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BLOOMINGTON – Dr. David Austin was named one of the 2011 recipients of Indiana University’s John R. Endwright Distinguished Alumni Service Award during a ceremony held in Bloomington Sept. 23.
Given annually since 1986, the award recognizes outstanding service and contributions by a graduate of the Indiana University School of Health, Physical Education and Recreation. According to the program for the award presentation, as a measure of accomplishment in service to the school or the profession, the award is a reflection of former IU dean John Endwright’s commitment to strong ties between the school and its graduates.
Austin was on the faculty of IU’s Department of Recreation, Park and Tourism studies for 29 years, where he served as a University Division academic adviser, coordinator of the therapeutic-recreation program, graduate coordinator, director of the Leisure Research Institute and author and director of three state grants and five federal grants.
He holds a bachelor’s degree from Union College in Kentucky, a master’s from Indiana University and a Ph.D from the University of Illinois. He counts as his greatest achievement being awarded Indiana University’s highest teaching award, the Frederic Bachman Lieber Memorial Award for Distinguished Teaching.
Austin is the husband of Dr. Joan Austin and the son-in-law of Dorothy Kessner of Tell City.