Frank Denius, W. Parker Frisbie and Ellen Clarke Temple have been selected to receive the 2010 Pro Bene Meritis award, the highest honor bestowed by the College of Liberal Arts at The University of Texas at Austin. The recipients will be honored at an awards dinner on April 22 at the AT&T Executive Education and Conference Center.
Frank Denius is an Austin attorney, president of the Cain Foundation, and a director of the Southern Union Company and Chase Bank-Austin. A graduate of The University of Texas at Austin and a highly decorated World War II veteran, he has generously supported the Normandy Scholars Program for many years. He is a member of the Chancellor’s Council and the Commission of 125.
W. Parker Frisbie, is a professor emeritus in the Department of Sociology at The University of Texas at Austin. For more than three decades he has achieved national and international recognition for his outstanding scholarship. He served as the Chairman of the Department of Sociology and Director of the Population Research Center.
Ellen Clarke Temple graduated from the University of Texas with a Bachelor of Arts degree. A past member of the Board of Regents, she is a member of the College of Liberal Arts Building Steering Committee, the Liberal Arts Development Council, the Chancellor’s Council, the Commission of 125 and the Philosophical Society of Texas.
The Pro Bene Meritis awards were first granted in 1984 to honor individuals who are committed to the liberal arts, who have made outstanding contributions in professional or philanthropic pursuits and who have participated in service related to the College of Liberal Arts at The University of Texas at Austin. Visit the Life & Letters Web site to learn more about past recipients.