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The Suburbanite
  • Around Town: Walsh University honors Luntz, Barnard

  •  William Luntz and Richard Barnard were honored by Walsh University on Dec. 18 when more than 100 summer and fall graduates were awarded their degrees at the college’s graduation ceremony.

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  •  William Luntz and Richard Barnard were honored by Walsh University on Dec. 18 when more than 100 summer and fall graduates were awarded their degrees at the college’s graduation ceremony.
    But Luntz and Barnard weren’t honored for earning degrees. They were honored for their service to the university and the community. During the ceremony, Luntz and Barnard were awarded Distinguished Service Medals, given to those who have rendered distinguished professional or voluntary service to others within the national, regional or local Walsh community.
    Born in Canton, Luntz has dedicated his life to serving. His philosophy is expressed in one of his favorite quotes by Albert Schweitzer: “To teach by example is not the best way, it is the only way.”
    As retired president and CEO of Luntz Corp., he is known for lending his vision and experience to numerous civic and charitable programs throughout Stark County. His list of awards, recognitions and community service projects is extensive and includes being a founder and trustee of many local organizations, such as the Rehabilitation Clinic, Canton Country Day School and Junior Achievement of Stark County. He also served on the boards of dozens of organizations, among them is Stark Mental Health, Palace Theatre, United Way Campaign, United Negro College Fund, Fund for the Arts, Stark Community Foundation, Area Agency on Aging Foundation and the Canton Jewish Community Center. He also founded Project Wheelbarrow, a mentoring program established in 1993 that uses positive life mentors to help kids develop the skills necessary to continue their education and obtain good jobs.  
    Luntz was instrumental in establishing the Walsh Jewish-Catholic Studies Institute, which promotes dialog and study of Jewish and Christian history, thought and belief.
    Barnard, a 1951 Kent State University graduate in business administration, served as the director of Christian Education at Christ Presbyterian Church in Canton for 41 years. He was involved in directing the Thursday Fellowship Program that was created to provide discussion, Bible study and recreation for local children and youth. The program was staffed with volunteers from the church and served as a support to the neighborhood for 20 years. In 1959, Barnard helped to establish a new venture into Christian camping as the director of Christ Presbyterian’s Camp Wakonda.
    He did not limit his life’s mission to the Stark County area. Barnard also organized and led numerous faith-based mission trips, art trips and fellowship retreats all over the world. For more than 25 years, he led youth and adults on mission trips to serve Porcupine Presbyterian Church on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in South Dakota. Barnard also co-led youth and adults to the Christian community of Taize, France, which welcomes Christians from all over the world to gather for discussion, fellowship and worship. He remains active by organizing Christmas presents each year for children of Porcupine Presbyterian Church and helping to serve supper to the Timken football team as an outreach of Christ Presbyterian Church.

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