Since 1946 the Asbury University Alumni Association has recognized alumni who have achieved distinction professionally and demonstrated loyalty to Asbury University and been out of school for 20 years or more through the "A Award". A Awards are typically given to those who are celebrating a banner class year reunion. In 2000 the Distinguished Young Alum Award was added to honor an alumnus under 40 years of age and out of school a minimum of five years. Nominate someone today!
2016 A Award Winners
Mark Ridenour '81, Dr. Sandra Gray, Mrs. Margaret Watson '66 Lewis, Dr. Bob Wiley' 61
(Not Pictured, Dr. Jeremy Corbett '01 - Young Alum Awardee)
Dr. Robert Wiley '61
Dr. Wiley is a retired thoracic and peripheral vascular surgeon, having practiced this specialty in Mansfield, Ohio from 1975 to 2003. He grew up in Wilmore and graduated from Asbury in 1961. He completed his medical training at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tenn. in 1966. After completing an internship in surgery at the University of Cincinnati, Bob married Mary Ann. He spent two years in the U.S. Army Medical Corps, one of which was in Vietnam. He received a Purple Heart and several Bronze Stars for his service. He then returned to the University of Cincinnati where he completed six additional years of training in general and cardiovascular surgery. He and Mary Ann are members of the First Alliance Church. Bob was elected to Asbury’s Board of Trustees in 1981 and has served faithfully for 33 years, after rotating off two different times. He and his wife are committed to serve the University and share a deep love for Asbury students. He served as the Reunion Class Gift Chair for 2016 and is a volunteer for the Ignited Campaign. The Wileys have four children, Pam (associate alum), Bill ‘93, David ’95 and Rebecca ’97, and 15 grandchildren. Bob has more than 15 family members who have attended Asbury. When there is free time, he enjoys hunting wildflowers and game, fishing, gardening and woodcutting.
Mrs. Margaret Watson '66 Lewis
One week after graduating from Asbury, Margaret married high school sweetheart, David Lewis. They were married nearly 40 years before he died from a malignant brain tumor in 2006. During their 40 years together, their adventures were far and wide as they travelled to more than 60 countries. Margaret and David both worked at Anderson University (Ind.) and often led mission teams of family, friends and Anderson students. After David’s death, Margaret knew her life would change drastically. She prayed for God’s direction and help. Volunteering in a bible college library in Kenya since 1996, she believed the best decision was to return to Kenya, both for healing and service. Within a few months, Margaret joined one of the seminary graduates and his family to start a village ministry for orphans and widows. This one small step of faith has led to a dynamic and growing ministry now called Village Project Africa. “‘Little is much when God is in it,’ and I knew God was in this small beginning.” This non-profit organization founded in 2006 provides education, nutrition and medical care to children at the Heritage Academy in Makutano, Kenya. As president and founder of Village Project Africa, Margaret divides her time, living both in Kenya and Fishers, Ind. She has two children, Christopher and Stephanie, and five grandchildren.
Mr. Mark Ridenour '81
In 1994, Mark was appointed as assistant principal trumpet of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. From 2003 until 2005, he served as the orchestra’s acting principal trumpet. He began his professional career when he was appointed third trumpet in the Lexington Philharmonic while a senior at Asbury. He continued in this position through graduate school and also became a member of the Dayton Philharmonic. Next came an appointment to the trumpet section of the Memphis Symphony Orchestra, where he also served as acting principal trumpet his first season. Ridenour then accepted the position of principal trumpet with the Florida Orchestra, where he spent six seasons before going to Chicago. He also plays with the Canadian Staff Band of The Salvation Army. He began playing the trumpet at age 10 and played trumpet, baritone and tuba in the band through high school. His first private lesson came when he enrolled at Asbury. He earned a Master of Music degree at the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music and completed two years of doctoral studies. Currently, he is on the faculty of Roosevelt University in Chicago. He teaches and gives master classes in Canada, Europe and Asia. Mark spends time away from the CSO with family, playing golf, developing his company (Martromba LLC) and working at his farm in Kentucky.
2016 Young Alum Awardee
Dr. Jeremy Corbett '01
After graduating from Asbury, Jeremy completed his medical education at the University of South Florida’s Morsani College of Medicine, followed by residency training at the University of Kentucky, where he served as Chief Resident of Emergency Medicine in 2008. He is board certified in Emergency Medicine and practices clinically as a partner with Central Emergency Physicians in Lexington, Ky. In addition to his clinical practice, Jeremy is active in the healthcare space, having spent several years with a biotechnology startup before transitioning to a leadership role within Envolve Health, a subsidiary of Centene Corporation. Jeremy says he married “WAY up” and has been married to Cassie Davis ’02 Corbett for 13 years. They have three children: Davis, Hill and Caroline.