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An Olympic athlete, a corporate leader and a state senator were among those honored with the Houston Alumni Organization’s (HAO) 52nd Annual Distinguished Alumni Awards.

Carol Lewis (’89, ’92), Olympic athlete and sports commentator; Jack B. Moore (’77), president of Cameron Inc.; and Texas Sen. John Whitmire (’75, ’76) received the Distinguished Alumni Awards.

In 1981, Lewis followed her brother Carl to UH to train in track and field. She competed in the 1984 and 1988 Olympics and was a bronze medalist at the 1983 World Track Championships. In her 15-year career, she set numerous American and NCAA records. After graduation, Lewis provided expert commentary on several networks, including ABC, CBS and NBC. She is executive director of the Carl Lewis Foundation.

At UH, Moore was a student senator and Delta Sigma Phi chairman and president. After graduation, he excelled in business, working at Baker Hughes and then Cameron International. In 2002, he became vice president and general manager of Cameron’s Western Hemisphere operations. In January, he will become Cameron’s acting president and chief operating officer.

In 1982, Whitmire was first elected to the Texas Senate. He has chaired the Senate Criminal Justice Committee and has served on numerous committees and boards, including the government organization, finance and administration committees. He is an attorney for the Locke, Liddell, and Sapp law firm.

Jeff Fuller (’95), UH’s associate director of admissions, received HAO’s Outstanding Volunteer Award. During his days as a student, Fuller was extremely active in organizations from his fraternity to the College Republicans. After graduation, he remained active with many alumni groups, including the Young Alumni League. For more than a decade, he volunteered on the Operation School Supplies Committee and served for two terms as UH Staff Council president.

HAO’s Distinguished Service Award went to Cathy Coers Frank (’80), co-founder of Reunions by Class Act, and Francie Willis, chief executive officer and president of Urban Retreat and Francie Willis Enterprises.

The organization’s Chair’s Awards went to Dena Lewis, wife of UH’s legendary basketball coach Guy V. Lewis and a member of the university’s Entrances and Perimeter Committee; and A.J. Yeoman, artist and wife of Bill Yeoman, who was UH’s head football coach for 25 years.