Awards Celebrate a Ministry of Firsts

Apr 6, 2010

Each year, the Institute lauds the accomplishments and distinguished careers of individuals and organizations associated with the maritime community. Over the course of its history, SCI blazed many new trails, launching several ‘firsts’ in the maritime world. Notably, in this past century, SCI has utilized advanced computer technology to train professional mariners; established the world’s only full-time, free legal aid program for merchant mariners; and expanded outreach to mariners on the United States’ inland rivers, making SCI the only network of full-time pastoral care ministry on the Ohio and Lower Mississippi River systems.

Great leaders have guided the Institute through these firsts. Kirby Corporation, under Berdon Lawrence’s leadership, supported SCI’s pioneering endeavor to take maritime education to the next level. The Rev. Dr. Jean R. Smith, the first woman to serve as Executive Director at SCI, shepherded growth during historic times, and VADM Vivien S. Crea (ret.), the first woman to serve as a USCG Vice Commandant, spent her career managing maritime safety, security, and stewardship for our country, while affirming a strong, supportive relationship with SCI. 
This year, SCI honors these leaders in ‘firsts,’ celebrating their bravery to venture on uncharted waters.
The 33rd Annual Silver Bell Awards Dinner honorees
C. Berdon Lawrence
Chairman of Kirby Corporation
Silver Bell Award
The Rev. Dr. Jean R. Smith
former Executive Director of the Seamen’s Church Institute
Silver Bell Award
VADM Vivien S. Crea (ret.)
former Vice-Commandant of the Unites States Coast Guard
Lifetime Achievement Award
For more information about the Silver Bell Awards Dinner, email Jennifer Koenig, SCI’s Associate Director of Development, or call (212) 349-8142.