Baker to honor distinguished citizens
Three prominent Kansas Citians will be honored as Distinguished Citizens for Public Service at Baker University's 28th Annual Awards Banquet on Friday, Oct. 27, at the Fairmont Kansas City on the Plaza.
The evening will begin with a hospitality hour at 6:30 p.m. Dinner is at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $90 and are available from Baker's Office of University Relations at 785-594-4590.
This year's award recipients are: Robert Kipp, vice president for corporate communications and services at Hallmark Cards Inc.; William Clark, president of the Urban League of Greater Kansas City and Dr. Jared Grantham, professor of biochemistry and molecular biology at the University of Kansas School of Medicine.
Kipp will receive the Distinguished Leadership in Business Award. He has helped lead the Kansas City-based firm to its position as one of the nation's premier companies. In addition, he is a member of the board of directors for the Hall Family Foundation and serves on the boards of many civic organizations including the Kansas City, Mo., Sesquicentennial Celebration, Starlight Theatre, The Kansas City Symphony and the Metropolitan Kansas City Performing Arts Centre. His many honors include the Urban Core Emanuel Cleaver II Distinguished Leadership Award.
Clark will receive the Distinguished Civic Service Award. Since 1977, Clark has served as president of the Urban League of Greater Kansas City. During his tenure, Clark has strived to build bridges of cooperation for the residents of Kansas City. His achievements have been rewarded by several honors including the 1998 Distinguished Community Service Award from the Gillis Center and the 1997 Bridge Builder Award from the Kansas City Globe. His many civic organizations include positions on the boards of numerous groups including Starlight Theatre, Common Cause and the Greater Kansas City Chamber of Commerce. Clark earned a master's degree in divinity from the Central Theological Seminary.
Grantham will receive the Distinguished Alumnus Award. A professor of biochemistry and molecular biology since 1996, Grantham has spent his medical career researching for the causes of kidney disease. In addition, he has served numerous committees and boards including the American Heart Association, Baker Board of Trustees and American Association for the Advancement of Science. Grantham has written or co-authored more than 150 research papers, book chapters and reviews. He graduated from Baker with a bachelor's degree in biology in 1958. Grantham earned his medical degree from the University of Kansas School of Medicine in 1962.