NEW CONCORD -- Muskingum University held its annual Alumni Weekend June 18-20 with a variety of events on the campus. A highlight of the weekend was the presentation on June 18 of the Distinguished Service Award (DSA) to three alumni in recognition of their personal and professional achievements. The award is the university's highest alumni honor.
Sponsored by the Muskingum University Alumni Council, the DSA recognizes and honors alumni who have distinguished themselves through their professional endeavors and exemplary services to society. Any living Muskingum graduate or former student is eligible to receive this award.
Awards were granted to Keith S. Campbell (class of 77), chairman of the board of Mannington Mills, Inc.; Brockton J. Hefflin (class of 1984), a medical officer in the United States Food and Drug Administration's Center for Devices and Radiological Health; and Marilyn Woodyard Lockhart (class of 1956), who pioneered new roles for women in the fields of mathematics and physics.
Keith S. Campbell (class of 1977)
Campbell is chairman of the board of Mannington Mills Inc., one of the world's largest manufacturers of commercial and residential flooring. He is the fourth generation of his family to lead this award-winning, privately-held firm. He joined Mannington following his Muskingum graduation and has served in numerous positions throughout the company. He joined the company's Board of Directors in 1983 and was appointed chairman in 1995. Under his leadership, Mannington has been recognized for its innovation in design and manufacturing and for its family-oriented corporate citizenship and outstanding commitment to the home communities of its seven manufacturing plants.
Since 2008, Campbell has served on the Board of Directors of the Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia, which leads the Federal Reserve's Third District of Delaware, eastern Pennsylvania and the nine southern counties of New Jersey.
As a civic leader, Campbell's touches the lives of those served by New Jersey-based educational, health care and community development organizations. He chairs "Stand Up for Salem," a multi-million dollar downtown redevelopment initiative, serves as trustee of the John B. Campbell Center and is past chair of the board of Memorial Hospital. He is a Muskingum University trustee.
Campbell earned his bachelor of arts degree from Muskingum with majors in history and business and has received an honorary doctor of public service degree from Muskingum.
Brockton J. Hefflin (class of 1984)
Dr. Hefflin is a medical officer in the United States Food and Drug Administration's Center (USFDA) for Devices and Radiological Health, a position he has held since 1995. As such, he works to ensure that medical devices are both safe and effective for human use.
He is the USFDA representative to the international Global Medical Device Nomenclature (GMDN) Project, an initiative of the World Health Organization. He and his fellow delegates are creating global standards for thousands of medical device product groups, improving the quality of health care around the world.
Dr. Hefflin is a trained field epidemiologist and a graduate of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's Epidemic Intelligence Service (EIS). As an EIS medical officer, he responded to numerous environmental threats to public health, including fuel additive exposure in Alaska, recurring dust storms in Western states and an industrial mercury explosion. Dr. Hefflin also travels as an international medical missionary, working to improve health care in Central American, Africa and western Asia.
The U.S. Department of Health has acknowledged his leadership and achievements with numerous commendations and recognitions, and he has been honored with a Doctor of Public Service degree from Muskingum University.
A commissioned officer in the U.S. Public Health Service, Dr. Hefflin is board certified in preventive medicine and public health. He earned his medical degree from the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, and his master of public health degree from the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences.
A second-generation Muskie, Dr. Hefflin is the son of Ruth Champlin Hefflin (class of 1960) and the late Dr. Charles Hefflin, a prominent Pittsburgh physician.
Marilyn Woodyard Lockhart (class of 1956)
Marilyn Woodyard Lockhart helped pioneer new roles for women in mathematics and physics. She was at the forefront of the emerging computer programming profession, which would provide unprecedented opportunities for succeeding generations of female scientists and business leaders.
The daughter of a physicist, she became the first woman at Muskingum to major in Physics, earning her bachelor of science degree in both physics and mathematics. She earned her master of science degree in mathematics from Northwestern University.
Lockhart began her career at International Business Machines (IBM) in Poughkeepsie, N.Y., when mathematicians and computer scientists were just beginning to build the foundations of modern computing, exploring the applications of computing power to the needs of businesses large and small.
She was hired in 1957 as a member of an elite group of mathematicians whose task was to prepare sub-routines for the early large-scale computers. The work of Lockhart and her colleagues was a driving force behind IBM's transformation from a producer of typewriters and tabulating equipment to a global leader in data processing innovations.
Currently, Lockhart serves as treasurer for the privately held corporation, Isole, Inc. She and her husband Newton Lockhart reside in Brevard, N.C., where she is an active leader in her church community. Her brother, Owen Woodyard (class of 1959), also earned his bachelor of science degree in physics and mathematics from Muskingum.