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Former Billings Mayor Chuck Tooley
Former Billings Mayor Chuck Tooley in 2005.

Former Billings Mayor Chuck Tooley will receive the Institute for Peace Studies’ 2010 Jeannette Rankin Peace Award.

The award will be presented Nov. 19 at the Alberta Bair Theater during the institute’s benefit concert.

The award is given to a Montanan whose life has been dedicated to peacemaking.

Among past recipients are the late U.S. Sen. Mike Mansfield, Archbishop Raymond Hunthausen and Greg Mortenson of Bozeman.

Tooley was nominated by a class of political students at Rocky Mountain College.

After Tooley’s two-hour presentation to the Bross Peace Seminar, students decided to put forth their nomination.

In addition to the Rankin Award, the Nov. 19 benefit features the Edith Gronhovd Peace Essay Award winners from area high schools and colleges. Entertainment will be the Wildwood Cloggers dance troupe and young performers from Venture Theatre.

Founded in May of 1990, the Institute for Peace Studies at Rocky Mountain College seeks “through education to explore and promote alternatives to violence in the behavior of individuals, groups, communities and nations.”

For information, call 657-1042.

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