Richard and Sandra Horton

Alumni Medal

By the ISU Alumni Association

Established in 1948, the Alumni Medal is the premier award given to alumni by the ISU Alumni Association, to recognize ISU alumni for long, loyal service to the university through alumni-related activities.

horton-richard-sandraSandra Hart Horton
B.S. Child Development 1962
Ames, Iowa

Richard E. Horton
B.S. Electrical Engineering 1962
M.S. 1963
Ph.D. 1967
Ames, Iowa

Dick and Sandy Horton have spent nearly 50 years supporting and promoting Iowa State University, its programs, and its alumni. Their dedication has been inspirational to many and has resulted in their receipt of such awards as Cy’s Favorite Alum, the ISU Alumni Association’s Alumni Service Award, and now this most distinguished honor.

Sandy has served on the ISU Alumni Association board of directors and the ISU Home Economics Alumni Association executive board in addition to being a 49-year chapter advisor to her sorority, Delta Zeta. She is also a long-time member and past president of Mary Greeley Medical Center Auxiliary. She was a 1977 recipient of the College of Human Sciences’ Helen LeBaron Hilton Award and a 1992 recipient of the Ames Chamber of Commerce’s Woman Entrepreneur Award.

Dick is a trustee of the Stanton Memorial Carillon Foundation and a past Memorial Union board member who received the ISU Memorial Union Service Medallion in 1995. He has served Theta Delta Chi fraternity as a faculty advisor and alumni board of directors member for 49 years. A retired ISU professor of electrical and computer engineering, he received the Iowa Board of Regents’ Faculty Excellence Award in 1998 and ISU’s Mervin S. Coover Distinguished Service Award in 2003.

Together the Hortons developed Compute-A-Rush software for Panhellenic and Interfraternity Council membership recruitment, which is used by 250+ colleges and universities nationwide. In the community, the Hortons are active in such organizations as the Ames Chamber of Commerce, both Ames Rotary Clubs, Collegiate Presbyterian Church, and most importantly - countless groups at Iowa State University. They are active volunteers, life members, and sustaining life donors with the ISU Alumni Association; Order of the Knoll members; and long-time Cyclone Club members. They have two children: Jay Horton and Lisa Snyder.