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ONU Honors Distinguished Alumni

Jun 14, 2010

Distinguished alumniThe Ohio Northern University Office of Alumni Relations honored five alumni with Distinguished Alumni Awards during the 2010 Alumni Weekend on June 5.

Ohio Northern’s Distinguished Alumni Awards are based on outstanding service to the objectives of ONU’s Alumni Association, service with distinction in the nominee’s chosen profession, and tangible expression of loyalty to ONU.

This year’s honorees are Thomas J. Hagan, a 1965 pharmacy graduate from Covington, Ohio; John Harrison Hull, a 1975 engineering graduate from Ottawa Hills, Ohio; Katherine Frances Karas, a 1975 pharmacy and arts and sciences graduate from Atwater, Ohio; Emory M. Hall, a 1956 pharmacy graduate from North Canton, Ohio; and Cheryl Mason, a 1986 arts and sciences graduate from Fairfax, Va.

In 1965, Tom Hagan began working for Shanely Pharmacy. He purchased the business in 1981 from ONU alumnus and trustee Dick Shanely before selling the renamed Healthcare Pharmacy in 1998 to another ONU alumnus, Jay Meyer. After selling the business, Hagan began working in direct customer support with RNA Health Systems in 2004, and he currently is employed with Softwriters, Inc. Along with hiring countless ONU alumni to his pharmacy and being a member of Northern’s Heritage Club, Hagan has hosted numerous gatherings and fundraisers at his home in Covington, Ohio. He also hosted a 2008 event for several alumni and friends to launch The Campaign for Ohio Northern University’s Tomorrow.

John Hull began his career with Jones and Henry Engineering in 1976, but soon became an entrepreneur. He became the president of Hull Consulting in 1980 and the founder and principal of Hull and Associates in 1987. Hull was named Outstanding Young Engineer of the Year in 1984 and Engineer of the Year in 1990 by the Toledo Chapter of the American Society of Civil Engineers. He was again named Engineer of the Year in 2010, and he was also a 2010 nominee for the Jefferson Award. He has hosted alumni events at the Toledo Country Club and is a loyal member of the Henry Solomon Lehr Society.

Katherine Karas, currently employed at Buehler Pharmacy in the Massillon-Canton area, Ohio, has been very active in her field as a member of the Raabe College of Pharmacy Advisory board, the American Pharmaceutical Association, and the steering and professional relations committee for the National Community Pharmacists Association. She was also the president of the Ohio Pharmacists Association (OPA). There, Karas recognized the influence her ONU professors had on her career by establishing the Katherine F. Karas Endowed Fund for Innovations in Teaching Award. In her career, she has received the OPA Keys Award and the Summit Pharmacists Association Pharmacist of the Year Award.

Emory M. Hall began his career at Riche Pharmacy in Canton in 1957. He was then drafted into the United States Army, where he worked in the pharmacy department of the Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington, D.C. After his military career, Hall rejoined the team at Riche Pharmacy for four years before taking a position at the Children’s Hospital Medical Center of Akron. He retired from the hospital after 28 years but still volunteers regularly. He and his wife, Ruth, who passed away a few years ago, established the Emory Hall Scholarship for Pharmacy. Hall is also a member of the Henry Solomon Lehr Society.

Since earning her juris doctorate, Cheryl McCain Mason has served as the advisor for the Board of Veterans’ Appeals, directed the Paralegal Program for Central Texas College, and worked with the Federal Labor Relations. Since 2007, Mason has been the Chief Veterans Law Judge for the Board of Veterans’ Appeals in Washington, D.C. Despite her extensive career responsibilities, she has remained involved in many ONU alumni activities. Mason is a member of the Getty Council Advisory Board for the College of Arts & Sciences, the Henry Solomon Lehr Society, and the Alumni B.E.A.R.S. program. She and her husband also created a Washington, D.C., initiative to recruit students to ONU.