Archive for Friday, May 23, 1997


May 23, 1997


Two local residents were honored Thursday by the Lawrence Kiwanis Club.

Olin Petefish, a longtime Lawrence attorney, and Mary Alice Demeritt Gordon, a veteran educator, both received the top annual award given by the Lawrence Kiwanis Club.

The two were awarded the club's Substantial Citizen Award at a luncheon Thursday.

Gordon, who has taught 36 years in Lawrence public schools, was recognized for her work with the visually impaired.

In 1986, she organized the first Career Conference for Visually Impaired.

And for the last 20 years, she has used her spring break to take visually handicapped students skiing at Aspen, Colo.

She has won several teaching awards. In 1988, she was declared the Outstanding Educator of the Year by Kansas Association of Special Education Administrators. She received the Kansas Master Teacher Award for 1993, and she was inducted into the Kansas Teachers Hall of Fame in Dodge City in 1994.

She also received the Service to Mankind Award from the local Sertoma Club.

Petefish, who has practiced law in Lawrence for more than six decades, was honored for his community service.

He is a past chairman of the Kansas University Endowment Association, a former trustee of the KU Center for Research, a life member of the KU Alumni Association and a life member of the Chancellor's Club.

He also has received KU's Distinguished Service Award and KU's Fred Ellsworth Award.

In 1996 he was named as the Lawrence Chamber of Commerce's Citizen of the Year.

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