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Thursday, February 1, 2001
Contact: Peter Bailley

Knox College to Honor Alumni at Founders Day Ceremony

Knox College will honor three of its alumni for their distinguished careers in the College's 2001 Founders Day ceremony at 5 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 15 in the Muelder Reading Room, Seymour Library on the Knox campus in Galesburg, IL. Knox will present Alumni Achievement Awards to environmentalist Lorraine Johnson Fleming, historian Maury Klein, and documentary producer Gabriel Rotello. The ceremony commemorates the 164th anniversary of the founding of Knox College.

Lorraine Fleminig Lorraine Johnson Fleming of Wilmington, Delaware, is associate director of advocacy at the Delaware Nature Society. She has written extensively about ecology and the environment, including Birds of Delaware" and "Delaware's Outstanding Natural Areas and their Preservation," a reference book that surveys of more than 100 locations in Delaware deemed worthy of special preservation efforts. She was technical director for the film "Countdown for Natural Areas" and editor of the book "Wildflowers of Delaware and the Eastern Shore." Fleming attended Knox from 1950 to 1953 and completed her BS in zoology from Iowa State University in 1954.
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Maurice Klein Maury Klein of East Greenwich, Rhode Island, is a professor of history at the University of Rhode Island. He has written more than a dozen books on American history, with special emphasis on the history of American railroads, including "The Life and Legend of Jay Gould" and "Union Pacific: The Birth, 1862-1893." Two of his books were nominated for Pulitzer Prizes -- "The Flowering of the Third America" and "The Life and Legend of E.H. Harriman." He also has published numerous articles and served as a consultant in historic preservation. Klein graduated from Knox with a degree in history in 1960. He received his Ph.D. at Emory University in 1965.
Maury Klein's books
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Gabriel Rotello Gabriel Rotello is a senior producer for World of Wonder, a motion picture production company based in London and Los Angeles. He won an Emmy Award for the documentary "Party Monster," and an Audience Award at the Newport Film Festival for the documentary "The Eyes of Tammy Faye." Rotello also is a columnist for The Advocate, the national gay and lesbian magazine, and the author of the controversial and best-selling book "Sexual Ecology: AIDS and the Destiny of Gay Men." Rotello graduated from Knox with a degree in history in 1974. Currently he is writing another book "Wisecracker: The Life of Billy Haines," about Hollywood's first openly gay movie star, and producing a weekly series, "Autopsy," for HBO.
Gabriel Rotello and the lecture series "Dimensions of Dying and Death"
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Knox College and the City of Galesburg were both founded in 1837 by pioneers led by the Rev. George Washington Gale. Today, Knox is an independent, four-year, liberal arts college with 1,200 students from 45 states and 41 nations. Knox's "Old Main," a National Historic Landmark, is the only building remaining from the 1858 Lincoln-Douglas debates.

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