Â Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚  MARQUETTE – Northern Michigan University will be honoring three people with the PresidentÂ’s Award for Distinguished Citizenship at a dinner Thursday, Sept. 12. Those honored are: David M. Blomquist of Iron Mountain, Frank W. Mead of Grand Marais and C. Fred Rydholm of Marquette.

 Â Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚  A social hour will be held at 6 p.m. in the Great Lakes rooms of the University Center at NMU. Dinner will follow at 6:45 p.m.

 Â Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚  Blomquist is an Upper Peninsula native, raised in Felch in North Dickinson County. His career in education spans nearly four decades and includes service as a teacher, principal, assistant superintendent and superintendent, as well as professor of education administration in schools throughout the U.P. He earned his B.S. and M.A. degrees from NMU and his Ph.D. from Michigan State University. He is a highly respected expert in the field of education and is sought after as a resource throughout the world. His community service in Christian ministry education extends to remote locations such as Australia and Zimbabwe as well as to inmates of MichiganÂ’s prisons. He was instrumental in recruiting Christian Prison Ministry volunteers to serve the state prisons in the U.P.

 Â Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚  Mead was born in Bath, England, and grew up in Detroit. After serving with the U.S. Army in Europe during World War II, he completed his B.S. degree at Wayne State University. He came to the U.P. in 1946 as the chemist for the Bay Cliff Health Camp in Big Bay. He earned his teaching certificate from NMU in 1949 and began a distinguished career in teaching and educational administration, serving school districts in the U.P. and other areas. He was instrumental in establishing the Upper Peninsula Commission on Area Progress (UPCAP) and served as a Community Action Specialist with the organization. He has an extensive record of community service, holding membership and leadership positions on several boards.

 Â Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚  Rydholm is a Marquette native. As a child he traveled through the U.P. with his father, developing an interest in the history of the land and its people and has dedicated much of his lifeÂ’s work to research and education on the subject. He served in the U.S. Navy during World War II, then earned a B.S. degree from Baldwin Wallace College and a B.A. from Albion College. He has also attended NMU, the University of Michigan, Michigan State University, Western Michigan University, and Bowling Green State University. He taught in the public schools for over thirty years and continues to be a popular historical workshop facilitator and lecturer. He has authored numerous articles and two books.

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Jessica Holman