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Four Distinguished Alumni
To Be Honored at 2002 Homecoming

Four Sam Houston State University graduates who have brought honor to the university by making significant contributions to society have been selected as Distinguished Alumni for 2002.

They are:

  • Harry Bohan of Huntsville, retired Distinguished Professor of Education in the Division of Teacher Education at SHSU. Bohan is recognized nationally and internationally as an authority on the teaching of elementary and junior high mathematics.

  • David L. Carter of Mason, Mich., professor in the School of Criminal Justice, director of the national Center for Community Policing, and director of the Criminal Justice Study Abroad Program at Michigan State University. He is currently involved with Homeland Security training.

  • Ken Jordan of San Diego, retired colonel, U. S. Marine Corps. Jordan devoted 27 years of service to his country and continues to be active in community affairs and charitable organizations for many years.

  • David Lloyd Rex, M. D., of McKinney, director of Magnetic Resonance Imaging and general diagnostic radiologist at North Central Medical Center, and president and general partner of Texas Radiology Associates.
The awards will be presented at the Sam Houston State University Alumni Association Distinguished Alumni Awards dinner on Oct. 25 during 2002 SHSU homecoming activities. For information, call 936.294.1841.

Harry Bohan

Harry Bohan received the Bachelor of Science degree with a major in mathematics and minor in physical education at Sam Houston State University in 1960. He completed six years of teaching and coaching at the junior high and elementary school levels in Huntsville, using his summers to continue his education.

Harry Bohan
Harry Bohan

In 1962, he received the Master of Education degree at Sam Houston State in guidance and counseling. Five years later he was employed by the university as an assistant professor of education.

He was awarded the Ph.D. degree at the University of Michigan in curriculum and instruction with an emphasis in elementary mathematics in 1970.

Also that year, Bohan was named the recipient of the SHSU Excellence in Teaching Award.

Bohan was the third professor in Sam Houston State University's history to be named Distinguished Professor by The Texas State University System Board of Regents. He received that honor in 1993.

He has served as a contributing author, co-author or author of a number of math textbooks and curriculum guides, and has written numerous articles on issues dealing with math education. The two elementary mathematics textbooks he has co-authored have been used in virtually every state in the United States as well as locations in Europe, Central and South America, Puerto Rico and Thailand.

Bohan has also made presentations internationally on promoting mathematical thinking, discovering meaning in elementary school mathematics, making mathematics meaningful and applicable to real life, and getting a good start in mathematics.

Bohan is a true patriarch of a Sam Houston State University family. Bohan's wife, Grace, is a Sam Houston graduate, as are their four children and all their spouses. They include the late Paul Bohan and his wife, Susan; Peggy Bohan Shawaker and her husband, Kevin; Kelly Bohan Laskie and her husband, Wayne; and Matthew Bohan, and his wife, Kristy.

David Carter

David Carter earned the Ph.D. in Criminal Justice at Sam Houston State University in 1980.

David Carter
David Carter

He began his criminal justice career as a Kansas City, Mo. police officer. His first employment in higher education came at the University of Texas-Pan American in Edinburg where he was named chairman of the Department of Criminal Justice.

Carter was appointed to Michigan State University in 1985 where he is currently a professor in the School of Criminal Justice, director of the National Center for Community Policing, and director of the Criminal Justice Study Abroad Program.

He is the author or co-author of five books and numerous articles and monographs on policing issues and is a member of the editorial boards of several professional publications.

Carter has been a guest lecturer at various colleges and universities including Cambridge University in England. He has also served as a trainer, consultant and adviser to many law enforcement agencies throughout the world.

He has provided training and technical assistance on intelligence and computer crime to the Hong Kong Police, the Royal Thai Police, the National Security Council of Thailand, the Norwegian Police, and various police agencies in the United Kingdom.

Carter has also served as a visiting expert to the United Nations Asia and Far East Institute in Tokyo, the Asian Crime Prevention Foundation, and is a member of the Korean Cybercrime National Advisory Committee.

He regularly teaches at the FBI National Academy and has presented sessions to the FBI Law Enforcement Executive Development Seminar, the International Law Enforcement Academy in Budapest, Hungary, the Drug Enforcement Administration, U.S. Customs Service, and police command colleges in several states.

Since the terrorist attacks of 9/11, Carter has been involved in many training sessions and program development initiatives related to the use of law enforcement intelligence to combat terrorism. He developed the Homeland Security training curriculum for the U.S. Office of Community Oriented Policing Services which was recently noted by U. S. Attorney General John Ashcroft for its importance in integrating state and local law enforcement in the Homeland Security effort.

Carter and his wife, Karen, have three children---Hilary, Jeremy and Lauren.

Ken Jordan

Born and raised in Texas, Ken Jordan was commissioned as an officer in the U. S. Marines following graduation from Sam Houston State University in 1961 with a degree in business administration.

Ken Jordan
Ken Jordan

While attending Sam Houston on an athletic scholarship, Jordan was a four-year letterman and captain of the track and field team, secretary of Sigma Chi fraternity, vice president of the junior and senior class, junior class favorite, and member of the Letterman's Association and the Student Union Board. Shortly after entering the Marine Corps, Jordan was a member of a nationally-ranked mile relay team and was an all-Marine track and field athlete.

His Marine Corps service includes duty in command from platoon to regimental level, encompassing combat duty in Vietnam with a Force Reconnaissance company. He compiled an outstanding military record and was recognized with numerous awards during his time with the Corps.

He has received numerous military decorations, including the Silver Star, the Legion of Merit, the Navy Commendation Medal, the Vietnamese Cross of Gallantry and the Combat Action Ribbon, among others, and he wears the Navy/Marine Corps parachute insignia.

Jordan was serving as director of personnel, Headquarters Marine Corps in Washington D.C., when he retired in 1988, after 27 years of service. He was then employed as a vice president with Bank of America in San Francisco where he was responsible for multiple levels of managers with offices throughout the country. While with the Bank of America he was awarded the CEO's Eagle Award for consistent exemplary performance.

Since 1998, Jordan has been a career transition counselor for Lee Hecht Harrison, providing assistance to military members leaving service and to clients who have been affected by employee layoffs.

He is a frequent contributor to publications, and his articles have been featured in many major newspapers and magazines.

Jordan has been active in community affairs and non-profit charitable organizations for many years. He served on the board of directors of the United States Olympic Committee and the Amateur Athletic Association, as president of the Marine Corps Force Recon Association, chairman of the board of directors of the Marine Memorial Association in San Francisco, and as a member of the editorial board of the Marine Corps Gazette.

He is currently president of the board of directors of the USO of San Diego, serves on the board of directors for the MCRD Museum and Historical Society, and was recently elected to the Marine Corps Association board of directors.

In 1999 he was inducted into the SHSU Lettermen Association Hall of Honor.

Jordan and his wife, Lee Ann, are the parents of two daughters.

David Rex

David Rex received the Bachelor of Science degree in biology and chemistry, graduating Magna Cum Laude, at Sam Houston State University in 1982. He continued his education at The University of Texas health Science Center in San Antonio and was awarded the doctor of medicine degree in 1986.

David Rex
David Rex

He completed a diagnostic radiology residency at the Health Science Center in 1990, and is certified as a diplomate by the American Board of Radiology. His interventional training was attended by Dr. Stuart Reuter, pioneering father of viseral angiography, and Dr. Julio Palmaz, inventor and developer of the Palmaz intravascular stent---the most widely used endoluminal stent in medical practice.

After residency, Rex was awarded a body imagining fellowship at the University of Texas Medical School, Texas Medical Center, Houston. His further post graduate trining concentrated in magnetic resonance imaging, computerized tomography and ultrasound. Rex participated in radiology resident teaching as a clinical radiology instructor at Hermann Hospital and LBJ Hospital.

He is a general diagnostic radiologist and serves as president and general partner of Texas Radiology Associates in Plano. He serves the medical staff of Medical Center of Plano, Presbyterian Medical Center of Plano, Baylor/Richardson Medical Center, and Medical Center at Las Colinas. Rex is director of MRI and Ultrasound at North Central medical Center, McKinney.

As a Sam Houston State University undergraduate, Rex worked as a lab teaching assistant, a nursing assistant, and an operating room orderly for world-renowned heart surgeon Denton A. Cooley. He was awarded a number of scholarships from both the music and biology departments. He served as president of Alpha Lambda Delta National Freshman Honor Society, was a charter founding officer for the SHSU Golden Key National Honor Society chapter, and was named to "Who's Who Among Students in American Colleges and Universities" for his junior and senior years.

He is a member of numerous medical professional organizations including the American College of Radiology, the Radiological Society of North America, the American Roentgen Ray Society, the Texas Radiological Society, and the Texas Medical Association.

Rex has been an active member of the United Methodist Church and has served on a number of committees within the church. He also provides free health care to the indigent population of Collin County through the Bridge Breast Center.

Rex has served as a medical staff leader for many years, serving on numerous committees and serving for four years on the Medical Executive Committee of North Central Medical Center in McKinney. Rex recently completed serving as chief of the medical staff in McKinney and presently serves on the hospital board of trustees for North Central Medical Center.

In addition to his medical career, Rex is an accomplished musician. He was awarded first chair, Texas All State Band, both junior and senior years of high school, the prestigious John Phillip Sousa Award, and was elected "Most Talented" of his senior class.

At Sam Houston State, he was a member of the Bearkat Marching Band, the Jazz Band, Symphonic Band, Symphonic Orchestra, and Wind Ensemble. He has been a member of the Houston Super Sax Jazz Society, the Houston, Huntsville, and Pasadena Municipal Concert Bands, the Huntsville Gilbert and Sullivan Performing Society, and the Huntsville Community Chorale and Fine Arts Society.

A long time supporter of Sam Houston State University, Rex has served on the Alumni Association Advisory Board and is a Life Member of the SHSU Alumni Association. In 2001, he and his wife, Paula, established the SHSU Harley E. Rex Endowed Music Scholarship to honor his father.

He and Paula have three children---Travis, Natalie and Harley.

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Sept. 25, 2002
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