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Senior Recognition Awards

Elvis J. Stahr Senior Awards

Elvis Jacob Stahr Jr. was inaugurated as president of Indiana University on November 19, 1962, succeeding the legendary Herman B Wells. He came to the position with broad experience. He had been a Rhodes Scholar, a practicing attorney, provost of the University of Kentucky and University of Pittsburgh, president of the West Virginia University, and Secretary of the Army under John F. Kennedy.

In 1968, Stahr accepted the presidency of the National Audubon Society, a position he held until 1981. Between 1981 and his death in 1998, Stahr practiced law in Washington, D.C., and lobbied for environmental issues. He was, throughout his life, an outstanding leader with a strong commitment to public service.

In an open letter to award recipients, Dr. Stahr wrote, "You have already distinguished yourselves and honored your Alma Mater, and I encourage you to aim high in both your personal and your professional lives. I am confident that your futures hold ever-increasing opportunity, challenge, distinction, and reward."

The Elvis J. Stahr Senior Awards, which were established in 1966, honor three to five IU seniors who have excelled academically while serving as active campus and community leaders.


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