CANTON, OH (October 13, 2009) – Ambassador William R. “Tim” Timken, Jr. and Mr. Ward J. “Jack” Timken will be recognized with the highest honor, the Award of Merit, at the upcoming Community Salute Awards. The award will be presented along with Awards of Appreciation on Wednesday, Nov. 4, at the Canton Regional Chamber’s Community Salute Awards dinner at The University Center at Kent State Stark. Tickets are available online for $45 at

Community Salute Award of Appreciation winners include: Martha Magoon, M.D., Clearview Golf Club and the William Powell Family, and this year’s blockbuster Kimono as Art exhibit, to be accepted by primary organizers: the Kimono Leadership Committee, Canton Museum of Art and ArtsinStark. Ambassador Timken and Mr. Timken will receive the Award of Merit for continuous civic activity going beyond their business and professional responsibilities at The Timken Company. Both honorees exceed the immense demands of their professional responsibilities by generously contributing time, expertise and leadership to assist the Stark County community. [gallery link="file" columns="4"]

W. R. Timken, Jr. served as Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the United States of America to the Federal Republic of Germany from August 2005 to December of 2008. Serving as Ambassador and Chief of Mission, Ambassador Timken had oversight of all agencies of the U.S. Government and the U. S. Military forces operating in Germany. With over 70,000 employees, including military, the U.S. mission in Germany is the largest except for Iraq. Ambassador Timken was previously the non-executive Chairman of the Timken Company. During his 43-year tenure with the company, he served in many positions including president, CEO and as chairman for the last 30 years. Ambassador Timken has received many honors and awards, including the French Legion of Honor – Chevalier, Woodrow Wilson Award for Corporate Citizenship, the Adam Smith Award, Henry Laurence Gantt Medal, State of Ohio Governor’s Award, Harvard Business School of Ohio Statesman of the Year Award and the Ellis Island Medal of Honor. He has been active in local community and education organizations throughout his career. Ambassador Timken has served as a Trustee of Stanford University, The Hoover Institution and Chairman of the Ohio Foundation of Independent Colleges. Locally, he co-founded the Stark County Education Partnership and the Canton Country Day School. Ward J. “Jack” Timken is the president of the Timken Foundation of Canton, a private, charitable family foundation begun in 1934. The Timken Foundation makes gifts for capital projects to civic, educational and charitable organizations, primarily to communities in which The Timken Company has a significant presence. Over the past 75 years, the Timken Foundation has made grants of over $280 million. Mr. Timken began his career with The Timken Company in 1968, and retired as vice president in 2003. While employed at The Timken Company, Mr. Timken served as president of The Timken Company Charitable Trust and The Timken Company Education Fund. He is a member of the Akron-Canton Airport Authority Board, a trustee of the Stark Education Partnership and is Vice President of the Henry & Louise Timken Foundation.  Mr. Timken is a member of the Advisory Board of EAA Aviation Foundation, Inc. and a board member of the Timken Museum of Art, the Northeast Ohio Council for Higher Education (NOCHE) Board and Ohio Foundation of Independent Colleges (OFIC).

Dr. Martha Magoon will receive the Award of Appreciation for enhancing the welfare of Stark County citizens. She is the medical director for Aultman Health Foundation’s Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) and led the charge in obtaining the highest designation for NICU awarded by the Ohio Department of Health in 1996. In 1983 she launched the Neonatal Follow-up Clinic to address the special needs of NICU babies as they grow. Through her work, she has brought superior medical care to women in Stark County. In addition to her demanding role as medical director, Dr. Magoon serves as chairman of the medical staff education and research committee. She developed an interdisciplinary committee to critique each facet of patient care and to improve the quality of care. She has also served on various local and state committees. She educates and inspires future medical practitioners through her work as associate dean for clinical education at Northeastern Ohio Universities College of Medicine (NEOUCOM). This February she and her husband, Dr. Elbert Magoon, created the David J. Magoon Memorial Lecture to honor their son David, who was killed in a tragic accident in 2006. The lecture celebrates the pivotal role medical education plays in helping physicians improve the health of their patients and the community.

Clearview Golf Club and the Powell Family, including William J. Powell, Renee Powell and Larry Powell, will receive the Award of Appreciation for outstanding performance in their chosen profession. William J. Powell and his daughter, Renee Powell, both have made history in their own right. Mr. Powell is the first African American to design and construct a professional golf course in the United States. He began construction on Clearview Golf Club in East Canton in 1946. After numerous courses prohibited Powell from playing in the 1940s due to his race, he began constructing his own course. He completed nine holes by 1948 and added another nine by 1978. Among his many awards, Powell was the 2009 recipient of the PGA Distinguished Service Award. His daughter, Renee Powell, is one of only three African American women to ever play on the Ladies Professional Golf Association’s (LPGA) Tour, competing from 1967-1980. She began playing golf at age three and played in a combined 250 professional golf tournaments throughout her career. She has been recognized as the PGA’s 2003 First Lady of Golf, and was inducted into Ohio’s Woman’s Hall of Fame in 1989. She was the first female golfer and ninth overall professional in history to be conferred with an honorary doctor of laws (LLD) degree from the University of St. Andrews in Scotland. She currently serves as head professional at Clearview. Larry Powell is Clearview Golf Club’s course superintendent. His work has been recognized by NASA and the Golf Course Superintendent's Association. Larry Powell spent 30 years working for the U.S. Postal Service in Canton and attended Walsh College before devoting himself to the maintenance and care of Clearview. He has been a member of the Golf Course Superintendent’s Association for more than 30 years and serves on their diversity committee. In 1992, the family received the National Golf Foundation Jack Nicklaus Golf Family of the Year Award. Both Mr. William Powell and Ms. Powell have received numerous awards and honors, including being inducted into the Ohio Golf Hall of Fame in 2007. Today, the Powell Family is dedicated to the growth of the Clearview Legacy Foundation, established to preserve the course for future generations, to develop improved facilities for teaching the game and to expand turfgrass research.

The organizations and individuals chiefly involved in the blockbuster Kimono as Art exhibit will receive an Award of Appreciation for short-term activity resulting in widespread benefit for the community. Honorees include Kimono Leadership Committee co-chairpersons: Heather Fisher, Carole Savastano and Jane Timken, M.J. Albacete, executive director for the Canton Museum of Art, and Robb Hankins, president and CEO for ArtsinStark. Kimono as Art: The Landscapes of Itchiku Kubota drove record attendance to the Canton Museum of Art. During the three-month exhibit, more than 56,000 visitors, including almost 10,000 young people on free tours, attended the exhibit. In total, more than 100,000 individuals participated in the 80 unique KIMONO-related community activities. All told, KIMONO brought an economic impact of $6 million to Stark County and put a national and international spotlight on Canton’s growing arts community. The tour made just two stops: San Diego, Calif., and Canton, Ohio, where hundreds of volunteers, guided by the exhibit’s three chairpersons, ArtsinStark and the CMA, worked to bring this exhibit to life.

Our generous sponsors include Aultman Health Foundation, Stark State College, The Timken Company and The Repository.