Karen Walton Budd received the Peoria High School's Distinguished Alumni Award in Peoria, Ill., on Oct. 1.

Early in her career, Dr. Budd was a high-risk pregnancy clinical nurse specialist at University Hospitals of Cleveland. She was then a faculty member of the College of Nursing at Kent State University and administrator of its master's and doctoral nursing programs until her retirement in 2011.

In addition to teaching at Kent State and Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, she has published many articles and presented at conferences throughout the world. She has been recognized with awards for outstanding leadership, participation in and contributions to the nursing field. She was president of the Ohio Nurses Association from 2003 to 2005 and is the immediate past-president of the Summit/Portage Nurses Association.

Dr. Budd was part of the Class of 1957 at Peoria High School, the oldest continually operating high school west of the Alleghany Mountains. The school was founded in 1856. Among the alumni of this high school are governors, nationally known actors, sports stars and business people, including Betty Friedan, activist and author of "The Feminine Mystique," and Gen. John Skalikashvili, former chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.

Dr. Budd lives in Stow with her husband, Leonard Budd, founding pastor of the United Methodist Church of Stow. Their two daughters, Julie Stuneck and Ellen Budd, also live in Stow with the families. Dr. Budd is currently president of the Akron Symphony Guild and immediate past-president of the Women's Board of Summa Health Systems.