Awards and Honors
Right: Jennie Loitma Barron, Judge
of the Massachusetts Superior Court and mother of
three daughters, is kissed by her husband after
being named American Mother of
1959 on May 5, in New York, New
"to the books that deal most creditably with
the problems of race relations" were
presented to Martin Luther King, Jr., for Stride
Toward Freedom and J. Milton Yinger for Racial
and Cultural Minorities.
Ted Smits of the Associated Press presents Althea
Gibson with the Babe Didrkson
Zaharias Trophy, recognizing
her as the 1958 Woman Athlete of the Year. She
was being so honored for the second straight
U.S. President Dwight Eisenhower received the B'nai B'rith
President's Medal on September 23 for
his "positive efforts for peace on freedom's
terms -- peace with justice and dignity."
The Egleston Medal
for 1959, given by Columbia University for
distinguished engineering achievement, was
awarded to Robert A.W. Carleton, a New York
The Atomic Energy Commission's
Enrico Fermi Award of $50,000 and a gold
medal was given to Dr. Glenn Theodore Seaborg,
University of California chancellor, on December
2. On the same day, AEC Chairman John A. McCone
announced the establishment of an annual $25,000
award to honor younger atomic scientists, as a
memorial to the late Ernest O. Lawrence.
Former U.S. President Harry Truman
received the Four Freedoms Award
of the United Italian American Labor Council on
Right: Long-time college football
coach Amos Alonzo Stagg received a U.S. Chamber
of Commerce "Great Living
The Gutenberg Award
of the Chicago Bible Society, for distinguished
service to the Bible cause, went to Dr. Luther A.
Weigle, chairman of the revision committee, Revised
Standard Version Bible.
President Dwight Eisenhower
opened the American Heart Association's annual
fund campaign by presenting the group's Heart-of-the-Year
award to Senate Democratic Leader Lyndon B. Johnson, a fellow heart patient.
The University of Notre Dame
awarded its Laetare Medal, given
annually to an outstanding U.S. Roman Catholic,
to Deputy Undersecretary of State Robert D.
The U.S.S.R.'s annual Lenin
Prizes were awarded on April 21 to
composer Aram Khatchaturian and the team of
nuclear scientists headed by Professor Vladimir
Veksler, director of the Soviet bloc's Joint
Institute for Nuclear Research in Dubna.
Miss Mississippi, Lynda Lee Mead, was crowned Miss
America 1960 in Atlantic City, New
Jersey, on September 12.
Nancy Streets, a sophomore from South Bend,
Indiana, became the first black to be crowned Miss
Indiana University in June. The
pageant is a precursor to the Miss Indiana
Pageant, which itself is a precursor to the Miss
Far Right: Akiko Kojima
of Tokyo, Japan, won the 1959 Miss
Universe title in Long Beach,
California, on July 24.
Right: Beauty queens from 30 countries
competed for the Miss Universe title.
Bernard Malamud received a
$1,000 National Book Award on
March 3 for his short story collection The
Magic Barrel. Other winners were J.
Christopher Herold for Mistress to an Age,
a biography of Madame de Staėl, and Theodore
Roethke for his poems Words for the Wind.
Charles A. Robinson, C.
Douglas, Buck., Jr., and Saul L. Cohen, the three
co-chairmen of the Delaware Region, National
Conference of Christians and Jews, were named
winners of the 1959 National Human
Elizabeth Ames was the
recipient of the National Institute of
Arts and Letters' Award.
Named National Teacher of the
Year by a national women's
magazine, Edna Donley of Alva, Oklahoma, who
teaches mathematics, is received by President
Right: On October 15, Nobel
Prizes were awarded to
(from left): Jaroslav
Heyrovskż, Chemistry; Emilio
Segrč and Owen
Chamberlain, Physics; Salvatore Quasimdo,
Literature; and Dr. Severo Ochoa and Dr. Arthur
Kornberg, Medicine. The Nobel Prize for Peace was
awarded to Philip John Noel-Baker on November 5.
Dr. Wallace R. Brode was named
December 20 as recipient of the American Chemical
Society's Priestley Medal (1960)
for "distinguished services to
chemistry." The Society's Chicago section
awarded its Willar Gibbs Medal to Dr. Hermann I.
Schlesinger of the University of Chicago.
Religious Heritage of
America Awards were presented to former
Congressman Brooks Hays (Churchman of the Year),
Mrs. W. O. Wedel (Churchwoman of the Year), and
Rabbi M. Eisendrath (Clergyman of the Year).
The Roger Adams Award
for organic chemistry research went to Professor
Derek H. R. Barton of the Imperial College in
Left: Allen W. Dulles (right),
director of the Central Intelligence Agency,
receives the Salvation Army
Association's 1959 Citation of Merit
from William Collins (left), SAA president, with
Comm. Holland French, Eastern Territory, looking
Right: Alice Cogan was chosen Secretary
of the Year at the 14th
convention of secretaries.
Lyndon B. Johnson
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