Press Release

Donelson Receives Distinguished Alumnus Award

Tuesday, October 23, 2012
by Rebecca Penner

Hannibal-LaGrange University recognized the annual alumni award winners during the 2012 Hollywood Homecoming Friday Entertainment on October 5.This year’s Distinguished Alumnus award went to Dr. Harlo Donelson ’52.

Dr. Donelson graduated with an Associate of Arts degree from Hannibal-LaGrange in 1952.  He then earned his Bachelor of Science degree from Central College in Fayette, MO and his Doctorate of Dental Science degree from the Kansas City School of Dentistry.  On September 24, 2012, he celebrated the 50th anniversary of his dental practice in Memphis, MO. 

Dr. Donelson is also very active in his community.  He’s a member of the Chamber of Commerce, Rotary, Community Players, The Industrial Development Committee, a member and former trustee of the American Dental Association and much more.  He was awarded a Fellowship in the American College of Dentists in 1999.  His passions include flowers and music.  Dr. Donelson was married to Joyce for 52 years before her death in 2008.  He has one son, Wesley, who’s married to Debbie and they have 2 daughters in Long Island, NY.

The Distinguished Alumnus award is the most prestigious award presented to a Hannibal-LaGrange graduate for significant and broad accomplishments in business or professional life or for state or nation.  This award is for developed talent that reflects favorably on the quality of Hannibal-LaGrange University, the faculty, and the administration.  The alumni must be distinguished in his or her chosen business, profession or life work; they must be a person of great integrity, stature, demonstrated ability and renown in which the faculty, staff, students and alumni of the college can take pride, and be inspired by his or her recognition.

For more information on the awards, or to nominate someone for 2013’s alumni awards, contact Lauren Youse, director of alumni services and development, at (573) 629.3126 or via email at lauren.youse@hlg.edu.

Hannibal-LaGrange is a four-year Christian university fully accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.

Contact Information

Carolyn Carpenter
Director of Public Relations