Chattanoogan Grant Law will receive the Distinguished Service Award on Feb. 2 during the Kiwanis Club luncheon at the Sheraton Read House.
The Kiwanis Club of Chattanooga has selected Grant Law as its 2010 Distinguished Service Award recipient in recognition of his lengthy and diverse career of civic service.
"Grant stood out among this year's nominees because of his many years of service to the community and his quiet leadership," said John Henegar, chairman of the selection committee.
"He has a sustained record of community involvement, which makes him Chattanooga's citizen of the year, which is how this award is subtitled," Mr. Henegar said.
Dr. Hugh Prevost, a selection committee member, said that if you look at the list of things Mr. Law has done, "there isn't a board in town he has not chaired or contributed to. Many times he's worked in the background, a quiet but resolved leader."
Efforts to reach Mr. Law on Thursday were unsuccessful.
Mr. Law was president of Newton Chevrolet and Newton GMC-Mitsubishi until selling those dealerships in 2007. He also is a past president of the Chattanooga Auto Trades Association.
He serves on the executive committee of United Way of Greater Chattanooga and is chairman of the Community Foundation. He sits on the boards of the Metropolitan YMCA, Memorial Health Care System, Public Education Foundation, UC Foundation, Allied Arts and Tennessee River Gorge Trust.
Mr. Law has been chairman of annual campaigns for Allied Arts, the United Way and the Chattanooga Community Kitchen's Fast Day. He is a past president of the Rotary Club of Chattanooga and past treasurer of Hospice of Chattanooga.
Previous award recipients include Jack Lupton, Dr. Ralph and Nell Mohney, Gordon and Ruth Street, Jerry Adams, Grady Williams, John Alexander "Jac" Chambliss and former Mayor Robert Kirk Walker.
"To read the list of Distinguished Service Award winners is to find names of Chattanooga's 'Who's Who,' individuals who have made this award a prestigious honor," said Rickie Pierce, lieutenant governor of Kiwanis District 3. "It is most appropriate that Grant Law join this distinguished group."
Susan Palmer Pierce is a reporter and columnist in the Life department. She began her journalism career as a summer employee 1972 for the News Free Press, typing bridal announcements and photo captions. She became a full-time employee in 1980, working her way up to feature writer, then special sections editor, then Lifestyle editor in 1995 until the merge of the NFP and Times in 1999. She was honored with the 2007 Chattanooga Woman of ...