Distinguished Alumni Award 2014

The Distinguished Alumni Award is conferred annually at a signature event that celebrates the awardees’ achievements. The 2014 Distinguished Alumni Awards were conferred on Friday, April 11. This year’s recipients are Karen Bruton (MBA ’84), Norman “Norm” B. Kellum, Jr. (’59, JD ’65, P ’96), and James “Jim” T. Williams, Jr. (’62, JD ’66, P ’89, P ’92).

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Brentwood, TN

She made millions as a conscientious trader and impressive money manager. But, it wasn’t enough. Karen Bruton (MBA ’84) realized the greatest gift was not the one she received, but the one she could give. By starting Just Hope International, Karen is now able to give back to those around the world who are neglected and forgotten.

NORMAN BRYANT KELLUM, JR. (’59, JD ’65, P ’96)

New Bern, NC

He’s a community man devoted to the people of eastern North Carolina. As an attorney, Norm Kellum (’59, JD ’65, P ’96) has distinguished himself as a community champion of education, health care, legal professional development and the armed services.

JAMES T. WILLIAMS, JR. (’62, JD ’66, P ’89, ’92)

Greensboro, NC

His early years as a Demon Deacon were spent on the gridiron of Bowman Gray Stadium. Since then, Jim Williams (’62, JD ’66) has built a reputation of excellence among the North Carolina legal professionals, consistently invested his time in the Wake Forest community and unabashedly spread the spirit of Pro Humanitate.