John R. Carson of Hagerstown received an Alumni Achievement Award for career and life achievement from Midland Lutheran College, Fremont, Neb., at the college's Alumni Awards Banquet on April 24.Carson, a 1958 graduate of Midland Lutheran, was born in St. Joseph, Mo. He earned a bachelor of arts degree in history and sociology at Midland an a master of arts degree in political science from Drake University in 1963.
He spent more than 30 years as director of governmental affairs at the American Podiatric Medical Association in Bethesda, Md., retiring in 2001. He married his college sweetheart, Janet Petersen, and they have two sons and two granddaughters.
Two of Carson's favorite instructors at Midland were the late Drs. Orville Zabel and William Zimmerman. He said both were outstanding teachers who approached their subjects in varying ways and instilled a thirst for knowledge. Carson said his time at Midland was "a delightful and rewarding four-year experience."