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Mount Union College to Honor Alumni Service Award Recipients

April 22, 2010

ALLIANCE, Ohio - Mount Union College will honor three Alumni Service Award recipients during the Alumni Luncheon as part of the Alumni Weekend, June 6 - 8.

Established in 1942, the Alumni Service Awards are presented annually in recognition of outstanding achievement in a chosen or professional field and for service to the College or the community. The award represents the highest non-academic honor an alumnus/alumna can receive from Mount Union.

William Gough '71 is vice president and senior geologist for Moody and Associates, Inc., where he has worked for more than 25 years. He has consulted on a number of environmental and ground water-related projects. He is a registered professional geologist in Pennsylvania.

After earning his bachelor's degree in geology from Mount Union, Gough graduated from Pennsylvania State University with a master's degree in geology.

Gough has been a member of the board of directors of the Pennsylvania Council of Professional Geologists since 1971. He also has served as a member of the board of directors of the Pennsylvania Section of the American Water Works Association (AWWA).

As an alumnus of the College, he has participated in numerous geology field trips throughout the eastern United States and Canada. He is also an avid amateur photographer, shooting many Purple Raider football games. Many of his photographs have appeared in the Mount Union Magazine and various football publications.

He has also served as a member of the Sigma Alpha Epsilon House Corporation Board and was the oldest member of the spring 2003 pledge class of Mount Union's Ohio Sigma chapter for the fraternity. He was initiated as a member in April 2003, 35 years after he originally started the process as a freshman. Both of his sons are members of Sigma Alpha Epsilon.

He and his wife, Merrideth, reside in Meadville, Pennsylvania. They are the parents of Neil '98 and Adam '01.

Richard Ross '66 is the owner and president of Victor Machine Products, a fastener distributor. He earned a bachelor's degree in history from Mount Union. While a student at the College, he was a member of Sigma Alpha Epsilon, the varsity soccer team and M Club. He was a founding member of the original Mount Union chapter of Alpha Phi Omega service honorary.

Ross served in the U.S. Marine Corps during the Vietnam War and has served his community as a member of the Bay Village City Council and Planning Commission.

He is a member of the Bay Village Post 385 of the American Legion, where he was past commander; Westshore Chapter 249 of the Vietnam Veterans of America, where he was a founding member and past president; Veterans of Foreign Wars; Bay Village Historical Society; and Pennsylvania Railroad Technical and Historical Society. He also serves as chairman and organizer of the Bay Village Memorial Day Parade.

At Mount Union, he is a past member of the Alumni Council and participates in numerous volunteer activities. He is a supporter of the Annual Fund and the Football Ring Fund and also participates in TEC on Campus. An avid football fan, he regularly contributes to the alumni listserv and Mtunionfootball.com.

He and his wife, Bonnie, reside in Bay Village. They are the parents of Katherine (Ross) Boothe.

C. Richard Smith '53 served as president of Canton City Blue Print, Inc, retiring in 1999. He is an elder of Calvary Presbyterian Church and a member of Congress Lake Company Board of Directors.

He is past president of the Rotary Club of Canton, as well as a Paul Harris Fellow and past assistant director governor. He is also past president of Arts Unlimited, Pegasus Farm Board of Directors and the Advisory Council of the James River Graphics Corporation, and a past member of the Canton Art Institute Board of Directors. In addition, he has been the recipient of the Canton Chamber of Commerce SCOPE (Stark County's Outstanding Private Enterprise) Award, given in recognition of outstanding business achievement in Stark County.

At Mount Union, he has served as past president of the Alumni Association. In 2001, he and his wife, Patricia, established the C. Richard Smith Lectureship in Business.

The Smiths reside in Canton. They have four daughters and eight grandchildren.

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