INTRODUCTION OF the 56th and 57th CONVOCATIONS:
- The 56th Convocation will be on the ISU campus on June 19, 2021. This year’s recipients are: Doug Collins, Robert Fraley, and Donald McHenry. Press Release →
- The 57th Convocation will be in Chicago at the History Museum on November 6, 2021. The Laureates to be honored are Captain Scott Altman, Carol Ross Barney, Major General John Borling, John Andrew McQuown, Dr. John Rogers, Tommy Shimoda, Dr. Joanne Smith, and Mavis Staples.
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Excellence. Service. Honor.
The Lincoln Academy of Illinois partners with donors, members, and regents to advance the values exhibited in the life of Abraham Lincoln: Excellence, service, and honor.
We are committed to programs that:
- Honor distinguished Illinoisans’ contributions to society;
- Encourage public service; and
- Invest in developing principled leadership for the future.
We can all play a role in encouraging leadership in the spirit of Abraham Lincoln through the Lincoln Academy of Illinois.
2020 LAUREATE CONVOCATION
May 29, 2021
Normal, IL on the campus of Illinois State University
– Civic Committee Chairs Mrs. Marlene & President Larry Dietz
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Judith Harvey Bartholf
1938 – 2021
Springfield, IL—Judith Harvey Bartholf, known as Fudy to her friends and family, passed away peacefully on Saturday, July 3, 2021, at Memorial Medical Center.
Judy was born on August 18, 1938, in Springfield, Illinois, to Harry and Clascenna Hinton Harvey.
She was a graduate of Springfield High School and Brown’s Business College. Judy passionately served as the Executive Director of the Lincoln Academy of Illinois for 32 years. She also made noteworthy contributions to the Junior League of Springfield, the Boys and Girls Club, and Planned Parenthood. Judy was a proud mother and inspiring grandmother to her family. Her legacy of leadership, compassion, and etiquette carry on through the lives of those who were blessed to be in her presence.
Judy was preceded in death by her sister, Lois H. Carroll.
She is survived by her three children, Stephen P. (wife, Kelly) Bartholf, Jr. of Hollister, CA, Charles H. (wife, Tracy) Bartholf of Naples, FL, and Ann Hathaway of Travelers Rest, SC; and four grandchildren, Stephen A. Bartholf, Sarah J. Bartholf LaMana, Brenna P. Bartholf, and Charles H. Bartholf II.
Judy did not wish to have a funeral ceremony. We may individually choose to celebrate her life by engaging in philanthropic endeavors and living with intention as Judy exemplified throughout her lifetime.
Cremation was provided by Lincoln Land Cremation Society.
Frank Clark, Chancellor, and The Honorable Jay Robert “J.B.” Pritzker, President of The Lincoln Academy of Illinois
The Lincoln Academy of Illinois
To honor individuals whose outstanding contributions to the betterment of mankind have been accomplished in or on behalf of the State of Illinois, or whose achievements have brought honor to the State because of their identity with it, whether by birth or residence, or by their dedication to those principles of democracy and humanity as exemplified by the great Illinoisan whose name we bear. These individuals, reflective of the diverse populace of the State of Illinois, are named Laureates of the Academy and receive the “Order of Lincoln,” the State of Illinois’ highest award, at an annual Convocation.
To honor one outstanding senior from each of the four year not-for-profit degree granting institutions and one outstanding senior from among all of the community college students who, in the spirit of Abraham Lincoln, demonstrated leadership and service in his or her campus or community and excellence in curricular and co-curricular programs, to be named Student Laureates and receive the Abraham Lincoln Civic Engagement Award and the Lincoln Medallion.