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Dusthimer Receives Award

October 5, 2005


Elkhart businessman and civic leader Thomas L. Dusthimer is this year’s recipient of the Lewis S. Armstrong Award from Indiana University South Bend.

The award recognizes distinguished achievement, leadership and contributions to the advancement of business and the quality of life in Elkhart County. Dusthimer received the award at a dinner on Tuesday, Oct. 4, in Elkhart.

Dusthimer has an outstanding record of service to the Elkhart community. He currently serves as a consultant and director for KeyBank. He retired in 1992 as chairman and CEO of Ameritrust Indiana Corporation, a $2.4 billion bank-holding company. Ameritrust was acquired by Society Corporation and now operates as KeyBank, an affiliate of KeyCorp, one of the largest bank-holding companies in the nation.

Dusthimer also served as chairman and CEO of Ameritrust National Bank of Elkhart, and as a member of Reserve City Bankers for Ameritrust Corporation in Cleveland, Ohio. He earned a bachelor’s in Finance and his MBA at Indiana University in Bloomington. He is a graduate of the Wisconsin Graduate School of Banking.

In addition to an exemplary career in banking, Dusthimer has been an active civic leader in the Elkhart community. He currently serves on the board of Wells Cargo Corporation; Elkhart General Hospital Foundation; Decorator Industries in Miami, Fla; Marion County Sheriff’s Drill Team Board; Sky Medical in Fort Lauderdale, Fla.; and the Indiana Golf Foundation.

Past directorships include Indiana Bankers Association, United Way of Elkhart County, Big Brothers/Big Sisters, Junior Achievement, WNIT Public Television, Greater Elkhart Chamber of Commerce, Elcona Country Club and many others.

Among his many honors, he was named “Sagamore of the Wabash” and “Man of the Year” by the Black Expo, the American Heart Association, Junior Achievement, and the Boy Scouts of America. He was named a Knight of Malta by the Catholic Church and received the Salvation Army “Others” Award.

Past winners of the Lewis S. Armstrong Award include: Basil S. Turner, Walter O. Wells, Lee Martin, Ramona T. Middleton, Lehman F. Beardsley, William P. Johnson, Jon Armstrong, Jonathan W. Housand Jr., Leroy F. Ott, Geraldine F. Martin, Robert J. Deputy, Frank K. Martin, William O. Phillips, Al Bias, Rex Martin, Gail T. Martin, Phid Wells and Richard J. Jensen.