Roland (Ron) Hurst
Community Volunteer and Advocate
Liberty Memorial High School
Ron moved to Lawrence from Topeka at the age often. He attended Lincoln Grade School, Central Junior High and Graduated from Liberty Memorial High School in 1956. He lettered in Lawrence High football in '54. '55, and'56. He was also a three-year letterman in track and was on the Medley Relay team that set a school record. He attended Emporia State Teacher's College. He married Joanna Georgia, also from Lawrence. They are the parents of five adult children, grandparents of eleven and great-grandparents of four.
Prior to retirement, Ron was employed at the University of Kansas for 39 years. He spent nine years in the Physics Department and 30 years in the Department of Civil Engineering, where he held the position of Technologist and Manager of Laboratories.
Ron has been very active I the Lawrence community and has also served on several state boards. He has served in the past as President of the Jayhawk Breakfast Rotary Club, president of the Bert Nash Center Board, president of the Concerned Black Parents, Inc, and president of the Lawrence NAACP. He served as co-chair of the Lawrence School District's Site Selection Committee for Free State High and as co chair of the Lawrence Enforcement Coalition - Lawrence Alliance. Ron served on boards and commissions for many years, including the United Way Board of Directors, Lawrence-Douglas County Planning Commission, Kansas Commission on Environment, the Elementary School Facility Task Force, 7th. Judicial District Nominating Commission, Douglas County-Lawrence Advocacy Council on Aging, Project Phoenix Advisory Board-Gang Intervention/Prevention, Sesquicentennial Commission, Boys and Girls Club Board, Community Theater Board, Health Care Access Board, Board of Zoning Appeals, University of Kansas Employee Recognition Committee, Habit for Humanity Board, Crime Stoppers Board, Lawrence Public Schools Equality Education Council. He was a member of the Lawrence Police Department's Citizen's Academy and Lawrence Jaycees. Ron was also honored by the Douglas County Senior Services Center in being named Super Senior. Ron continues to serve on the Kansas Selective Service District Appeals Board.
Ron as his wife, Joanna, shared the honor of being selected by the Lawrence Kiwanis Club as Substantial Citizens of the Year and Service to Mankind Awardees by the Sertoma Club.