|2004 Alumni Award Recipients:
Terry Ree, Gary Larson, Bruce Williams, Lynette Powell, and Linda Jodie Henry. The BHSU Alumni Association recognized five individuals for their service and achievements. Individuals being recognized are Gary Larson, Rapid City, S.D., Distinguished Alumni Award; Linda Jodie Henry, Spearfish, S.D., Special Achievement Award; Lynette Powell, Hot Springs, S.D., Excellence in Education Award; and Bruce Williams and Terry Ree, Hendersonville, T.N., Special Service Award.
Gary Larson, a 1972 graduate with a bachelor's degree in business administration, will be presented with the Distinguished Alumni Award. He began his insurance career shortly after graduating from BHSU.
In 1973 he began as an agent at Kluthe and Lane Insurance Agency in Rapid City. Later, Gary and three partners formed Western Dakota Insurers, which has grown into one of the largest insurance agencies in western South Dakota.
Early in Larson's career he obtained the professional and educational insurance designation of certified insurance counselor. He currently serves as president and general manager of the Rapid City agency, as well as oversees satellite insurance agencies in Sturgis and Spearfish.
Larson has served on the American State Bank board and is a past president of Arrowhead Country Club. He is active in the Calvary Lutheran Church in Rapid City and is currently serving on the building fundraiser board. He has served on numerous advisory boards for insurance companies and on the Youth and Family Services and Black Hills Workshop advisory boards. He is also on the BHSU Foundation Board of Directors.
A 24-year cancer survivor, Larson has been instrumental in raising funds to fight cancer. He serves on the American Cancer Society Board of Directors, participates in the American Cancer Society Relay for Life and serves as co-chair of the annual American Cancer Society Golf Tournament.