USD Foundation presents Inman Awards The University of South Dakota Foundation announced the recipients of the Darwin and Adele Inman Awards for Distinguished Service during an awards luncheon in Vermillion Friday, Sept. 25. Honored were longtime USD Foundation supporters H. Lauren Lewis, Donald and Marjorie Beaty, and Morris A. and Dorothy T. Chaney.
The USD Foundation provides private financial resources for the university in order to increase the excellence of the educational experience provided by USD. The Inman Awards for Distinguished Service are named for Darwin and Adele Inman, who were instrumental as community volunteers in creation and early years of the university.
H. Lauren Lewis, a native of Hartford, was educated at Washington High School in Sioux Falls. After attending Grinnel College, he transferred to USD where he was a member of the Beta Theta Pi fraternity and earned a bachelor of science degree in business administration in 1938 before earning a law degree in 1939.
He received an honorary doctor of laws degree in 1979 from USD. The university also awarded him the Alumni Achievement Award in 1973 and he received a Distinguished Alumnus Award from the USD School of Business in 1975. He practiced law in Washington, D.C. before he started Midwest Coast Transport in 1950.
In 1963, Lewis started All-America Transport which became one of the most successful motor carriers in the nation, employing over 2,800 people and approaching $100 million in annual revenues. In 1975, he sold both companies. In 1987, Lewis started a bank in La Quinta, CA, which he sold in 1994.
Lewis served on the South Dakota Board of Regents from 1969-75, including a term as chair. With USD President Richard Bowen, Lewis helped establish the USD Foundation and served a term as chair. With President Bowen and Coyote Athletic Director Carl Miller, he was instrumental in making the DakotaDome a reality. Lewis was also the first and only president of the DakotaDome Corporation. His family includes wife Mary and four sons: Allen, James, David and Paul. Three of his sons attended USD and all four are members of the Beta Theta Pi fraternity.
Donald and Marjory Beaty are recognized for their years of service to the USD Foundation. Donald Beaty, who died in 1979, served in the USD Endowment Association from 1952 to 1974, when the organization merged with the original USD Foundation to create the current University of South Dakota Foundation. A farmer in rural Clay County, Beaty's leadership during the merger was instrumental to laying the groundwork of the new organization.
Beaty, who earned a bachelor's degree in 1925 from USD, was a state senator from Clay County (1943-49), and secretary of finance for S.D. (1953-57). He wrote the history of the USD Endowment Association in 1975, following the merger of the USD Endowment Association and the USD Foundation.
His wife, Marjorie Heckel Beaty, remains an active university emeritus faculty member. She arrived at USD to teach math in 1931 and taught nearly continuously until her retirement in 1976. She earned a doctorate from University of Colorado.
The award in memoriam to Morris A. and Dorothy T. Chaney recognizes 35 years of service to the USD Foundation and the USD Endowment Association. The Chaneys, who were brought up by pioneer banking families in South Dakota, were second generation members of the USD Endowment Association (now the USD Foundation) and were active in support and service to the organization.
Morris, who farmed in rural Clay County, graduated from USD in 1922. At USD, he was a member of the Beta Theta Pi fraternity. After he died in 1963, Dorothy filled his unexpired term on the board of directors of the USD Endowment Association.
Dorothy, a member of the Kappa Alpha Theta sorority, earned a degree from USD in 1928. A state president of the PEO and member of the Union Board of Control at USD, she was active in university and community activities. She died in 1995. The Chaneys have an unbroken 76 year record of service over three generations that is continued today by Martin L. "Mike" and Julia Chaney, who are both trustees of the USD Foundation.
The USD Foundation has over $50 million in assets as a result of generous gifts and bequests from alumni and friends of USD. Last year, the USD Foundation granted more than $1.5 million in scholarships, about $1.1 million for support of the academic departments of the university and over $540,000 for capital projects and equipment. New endowments for scholarships or other purposes that benefit the university may be created within the USD Foundation for as little as $5,000, contributed over two years.
For more information, contact the USD Foundation at (605) 677-6703 or http://www.