Society of 1842 Event

Society of 1842 Event

Contact: Sally Walker,

Ms. Judith B. Hall ’69 and President and Mrs. Michael C. Maxey cordially invite you to a virtual event in honor of the Society of 1842 and the 2020 Roanoke College Medalist, Durward W. Owen ’55. During this event, Roanoke College will recognize the individuals who have joined the Society of 1842 in 2020 and 2021. 

Society of 1842

The Roanoke College Medal recognizes outstanding alumni whose professional accomplishments, community engagement and service to the College represent the ideals of leadership, integrity and citizenship that we, as Maroons, hold dear. The medal is a bronze cast of the College seal. It symbolizes the lifetime accomplishments of the champions of Roanoke College—her alumni.

Durward Owen, Class of 1955, is former executive director for Pi Kappa Phi National Fraternity, a national membership association of more than 62,000 members. During this 35 years as executive director, he created a national philanthropic organization, PUSH, Inc. for Pi Kappa Phi to provide service, awareness and volunteerism on behalf of physically challenged individuals. He also developed the Pi Kappa Phi Foundation, an educational foundation of the Fraternity. Owen has served on the board of numerous organizations, including the North Carolina School of the Arts, Opera Carolina, and the Western Carolina Children’s Foundation.


 Registration is required for this free Alumni Weekend event.

Medalist banner with Mr. Durward Owen

Roanoke College Alumni are invited to join other virtual Alumni Weekend events, April 15-17. 

Save the date: The 2021 Medal will be presented to Sarah “Sally” Waters Southard ’77 on April 22, 2022.

For more about Alumni Weekend.