Garth Dunklin & Norman George awarded the Knight Commander’s Accolade
The first Knight Commander’s Accolades were awarded by then Knight Commander Henry J. Foresman (Beta Commission – VMI ‘41) in 1967. He created the award to recognize excellence in leadership and service to the Order. The Executive Council subsequently passed a regulation creating and defining the award as such and stating that the award is given at the sole discretion of the Knight Commander.
In 1999, Former Knight Commander Idris R. Traylor (Gamma Chi – Texas Tech ’70) designed, and the Executive Council authorized the creation of, a jewel or medallion for this award. The medallion is a crimson cross, outlined in gold, with a golden knight on horseback, centered. The jewel hangs from a ribbon collar of crimson and old gold. The jewel/medallion was first presented in 2001.
The Knight Commander’s Accolade is the highest individual honor an alumnus can receive. Over the one hundred and forty-nine years of the Order’s history, fourteen Knight Commanders have conferred this high honor on just two hundred and seven recipients.
On July 26, at the Quail Hollow Club, during the 2nd Annual Crimson & Gold Society Dinner for the KAOEF, the 39th Knight Commander, William E. Dreyer, added two more brothers to this roll of honor. Knight Commander Dreyer conferred on Garth K. Dunklin and Noman C. George the Knight Commander‘s Accolade.
Garth K. Dunklin (Upsilon – North Carolina ‘81) please step forward.
Garth K. Dunklin is a 1981 initiate of Upsilon chapter, at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. While an undergraduate, Garth served as House Manager and Number I of Upsilon, as well as a Morehead Scholar, and a member of Phi Beta Kappa. Garth graduated from UNC-Chapel Hill School of Law in 1988.
Following graduation Garth served as House Corporation President for Upsilon from 1988 until 1998 and has since returned to that role in 2012. Garth was instrumental in the most recent efforts to help Upsilon chapter acquire housing.
Garth is widely acclaimed as one of the top real estate attorneys in the Charlotte area, and is admitted to practice before the North Carolina, South Carolina, and Georgia State Bar. He currently serves as Vice Chairman of the Rules Review Commission, and as a member of The Leatherheads, the Board of Advisors of Charlotte Collegiate Football.
Garth and his wife Helen, are the proud parents of two children, Garth Jr. and Macy. In his spare time, he’s an avid UNC Athletics fan, and enjoys time at his home in the North Carolina mountains.
Norman C. George (Omicron – Texas ‘75)
Norman C. George is a 1975 initiate of Omicron chapter, at the University of Texas at Austin. Prior to transferring to UT, Norm spent one year at Schreiner University, where he played basketball. Originally from San Antonio, Texas, Norm has spent over 35 years working in Marketing, Sales, and Management for various Soft Drink Bottling Companies, including over 30 years with Coca-Cola Bottling Consolidated Companies.
Norm moved to Charlotte, North Carolina in 1982, and has resided there since. He currently serves as the President of BYB Brands, Inc, a brand creation company owned by Coca-Cola Bottling Consolidated.
Active within the Charlotte area and community, Norm has been supportive of various political and philanthropic efforts, including the Kappa Alpha Order Educational Foundation, and fellow chapter brother, Congressman Robert Pittenger (Omicron – Texas ‘67).
Norm is a proud father of three sons, and one daughter, and has been happily married for 30 years to his wife Monica. In his free time he travels with his daughter to various horse shows across the southeast.