During today's commencement, Camden County College in Blackwood will give its first outstanding alumnus award to Eugene J. Toni, 59, of Alexandria, Va., the school's first applicant in 1967.
Toni left school and volunteered to become a Army Ranger in Vietnam, where in 1970 he lost both legs below the knee to a land mine. Some believed he had died, and his name is listed among the deceased on the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington.
He returned to the school and earned his associate degree in 1973, and later got a bachelor's from the University of Pennsylvania and a master's from George Washington University.
He has been involved in many community service activities, including counseling other combat amputees, leading a building campaign at a school for the cognitively disabled, and coaching youth basketball leagues. His career was in Washington as a government contract specialist.