Lawrence banker Robert K. Georgeson and radio station manager Howard T. Hill Jr. were honored today with the Lawrence Kiwanis Club's 1993 Substantial Citizen awards.
The award, which has been given annually since 1960, honors people who have succeeded in their professions and, more important, have been involved in the community for a number of years. The award is unique to the Lawrence chapter and is not part of a national Kiwanis program.
Georgeson, who came to Lawrence in 1954, was named president of Douglas County Bank this year, after a 30-year career at First National Bank of Lawrence.
The Kiwanis Club said Georgeson's deepest involvement in the community has been with DCCCA, formerly called Douglas County Citizens Committee on Alcoholism, of which Georgeson was a founder and first president. The organization today has 180 employees and is recognized as one of the premier alcohol and drug abuse prevention organizations in the United States.
Georgeson also is a past president of the Lawrence Jaycees, Cottonwood Inc. and the American Cancer Society of Douglas County, and a past chairman of the Lawrence Chamber of Commerce, its Downtown Development Task Force, the Lawrence Housing Authority and the St. John's Catholic Church advisory board.
He has served on the boards of Independence Days, Kansas International, the United Way of Douglas County and Valley View Care Home.
Hill, who has worked in radio for 35 years, has been general manager of KANU, Kansas University's public radio station, since 1977. He also is the public-address announcer at KU's football and men's basketball games, the Kansas Relays and other athletic events.
He was a Lawrence city commissioner from 1983 to 1987, two years of which he served as vice mayor. He has been first vice president of the Haskell Indian Junior College Foundation since 1984 and has been campaign chairman and second vice president of the United Way of Douglas County. He has chaired the Lawrence Chamber of Commerce's Haskell Affairs, Government Affairs and Human Services committees and has been president of the Jayhawk Kiwanis Club and the Douglas County Court Appointed Special Advocates.
He has been a member of the following boards and advisory committees: Kansas Secretary of State's Census Advisory Committee, Roger A. Hill Volunteer Center, KU's Swarthout Society, Full Partnership Inc., Independence Days, Douglas County AIDS Project, Citizens Committee on Corrections, Social Service League, Lawrence Alliance and the chamber's Taxation, Public Finance and Education committees.