Homecoming `17 Alumni Awards
Alumni Awards Banner - Gretchen Booz, Dr. Pat Draves, Rob Kuehl, and Dan & Beth Whittemore


The Graceland Award of Recognition salutes those who have supported Graceland and its programs in an exceptional way. Gretchen Booz has shared the Graceland spirit with all. In 1984, she began a 12-year tenure on the Graceland Board of Trustees where she served as vice chair and chair of the Student Affairs Committee. For decades of enthusiastic commitment, service and affection, Graceland University was proud to present its Award of Recognition to alumna extraordinaire Gretchen Booz.


The Honorary Alumni Award recognizes people who did not attend Graceland but whose record of service and commitment to the university is outstanding.

Rob Kuehl has worked hard to establish a relationship between the Graceland sociology and criminal justice programs and the Kansas City Police Department. He has donated his time as a guest lecturer and served as a resource in many ways to Graceland students interested in police work. Graceland welcomed Kuehl with the presentation of the Honorary Alumni Award last fall at homecoming.

Elizabeth (Beth) Whittemore has proven her loyalty to Graceland. She has supported the Alumni Programs Office efforts to maintain contact with university graduates by supervising arrangements for dinners in the Phoenix and Denver areas. Over 100 Graceland students have been supported by the endowed scholarship she and her husband maintain. At last fall’s homecoming, Whittemore was welcomed into the Graceland alumni family.


Alumni at least 10 years removed from graduation and still living are eligible for the Distinguished Service Award, but there is more to eligibility and consideration. Recipients must have made an outstanding contribution to community at some level, whether local or international. Dan and Beth Whittemore met and far exceeded those requirements. Dan joined the alumni ranks in 1961, while Beth became an Honorary Alumna at homecoming last fall. They received the Distinguished Service honor together in recognition of their partnership in community service.