Warren S. Stevens, Urbana High School graduate of the class of 1959, has been selected as the recipient of the Distinguished Alumni Award for 2017. His family received the posthumous award on his behalf at Urbana’s graduation on Saturday evening.
He was dedicated to serving his community through the schools and various local agencies. He served in the United States Air Force at Minot AFB in North Dakota and later, received his bachelor’s degree in business from The Ohio State University.
Stevens served the Urbana school system in various ways. He was a school board member, and as such, he served not only that body but also was the representative from the Urbana Board of Education to the Ohio Hi Point Career Center board; he was the Urbana City Schools and the Ohio Hi Point legislative liaison, a member of the Ohio School Boards Association, and a member of the board of the Ohio School Boards Association Southwest Region. Recently, he had become a board member for the Urbana High School Alumni Association.
In addition to his work for education through these boards, Stevens “worked tirelessly to begin the process of getting new schools constructed for the young people of the community,” according to his son, Warren D. Stevens.
Stevens continued to serve his community through The River of Life Church, the Urbana City Council, the American Cancer Society, the Area on Aging, the Champaign County TAC Board, and the Champaign/Logan Board of Mental Health, Drugs, and Alcohol. Anyone who knew him knew that he was a tireless worker with a passion and dedication for the Urbana community
His faith and love for those around him means that we have all experienced a loss, but he has left us with the memory of a man who loved God, his family and his community.
Information submitted by Hayla Parker on behalf of Urbana alumni.