Named 2002 Distinguished Alumni
Atkinson of Mt. Sterling, Tim Isaacs, '81, of Horse Cave, and
Ken Martin, 75, of Cadiz have been named 2002 recipients
of the Distinguished Alumni Award given by the UK College of
Agriculture. The awards were presented during 2002 Roundup festivities.
This award is given annually to alumni over the age of 41 who
have supported the college as well as their communities. The
state winners were chosen from distinguished alumni named by
ag alumni associations in 15 areas across the state.
Distinguished Alumni Area Winners for 2002 are, left to right:
Cindi Sullivan, Louisville; Larry Dame, Green River; Gerald
Atkinson, Licking River; Ken Martin, Wilderness Trail; Danny
Wilkinson, Lake Cumberland; Daniel Blevins, Northeast North;
George L. Hall, Lincoln Trail; David Pettus, Fort Harrod; George
Pettit, Pennyrile; Samuel Francis, Bluegrass; Tim Isaacs, Mammoth
Cave; and Richard Jett, Quicksand. Not pictured is Gary Wilmhoff,
Atkinson, from the Licking River Area, began his relationship
with the College in 1982 as an ag agent in Fleming County. After
serving in this position for 10 years, he worked as program
director of Cooperative Extension for the Northeastern Kentucky
Area from 1992 to 1997. Currently, Atkinson is employed as the
tourism director for Mt. Sterling.
Atkinson has served as board member for his local Chamber of
Commerce, Leadership Montgomery County, and the Kentucky Tourism
Council. He has supported the College of Agriculture by conducting
on-farm testing of tobacco, dairy forages, and corn. He has
also conducted annual career days in conjunction with UK to
acquaint students with the University. He and his wife, Judy
Rogers Atkinson, have two children, Sander and Heather Leigh.
Isaacs, from the Mammoth Cave Area, after graduating
with a bachelor of science degree in agriculture, became owner/operator
of a dairy farm, milking up to 200 regular Holsteins. In 1990,
he converted his herd to a beef operation of 500 regular Angus
He is president of the Hart County Cattlemen's Association,
director of the Kentucky Angus Association, and chairman of
the board of directors for Southern States-Horse Cave. Isaacs
has received awards including the Master Herdsperson Award,
Reserve Champion Cow/Calf award at the Kentucky Angus Sweepstakes,
Farmer/Agribusiness of the Year from the Hart County Chamber
of Commerce, and the Outstanding Cooperator award from the Hart
County Conservation District.
Isaacs regularly supports the College and other educational
programs by serving as a 4-H volunteer leader for livestock
judging teams and beef projects. He also hosts field days for
the UK Cooperative Extension Service.
He and his wife Ann Marie have five children, Amanda Isaacs
Sticker and Stephanie, Stacy, Megan, and Matthew.
Martin, of the Wilderness Trail Area, graduated from
the College with a bachelor's degree in animal sciences and
then worked as a manager of a swine operation, manager of a
feed mill, as a swine specialist for Southern States, and as
a sales representative. From 1982 to 1995 he owned and operated
a small feeder pig and tobacco farm. In 1992 he took a job with
the Oneida Baptist Institute in Oneida as a farm manager and
Martin served as an executive board member of the Kentucky Pork
Producers Association, president of the Pennyrile Pork Producers
Association, and chairman of the advisory board of Murray State
University's Breathitt Veterinary Center. He created the first
FFA Chapter at a Kentucky private school at the Oneida Baptist
Martin has supported the College by conducting corn variety
test plots and providing data for research efforts in sow production.
In addition, he has recruited students from the Oneida Baptist
Institute to attend the College of Agriculture and has hosted
Wilderness Trail Area Extension field days at Oneida. Martin
and his wife, Nancy Brown Martin, have two children, Beverly