Granby couple to be feted by University of Nebraska
April 16, 2015
The Nebraska Alumni Association will recognize 20 accomplished University of Nebraska Alumni, seven promising students, and an outstanding family at the Annual Awards Banquet, an All-University Celebration on May 7 at the Nebraska Innovation Campus Conference Center.
Apart from the 13 other accomplished winners, seven alumni were chosen for the Alumni Achievement Award Category, to include a husband and wife from Granby, Colorado:
Penny Rafferty Hamilton, M.A., 1978, Ph.D., 1981. Her 40-plus years of work experience includes: university teaching, leading business and conference workshops, and print/broadcast media. Hamilton is also a private pilot and aviation educator and co-holds with her husband, Bill, a World Aviation Speed Record set in 1991 from Lincoln, Neb., to New Orleans. She was inducted into the Colorado Aviation Hall of Fame, the Colorado Women's Hall of Fame and is the director of both the Colorado Airport History Preservation and the Teaching Women to Fly Research Project. Hamilton earned the Greater Granby Chamber of Commerce Lifetime Achievement Award, the Grand County Realtor of the Year and the Colorado Association of Realtors Good Neighbor Award. In 2013, she was named the Outstanding Alumni of Columbia College. In 2012, she received the National Association of State Aviation Officials' Journalism Award.
William Alexander Hamilton, Ph.D., 1978 is recognized for four distinguished careers: military, aviation, business, and journalism. He is a laureate of the Oklahoma University Army ROTC Wall of Fame, the Colorado Aviation Hall of Fame, with Penny Hamilton, the winner of the Lincoln Independent Business Association Gambler Award, and is a laureate of the Oklahoma Journalism Hall of Fame. Currently, he serves as president of the Friends of the Granby Airport Inc., He and Penny, writing as William Penn, are the co-authors of four action/adventure novels that always begin in Grand County.
The 2015 award winners represent all nine UNL colleges and have achieved successes in their careers and communities. The winners were chosen by a selection committee comprising UNL alumni from across the country."