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As part of the Amarillo Globe-News’ continuing Man and Woman of the Year tradition, AGN Media will again present a virtual celebration honoring this years recipients.
The 2021 Man and Woman of the Year celebration, presented by FirstBank Southwest, will air at noon Thursday on the Globe-News’ website and social media accounts. The video will feature conversations with honorees Russell Lowery-Hart and Linda Vaughn, as well as community and city leaders speaking to their long, continuing contributions.
"For over 70 years the Amarillo Globe-News has honored the very best of the leadership of the Panhandle, the very best of who we are," said Andy Marshall, CEO of FirstBank Southwest. "This year's honorees embody all of what is great about the Panhandle and its people ... FirstBank Southwest is extremely proud to be a part of the Amarillo Globe-News Man and Woman of the Year awards and are humbled to be in the presence of the leaders it honors.
According to previous reports by the Amarillo Globe-News, AGN Media chose to honor Lowery-Hart, the president of Amarillo College, and Vaughn, a retired educator and volunteer.
For more information about Thursday's Man and Woman of the Year festivities, visit www.amarillo.com or visit the Amarillo Globe-News on Facebook or on Twitter.
Long-time Amarillo community leader and retired educator Vaughn was chosen as the Amarillo Globe-News 2021 Woman of the Year presented by FirstBank Southwest.
Vaughn was born and raised in Amarillo and is described by many as a very giving person who is a pillar of the community. She attended the old Amarillo High School at 13th Avenue and Polk Street.
Vaughn is a retired Amarillo Independent School District principal, serving for 33 years. She has been a vital member of Center City of Amarillo for over a decade with a distinct passion for helping to restore the downtown area that she grew up so close to at Third Avenue and South Harrison Street.
Currently, Vaughn is a member of the board of directors for Center City and has also served in multiple roles within the downtown revitalization organization, including as president and secretary. She got her start with Center City, organizing its annual block parties.
Dr. Russell Lowery-Hart’s commitment to his community can be seen in his initiatives that create a culture of caring that removes barriers hindering a student's success.
Lowery-Harts' commitment to each individual's future has helped rejuvenate the community's economy and has led Amarillo College to a year of many distinctions. It is his continued advocacy for Amarillo and commitment to a brighter future that earned him the title of the Amarillo Globe-News 2021 Man of the Year presented by FirstBank Southwest.
Lowery-Hart, president of Amarillo College, has led the school through many achievements throughout the year, including the national recognition of being named the Aspen Institute's Rising Star Award recipient and being recognized as one of the Top 5 Community Colleges in the nation. The community college was awarded this distinction along with a $100,000 award in May of 2021.
Just a month later in June, the college was awarded the Excellence for Exemplary CEO/Board Relationship award, a national distinction for which only one community college is selected annually by The American Association of Community Colleges.
Previous Man and Woman of the Year Award winners
Below is a list of previous Amarillo Globe-News Woman and Man of the Year Award recipients:
2020: The community's healthcare workers
2019: Paul Engler, Beth Duke
2018: Jerry Hodge, Lulu Cowan
2017: Chuck Alexander, Jan Barker
2016: Allen Shankles, Mary Lou Robinson
2015: Rod Schroder, Sandy Fenberg
2014: Tom Cambridge, Carol Lovelady
2013: Joe Street, Linda Hughes
2012: Bud Joyner, Sharon Oeschger
2011: Glenn McMennamy, Brenda Graham
2010: Eddie Melin, Myrna Raffkind
2009: Gary Pitner, Lilia Escajeda
2008: Ron Boyd, Diann Gilmore
2007: Don Lane, Alice O’Brien
2006: Glen Parkey, Laura Street
2005: Bill Gilliland, Julie Attebury
2004: The Rev. Jesse Cortez, Doris Alexander
2003: Rick Husband, Evelyn Husband
2002: Garet von Netzer, Betty Solis
2001: Guyon Saunders, Mary Emeny
2000: Gary Stevens, Helen Vahue
1999: Hugh and Bill Sticksel, Shirley Fancher
1998: Bob Sanders, Betsy Singleton
1997: Jim Simms, Mila Gibson
1996: Melvin Troe, Patsy Walker
1995: Dan Lynch, Mary Schooler
1994: Roy E. Turner, Sandra Gilliland
1993: Harold Smith, Dusty McGuire
1992: Jerome Johnson, Wendy Marsh
1991: Don Mason, Hazel Kelley Wilson
1990: L. O’Brien Thompson, Sharon Brown
1989: Dr. Winfred Moore, Eveline Rivers
1988: John Chandler, Betty Bivins
1987: B.R. Barfield, Pattilou Dawkins
1986: Don Powell, Ann McKay
1985: Jack Bryant, Jo Randel
1984: W.W. Nicklaus, Eunice King
1983: John Stif, Goldie Hermsmeyer
1982: Jim Matthews, Mary Hazelrigg
1981: The Rev. Jacinto Alderete, Margaret Harper
1980: Dr. James Carroll, Frances Powell
1979: Dr. Phillip Periman, Sybil Harrington
1978: Bob “Pappy” Watson, Betty Howell and DeDe Baum
1977: Dr. Winfred Moore, Claudette Landess
1976: E.W. Williams Jr., Louise Evans Bruce
1975: L. Ray Vahue, Kathleen Coughlin
1974: Roy Tolk
1973: Horace Scott
1972: The Rev. Richard Hogan
1971: Wales Madden Jr.
1970: R.G. Mills
1969: Jay Taylor
1968: L.P “Pete” Gilvin
1967: Milton “Buff” Morris
1966: Lewis Dodson
1965: Grady Hazlewood
1964: Virgil Patterson
1963: Gen. Dwight Monteith
1962: Dr. James P. Cornette
1961: Clyde Roller
1960: A.F. Madison
1959: R. Earl O’Keefe
1958: F.V. Wallace
1957: S.T. Curtis
1956: Dick Bivins
1955: Herbert O. Willborn
1954: Kenneth Grenewald
1953: Sgt. Roy Ratliff
1952: Cal Farley
1951: Gene Klein
1950: Harold Dunn
This article originally appeared on Amarillo Globe-News: Russell Lowery-Hart and Linda Vaughn named Man, Woman of the Year