Knox will honor five alumni for their accomplishments with Alumni Achievement Awards at the Founders Day Convocation, 4:30 p.m., Friday, February 19, in the Muelder Reading
Room, Seymour Library. The convocation is free and open to the public.
The recipients are psychologist Thomas E. Brown, physician Ernest
Buck, attorney Marcea Bland Lloyd, artist Katie Bell and actor Rachel
The convocation celebrates the 179th anniversary of Knox’s founding in
1837. The College’s formal charter was approved by the Illinois
Legislature on February 15, 1837. The College and the City of
Galesburg were established by a group of anti-slavery pioneers from
upstate New York led by the Rev. George Washington Gale, after whom
the city was named.
Thomas Brown is a clinical psychologist, teacher, researcher, and
writer with a special interest in attention deficit hyperactivity
disorder. After earning his bachelor’s degree in history at Knox in
1964, he earned a Ph.D. in clinical psychology at Yale University. He
then joined the psychiatry faculty at the Yale University School of
Medicine, where is an assistant clinical professor of psychiatry and
associate director of the Yale Clinic for Attention and Related
Disorders. Among his publications is the widely acclaimed book “Smart
but Stuck: Emotions in Teens and Adults with ADHD.”
Physician Ernest Buck has won wide recognition for his contributions
to the health and welfare of children in Texas. He earned his
bachelor’s degree in biology at Knox in 1974, then completed his M.D.
at Rush University. He practices pediatric medicine in Corpus Christi,
Texas and serves medical director of the Driscoll Children’s Health
Plan, helping expand healthcare options for low-income families in the
region. He received the 2014 Charles W. Daeschner, Jr., MD Lifetime
Achievement Award from the Texas Pediatric Society in recognition for
his work as a physician and as an educator.
Marcea Bland Lloyd is retired senior vice president of Amylin
Pharmaceuticals. A 1968 Knox graduate in sociology and psychology,
Lloyd received her law degree at Northwestern University, then
practiced law in Chicago, where she represented the African American
Patrolmen’s League and volunteered for the ACLU Ghetto Project. Her
career in corporate law includes work at retailer Montgomery Ward,
medical device manufacturer Medtronic and healthcare purchasing
company VHA. From 2007 until her retirement in 2013, she was senior
vice president and general counsel of Amylin Pharmaceuticals, Inc.
Lloyd also is known for her service in mentoring, education, and
leadership training for women.
Artist Katie Bell is the 2016 Young Alumni Achievement Award
recipient. Bell grew up in Rockford, Illinois, graduating from Knox in
2008 with a major in studio art and earning a master of fine arts
degree from the Rhode Island School of Design in 2011. She works in
Brooklyn, New York, where she was named one of “8 Great Brooklyn
Artists Under 30” by “The L Magazine.” Bell has exhibited her work
nationwide, including shows this year at Locust Projects in Miami, and
Harper College in Palatine, Illinois. She was recently honored with a
fellowship from the New York Foundation for the Arts in recognition of
her compelling artistic vision.
Rachel Abarbanell is receiving a 2015 Young Alumni Achievement Award
this year. She was unable to attend last year’s awards ceremony at
Knox because she had to attend the Academy Awards ceremony in
Hollywood, after “Interstellar,” one of the films she’d worked on at
Lynda Obst Productions, won the Oscar for best visual effects.
Abarbanell graduated from Knox in 2002 with a major in economics and a
minor in theatre directing. She joined Lynda Obst Productions in 2006
and was named president of production in 2015. Recently she worked on
the pilot program for the highly rated Amazon video series “Good Girls
Revolt,” about the struggle for gender equality at a news magazine in