Local writer wins prestigious Royal Palm Literary Award


Published: Sunday, November 24, 2013 at 9:51 p.m.
Last Modified: Sunday, November 24, 2013 at 9:51 p.m.

M.W. Gordon of Gainesville and St. Augustine won the Royal Palm Literary Award in the thriller/suspense genre for his entry, “Crosses to Bear.” Gordon was recognized at the Florida Writers Association annual conference held recently in Orlando.

“Crosses to Bear” is Gordon’s second novel of a three-part Western Mountains Trilogy of the Macduff Brooks Fly Fishing Mysteries. Gordon’s first volume of a Florida, Bahamas and Cuba Trilogy will be published in April. Gordon taught law for 40 years at the University of Florida.

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Gainesville resident Tyler Williams has been selected for membership in the Delta Epsilon Iota Academic Honor Society at the University of South Florida, where he is pursuing a degree in accounting. Williams, who is the son of Ted and Natalie Williams, graduated from Buchholz High School.

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Gainesville resident Peter Martin has been awarded the Universities Space Research Association Thomas R. McGetchin Memorial Scholarship Award at Wesleyan University in Columbia, Md.

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Gainesville resident Samuel F. Curcio graduated in the summer of 2013 with a bachelor of general studies in networking information systems from Fort Hays State University in Hays, Kansas.

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Franklin L. “Buster” Hagenbeck, a retired Army lieutenant general and former superintendent of the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, has been named the inaugural director of the Engineering Leadership Institute at the University of Florida. The institute provides opportunities for leadership education within the College of Engineering.

Prior to his retirement, Hagenbeck served as the 57th superintendent at West Point where he began his education, studying engineering as a cadet from 1967-71. He has served as the Army’s deputy chief of staff for personnel, and commanding general of the 10th Mountain Division, whose troops he led to the Afghanistan-Pakistan border in the months immediately following 9/11. He is a highly decorated officer whose personal stories from the field have been included in several books published on the topic of leadership.

The Engineering Leadership Institute focuses on creating leaders for a new world where technology plays a major role. It was formed in 2009, and until now has been under the direction of interim director Erik Sander, who also runs the Engineering Innovation Institute.

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