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Deal receives Winthrop alumni award

Posted: November 19, 2013 4:22 p.m.
Updated: November 20, 2013 5:00 a.m.

Camden’s Johnny Deal received Winthrop University’s Algernon Sydney Sullivan Award. According to a Winthrop press release, Deal -- Winthrop Class of 1984 and a retired banker from First Palmetto Savings Bank -- “has been a gracious contributor as a goodwill ambassador.”

The award is the highest honor bestowed to a male graduate. For the past two decades, Deal has contributed his time, talents and energy toward furthering Winthrop’s mission. He has served on the alumni executive board for nearly 10 years, including two years as president. Deal has also served on the board of visitors, the Winthrop Foundation Board and the Annual Fund Loyalty Council.

Deal continues to serve Winthrop locally as the treasurer of the Kershaw County Alumni Club, alumni area contact, reunion gift chair and class agent. He was the first recipient of Winthrop’s Outstanding Young Alumni Award in 1993 and received the Alumni Distinguished Service Award in 2001.

“Here at Winthrop we know you as a dedicated and loyal alumnus who works for the best of the university,” Winthrop officials told Deal.

Deal was one of five alumni Winthrop recognized during the university’s Alumni Reunion Celebration luncheon in McBryde Hall on Nov. 9.

The other recipients are Chris Bennett (2009) of Chapel Hill, Outstanding Young Alumni; Delores Johnson Hurt (1968) of Charlotte, N.C., Alumni Professional Achievement Award; Kristen Gebhart Magee (1995) of Greenville, Alumni Distinguished Service Award; and Martha “Marty” Callahan Grigsby (1963) of Clemson, Mary Mildred Sullivan Award.

Winthrop President Jayne Marie Comstock presented the awards.

For more information about the awards or to nominate someone in the future, contact Associate Vice President of Development and Alumni Relations Debbie Garrick at (803) 323-2145 or email her at

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