DETCOG honors Judy and Archie McDonald of Nacogdoches

Photo courtesy DETCOG
Photo courtesy DETCOG

LUFKIN, TX (News Release) – Judy and Archie McDonald have been named the 2009 Ralph W. Steen Memorial East Texan of the Year.  The 2008 recipient of the award, Ellen Temple, made the announcement at the DETCOG Annual Membership Meeting Thursday in Lufkin.

"A wise man once said the sign of a truly sincere community builder is one who never seeks recognition, but privately and quietly enjoys the fruits of their work," said Temple.  "Such is true of this year's Steen recipients.  For the first time in the history of the Steen Award, we have two winners.  The nomination was submitted as a joint Steen Award," continued Temple.

Judy McDonald has served as a city commissioner and Mayor of Nacogdoches.  She was a long-time member of the DETCOG Board of Directors.  During that time she served on DETCOG's Housing Advisory Council and as Chairman of the Regional Economic Development Committee.  Judy McDonald has been a member of the Texas Health Association, Greater Health Systems Association, Texas Savings and Loan League and the Nacogdoches Chamber of Commerce.  For over ten years she held the position of President and CEO of the Nacogdoches Economic Development Corporation (NEDCO).

Archie McDonald has been the Executive Director of the East Texas Historical Association since 1971.  He is also a past president of the Texas Historical Association and former Chair of the Texas Council for Humanities.  He is a Regents Professor of History at Stephen F. Austin State University and a recipient of the university's Distinguished Professor Award.  He has authored, or edited, more than 30 books on the history of Texas and the Civil War.  Archie McDonald now serves on the Governing Board of Nacogdoches Medical Center.

The Ralph W. Steen Memorial East Texan of the Year Award has become one of the most prestigious, and longest running, recognitions bestowed in Deep East Texas.  Each year past recipients cast ballots to select who will receive the award from nominations received from the twelve county DETCOG region.