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The Winner of the First-Ever Leonard E. Read Distinguished Alumni Award

JANUARY 09, 2014


The Foundation for Economic Education (FEE) is proud to announce Mr. Gordon Cruickshank as the winner of its first-ever Leonard E. Read Distinguished Alumni Award. The award recognizes the unique professional and personal achievements of FEE alumni who have demonstrated exceptional dedication to the cause of liberty, and is the highest honor presented to a FEE alumnus or alumna.

“Gordon is someone who truly represents good character and dedication to liberty, much like Leonard Read himself,” said Lawrence Reed, President of FEE. Mr. Cruickshank was first introduced to FEE in the 1980s, making several summertime trips to Irvington, NY for seminars. In 1995, he promoted and led a successful FEE discussion group, gathering Freeman readers to share and debate their ideas on the freedom philosophy. During this time, he also campaigned in Virginia’s 11th Congressional District as a candidate for the Libertarian Party.

In addition to his tireless work sharing the freedom philosophy, Mr. Cruickshank is also being recognized for his entrepreneurial contributions. In 1996, he founded Property Environmental Services (PES), which produces environmental impact reports for small businesses. “Mr. Cruickshank set an example by intentionally beginning and growing a successful business without taxpayer support,” said Richard Lorenc, Director of Programs & Alumni Relations at FEE. “We are honored to present Mr. Cruickshank with the Leonard E. Read Distinguished Alumni Award for both his leadership and commercial achievements.”

Selected by the FEE Alumni Board, Mr. Cruickshank stood out amongst a group of eight award semi-finalists. He will receive a $2,000 cash award and recognition among over 10,000 FEE alumni at the inaugural Leonard E. Read Alumni Award Dinner on February 1, 2014 at the Ritz-Carlton in Naples, Florida. Tickets to both the Inspire, Educate & Connect Summit and the closing award dinner, featuring comments by Wall Street Journal editorial board member Steve Moore, are available for purchase online.

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