The Auburn Alumni Association rewards the recipients of the 2021 Lifetime Achievement Award and the Young Alumni Achievement Award
Five Auburn University graduates, all highly accomplished in their field, were honored at the 20th edition of the Auburn Alumni Associatione Annual award ceremony for all achievements on Saturday evening. In the event’s two-decade history, more than 80 exceptional Auburn men and women have been recognized with the highest honor bestowed by Auburn University.
The recipients of the Lifetime Achievement Award for 2021 are Cecil Stanford “Stan” Harrell ’58, the late Raymond Elliott Loyd ’61, Fletcher Brooks Moore ’48 and William Allen Reed ’70. The recipient of the Young Alumni Award is Dr John Dykes ’05.
Harrell grew up in Thomaston, Alabama, and graduated in Pharmaceutical Sciences from Auburn in 1958. He founded Medical Arts Pharmacy, or MAP, in 1965 to supply wholesale pharmaceuticals, light medical equipment and supplies to individuals as well as businesses. One of the first mail-order drug companies in the United States, MAP became Pharmacy Management Services Inc. in 1972, focusing on containing health care costs for workers’ compensation clients. Harrell was President, CEO of the company until its sale to Beverly Enterprises in 1995. Harrell served 18 months in the US Army Medical Corps in Europe. He has served as a director of National Healthcare Resources Inc., the American Managed Care Pharmacy Association, Nationsbank South, Pharmerica, AmSouth Bank, Whitney Bank and Hancock Bank of Florida. He has also served on numerous charitable boards, including the Tampa Metro Departments, the Tampa General Hospital Foundation, and the Tampa Bay History Center. In 2012, Harrell published “Canebrake Planters,” a book presenting the genealogy of historic homes, churches and plantations in the Canebrake area of Alabama. Harrell and his late wife, Frankie, have two children, Whitney and Christopher. He is a life member of the Auburn Alumni Association.
Loyd, after graduating in mechanical engineering in 1961, was accepted into General Electric’s engineering training program, where he became a design engineer in General Electric’s home appliance division. Loyd changed the way Americans live through his work in air conditioning technology and his development of the Carry Cool, the first room air conditioner under $ 100 to sell profitably. In 1977, Loyd founded Derby Packaging, a young insulation and gasket manufacturing company. Later, under the name Derby Industries, the company specialized in global supply chains and inventory management, contract assemblies and manufacturing, warranty replacement parts and repairs, packaging retail, distribution and information systems. In 2000, Loyd sold part of the business, but kept the die-cutting part which, under the name Derby Fabricating, became one of the leading non-metallic material cutters for automotive and retail customers. ‘home appliance. He received the Distinguished Auburn Engineer Award from the Samuel Ginn College of Engineering in 2008 and was inducted into the Alabama State Engineering Hall of Fame in 2012. Loyd established the annual Raymond E. and Eleanor H. Loyd of the Dean of Samuel Ginn College of Engineering. and was a life member of the Auburn Alumni Association. Loyd passed away in November 2020 and was predeceased by his wife, Eleanor, and two children. Her prize will be given to her grandchildren.
Moore graduated in 1948 with a degree in electrical engineering. He spent over 50 years working in the space industry, starting at the Naval Research Laboratory in Panama City, Florida, and later with the US Army Rocket Development Team under the direction of Wernher von Braun. At Huntsville, he led the design of the control systems for the Redstone, Jupiter and Pershing missile systems, a development effort that led to the 1958 launch of America’s first satellite, Explorer. A founding member of NASA when the agency was established in 1960, Moore oversaw the design of the guidance, control, electrical and computer systems for the Saturn I, IB and V rockets. He then worked on the development of the technology. for Skylab, America’s first space station, and later the Hubble Telescope and was President of Control Dynamics until his retirement. For his work with NASA, the Army Missile Command, and private industry, Brooks has received many special honors, including the Distinguished Auburn Engineer Award from the Samuel Ginn College of Engineering in 2020 and induction into the Georgia Tech Hall of Fame. and State of Alabama Engineering. Hall of Fame in 1997. Brooks and his late wife, Marian, have two sons, Larry ’80 and Ronald ’81. He is a life member of the Auburn Alumni Association.
Reed graduated in Aviation Management in 1970. He was President of Hughes Investment Company, a wholly owned subsidiary managing the company’s retirement and savings plan assets, before being promoted to Vice. -President of Hughes Aircraft Co. in 1991, then in the same position at GM Hughes Electronics the following year. In 1994, he was appointed CEO of General Motors, as well as Chairman and CEO of GM Trust Bank and Vice Chairman of General Motors Corporation. Reed retired in April 2006 as chairman of GM Asset Management Company, the investment management arm of General Motors, responsible for managing $ 165 billion in benefit fund assets for GM and others. He and his wife, Martha ’69, established scholarships in Auburn at colleges of engineering, business, and the humanities. Reed created and operates the Angel Oak Summer Reading Program at Angel Oak Elementary School in Johns Island, South Carolina, and in 2018 received the Angel Oak Award from the Kiawah-Seabrook Exchange Club Foundation. The Reeds have two sons, Brian and Justin. He is a life member of the Auburn Alumni Association.
Dykes graduated in microbiology in 2005 and received his medical degree from the Medical College of Georgia. Pediatric cardiologist specializing in pediatric heart failure and transplantation at Stanford University, Dykes treats critically ill young patients, conducts groundbreaking research and helps train medical interns as a clinical assistant professor in pediatrics. He has long worked to improve the health of those in need. While still a student in Auburn, Dykes provided primary care to medically underserved residents of Lee County as a volunteer at the Mercy Medical Clinic. His research interests include improving outcomes for children with advanced heart failure, including those in need of ventricular assist devices and heart transplantation. Dykes and his wife, Nicole, have a son, James, who was born in February. Dykes is a life member of the Auburn Alumni Association.
About the Auburn Alumni Association:
The Auburn Alumni Association is a non-profit, membership-based organization funded by membership fees, individual donations and corporate sponsorships. The mission of the Auburn Alumni Association is to foster and strengthen relationships between Auburn University and its alumni and friends; preserve and promote the traditions, goals, growth and alumni of the university; and to keep alive the spirit of affection and reverence for our alma mater. For more information on the Lifetime Achievement Awards, contact Jessica King, Director of Alumni Communications and Marketing, at 334-844-2960 or [email protected]