Elmhurst College's highest honor goes to Habitat for Humanity co-founders
April 2002

Millard and Linda Fuller receive the Niebuhr Medal from Elmhurst College President Bryant L. Cureton. Bill Akerman photo.

Millard and Linda Fuller, who co-founded Habitat for Humanity after giving away their million-dollar fortune to the poor, were honored with UCC-related Elmhurst (Ill.) College's highest honor, the Niebuhr Medal, at Founders Day ceremonies on Feb. 12.

It was only the fifth Niebuhr Medal ever presented. The others have gone to Elie Wiesel, Cardinal Joseph Bernadin, Marion Wright Edelman and Lech Walesa.

In accepting the award, Millard Fuller pointed to the "radical responsibility" associated with Reinhold Niebuhr, for whom the medal is named. He spoke of the need to "reflect all over again on how we're living our lives."

Habitat for Humanity is a Christian-based housing initiative that has built more than 120,000 houses in 83 countries. Elmhurst students presented the Fullers with a check to Habitat for $10,000, a result of their own fundraising efforts.