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Friday, October 30, 1998
Houston, Texas
Volume 64, Issue 49

Market Strong for Grads

About the Cougar

HAO event will honor alumni contributions

Cougar News Services

This year's Houston Alumni Organization Distinguished Alumni Awards Dinner will celebrate 50 years of honoring distinguished alums with a gala dinner Nov. 6 at the Aerial Theater at Bayou Place downtown.

Business leaders and alumni Morrie Abramson and Emyrè Robinson will receive this year's Distinguished Alumni awards.

The awards are given to people who have made significant contributions to society and whose careers and accomplishments have contributed to the University.

In addition to the two former UH students, non-alumni Tom Tellez, former UH track coach, and Stephen Harcrow, former HAO president, will also be recognized, along with all previous Distinguished Alumni.

Abramson is a native of Houston. He graduated from UH with a degree in business in 1956 and is now chairman and CEO of Houston-based Kent Electronics, a company he co-founded.

Robinson, who graduated from UH in 1971 with a degree in Spanish, stepped down in 1994 from her positions as president and director of public relations of Barrios Technology Inc., a firm that worked with NASA in the development of spacecraft and equipment repair and calibration. She now enjoys partial retirement, traveling and working with various community organizations.

Tellez will forever be known as one of the legends of Cougar athletics. He coached UH track and field from 1977 to 1998, a period during which he worked with seven Olympic gold medalists and 30 NCAA champions, including track and field star Carl Lewis. Tellez will receive the HAO President's Award.

Harcrow, chairman and CEO of Denali Holdings Inc., worked for 20 years at Baker Hughes Inc., eventually serving as president of the EnviroTech division of that company. He was president of the HAO in 1993-94 and will receive the Distinguished Service Award for his contributions to the community.

Previous Distinguished Alumni include Motion Picture Association of America President Jack Valenti, Judge Roy Hofheinz, news anchor Dan Rather, fashion model Elsa Rosborough, former basketball coach Guy V. Lewis, attorney Richard "Racehorse" Haynes, Mayor Kathryn J. Whitmire, Congressman Tom DeLay and Houston Rocket Hakeem Olajuwon.

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