Muskingum University honors alumni


Submitted by Amanda Mlikan of Muskingum University Public Relations

3:20 p.m. ET June 27, 2017

ZANESVILLE – Muskingum University presented three Distinguished Service Awards during a recent Alumni Weekend to honor graduates who have distinguished themselves in their careers and communities.

Bill P. Lovejoy of the Class of 1951 graduated with a bachelor’s degree in geology. He also played football and baseball for the college and served as sports editor of the Black and Magenta newspaper. He served in the U.S. Navy during World War II. He has a master’s degree in geology from the University of New Mexico. He worked for the Shell Oil Company early in his career. He later earned a doctorate in zoology from Oregon State University and taught biology for 19 years at Georgia Southern University.

Benjamin O. Shaver of the Class of 1950 earned a bachelor’s degree and certification to teach physical education, biology and history. He has a master’s degree in education from Ohio University. He served in the U.S. Army Medical Corps during World War II. Shaver started his career as a biology and history teacher before serving as superintendent of four different school districts in Ohio. He was a co-founder and president of the Ohio Association of Local School Superintendents and was president of the Ohio County Superintendents Association. Shaver also served 10 years as the Director of Member Services for Firelands Electric Cooperative.

James R. Woolard of the Class of 1964 received a bachelor’s degree in history and played basketball for the college. He earned a master’s degree and a doctorate in history from Ohio State University. He served three decades as the Director of Facilities Planning and Operations for the joint campus of Central Ohio Technical College and Ohio State University of Newark. He also has written 10 historical fiction novels. “Thunder in the Valley” received the 1996 Medicine Pipe Award for best first novel and the Golden Spur Award for best original paperback novel from the Western Writers of America.

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