When the recipients of this year’s Citation of Merit Award accepted McPherson College’s highest honor, they didn’t see it as a way to glorify their own work, but as an opportunity to acknowledge all the family, friends, professors and colleagues who have helped them along the way.
In other words, they understand that education, career and, well, life, are not accomplishments that one achieves alone, but rather in a community.
The McPherson College Citation of Merit is given to the college’s most distinguished alumni for lifetime accomplishments in service to profession, community, church and to McPherson College. The recipients are recommended by the Alumni Awards Committee and approved by the College Board of Trustees.

Dr. Jean Lichty Hendricks — 1969
Jean taught after graduating from MC, then entered the ministry, serving as co-pastor in Sheldon, Iowa, then minister of nurture at the Wichita Church of the Brethren. Prior to her retirement, she served seven years as president and generalmanager of the Mutual Aid Association for the Church of the Brethren. She worked for McPherson College as the Director of Church relations and in several volunteer roles.
Larry Martin ’70
Larry worked for R.T.P., Inc., after graduation, advising builders of low and middle income housing in the state of New York. He served on a task force that spearheaded the construction of Syracuse University’s Carrier Dome and led an effort to give Syracuse a West Coast presence, including opportunities for students to experience Hollywood. In 1995, Syracuse University hired him as Executive Director of Program Development. Promotions have culminated as vice president of program development.
Roberta Strickler ’70
Roberta is a property manager and retired attorney. She is a master gardener with the University of Maryland Extension and a board member of the Mt. Washington Improvement Association and Baltimore Green Space. Roberta currently serves on the college’s Board of Trustees.