Thomas Lawhorne, Jr., Named 2001 Recipient Of the Bill Hartman Award

Oct. 15, 2001

ATHENS, Ga. - Thomas W. Lawhorne Jr., the former football standout who was the University of Georgia's valedictorian in 1968, has been named the 2001 recipient of the Bill Hartman Award - the highest honor a former UGA student-athlete can attain.

Named for Georgia's long-time kicking coach and chairman of the Georgia Student Educational Fund, the award has been given annually since 1992 and recognizes former Georgia student-athletes who have demonstrated excellence in their profession and/or in service to others by 20 or more years of superior performance after graduation. Only former varsity athletes who have received a baccalaureate degree from Georgia can be considered for the award.

Lawhorne, currently a vascular surgeon in Columbus, Ga., will receive the award on Oct. 20 at the Georgia-Kentucky football game.

"Tommy Lawhorne was the classic student-athlete," Georgia Athletic Director Vince Dooley said. "He is a brilliant, hard-working and determined individual. Those characteristics enabled him to excel in the classroom and on the football field. His life after football as a doctor, citizen, father and husband has been exemplary and he has made us all proud."



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