels ’57
  • Rembert Dennis ’36
  • Hans Einstein ’43
  • Larry Estridge ’66
  • Brad Faxon ’83
  • Marshall Frady ’63
  • Barmore Gambrell ’15
  • William Gambrell ’21
  • Dave Garrett ’42
  • Tom Goldsmith ’31
  • Nina Entzminger Guinn ’11
  • Clement Haynsworth ’33Walter Heacock ’43
  • Greg Hill ’91
  • John Holder ’77
  • Frank Holleman ’76
  • Gordon Howle ’37
  • Weldon James ’33
  • Dan Joyner ’59
  • Betsy King ’77
  • Herman Lay ’30
  • Don Lewis ’61
  • Fran Smith Ligler ’73
  • Keith Lockhart ’81
  • James Marshall ’40
  • Arthur McCall ’36
  • Mike McConnell ’66
  • Mark Metz ’85
  • Mary Seawell Metz ’58
  • John Mulholland ’78
  • Dottie Greene Owen ’54
  • Bob Owens ’38
  • Sarah Reese ’71
  • Penny Richardson ’22
  • Dick Riley ’54
  • Bennie Lee Sinclair ’61
  • Max Steele ’43
  • Roger Stevenson ’62
  • Mary Stewart ’54
  • Paul Stroup ’73
  • Alex Stubb ’93
  • James Taylor ’29
  • Lizanne Thomas ’79
  • Charles Townes ’35
  • Henry Townes ’33
  • David Trone ’77
  • Charles Turner ’62
  • Virginia Short Uldrick ’50
  • Mac Walters ’42
  • Lucius Weeks ’54
  • Frankie Barnett Welch ’48
  • Nat Welch ’42
  • David Whitehurst ’77
  • Sam Wyche ’66
  • Julie McElrath ‘73
The Gordon L. Blackwell Alumni Service Award

The Blackwell Award recognizes an individual who has dedicated extraordinary service to Furman University or the greater community, advancing Furman’s position as a private institution with a public mission. This award is named in honor and memory of Gordon L. Blackwell, Sr. ’60, a trusted friend and leader of Furman University. Blackwell served as president of the Alumni Association Board of Directors, chair of the Development Committee of the Board of Trustees and in a variety of other leadership positions supporting the University.

Previous Recipients:

  • Lyles Alley ’33
  • Becca Armacost ’89
  • Eleanor Keese Barton ’21
  • Lloyd Batson ’47
  • Gordon Blackwell ’60
  • Chris Borch ’78
  • Marguerite Chiles ’40
  • John Cothran ’54
  • Boykin Curry ’37
  • Jeanne Saunders Davis ’56
  • Ray Davis ’49
  • Dave Ellison ’72
  • Larry Estridge ’66
  • Lillian Brock Flemming ’71
  • Gene Funderburk ’67
  • Gally Gallivan ’69
  • Robert Galphin ’28
  • Junius Garrison ’49
  • Peggy Ellison Good ’67
  • Marvin Hardy ’91
  • Martha Whitlock Haywood ’37
  • Gordon Herring ’65
  • Sarah Weaver Herring ’66Robin McGary Herrnstein ’98
  • Lige Hicks ’41
  • Parma Tuten Holt ’62
  • Martha Mauney Johns ’47
  • Dan Joyner ’59
  • Schaefer Kendrick ’37
  • Walter Kneece ’50
  • Bill Lay ’49
  • George Linney ’65
  • R. E. Littlejohn ’35
  • Cordell Maddox ’54
  • Luther Maddox ’38
  • James Marshall ’40
  • Gaines Mason ’62
  • Carol Mullikin Mauldin ’58
  • David Mauldin ’55
  • Bill Merritt ’44
  • Thomas Mims ’21
  • Bobby Morrow ’51
  • Joseph O’Shields ’49
  • John Peters ’43
  • Sybil Donnan Peters ’43
  • Bob Pinson ’61
  • Dixie Littlejohn Pinson ’61
  • Tom Pitts ’51
  • John Plyler ’56
  • Jack Powers ’56
  • Gene Proctor ’42
  • Lewis Rasor ’29
  • Wayne Reid ’68
  • Dick Riley ’54
  • Kathleen Riley ’37
  • Joe Roberts ’52
  • Madeline Rogero ’79
  • Susan Thomson Shi ’71
  • Albert Southern ’27
  • Tommy Stevenson ’65
  • Sandra Melton Talton ’72
  • Ty Talton ’72
  • Tommy Thomason ’49
  • Bill Timmons ’49
  • Tom Triplitt ’76
  • Newt Turrentine ’35
  • Cam Gregory Williams ’65
  • Louis Williams ’48
  • Stanford Jennings ‘84
The Tom A. Triplitt Outstanding Young Alumni Award

Presented by the Young Alumni Council, the Triplitt Award recognizes an alumnus/a who graduated in the past 20 years and who has brought honor or recognition to Furman through individual accomplishments or as a volunteer. In 2015 the Young Alumni Council voted to rename this award in honor of Tom A. Triplitt ’76, who exhibited extraordinary service to Furman during his 12 years as alumni director.

Previous Recipients:

  • Chad Bennett ’03
  • Tony Boccanfuso ’83
  • Lauren Killey Briles ’02
  • Tim Briles ’01
  • Mary-Mitchell Campbell ’96
  • Jason Deal ’90
  • Clint Dempsey ’05
  • Chris Ferrell ’91
  • Karen Foreman ’84
  • Logan Hambrick ’02
  • Courtney Tollison Hartness ’99
  • Laura Waters Hinson ’01
  • Rodney Johnson ’03
  • John Ludwig ’94
  • John Mancini ’98
  • Susan Mangels ’86
  • Angel Myers Martino ’90
  • Christie Matthews ’96
  • Dottie Pepper ’87
  • Neil Rabon ’81
  • Anne Reeves Reich ’98
  • Jason Richards ’01 Bear Rinehart ’03
  • Mark Sanford ’83
  • Kartikeya Singh ’07
  • Derek Waugh ’93
  • Betsy Bishop Weiss ’89
  • Todd White ’88
The Wayne and Rubye Reid Award

The Reid Award is named in honor of Wayne ’68 and Rubye Reid and recognizes alumni who have made significant contributions to the career development of Furman students.

Previous Recipients:

  • Bill Axmann ’59
  • Chad Bennett ’03
  • Frank Blackwell ’90Chris Borch ’78
  • Hugh Carrol ’71
  • Dave Ellison ’72
  • Lillian Brock Flemming ’71
  • Brian Geppi ’04
  • Peter Griffin ’11
  • John Hough ’81
  • Lynne Daniel Ivey ’83
  • John McCarthy ’85
  • Brad Merkl ’86
  • Clare Folio Morris ’83
  • Jeff Walker ’03
  • John Weatherford ’73
  • Kris Kapoor ‘94
The Engaged Parent Award

The Engaged Parent Award is presented to the parents of a Furman student or graduate in appreciation for their commitment to education and leadership as volunteers.

Previous Recipients:

  • William and Carroll Flowers
  • John and Ellen Yates
  • Leighan and David Rinker
The Honorary Alumni Award

The Honorary Alumni Award commends individuals who are not graduates of Furman University but who have made significant contributions to its welfare, reputation, prestige and pursuit of excellence. Recipients become honorary members of the Furman University Alumni Association.

Previous Recipients:

  • Kathy McKinney
  • Paul Scarpa
  • Ralph Hendricks

Group photo of attendees of the Bell Tower Ball

2019 Bell Tower Ball

The 2019 Bell Tower Ball, which took place at the Greenville Convention Center, was held Saturday, Feb. 23 and celebrated the accomplishments of members of the Furman community.

Read about our award winners