MaryAnne W. Franklin-Avent, Ed.M. 1948, was named a 2002 Distinguished Alumna of the Graduate School of Education at the University at Buffalo. She was Buffalo's first African American to receive a graduate degree in secondary education. A former president of the Lake Willow Homeowners' Association and the Maryland Association of Higher Education, Franklin-Avent has held numerous positions at Morgan State University, including assistant vice president of alumni affairs, assistant dean of arts and sciences and assistant dean of the college. She developed and initiated the Pre-College Study Booster Program in Elizabeth City, NC, and was instrumental in developing the physics department at Elizabeth City State University. Franklin-Avent resides in New Orleans, LA.
Robert J. Evans, B.A. 1949 & B.S. 1948, has been named the Federal Aviation Administration's aviation safety counselor of the year. He was recognized for organizing regional safety seminars and for his research and presentation of psychological and physiological stress as causes of pilot impairment. Evans is a safety officer in the Kingsport, TN, squadron of the Civil Air Patrol. He has been a licensed pilot for more than 50 years, having spent most of that time with Eastman Kodak, which he joined in 1955 and retired from in 1986. Evans lives in Kingsport.