Dale and Rita Brown Outlive Your Life Award

First announced in May 2011, the Dale and Rita Brown Outlive Your Life Award recognizes individuals who have made a lasting impact on the lives of others.

The award takes its name from Outlive Your Life: You Were Made to Make a Difference, a 2010 book by 1977 ACU graduate Max Lucado, a minister and best-selling Christian author. In its pages, Lucado challenges readers from all walks of life to take what God has given them and help others.

The award is designed to recognize all types of servant leadership including civic and community contributions, meeting spiritual or physical needs, producing changes with generational impact, helping redirect the course of people's lives and inspiring others to make an eternal difference. Recipients may be alumni or friends of the university.

The inaugural recipients were Dale and Rita Brown, a godly couple who for nearly half a century have powerfully partnered to use the blessings God has given them to be a blessing to others. Both are graduates of Pepperdine University, but all six of their children – Tod (’87), Cary (89), Trisha (Brown 90) Wall, Alan (92), Randy (94) and April (Brown 00) Cogburn – are graduates of Abilene Christian. Bailey Brown, the first of their 22 grandchildren, graduated from ACU in 2011.

Award recipients:

  • 2017: Dr. Lynn (’90 D.Min.) and Carolyn Anderson 
  • 2016: Louise “Dewby” (Adams ’50) Ray
  • 2015: Dr. Jack White (’71)
  • 2014: Dr. B. David Vanderpool (’52)
  • 2013: Earline (Davidson ’48) Perry
  • 2012: Dr. Charlie Middlebrook (’68)