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Awards and Honors

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American Chemicaal Society
Priestley Medal (awarded December 20) Dr. Wallace R. Brode
Willar Gibbs Medal Dr. Hermann I. Schlesinger

Jennie Loitma Barron, Judge of the Massachusetts Superior Court and mother of three daughters, was named American Mother of 1959 on May 5, in New York, New York.

Jennie Loitma Barron being kissed by her husband.
Jennie Barron

Anisfield-Wolf Awards were presented to Martin Luther King, Jr., for Stride Toward Freedom and J. Milton Yinger for Racial and Cultural Minorities.

Althea Gibson was awarded the Babe Didrkson Zaharias Trophy, recognizing her as the 1958 Woman Athlete of the Year. It was the second straight year she was so recognized.

Ted Smits of the Associated Press presents Althea Gibson with her trophy.
Althea Gibson

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 construction engineer.

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.

Former U.S. President Harry Truman received the Four Freedoms Award of the United Italian American Labor Council on December 5.

Long-time college football coach Amos Alonzo Stagg received a U.S. Chamber of Commerce "Great Living American" award.

Alonzo Stagg
Alonzo Stagg

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. Murphy.

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.

Nancy Streets
Nancy Streets

Akiko Kojima of Tokyo, Japan, won the 1959 Miss Universe title in Long Beach, California, on July 24.

Akiko Kojima
Akiko Kojima

The 30 beauty queens who competed for the Miss Universe title.
Miss Universe contestants

National Book Awards
Biography J. Christopher Herold, for Mistress to an Age, a biography of Madame de Staėl
Theodore Roethke, for Words for the Wind
Short Story
Bernard Malamud, for his collection The Magic Barrel

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 Relations Award.

Elizabeth Ames was the recipient of the National Institute of Arts and Letters' Award.

Alva, Oklahoma, mathematics teacher Edna Donley was named National Teacher of the Year by a national women's magazine.

Edna Dooley is received by President Dwight Eisenhower.
Edna Donley

Nobel Prizes
Jaroslav Heyrovskż
Literature Salvatore Quasimodo
Peace Philip John Noel-Baker
Emilio Segrč and Owen Chamberlain
Physiology or Medicine Dr. Severo Ochoa and Dr. Arthur Kornberg

From left: Heyrovskż, Segrč, Chamberlain, Quasimodo, Ochoa, Kornberg
Nobel Prize winners

Religious Heritage of America Awards
Churchman of the Year former Congressman Brooks Hays
Churchwoman of the Year Mrs. W. O. Wedel
Clergyman of the Year Rabbi M. Eisendrath

The Roger Adams Award for organic chemistry research went to Professor Derek H. R. Barton of the Imperial College in London, England.

Allen W. Dulles, director of the Central Intelligence Agency, received the Salvation Army Association's 1959 Citation of Merit.

Salvation Army Association president William Collins (left) presents the Citation of Merit to Dulles while Holland French, Eastern Territory, looks on.
Allen W. Dulles

Alice Cogan was chosen Secretary of the Year at the 14th convention of secretaries.

Alice Cogan
Alice Cogan

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