WKU adds 3 to Hall of Distinguished Alumni

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BOWLING GREEN, Ky. (AP) — The Western Kentucky University Hall of Distinguished Alumni has three new members — retired U.S. Army Col. Gary "Mickey" Riggs, Pulitzer Prize-winning photojournalist Rick Loomis and musician David "Doc" Livingston.

The Daily News reports (http://bit.ly/1xlhbwU) the 83-year-old Riggs resurrected WKU’s declining ROTC program and also helped save the football program. At the Friday ceremony, Riggs said he loves Western and was just doing his job.

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Pam Thurman accepted on behalf of her father, Livingston, who is 89. Livingston was the university’s director of bands and a professor.

Loomis came to WKU after his employer said he needed a degree from "a real school" if he wanted to be a photojournalist. He said Friday that on a road trip to Kentucky he found WKU, but he also found "a family."

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Information from: Daily News, http://www.bgdailynews.com

 

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