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Spring 1996 Exchange

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1996 Distinguished Service Awards At the Marriott School Faculty Awards Dinner on February 20, 1996, Max L. Waters and Leon W. Woodfield were honored as recipients of the 1996 Distinguished Service Award. Together, they have given more than 70 years of service to the university community. Max L. Waters was born on a farm in Burley, Idaho, on September 24, 1932, to J. LeRoy and Mildred Greene Waters. He married Jacqueline Anne Myers on My 31, 1956, and they are the parents of five children. Max received his AB degree from BYU, his Med degree in 1960 from BYU, and his EdD degree in 1963 from Colorado State College. He has been a professor of management communication at BYU since 1958. He also chaired the Business Education Department from 1964 to 1970 and has been a guest lecturer at the University of Wyoming and the University of North Dakota. Over the years, Max has been in great demand as a consultant and lecturer. He has consulted with such organization as American Resource Management Corporation, Controller Services, Personalized Computer Products, Intermountain Health Care, Utah Valley Regional Medical Center, and the LDS Church Welfare Services. He has presented more than 1,900 professional seminars and lectures in business and continuing education. Max has authored two books, Successful Leadership and We Can Become Perfect, and coauthored on monograph, “Teaching Business Communications.” In addition, he has written 15 instructional and lab manuals and more than 30 professional journal articles. In 1977 he received the Brigham Young University Karl G. Maeser Distinguished Teaching Award. Max has served in numerous Church callings throughout his life, including bishop of a student ward, Scoutmaster, high councilor, stake clerk, counselor in a stake presidency, and counselor in a stake Young Men’s presidency. He currently has an assignment in the Provo Temple. His work with youth and young adults has always been a very important part of his life. He has taught seminary and institute and served for years in the Scouting program. Max is a popular speaker in the Know Your Religion lecture series, and he and his wife have also spent years as tour directors for the BYU Travel Study Program, becoming experts on Israel, Mexico, and South America. Certainly, Max Waters exemplifies distinguished service in all areas of his life – service to family, to church, to his profession, to the university, and to the Marriott School of Management. Leon W. Woodfield, professor in the School of Accountancy and Information Systems, began teaching at BYU in 1960. He served as department chair from 1970 to 1975, coordinator of graduate studies from 1967 to 1970, vice president of Beta Alpha Psi from 1967 to 1970, and coordinator of the SOAIS junior core from 1993 to 1995. After receiving his associate of science degree from Weber State College, Leon earned a bachelor’s degree and MBA from the University of Utah. He then started his professional accounting career in 1957 as an auditor with Arthur Young & Company in Los Angeles. After three years he joined the BYU accounting faculty. Three years later Leon moved his family to East Lansing, Michigan, where he completed work on his doctorate in business administration. Leon has received the SOAIS Outstanding Teaching Award, has served as president and secretary of the southern chapter of the Utah Association of Certified Public Accountants, and has authored several articles and monographs and a history of the School of Accountancy and Information System from 1876 to 1990. Family has always been important to Leon. He married Janet Cragun, his childhood sweetheart, and they have five children, all of whom have graduated from BYU. Leon is committed and valiant Church member, serving in a number of callings, including bishop, high councilor, and counselor in a stake presidency. According to Steve Albrecht, director of the SOAIS, “Leon has given more to the SOAIS than almost anyone, ever. He always accepts assignments cheerfully, is willing to work tirelessly behind the scenes, is a wonderful teacher to students and mentor to young faculty members, and is totally dedicated to BYU and the Church. Leon is one of those rare individuals who always carries more than his fair share of the load and does so without complaining. When Leon retires, his commitment, his enthusiasm, and his advocacy for the students will be missed. Leon has often been heard to say, “There has never been one morning in my entire teaching career that I haven’t been excited to come to work.” He loves BYU and loves being a professor, and his actions always show his whole-hearted commitment to the sacred mission of BYU.” Max L. Waters Leon W. Woodfield

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