The Lindale ISD Alumni Association honored two Lindale High School graduates and two former teachers for their community contributions on Sept. 27.
The Distinguished Alumni Award is given annually to a Lindale High School graduate whose achievements, strengths of character and citizenship serve as a model to inspire and challenge current students, according to a news release. The Distinguished Service Award is given to a former faculty member or person whose outstanding service greatly contributed to Lindale ISD.
Four recipients were recognized Sept. 27 at the Rotary Club of Lindale’s Annual Hamburger Supper before to the homecoming football game. They were presented with trophies in a pre-game ceremony.
Dr. Ray Perryman and Texas Assistant Attorney General Charles “Chip” Arnold II were presented with 2013 Lindale ISD Distinguished Alumni Awards.
Perryman, one of the nation’s leading economists, is a 1971 graduate and holds a bachelor’s degree in mathematics from Baylor University and a doctorate in economics from Rice University. He spent 10 years as a Herman Brown Professor of Economics, five years as professor and economist-in-resident at Baylor, and another five years as business economist-in-resident at Southern Methodist University.
Perryman is the author of several books, more than 400 academic papers and 2,000 trade articles. He writes a syndicated newspaper column and appears regularly on National Public Radio. He is president and CEO of The Perryman Group, a Waco economic research and analysis firm.
Charles “Chip” Arnold II a 1976 graduate, serves as the regional administrator and assistant attorney general for the state of Texas.
Arnold holds a bachelor’s degree from Texas Tech University and a master’s in education from the University of Texas at Tyler.
Arnold served as assistant district attorney in Smith County prosecuting child abuse cases, a regional director for the East Texas Child Protective Services, Adult Protective Services and Child Care Licensing. He is a founding board member of the Lindale Library and has served on the board of the Children’s Advocacy Center of Smith County. Arnold also is a Court Appointed Special Advocate legal trainer and volunteer.
Former Lindale educator E.W. “Rack” Tindel and the late Zonell Rice were honored with 2013 Lindale ISD Distinguished Service Awards. Eugene McClenn accepted the honor for Mrs. Rice, according to the release.
Mrs. Rice is former teacher who taught in the Lindale from 1946 to 1982. She taught typing, shorthand and accounting. She attended Paris Junior College and East Texas State Teachers College, where she earned a master’s degree in education.
Tindel taught math and science at Lindale High School from 1954 to 1961. He also coached football, basketball and track. He served on the school board during the 1970s and was instrumental in the construction of a new high school campus, according the release.
“We are so pleased to be able to recognize this extraordinary group of former Lindale students and teachers,” LISD Alumni Association President Gay Pyland said in the release. “We received several nominations for many deserving people, and the awards committee felt it was time to honor these four with the distinguished awards. They have most certainly earned the recognition.”