Southeast Salutes Outstanding St. Louis Alumni at Awards Luncheon

The Southeast Missouri State University Alumni Association will salute six outstanding Southeast alumni from the St. Louis area at noon April 15 at a “Southeast Salutes” Awards Luncheon at the Sheraton Westport-Chalet.

Created in 2001 by the St. Louis Chapter of the Southeast Missouri State University Alumni Association, Southeast Salutes honors outstanding alumni from the St. Louis area who have brought distinction to themselves and to the University through career and community achievements.

Selected from more than 15,000 alumni in the St. Louis area, this year’s six honorees come from a wide variety of career fields and educational backgrounds. The recipients are as follows:

Susan Askew ’71, ’76, ‘80 Susan Askew will soon retire after 35 years in education, the last 10 at Bayless School District, where she has served as junior high school principal, assistant superintendent and superintendent. Under her leadership, Bayless received full accreditation and the Distinction for Improvement of Performance during the most recent state review.

Askew received three degrees from Southeast: a bachelor of science in education degree in 1971, with a major in social studies; a master of arts in education degree in 1976; and the educational specialist in 1980.  Following retirement, Askew will relocate to summer residence in Florida and winter residence in Bismarck, Mo.

Martin Corcoran ‘70Martin Corcoran has served his hometown of Maplewood, Mo., as city manager since 1983. During his tenure, he has been instrumental in providing a sound fiscal basis for municipal operations, and he was a major force in redevelopment projects including the 62-acre Sunnen Business Industrial Park.

Corcoran received a bachelor of science in education degree in 1970, with a major in physical education, and while on campus received All-American honors for his participation in football and track.

Corcoran resides in Maplewood, Mo., with his wife, Patricia.

Bruce Edwards ‘70Bruce Edwards is vice president of operations for Drury Inns, Inc., which operates more than 100 hotels in 17 states. He began his career in public accounting in Marion, Ill., and Sikeston, Mo.

Edwards received a bachelor of science in business administration degree in 1970, with a major in management. Edwards has since endowed four scholarships at Southeast to benefit athletes majoring in business.

Edwards resides in Clayton, Mo. He has one son, Bruce K. Edwards II.

William Graham ‘56William Graham, principal at William D. Graham & Associates, was elected to be an inaugural member of the GenAmerica Financial Hall of Fame, the highest honor bestowed on its affiliated general agents in the insurance and financial services industry. Graham has been associated with General American Life Insurance Company since 1957, and his agency has consistently been ranked as one of the company’s top agencies.

Graham received a bachelor of science degree in marketing in 1956 and was active on campus as a member of Sigma Tau Gamma Fraternity and as a member of the basketball team.

Graham resides in Chesterfield, Mo., with his wife, Shirley. Married for 46 years, the couple has three daughters and six grandchildren.

Gary Lucy ‘71 Gary Lucy recently received the Regional Commerce and Growth Association’s 2004 Individual Achievement Award, “Sold on St. Louis.” Lucy recently completed a renowned series of paintings entitled, “Lewis and Clark: The Journey Begins,” which has generated much interest in conjunction with the commemoration of the bicentennial of the Lewis and Clark expedition. Lucy received a bachelor of science in education degree, with a major in art in 1971. He resides in Washington, Mo., with his wife, Sandy.

C. Brent Hyde ‘80 Brent Hyde began Technology Applications Inc., a computer application company that developed customer service and billing software for Internet service providers, which expanded significantly until its purchase by Convergys in 1999. Prior to Technology Applications Inc., Hyde served as director of Messaging Services Inc. for Southwestern Bell, now known as Call Notes.

Hyde received a bachelor of science degree in computer science in 1980. He passed away in 2003 and is survived by his wife of 19 years, Peggy, and four daughters, Meghan, Lauren, Kristen, and Katherine, all of Town and Country.