College to Award Alumni Citations Oct. 14

Thursday, October 6, 2011

Westminster College will award Alumni Citations to David and Jean Basher Lloyd, Christopher Martin, and Dr. John Petre III, and John and Cari Mester Russell will receive the Outstanding Young Alumni Award at the annual Citation Celebration Reception and Dinner Friday, Oct. 14, in the Witherspoon Rooms of the McKelvey Campus Center.

The Westminster College Alumni Citations were created to recognize alumni who achieved significant accomplishments in their profession or made meaningful contributions to the community or Westminster.  The Outstanding Young Alumni Award recognizes alumni of 15 years or less who are making significant contributions as they build careers and serve their communities or Westminster.

David Lloyd, a 1948 graduate who majored in business administration and economics, became a sales representative for the National Cash Register Company following graduation.  He and a partner formed Lloyd-Johnson Company, an office supply firm that they sold in 1984.  He has been a partner in K&L Real Estate, KLTF Real Estate, and D-J Realty.  He has been active in the Butler Chamber of Commerce, United Way, Blind Association, Rotary, American Cancer Society, Symphony Association, and was president and co-founder of the Butler Area Landlords Association.

Jean Lloyd, a 1949 graduate who majored in history, began as a substitute teacher, moving to full-time teaching and to an instructor's position at Butler County Community College.  From there, she became executive director of the Butler Services on Aging while helping her husband establish his company.  She has held executive positions in the Junior Women's Club, Women's Golf Association, and Junior Golf Program; participated in the PTA; and served as a leader for both the Girl Scouts and the Cub Scouts.

Martin, a 1989 graduate who majored in economics, continued his education at the BAI Graduate School of Executive Bank Management at Emory University, where he later became an associate director, and the PBA Commercial Lending School at Bucknell University.  His career led him from Norwest Financial Consumer Discount Company to Citizens National Bank, advancing from business development officer to vice president of premier services to senior vice president in charge of sales.  At the age of 38, he became regional president for Northwest Savings Bank and was responsible for 27 branches and nearly $1 billion in assets in the Pittsburgh region.  He serves on the boards of the Butler County Family YMCA and Bridgeway Capital's 504 Loan Program; advocates for his local community parks; participates in events for the American Diabetes Association; and is a coach for youth soccer, football, baseball, softball, and basketball.  He and his wife, Holly Bresnahan Martin '90, and their two children live in Cranberry Township.

Petre, who graduated with a degree in physics in 1972, went on to earn a master's degree and Ph.D. in engineering from Cleveland State University.  He worked his way to the top of the Cleveland Clinic Foundation as senior clinical engineer, helping to create the field known today as biomedical engineering.  His research has been published in several medical journals and he jointly holds at least 10 U.S. patents.  He became the first non-physician on Cleveland Clinic's medical staff, serving as director of clinical spaces and equipment integration, a position created specifically for him.  He supervised the assembly and equipment needs for the Clinic's new Miller Family Pavilion, home of the number one cardiovascular center in the country.  Recently retired, Petre and his wife, Susan Beecher Petre '72, are the parents of three and live in Cleveland.

John and Cari Russell, 1997 graduates, are teachers in Erie's Harbor Creek School District.  Cari, who earned a master's degree from the University of Michigan, teaches high school biology; John has taught second and third grades.  They have partnered with the parish school to form an "Odyssey of the Mind" team, an international education program that promotes creative thinking skills to solve problems in regional competition.  They have served as coaches for soccer, baseball, and basketball; helped with school events; and been involved in church ministries.  They are active Westminster alumni, coordinating their class reunion and supporting their local alumni chapter in Erie. 

Contact Mary Cooley James '84, director of alumni relations, at (724) 946-7363 or email for additional information.

About Westminster College...
Founded in 1852 and related to the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), Westminster College ranks first in the nation as "Best College for Women in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math," according to Forbes.com. Westminster, a top-tier liberal arts college, ranks third in graduation rate performance, according to U.S. News Best Colleges guide. Westminster ranked 6th among liberal arts colleges in social mobility, according to the Washington Monthly College Guide, and is one of the most affordable national liberal arts colleges in Pennsylvania. Westminster is also honored as one of "The Best 376 Colleges" by The Princeton Review, and is named to the President's Honor Roll for excellence in service learning.

Nearly 1,600 undergraduate and graduate students benefit from individualized attention from dedicated faculty while choosing from 42 majors and nearly 100 organizations on the New Wilmington, Pa., campus. Visit www.westminster.edu/advantage to view "Advantage: Westminster" A Strategic Plan 2010-2020.


David and Jean Basher Lloyd




Chrsitopher Martin




Dr. John Petre III




Cari Mester Russell and John Russell