Juniata College Honors Five Alumni with Achievement Awards
(Posted July 2, 2009)
HUNTINGDON, Pa. -- Juniata College presented five alumni-related awards Saturday, June 13, during Alumni Assembly, part of Juniata's "Alumni Weekend 2009." Raton, N.M. resident William Fegan, retired consultant, was awarded the Alumni Achievement Award; Wyomissing, Pa. resident Donald Robinson, a retired Church of the Brethren minister, received the Harold B. Brumbaugh Alumni Service Award; Ellicott City, Md. resident Nate Boggs, research scientist at Johns Hopkins University's Applied Physics Lab, received the Young Alumni Achievement Award; George Fattman, Johnstown, Pa. resident and adjunct professor of journalism at the University of Pittsburgh-Johnstown, was awarded the William E. Swigart Jr. Alumni Humanitarian Award; and Hummelstown resident Dr. John Bulger, general internist at the Geisinger Health System in Danville, Pa., received the Health Professions Alumni Achievement Award.
William Fegan, a native of Palmyra, Pa. and a 1948 Juniata graduate, has had a long career in the arts, starting with his acting in Juniata dramatic and musical productions during his undergraduate years. He taught college classes and started a theatre program at Stillman College, a historically black college in Tuscaloosa, Ala.
In 1962 Fegan visited Raton, N.M. as part of a touring theatre company, The Kaleidoscope Players. He returned to Raton in 1964 to take over the operation and restoration of the historic Shuler Theatre. In addition to the theatre, Fegan helped start numerous arts organizations in Raton, including the Raton Arts and Humanities Council, Raton Performing Arts Association, Raton Choral Society and the Raton Community Corp. He retired from managing the theatre in 2005.
In 1974 he started an entertainment management agency, booking and touring entertainment such as the Chinese Golden Dragon Acrobats throughout the United States. He received the Raton Treasure Award in 2001 from the Raton Arts Council and received the New Mexico Governor's Award for Excellence in the Arts in 2007.
He earned a master's degree in education in 1960 from the University of Alabama-Birmingham. Juniata awarded him an honorary doctor of humane letters degree in 1972.
He has volunteered extensively for Juniata, serving as a member of the Juniata Career Team and a Juniata Admissions Ambassador. He also is a member of the Juniata Heritage Society and served on his class reunion committee. He also volunteered as a fund-raiser for the arts campaign during Juniata's Uncommon Outcomes capital campaign.
Donald L. Robinson, who grew up in Johnstown, Pa., graduated from Juniata in 1951, earning a degree in psychology. He went on to earn a master's degree in divinity in 1954 from Bethany Theological Seminary. He earned a doctoral divinity degree in "Stages of Ethical and Moral Development" in 1986 from Lancaster Theological Seminary.
After graduating from the seminary, Robinson became pastor of the Church of the Brethren in Wilmington, Del. until 1957, when he moved to Dayton, Ohio to serve as director of stewardship and finance for the Church Federation of Greater Dayton.
Robinson became pastor of the First Church of the Brethren in Reading, Pa. in 1961, a position he held for the next 31 years until retiring in 1992. During his time there, the church began a Montesorri pre-school and kindergarten that has an enrollment of about 200 students.
He has been an active volunteer for the national church organization, serving as a National Youth Adviser and as a member of the national planning committee for Adventure in Mission.
He also worked as a PIAA basketball and football official for 20 years and is an adjunct faculty member at Reading Area Community College. He has taught at Pace Institute since its beginning in the 1980s.
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