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Felty ‘68, Chabaku ‘81 Receive Educate for Service Awards

The Educate For Service Awards are the highest honor graduates can receive from Elizabethtown College and its alumni association. Bestowed since 1966, the recognition is given to alumni who demonstrate commitment to Service Through Professional Achievement, Service To The College or Service To Humanity. This year, at the annual President’s Dinner in October, Elizabethtown College recognized Dennis Felty ’68 and the late Rev. Motlalepula Chabaku ’81.

Felty was acknowledged with the Service Through Professional Achievement Award for making a difference in the lives of children, young people, adults and families within the areas of intellectual disabilities, autism and mental health. At a time when cruelty toward institutionalized individuals was at a peak, Felty, with two of his classmates, pursued work in creating alternative solutions for institutions. They formed Keystone Human Services, which, in 1972 began moving people from the state hospital into community homes. Today Keystone employs more than 3,000 people and provides community-based services to people with mental health and intellectual disabilities and autism.

Chabaku, whose name means ‘one who comes with the rain’ was recognized, posthumously, for Service To Humanity for her powerful voice in South Africa’s political landscape. She was national secretary of the African National Congress’ Women’s League and she worked to bridge divides between opposing gangs and promote peace in London. In Africa, she established churches for individuals who were persecuted for their support of the recently deceased Nelson Mandela. After retiring from politics, Chabaku continued to serve as an advisor or ambassador to organizations related to her life’s work.