Summers is the recipient of VU's Blue and Gold Cord Award, Walter A. Davis Citation, and the Presidents' Award. Summers also was named Sagamore of the Wabash by three Indiana Governors and received Distinguished Alumni awards from both Indiana University and Indiana State University. In 2003 he received the IU Student Choice Award for Outstanding Professor.
Other awards included Civitan’s Citizen of the Year award, Kiwanis President’s Award for Distinguished Spiritual Community Service, the Fourth of July Spirit of ’76 award, and 1986 Indiana Vocational Association’s Outstanding Vocational Administrator award.
Summers was a past chair of the board of trustees of the Christian Theological Seminary and had served on the board of St. Mary of the Woods College. He served on the regional and international boards of the Disciples of Christ Church, including extensive service to First Christian Church in Vincennes. The founder of the Miss VU Scholarship Program, for many years he served as the Miss Indiana Pageant Scholarship Chairman. He also was a long-time member of the Indiana Vocational Awards for Excellence Committee.
During his career he also served on multiple boards including the Indiana State Chamber of Commerce, Indiana Conference of Higher Education, Indiana Business Modernization and Technology Corporation, Vincennes YMCA, and Knox County Development Corporation. Most recently, he chaired the Red Skelton Museum Foundation Board.
He was also past national president of Pi Kappa Phi Fraternity, the Executive Committee of the Council of North Central Two-Year Colleges, and of Training and Education Data Services. Through the years Summers served Knox County as president of the United Way, Heart Association, Chamber of Commerce, and Community Foundation.
Summers is survived by his wife of 52 years, Pat, and children Lynn Brauns and husband Kevin of Indianapolis, Pam Gardner and husband David of Vincennes, Angela McHale and husband Ed of Tampa, Florida, grandsons (Daniel Stryzinski, Eric Stryzinski, Phillip Brauns and Mitchell Brauns), brother Bill Summers and wife Bev of Washington, nephew Wes Summers and niece Cindy Mason and husband Jeff.
Contributions may be made to the First Christian Church, Red Skelton
Museum, Vincennes University Foundation, Knox County Community Foundation, or Pi Kappa Phi Fraternity.