Dr. Thomas Lyons named 2002 recipient of the Bill Hartman Award

Oct. 15, 2002

Dr. Thomas L. Lyons, the former Georgia football player who is a pioneer in endoscopic laser surgery, is the 2002 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 Hartman 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.

Lyons will receive the award at the Georgia-Vanderbilt football game. ,,We have never had more of a Renaissance man," said Vince Dooley, Georgia,s Director of Athletics. "He was an All-America football player, a concert pianist, he conducted the Denver Symphony Orchestra, he played several years in the NFL with the Broncos when everyone said he was too little, and he went to medical school while he was doing it to become a pioneer in his field. There aren't enough words to describe Tom Lyons." Previous Hartman Award winners include former NFL quarterback Fran Tarkenton (1992), Atlanta Olympic Committee CEO Billy Payne (1992), former Gov. Carl Sanders (1993), Atlanta developer Tom Cousins (1993), legendary former tennis coach Dan Magill (1994), former high school coach Billy Henderson (1995), former Lt. Gov. Pierre Howard (1996), noted amateur golfer Jimmy Gabrielsen (1997), physician Dr. Andy Roddenbery (1998), Athens businessman Hilton Young Jr. (1999), Harvard University Department of Dermatology Chief of Staff Dr. Becky Birchmore Campen (2000), and vascular surgeon Dr. Thomas Lawhorne (2001). "I am completely humbled by the Hartman Award," Lyons said. "The University has meant so much to me I feel as though I should in some way be honoring my alma mater instead of the reverse. Receiving an award that carries the name of Bill Hartman, who has been such an integral force in the development of the University Athletic Association and in the athletes that have attended UGA, is particularly important to me. "It is my hope that in some manner my accomplishments since graduation have in some way brought honor to UGA and the Athletic Association. I appreciate also receiving this recognition while Coach Dooley is athletic director as he has been an inspiration for me during my career."



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