4 to receive alumni awards

Four Williamsport Area High School graduates have been selected to receive 2017 Distinguished Alumni Awards, the district’s highest honor presented to alumni.

Twin brothers Maurice and Michael Bower have been selected for Distinguished Alumni Achievement Awards.

Dr. John F. Piper will receive the Distinguished Alumni Service Award and Donna Incitti Tabor has been selected for the Distinguished Alumni Humanitarian Award.

The four will be honored during an induction ceremony Oct. 4 at the high school.

Maurice and Michael Bower, Class of 1974, founded Turnkey Construction Inc. in 1992 and Turnkey Electric Inc. in 1996.

The companies have been affiliated with high-profile building projects in the region, including those connected with Little League International, UPMC Susquehanna and Williamsport Regional Airport, as well as downtown revitalization efforts in Williamsport.

Following their graduation from Williamsport Area High School, the two continued their education at Williamsport Area Community College.

Piper, Class of 1954, served as dean of Lycoming College from 1992 to 2007. Prior to that, he was an assistant professor in the school’s history department where he served as chairman.

He has been pastor of the DuBoistown-Nisbet United Methodist Church and Grace United Methodist Church, Williamsport.

Piper is the author of several books and articles, including “Williamsport: Frontier Village to Regional Center,” a book he co-authored with Robert Larson and Richard Morris.

He has served on a number of civic and community organizations and was co-chair with his wife, Margaret, of the 2016 Lycoming County United Way Campaign.

A graduate of Lafayette College, he earned a bachelor of divinity degree from Yale University and a Ph.D from Duke University.

Tabor, Class of 1958, worked 26 years in Pittsburgh as a television producer before becoming a full-time volunteer in 1998 for Building New Hope, a grassroots organization focused on development in Central America. For more than a decade she dedicated much of her time to projects geared toward at-risk youth in Granada, Nicaragua.

In 2008, she was among six people receiving the first National Awards for Citizen Diplomacy at the Smithsonian American Art Museum and National Portrait Gallery, Washington, D.C.

This year’s award recipients will bring to 12 the number of Williamsport Area High School graduates to receive Distinguished Alumni Awards since the program was established in 2012 by the school’s education foundation.