The Teacher Center's Donald Distinguished Service Award is named in memory of David Herbert Donald (1920-2009).
Donald grew up in rural Mississippi where he was first introduced to history as a discipline. He studied at the University of Illinois under eminent Lincoln scholar James G. Randall. From Illinois, Donald would go on to carve a reputation as one of the history profession's most reputable, kind, and influential figures. Always both a scholar & an educator, Donald was deeply invested in the growth of his students -- many of whom are today's leading Lincoln historians. A professor everywhere from Smith College to Harvard University, Donald impacted countless pupils. A two time Pulitzer Prize Laureate, Donald's best known work is his 1995 seminal biography Lincoln.
JKC's Donald Service Award Laureates leave legacies which follow the spirit of Dr. Donald.
- Kathy L. Felty