Thomas Roberts ’69

Thomas Roberts ’69 received two awards
late in 2022. One was the Indiana Prosecuting
Attorney’s “Justice Award” for “outstanding
dedication to public safety.” Usually only given
to law enforcement, it recognized his efforts in
organizing the Tippecanoe County Court Dog
Program, which provides certified therapy dogs to
work with children victims of sexual assault and
for civil cases. The second award, the “Golden
Hoosier Award,” for which he was nominated
by several Indiana judges, was granted by
the Indiana Governor’s Office for “a lifetime
of volunteer service to the community.” He
continues to volunteer four to five days a week
at medical and psychiatric hospitals in addition
to his Court Dog work. He is also a lecturer
at the Purdue University School of Veterinary
Medicine and the Purdue School of Nursing,
educating on the benefits of the human-animal
connection in physical and emotional healing.
Since leaving Hope, he has had the pleasure of
sharing his life with 22 different and wonderful
dogs from area shelters.

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