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Walsh Honors 2011 Summer & Fall Graduates

What's New, 2011-12-21

William Luntz and Richard Barnard Honored with Walsh University Distinguished Service Medals, December 18

Over one hundred summer and fall graduates were awarded their respective degrees at the Walsh University graduation ceremony on Sunday, December 18.

During the ceremony, William Luntz and Richard Barnard were also honored with the prestigious Distinguished Service Medal. The Distinguished Service Medal is awarded to those who have rendered distinguished professional or voluntary service to others within the national, regional or local Walsh University community. Those who are awarded this honor reflect the University's steadfast commitment to the strength of noble character.

William Luntz has always lived according to the philosophy expressed in one of his favorite quotes by Albert Schweitzer "To teach by example is not the best way, it is the only way."

Born in Canton, Ohio, Bill Luntz has dedicated his life to serving his local community. As the retired President and CEO of Luntz Corporation, Luntz is well-known for lending his vision and experience to numerous civic and charitable programs throughout Stark County. His list of awards, recognitions and community service projects is extensive. In addition, he is a founder and trustee of many local organizations including the Rehabilitation Clinic, Canton Country Day School and Junior Achievement of Stark County. He has also served on the boards of dozens of organizations, including Stark Mental Health, Palace Theatre, Junior Achievement, United Way Campaign, United Negro College Fund, Fund for the Arts, Stark Community Foundation, Area Agency on Aging Foundation, the Canton Jewish Community Center, Jewish Welfare Campaign and Ohio Universities College of Medicine Foundation. He is also the founder of Project Wheelbarrow, a mentoring program established in 1993 that uses positive life mentors to help kids develop the skills necessary to continue their education and obtain good jobs.

Luntz has been a long-time supporter of Walsh University and was instrumental in establishing the Walsh Jewish-Catholic Studies Institute which promotes dialog and study of Jewish and Christian history, thought and belief.

In addition to being committed to his community, Luntz is also devoted to his family. His wife Sharon is a longtime member of the Women's Committee, and his brother Robert served on the Walsh Advisory Board for several years. Bill's son Greg Luntz is the former president of Walsh's Advisory Board and currently serves on the Walsh University Board of Directors.

A biography of Richard Barnard could never be filled with dates, jobs and details of his career but rather words that describe his character and the life he has lived. In his quiet, humble way he has dedicated his life to being a Christian mentor and role model to all who know him.

Barnard, a 1951 Kent State University graduate in business administration, served as the Director of Christian Education at Christ Presbyterian Church in Canton for 41 years. He was involved in directing the Thursday Fellowship Program that was created to provide discussion, Bible study and recreation for local children and youth. The successful program was staffed with volunteers from the church and served as a beacon of love and support to the neighborhood for 20 years. In 1959, Barnard helped to establish a new venture into Christian camping as the director of Christ Presbyterian's Camp Wakonda. Through his own personal example, he helped to guide counselors and campers on their faith journey as camp director for 45 years.

He did not limit his life's mission to the local Stark County area. During his lifetime, Barnard organized and led numerous faith based mission trips, sacred art trips and fellowship retreats all over the world. For over 25 years, he led youth and adults on a mission trip to serve Porcupine Presbyterian Church on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in South Dakota. Nine times, Barnard co-led youth and adults to the Christian community of Taize, France, that welcomes Christians from all over the world to gather for discussion, fellowship and worship. While Barnard can no longer lead trips or camps, he remains active by organizing Christmas presents each year for children of Porcupine Presbyterian Church and helping to serve supper to the Timken football team as an outreach of Christ Presbyterian Church. Throughout the years, Dick Barnard has dedicated his talents to serve as a Christian mentor to all that know him.