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Three Outstanding Alumni to be Honored during Homecoming 2018

by Web on June 19, 2018

The achievements of three accomplished Millsaps College alumni will be celebrated during Homecoming 2018, scheduled Oct. 12-14.

Dr. Ruth Kellum Fredericks, B.S. 1980, of Jackson, a neuro-oncologist recognized for her devotion to her patients and profession, will receive the Distinguished Alumna Award.

Fredericks earned her medical degree from the University of Mississippi Medical Center in 1987, and completed an internship in internal medicine and a residency in neurology at North Carolina Baptist Hospital and a fellowship in neuro-oncology at Duke University Medical Center. She has been listed in Best Doctors in America: Southeast Region and Best Doctors in America.

She has received numerous awards, including recognition from the Mississippi Legislature, the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, and the Diabetes Foundation of Mississippi. Fredericks is the mother of a son, Andrew Fredericks, B.S. 2010, who is married to Katherine Nicholas Fredericks, B.S. 2011.

Theon Johnson III, B.S. 2006, of San Francisco, a member of the clergy team at GLIDE Memorial United Methodist Church in San Francisco, will receive the Outstanding Young Alumnus Award.

After graduating from Millsaps, Johnson continued his studies in theology and ethics at Wesley Theological Seminary in Washington, D.C., where he completed a Master’s in Divinity in 2009. While in Washington, he served with the Education Leadership Formation division of the General Board of Church and Society on Capitol Hill. He earned a Doctor of Philosophy in educational administration and supervision from Jackson State University in 2018. An ordained elder in The United Methodist Church, Johnson has served as both a campus minister and local pastor. He joined the pastoral team at GLIDE Memorial United Methodist Church in 2012. In addition to providing pastoral support for congregants, supporting thousands of clients, and interacting with key community and governmental partners, Johnson describes one of his major roles as cheerleading the 160-plus member GLIDE staff, a diverse team working to alleviate suffering and break cycles of poverty and marginalization. 

Newt P. Harrison, B.A. 1957, of Jackson, who led efforts that resulted in the Class of 1957 earning recognition for its fundraising in 2017, will receive the Livesay Award. The award honors the spirit of commitment in which Jim Livesay (1920-2001) served the College as an alumnus, a member of the College administration, and as a volunteer.

Harrison, a graduate of the University of Mississippi School of Law who practiced law with Brunini Grantham Grower & Hewes until his retirement in 2003, has been an ardent supporter of the College for more than 60 years. He is a longtime member of the Presidents Society and a supporter of the College’s Arts & Lecture Series, for which he has served as a board member.  He was chair of the Millsaps Annual Fund Campaign for the academic year 1985-1986.

Harrison and a group of fellow 1957 Millsaps classmates decided to commemorate the 60th anniversary of their graduation from the College by attempting to get every member of their class to donate to the 2017 Annual Fund Drive. More than 70 percent of their class made a contribution, doubling the number of contributors from their class that donated in 2016. Harrison and his wife, Mary Lene, hosted a Homecoming brunch for the members of the Millsaps Classes of the 1950s.

Fredericks, Johnson, and Harrison will be honored during an awards ceremony on Oct. 12 at the Country Club of Jackson. Details and ticket information will be available soon at mbench.org under the “Events” tab.