News Release
Oct. 04, 2001


CHARLOTTE, N.C. – Four Duke Energy employees were honored today with the company’s highest award – the Robinson Citizenship Award – representative of the employees’ extraordinary efforts to help humanity or save a life.

Honored were:

Established in 1961, the Robinson Citizenship Award has annually recognized Duke Energy employees for outstanding efforts to the company and the community. The award is named for William Smith O’Brien Robinson Jr., who served as Duke Energy chairman from 1957 to 1959, and worked for the company for 53 years. Robinson died in 1967.

Diane Garcia has been active in improving the quality of life for elderly residents in Houston. In 1983, the Houston Housing Authority established Project H.E.A.R.T. (Help Elderly Achieve Real Ties) to involve volunteers with the elderly/handicapped residents of public housing. Garcia has served in every leadership role on the committee and has been president for the past six years.

On May 19, 2000, Marty Gee’s quick actions helped save a life. While on duty for Duke Power that night, Gee spotted a truck on fire beside the road. He stopped to pull the unconscious driver out of the truck. With some additional help of another passing motorist, he was successful. The two lifesavers were able to clear the driver from the flaming truck shortly before it exploded.

Project HOPE, a non-profit organization founded by Theo Lane, has provided funding and services for parents, like Lane, of children suffering from autism. Lane’s efforts have been a blessing to the Hope Academy and Preschool. He also started the Colby Company -- a custom apparel business that has generated income for the school.


A retired nurse at the Oconee Nuclear Station in South Carolina, Pat Rice volunteered to drive cancer patients to their treatments. Noticing the need for head covering for many patients, who had lost their hair due to the treatments, Rice devises "Molly’s Bonnet." Named for a friend, Rice’s headgear is now being used nationwide.

Duke Energy, a diversified multinational energy company, creates value for customers and shareholders through an integrated network of energy assets and expertise. Duke Energy manages a dynamic portfolio of natural gas and electric supply, delivery and trading businesses -- generating revenues of more than $49 billion in 2000. Duke Energy, headquartered in Charlotte, N.C., is a Fortune 100 company traded on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol DUK. More information about the company is available on the Internet at:

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