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Medal of Excellence to Bob and Betty Tointon

Thursday, May 4, 2006

MANHATTAN -- Bob and Betty Tointon, Greeley, Colo., are both receiving Kansas State University's highest honor, the Medal of Excellence.

The Tointons will be honored at commencement for the K-State Graduate School at 1 p.m. Friday, May 12, in Bramlage Coliseum.

"We are recognizing Bob and Betty Tointon with Medals of Excellence for their contributions to Kansas State University," said Jon Wefald, K-State president. "Bob and Betty have truly made a difference to K-State through their time, talents and generous support."

The Tointons' long support of K-State includes establishing an endowed chair and scholarship fund in the College of Engineering; supporting the College of Human Ecology's Ruth Hoeflin Stone House Center; and contributing to the K-State Alumni Association and the new Alumni Center.

K-State's new baseball stadium was named Tointon Family Stadium in recognition of their contributions to the university. Their commitment to the university also includes serving as chairs of the Rocky Mountain region of university's "Changing Lives" capital campaign.

Bob Tointon, who earned a bachelor's in civil engineering from K-State in 1955, began his career as a project engineering for Eby Construction. He then joined Hensel Phelps Construction Company, rising to the rank of president of the large Colorado-based company in 1975. In 1989 he formed Phelps-Tointon, which owns and operates companies engaged in construction and real estate. He is a member of the K-State Engineering Hall of Fame, a trustee emeritus of the Kansas State University Foundation and a recipient of the university's Agriculture and Applied Science Distinguished Service Award. He also is a member of the Colorado Business Hall of Fame; received the Bravo 2002 Lifetime Achievement Award; the Associated General Contractors of Colorado SIR award; and a doctor of human letters from the University of Northern Colorado, where the Tointons have established the Tointon Institute for Educational Change. The institute will provide leadership training for school administrators throughout the state of Colorado.

Betty Tointon earned a bachelor's in home economics from K-State in 1955. She owns an antique store in Greeley and is active in renewal and preservation efforts in downtown Greeley, as well as other community activities. She has served on the board of directors of the K-State Alumni Association. She is a trustee of the Kansas State University Foundation, serving on its executive committee. In addition, she has been drive chair of the United Way and has received the United Way Humanitarian award; she was a co-founder of the Weld County Women's Fund endowment; and was honored as Business Woman of the Year by A Woman's Place Inc. She and her husband also have served as grand marshals of the Greeley Independence Stampede.

This article was posted on Thursday, May 4, 2006, and is filed under Family Studies & Human Services.