Profs Honored with Salvation Army's Highest Award

WILMORE, Ky. — Asbury University is pleased to share that Drs. Ronald and Beatrice Hill Holz, long-time music professors at Asbury University, were recently honored with the Salvation Army’s highest award for service “above and beyond the call of duty.”

Bea Holz, who retired from Asbury last year after 21 years of service, and Ron Holz, who will retire this spring with 33 years of service, were awarded the Order of the Founder by Commissioner David Jeffrey, National Commander of the Salvation Army in the United States. The award was first given in 1920; since then, just over 200 individuals have been thus recognized worldwide. General Paul Rader ‘56 and Commissioner Kay Rader ’57 were invited to pin the awards.

“No academic institution in the world has made as great a contribution to the development of leadership, officer and lay, in The Salvation Army, as Asbury University,” said Gen. Rader, who has served as President of Asbury and General of the Salvation Army. “Since music has always been so important a part of the life and ministry of our movement, a significant part of the attraction to Asbury for Salvationist students over the years has been the quality of our Music Department. The international reputation of the Holzes itself has been a significant factor in recruiting Salvationist students, as well as others, to Asbury.”

The Asbury Salvation Army Student Fellowship (SASF) hosted a retirement dinner and concert for the Holzes, which was attended by current students, alumni, Salvation Army colleagues and friends. The program included special music featuring Mark Ridenour ’81, a trumpet soloist with the Chicago Symphony; a piece by noted composer James Curnow ’66; the SASF Vocal Ensemble; and prayers and remarks from friends spanning their decades of service to the University and the Salvation Army.

“Ron and I were overwhelmed with the outpouring of love from so many friends and family who shared this retirement weekend with us,” Bea said. “Having not only the present students but so many beloved alumni joining us made this a weekend of precious memories. I know I will never feel deserving, but the honor is beyond anything I could have dreamed.”

Asbury University Salvation Army
From left: Gen. Paul Rader '56, Arthur B. Hill, Jr., Dr. Ronald W. Holz, Commissioner David Jeffrey, Dr. Beatrice Hill Holz, Dr. Richard E. Holz and Commissioner Kay Rader.

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