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The Carthage Flame

Crafted in 14-karat gold, the medal is worn as a pectoral with academic regalia. The design is ba...Crafted in 14-karat gold, the medal is worn as a pectoral with academic regalia. The design is based on the flame on the Seal of the College.The Carthage Flame was created by action of the Board of Trustees on October 11, 1988, and recognizes outstanding service to the College and the community.

The recipients of the Carthage Flame are elected by the Trustees. Each flame is numbered consecutively, and engraved with the name of the recipient and the year of award. The Flame is not awarded every year. In years when it is awarded, only one Flame is bestowed, although it can be bestowed jointly.

Past winners of the Carthage Flame Awards:

2019
Loren H. Semler ’65, trustee emeritus 

2017
Jan Tarble, artist and philanthropist

2016
The Rev. Dudley V. Riggle, professor emeritus of religion, former Carthage campus pastor

2015

William Abt, former senior vice president for administration and business at Carthage

2014
F. Gregory and Barbara Campbell, former President and First Lady of the College

2012
James M. Unglaube ’63, Vice President Emeritus for College Relations

2011
Edward W. Smeds ’57, chairman emeritus, Carthage Board of Trustees

2010
Charlotte Chell, professor of mathematics at Carthage

2009
The Reverend Ralph S. Leonard ’51, Vice President Emeritus for Church Relations (awarded posthumously)

2008
William L. Niemann ’41, Trustee of the College

2007
Catherine Lowry Straz, Trustee of the College, and David A. Straz, Jr., philanthropist (awarded jointly)

2006
Ralph Tenuta, Chairman, Tenuta’s Inc., Kenosha, and Chairman of the Board, Johnson Bank, Kenosha, and a Trustee of the College

2005
Irène J. Kraemer, Vice President and Dean of the School of Professional Studies (awarded posthumously)

2004
Alan R. Anderson ’50, President Emeritus of the College

2003
Donald D. Hedberg ’53, Trustee of the College

2002
Robert C. Dittus, Vice President Emeritus of Business and Finance

2001
Senator Joseph F. Andrea (retired)

2000
Ruth Johnson, Registrar Emerita

1999
R. William Miller, Professor of Geography

1998
Howard Brown, Publisher (retired) of the Kenosha News and a Carthage Trustee

1997
T. Shandy Holland, Professor Emeritus of Speech Communication and Theatre

1996
Theodore W. Nicholson, director of Carthage’s food service operations from 1946 to 1989

1995
Merle W. Boyer, Professor Emeritus of Philosophy, and Eunice F. Boyer, Professor Emerita of Sociology/Anthropology (awarded jointly)

1994
Jack S. Harris ’49, President Emeritus of the Siebert Lutheran Foundation and a Trustee Emeritus of the College

1993
Dr. Harold H. Lentz, President Emeritus of Carthage, and Mrs. Eleanor Lentz (awarded jointly)

1992
John E. Koenitzer, Chairman and CEO (retired) of Helwig Carbon Products, Inc., and a Trustee of the College

1991
A. W. Clausen ’44, Chairman and CEO (retired) of BankAmerica Corporation and a Carthage Trustee. His leadership led the College to establish the A. W. Clausen Center for World Business

1990
Mrs. Newton E. Tarble, benefactor; along with her late husband, she provided the funds to build and maintain Tarble Hall. In the late 1990s, Mrs. Tarble’s naming gift made possible the construction of the N. E. Tarble Athletic and Recreation Center

1989
Donna Wolf Steigerwaldt, Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer of Jockey International, and former Chairman of the Carthage Board of Trustees