Hendrix to Honor Four Distinguished Alumni

CONWAY, Ark. (February 4, 2013) - The Hendrix College Alumni Association will honor four distinguished graduates on Saturday, April 20 at 10:30 a.m. in Worsham Performance Hall in the Student Life and Technology Center.

The 2013 Alumni Association Award winners include:

  • Dr. Alex Sanford '63 - Distinguished Alumnus Award
  • Liz Teague Workman '50 - Humanitarian Award
  • Rev. Bill Smith '63 - James E. Major Service Award
  • Hayes Carll '98- Outstanding Young Alumnus Award

The Alumni Association Awards are part of Alumni Weekend 2013 April 19-21. For more information and a schedule of events, visit the Office of Alumni and Constituent Engagement website or call 501-450-1355.

Robert Alexander "Alex" Sanford '63

What Dr. Sanford describes as an "encounter with God" inspired him to study the human brain, and thousands of children are glad that he did. Dr. Sanford received a medical degree from the University of Arkansas, completed neurosurgery training at the University of Mississippi, and became a pediatric neurosurgeon. In 1985, he helped start the pediatric brain tumor program at St. Jude Research Hospital in Memphis. He was professor of neurosurgery at the University of Tennessee until 2010, training 21 pediatric neurosurgeons and more than 60 other neurosurgeons during his tenure. Dr. Sanford received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the American Association of Neurological Surgeons in 2009.

Ruth Elizabeth Teague Workman '50

As the daughter and wife of Methodist ministers, Liz Workman has been active in social justice issues most of her life. She has been an active member of the state and local chapters of Church Women United and has served on the boards ERArkansas, the League of Women Voters and Peace Links Worldwide. In addition to her civic and church involvement, Mrs. Workman, who earned a master's degree from the University of Central Arkansas in 1970, taught special education in the Little Rock Public Schools for ten years and is the mother of four adult children and grandmother of seven.

Rev. William B. Smith '63

Rev. William B. Smith of Dallas, Texas, is retired from the staff of Highland Park United Methodist Church, where he worked from 1968 until 2012. He has worked tirelessly to raise the profile of Hendrix College in the Dallas area. After graduating from Hendrix in 1963, Rev. Smith, a native of Gillett, Ark., earned a master of theology degree from the Perkins School of Theology at Southern Methodist University. He has served on the Alumni Board of Governors for more than 20 years, has served as president of the Hendrix Alumni Association, as the national chair of the Hendrix Alumni Loyalty Fund, and a member of the Board of Trustees since 2009. 

Hayes Carll '98

After graduating from Hendrix in 1998, Houston, Texas, native Hayes Carll returned to the Lone Star State to hone his highly original songwriting and performing skills. He released two independent albums, Flowers and Liquor (2002) and Little Rock (2005) and quickly captured critical praise from fans and fellow artists. His third album Trouble in Mind (2008) included "She Left Me for Jesus," which won Song of the Year at the 7th Annual Americana Music Association Honors and Awards. Carll's "Another Like You" was American Songwriter magazine's #1 Song of 2011 and his latest album KMAG YOYO was the Americana Music Association's #1 Album.

Founded in 1876, Hendrix College is a national leader in engaged liberal arts and sciences education. For the fifth consecutive year, Hendrix was named one of the country's "Up and Coming" liberal arts colleges by U.S. News and World Report. Hendrix is featured in the 2012 edition of the Princeton Review as one of the country's best 377 colleges, the latest edition of Colleges That Change Lives: 40 Schools That Will Change the Way You Think about Colleges, Forbes magazine's annual list of America's Top 650 Colleges, and the 2013 edition of the Fiske Guide to Colleges. Hendrix has been affiliated with the United Methodist Church since 1884. For more information, visit www.hendrix.edu.