Capt. Sam Doak USN (Retired) and his wife, Emily, were presented the Distinguished Service Award during the annual Tusculum College President’s Dinner on Friday, May 20. The Doaks were recognized for their continual service and multi-faceted support of Tusculum College.
Capt. Doak, a 1949 alumni of the College, is a current member of the Tusculum Board of Trustees and is a direct descendent of the founders of the college. Emily Doak has been a tireless volunteer for the Museums of Tusculum College and the Andrew Johnson Heritage Association. The couple attends most of the arts events and public lectures on campus as well as a number of athletic events.
Tusculum President Dr. Nancy B. Moody and Dr. Kenneth A. Bowman, chair of the Board of Trustee and 1970 alumnus of the college, presented the award to the surprised, but appreciative couple.
The Distinguished Service Award is given each year to an individual or individuals who have a long history of outstanding and multi-faceted support of Tusculum College. The award is presented at the President’s Dinner, which honors the College’s major donors, Heritage Club members and consecutive givers.
At the presentation, Dr. Moody read the text of the award, which is as follows:
“As committed supporters of Tusculum College, Captain Sam and Mrs. Emily Doak have throughout the years distinguished themselves, Tusculum College and the community. Through service, leadership and lifelong support of the College, the Doaks exemplify the Civic Art values that Tusculum College has promoted for 217 years.
As a 1949 alumnus of Tusculum College and the United States Naval Academy, Captain Sam Doak also distinguished himself as a member of the United States Navy. As a member of the Tusculum College family, he has served as director of alumni affairs and as a valued and influential member of the Tusculum College Board of Trustees. Sam is the great, great, great, great grandson of Samuel Doak, who founded Washington College Academy, and the great, great, great grandson of Samuel Witherspoon Doak, who founded Tusculum Academy.
Mrs. Emily Doak is an Epsilon Sigma Alpha DIANA award winner and an active member and supporter of the Andrew Johnson Heritage Association, where she served as membership chairman. She has also served on the Board of the Greeneville Community Concerts Association and has served as hostess at the President Andrew Johnson Museum and Library and the Doak House Museum. Both she and Captain Doak are active and dedicated members of Greeneville Cumberland Presbyterian Church and maintain a relationship with First Presbyterian Church of Greeneville.
As friends, supporters and neighbors of the College, their presence on campus is continually felt, as they are frequently seen supporting art programs, athletic events, lecture programs and other outreach programs of the College. Sam and Emily have been generous contributors to Tusculum College throughout their lives, supporting the growth, expansion and mission of the College at the highest levels. These gifts have impacted the lives of thousands of students who lead better lives today because of their time spent at Tusculum College.
In recognition of all they mean to Tusculum College, the 2011 Distinguished Service Award is presented to Captain Sam and Mrs. Emily Doak on behalf of a grateful Tusculum College community on the occasion of the President’s Dinner, May 20, 2011.”