For more than a century, Darlington alumni have carried the values of wisdom, service, and honor beyond our campus gates and into the real world. Each year, the Distinguished Alumnus/na Award is presented to Darlington and/or Thornwood alumni representing one or more of the following areas:
Established in 1983, the Distinguished Alumnus/na Award is given by the Alumni Council. Nominations are solicited each year from the alumni body.
It is fitting that a man who specialized in treating hearts for so many years would have such a big heart for others and his community. In October, former trustee and longtime cardiologist Dr. Frank Stegall Sr. (‘62) was honored as the 2021 Distinguished Alumnus Award recipient during Alumni Weekend.Learn More
Bill Smith ('72) knew the day he visited Darlington’s campus in 1968 that he was where he needed to be. Since his start by the Lakeside, his fingerprints have remained on campus as a student and loyal alum, and he was recognized for his career contributions and devotion to the school when he was named Distinguished Alumnus in 2019.Learn More
Upon first meeting Villa (Sulzbacher) Hizer (’66T, LD ’12), you might not peg her as a risk-taker. A successful businesswoman and community leader with a heart for serving others, she is the epitome of southern charm. But the truth is, Hizer sees great value in taking risks, both personally and professionally.Learn More
Lee enrolled at Darlington in August of 1964 and, in his three years as a Tiger, became involved in many aspects of campus life. Today he's an attorney and current chairman of Burr & Forman in Birmingham, Ala.Learn More
Dr. Dan Hanks (’61, LD ’12) and his family have had a nearly-90-year relationship with Darlington School, and he’ll tell you himself that he is better for it.Learn More
Mr. Larry Williams ’67, Atlanta, Ga.
Dr. Frank D. Stegall Sr. ’62 Rome, Ga.
Mr. William G. “Bill” Smith Jr. ’72, Tallahassee, Fla.
Mr. Wright Bagby ’63, LD ’12, Rome, Ga.
Mr. Lee Thuston ’67 of Birmingham, Ala.
Dr. J. Daniel Hanks Jr. ’61, LD ’12 , Rome, Ga.
Mrs. Villa Sulzbacher Hizer ’66T, LD ’12, Rome, Ga.
*Mr. Robert J. Glenn ’60, Atlanta, Ga.
*Mr. Neal L. Williams ’54, Atlanta, Ga.
Mr. Robert L. Berry ’64, Rome, Ga.
Dr. William C. Gordon ’64, Atlanta, Ga.
Mr. W. Gardner Wright ’47, Rome, Ga.
Mrs. Nancy Smith Hunter ’65T, Rome, Ga.
Mr. Don Maddox ’59, Hobbs, N.M.
Mr. Gordon A. Smith ’71, New York, N.Y.
Mr. Claude H. Booker, Jr. ’50, Sea Island, Ga.
*Dr. Joseph E. Johnson III ’47, Ponte Vedra, Fla.
Mr. John P. Hine ’53, Rome, Ga.
Mr. William A, Mitchell ’58, Atlanta, Ga.
Mr. Roby Robinson Jr. ’58, Alpharetta, Ga.
Mr. Jere A. Drummond ’57, Charlotte, N.C.
*Mr. William M. Huffman ’40, Rome, GA
*Mr. I.M. Sulzbacher ’30, Jacksonville, Fla.
*Mr. George G. Griffin Sr. ’38, Rome, GA
Mrs. Joyce Riddle Neely ’62T, Winston-Salem, N.C.
*Dr. Elson S, Floyd ’74, Pullman, Wash.
Mr. Lyons Joel Heyman ’44, Rome, Ga.
Mr. William S. Morris III ’52, Augusta, Ga.
*Mr. F. Frederick Kennedy Jr. ’60, Augusta, Ga.
Mr. W. Frank Barron Jr. ’48, Rome, Ga.
*Mr. George G. Griffin Jr. ’68, Rome, Ga.
*Mr. Harold F. Hunter Jr. ’49, Rome, Ga.
Mr. Stephen D. Potts ’48, Chevy Chase, Md.
*Dr. Benson R. Wilcox ’49, Chapel Hill, N.C.
Dr. Frank C. Wilson ’46, Chapel Hill, N.C.
Mr. Thomas G. Cousins ’48, Atlanta, Ga.
*Mr. Joseph W. Grier Jr. ’33, Charlotte, N.C.
*Mr. John W. Maddox Sr. ’27, Rome, Ga.
Dr. John L. Ochsner ’44, New Orleans, La.
Mr. David M. Lacy ’49, Zebulon, Ga.
*Mr. William A. DuPre III ’51, Rome, Ga.
*Dr. Mims Gage Ochsner ’45, New Orleans, La.
Mr. George H. Johnson ’54, Atlanta, Ga.
Mr. John W. Thatcher ’44, Miami, Fla.
*Mr. C.G. Mills ’55, Chattanooga, Tenn.
*Mr. J. Daniel Hanks Sr. ’27, Rome, Ga.
*Dr. William P. Harbin Jr. ’22, Rome, Ga.
*Dr. Thomas S. Harbin ’33, Rome, Ga.
*Mr. Alfred Lee Barron ’26, Rome, Ga.
*Mr. Charles Alexander Hight ’32, Rome, Ga.
*Dr. Edgar F. Shannon Jr. ’35, Charlottesville, Va.
*Dr. H. William Scott Jr. ’33, Nashville, Tenn.
*Mr. Ramsay D. Potts ’34, Washington, D.C.
*Mr. Earnest Paul Rogers ’21, Atlanta, Ga.
*Mr. Oscar L. Betts ’19, Columbus, Ga.
*Mr. J. Thomas Watters ’44, Rome, Ga.