Kansas University Friday night paid its highest tribute to three men "whose lives and careers helped benefit humanity."
The Distinguished Service Citation was presented to Henry Bloch, Richard Bond and Walter Garrison during the annual All-University Supper in the Adams Alumni Center. The award is the highest honor given by KU and the KU Alumni Association.
Bond and Garrison are KU alumni. Bloch is an honorary KU alumnus.
KU Chancellor Robert Hemenway also recognized families who have worked or served the university during the years and mentioned several students, including major scholarship recipients.
Since the mid-1950s, Bloch's small Kansas City accounting firm has burgeoned into one of the largest income tax services in the nation, H&R Block.
Bloch's reputation as a businessman takes secondary status to his prominence as a local philanthropist. The Greater Kansas City Council on Corporate Philanthropy named him its Philanthropist of the Year, and he also has received the city's Spirit Award and the coveted title of "Mr. Kansas City." Bloch has served numerous community organizations as a board member, including St. Luke's Hospital, the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art and the Greater Kansas City Foundation, as well as his own family and corporate foundations.
In addition to more than 15 years as a state senator, including a four-year term as Senate president, Bond has devoted many years to the greater Kansas City community. Bond has served on advisory and governing boards for KCPT, Kansas City's public television station; Youth Friends for Greater Kansas City; the Shawnee Mission Medical Center; Johnson County Community College Foundation, and the YMCA.
For the university, he co-chaired the KU Medical Center Research Gala and has led KU School of Law alumni as president and Jayhawks for Higher Education as co-chair.
Garrison founded the Pennsylvania Institute of Technology, a leading two-year technical college.
He is chief executive officer of CDI Corporation, which employs more than 14,000 engineers, CAD designers, systems analysts and programmers to provide engineering, technical and information services to its customers nationwide. Garrison's work at CDI has also included the development of a 2,000-plus member design and consulting staff serving the petrochemical industry.
Garrison's interest in education has continued through his work as a former adviser to the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania and his steadfast involvement with KU, where he has assisted with annual fund drives for the department of aerospace engineering and contributed a challenge grant to fund the aerospace design laboratory. He has received the School of Engineering Distinguished Engineering Service award and is a member of its alumni honor roll.
The H.R. "Rud" and Ann Turnbull family was one of two KU families honored by Hemenway. The Turnbulls' dedication to teaching and research has helped keep KU's special education department No. 1 in the nation for more than 20 years, Hemenway said.
"The Turnbulls care about others and thereby help to define what it means to be a KU family," Hemenway said.
The Mailen family also was recognized. Five of them, Vonda, Jim, Melany Miller, Todd and Troy Mailen, have filled a variety of roles at KU, "from bandages, to microphones to rocks to patrol cars," Hemenway said.