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Honorary Membership


Honorary Membership is the highest honor that the AVS bestows upon a Platinum member in good standing. The award recognizes extraordinary contributions of service to the AVS on the national and international level which have had significant positive impact and have contributed to the long-term success of the Society. The nominee’s service is not simply a recognition of time served, the number of positions held, or recognition of a single accomplishment, but rather for continued efforts over an extended period of time. It is expected that the nominee will have served the AVS in multiple capacities and will have made contributions by leading initiatives that have had a significant long-lasting impact on AVS operations. The nominee should be easily recognized by the general membership as an impactful leader and a major Society contributor.


This award is limited to no more than one Honorary Member per year. Current members of the Board of Directors, the Awards Committee, and current compensated AVS positions are ineligible for election. The members of the Awards Committee must recuse themselves from discussion and selection of awardees if they contribute to a nomination. Awards Committee members are strongly discouraged from contributing to a nomination for this reason. At least a three-fourths majority vote by the Board of Directors is necessary for election to Honorary Membership.

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Honorary Members

1956 Rudy A. Koehler 1992 Marsbed Hablanian 2005 Gerald Lucovsky
1963 Benjamin B. Dayton * 1996 Howard Patton 2006 Alvin Czanderna
1967 Daniel Alpert* 1997 William D. Westwood 2007 Paula Grunthaner
1968 Luther E. Preuss* 1997 Paul H. Halloway 2008 Eric Kay
1981 N. Rey Whetten 1998 Collin Alexander* 2009 William D. Sproul
1981 Leonard C. Beavis 1999 James S. Murday 2009 Rudolf Ludeke
1982 Charles B. Duke * 1999 Donna Bakale-Sherwin 2011 Robert A. Childs
1984 J. Roger Young 2000 Lawerence L. Kazmerski 2012 Cedric Powell
1985 Kai Siegbahn* 2001 Robert Willis 2013 Steve Rossnagel
1986 Manfred S. Kaminsky 2003 Gary E. McGuire 2013 Dave Castner
1988 Jack H. Singleton 2003 H. Fredrick Dylla 2014 John N. Russell, Jr.
1991 John Coburn* 2004 J. William Rogers, Jr. 2016 Dawn Bonnell
1991 J. Lynn Provo 2004 Arthur O. Fuente, Jr. 2019 Ivan Petrov