Alumni Awards

This award was established in 2011, and rightfully so, was first awarded to LaVeta (Baker) Zurkammer, class of 1936. This is an award which will recognize and honor future generations of Lincoln College alumni whose love and enthusiasm for their alma mater are demonstrated by their life-long dedication to and involvement with Lincoln College, its mission and programs, as exemplified by LaVeta Baker Zurkammer for the past 75+ years.

Graduation Year: ’57 Award Year: April 2014

LaVeta Zurkammer Alumni Award – Don Vinson, Class of 1957


Don Vinson, class of 1957, spent most of his childhood in Lincoln and graduated from Lincoln High School. He spent one year at Southern Illinois University, then came to Lincoln College in fall 1956 on a tennis scholarship. After graduating, he went to work in Chicago then returned to Lincoln and married Georgia Brown. He served in the National Guard and was called to active duty during the Berlin and Cuban crises in the early 1960s. The Vinsons came back to Lincoln in 1990 when he was working in the Springfield office of Chicago-based Globe Glass and Mirror. He retired as their vice president for marketing in 2001. Vinson has served on the Lincoln City Council, the Civil Service Commission, the City Planning and Zoning Commission, and the Police and Fire Commission. Since 2005, Vinson has served as a docent and volunteered countless hours at the Lincoln Heritage Museum.

Graduation Year: ’56 Award Year: April 2013

The LaVeta Zurkammer Alumni Award – Paul Beaver, Class of 1956


Paul Beaver, class of 1956 and Lincoln College Professor Emeritus is a native of Lincoln and Logan County. Paul taught History and English for seven years at Elkhart Junior High before returning to Lincoln College to join the faculty. Paul taught and served as curator of the Lincoln Museum on the College campus for much of his time at LC. He retired in 2001. He met his wife Sue at LC, and they have two daughters who both attended as well. Paul is an accomplished author of several books and articles. He even co-produced a film, From Surveyor to President, Abraham Lincoln in Logan County, Illinois, in 2003 as part of Lincoln’s Sesquicentennial. In 2008 Paul was named “Citizen of the Year” by The Lincoln Courier newspaper. He has been actively involved in the Lincoln Alumni Committee for many years, attends every LC event possible, and still stays in touch with fellow classmates as well as former students. Paul has proven over the years that he is devoted not only to Lincoln (the President as well as the town), but is a true Lincoln College cheerleader. Since his graduation from Lincoln College 57 years ago, he has shown nothing but dedication, passion and enthusiastic involvement with the College.

Graduation Year: ’36 Award Year: April 2011