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Lunsford Richardson King Receives Algernon Sydney Sullivan Community Award

by Bill Giduz

It is my privilege to announce the student and community recipients of the Algernon Sydney Sullivan Award. It is given annually on this day to those individuals who possess "fine spiritual qualities practically applied to daily living, usually going to persons who have given unselfish service without due recognition."

This year's Community winner of the Algernon Sydney Sullivan Award will be known fondly by people associated with the college over the years.  However, we give this award to him today in recognition of his service to the larger community reaching beyond the college and across the central  Piedmont.

Over several decades now he served others in our community in a quiet, unassuming and effective manner. As one nominator has said, "He embodies the notion of servant-leader we hold so dear here at Davidson. His service and his humility are borne of gratitude and an absolute lack of pretension." An Elder at the Davidson College Presbyterian Church, he has for many years coordinated DCPC's Room-in-the-Inn program, which gives people without homes warm beds and food during winter  months.

He helped establish the Lake Norman YMCA in the 1960s and has coordinated local Red Cross Blood Drives. His vision, commitment  and energy have guided and supported the Barium Springs Home for Children  in Troutman, which he has served for years as dedicated and engaged member of its Board. Every Thursday over the years he has driven a Community Food Rescue van to local supermarkets to gather food to be used at the Ada Jenkins Center and at the Cooperative  Christian Ministries in Concord  as part of the Second Harvest  program. He has shared  his time and faith at the Amigos de Christo Bible School in Huntersville and in teaching Sunday School at The Pines at Davidson senior center.

Those who know him from his decades on the college faculty will agree with another of our nominators, who describes him as a "go-to person when there was need for fair and thoughtful service on committees of responsibility and moment." As still another from the Davidson community has said of him, his life is "replete with contributions, and service, and dedication, and generosity of heart and intellect."

In recognition of his longstanding and effective service to our larger community, Davidson College honors Lunsford Richardson King and names him the winner of this year's Algernon Sidney Sullivan Community Award.