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Eighteen individuals honored during LLU commencement services

Eighteen individuals were honored during Loma Linda University’s 100th commencement services held on May 27 and June 10, 2007.

Honored during School of Medicine ceremonies held May 27, at 8:30 a.m. were John W. Mace, MD, professor of pediatrics, School of Medicine; W. Augustus Cheatham, MSW, vice chancellor for public affairs, Loma Linda University; Louis Page, immediate past chair of the board of governors for Sir Run Run Shaw Hospital, Hangzhou, People’s Republic of China; Patrick Chen, businessman from Dallas, Texas; and Donald I. Peterson, MD, professor of neurology, School of Medicine.

John W. Mace, MD
Dr. Mace earned the bachelor of arts degree with honors from Columbia Union College in 1960 and was awarded the doctor of medicine degree from Loma Linda University in 1964. He subsequently completed an internship in 1965 and a residency in 1968 in pediatrics at the Naval Hospital in San Diego, followed by a fellowship in endocrinology and metabolism at the University of Colorado Medical Center. Dr. Mace is certified by the American Board of Pediatrics and the American Board of Pediatric Endocrinology and Metabolism.

In 1972, Dr. Mace joined the faculty of the School of Medicine at Loma Linda University, where he has served for more than three decades—as a teacher; as an administrator, including long-time chair of the department of pediatrics and physician-in-chief of Loma Linda University Children’s Hospital; and as a pioneering researcher whose publications have changed the course of clinical management of children with growth and maturation deficits.

Dr. Mace was a key force behind the establishment of the Loma Linda University Children’s Hospital, and he played a major role in initiating the Foundation that has provided much of the needed support for this facility. His tireless efforts on behalf of children extend beyond the borders of this academic community and include his continued support of a summer camp for diabetic children and his role in the creation and support of a team that serves as the sole pediatric agency for abused children in the Inland Empire. In addition, he actively participates in several international groups that seek to improve the quality of life for children in such diverse regions as South America, Tibet, Africa, and Eastern Europe.

Dr. Mace is a respected and sought-after lecturer nationally and internationally. He has sat on boards or committees of numerous professional and service organizations—including the Western Society for Pediatric Research, Lawson Wilkins Pediatric Endocrine Society, Hinterland Pediatric Society, California Medical Association, and American Academy of Pediatrics; and has served as president of the Foundation of Medical Care and of the Inland Empire chapter of the American Diabetes Association.

Dr. Mace and his wife, Jan, are the parents of three adult children. With great pride in his example of Loma Linda University’s mission in action, and in recognition of his long and distinguished service to this academic community, the University named Dr. John W. Mace University Alumnus of the Year at the conferring of degrees for the School of Medicine.

W. Augustus Cheatham, MSW
Mr. Cheatham completed the bachelor of arts degree in 1965 at Columbia Union College in Takoma Park, Maryland. He continued his education at Howard University, Washington, D.C., where he earned the master of social work degree.

In 1966, Mr. Cheatham was appointed coordinator of community services for the Prince George’s County public schools of Maryland. Four years later, he began 16 years of government service, which included appointments as chief of western operations in the Department of Health, Education, and Welfare; deputy assistant secretary in the department of education; and deputy director in the office of civil rights—the position for which he was recommended by Secretary of Health, Education, and Welfare Joseph Califano and approved by President Jimmy Carter. Having the oath of office administered by associate Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall was one of Mr. Cheatham’s most memorable experiences.

Transitioning in 1982 from work in the government sector to the church arena, Mr. Cheatham accepted an appointment as principal of Pine Forge Academy in Pine Forge, Pennsylvania. Under his leadership, within three years the academy experienced a 170 percent increase in enrollment and a 600 percent increase in development activities. Major renovations and the construction of three new buildings—a gymnasium, an academy church, and an industrial arts building—were completed. Also the academy choir became an award-winning, nationally renowned choral organization.

In 1985, Mr. Cheatham joined Loma Linda University as vice president for public relations and development. During his 22 year career, which marks the longest vice presidential tenure in this institution’s history, he has played a significant role in communicating to and developing unique relationships with the University’s broad diversity of internal and external constituencies. He has also helped create greater understanding of and appreciation for this health-sciences community.

His professional legacy includes an institutional brand identity that applies to all forms of University communication—print and electronic; and a notable model of University special-events planning and execution, as exemplified in the 2005–2006 University centennial celebration.

In recognition of his contributions to Loma Linda University that have extended the boundaries of institutional excellence in education, health care, research, and service, and that have reflected his commitment and dedication to the University mission, “To make man whole,” Loma Linda University honored him with the Distinguished University Service Award during the conferring of degrees for the School of Medicine.

Louis Page
Sir Run Run Shaw Hospital (SRRSH) opened its doors on May 2, 1994, in Hangzhou, China. This Western-style, state-of-the-art health care facility—operated in affiliation with Loma Linda University—stands as the culmination of the dream of the philanthropist Sir Run Run Shaw and fulfills in a special way his desire to benefit the people of his beloved native Zhejiang Province. Mr. Louis Page played a key role in this monumental project from inception to completion, and Loma Linda University honors and recognizes his contribution to SRRSH.

Mr. Page was born and raised in Colombo, the commercial capital and largest city of the island nation of Sri Lanka. He completed his education in the British system, graduating with advanced degrees in accounting and management.

Before joining the Hong Kong-based Shaw group of companies in 1974, he trained and worked as an accountant. Except for a brief leave of absence in 1982, he worked for more than three decades in capacities of increasing responsibility that advanced the interests of the Shaw Group and Foundation.

From the beginning, Mr. Page served as Shaw Foundation representative and as chair of the Sir Run Run Shaw Hospital Board, where he emphasized communication, consensus, and collaboration as he skillfully guided the processes and met the challenges faced through the years by the various stakeholders—including the Shaw Foundation, Loma Linda University, General Conference of Seventh-day Adventists, Zhejiang Provincial Government, Zhejiang University, and the administration and staff of SRRSH.

With diligence and determination, he also modeled and facilitated sound financial decision- making and fiscal accountability.

Under his leadership the hospital expanded from 400 to 800 beds, helping to develop SRRSH into a position of health care leadership in China.

His efforts further contributed to SRRSH receiving Joint Commission International Accreditation in December 2006, making Sir Run Run Shaw Hospital the first hospital in China to achieve this level of recognition and success.

When his long-time association with the Shaw Group ended in 2006, Mr. Page turned his attention to new joint ventures and his personal businesses—which include a television production company and a diversified group of companies in Sri Lanka.

In recognition of his noteworthy professional contributions—including visionary leadership and stewardship—Loma Linda University named Mr. Louis Page the recipient of the Distinguished Service Award during the conferring of degrees for the School of Medicine.

Patrick Chen
After immigrating from Vietnam to the United States with his family in 1965, Patrick Chen completed elementary school, high school, and college in California. In 1979, equipped with the bachelor of science degree he had earned in business education from California State University at Los Angeles, Mr. Chen responded to the entrepreneurial spirit that has run deep in his family for several generations and began his own investment company in Dallas, Texas. Today he is a successful businessman in his own right.

Mr. Chen has chosen to emulate the philanthropic commitment exemplified by his grandfather, and by his father and uncle—in whom he saw the principles of stewardship deeply instilled. In honor of his father, Mr. Chan Fong, he has spearheaded a number of naming gifts, including La Sierra University’s education center, Loma Linda Academy’s auditorium and gymnasium, and the White Memorial Medical Center.

In addition, he has contributed meaningful financial support to the Loma Linda Chinese Adventist Church, the Loma Linda Vietnamese Seventh-day Adventist Church, the Los Angeles Chinese Adventist Church, and the Adventist Church in Vietnam. The Loma Linda University centennial campaign is a recent beneficiary of Mr. Chen’s financial generosity.

Defining philanthropy in its broadest sense—which embraces the gift of time as well as the benefit of financial resources—Mr. Chen has joined his charitable opportunities with volunteerism and civic engagement. In so doing, he continues to leave an indelible personal mark even as he helps to create legacies.

In recognition of his personal modeling of stewardship excellence, and in appreciation for his support of the priorities that continue to forward the mission of this institution, Loma Linda University is pleased to present to Mr. Patrick Chen the Doctor of Humanitarian Service Degree. This degree was conferred upon him at the conferring of degrees for the School of Medicine.

Donald I. Peterson, MD
Dr. Peterson was born in Moscow, Idaho, on July 26, 1922. His mother was introduced to the seventh-day Sabbath through an anonymously sent copy of Signs of the Times. Although it was several years before she had any contact with Seventh-day Adventists, she was a faithful Sabbath keeper until she and Donald were baptized into the Seventh-day Adventist Church after attending a series of evangelistic meetings.

After graduating from academy in 1940, Donald attended Walla Walla College in College Place, Washington, as a pre-med student. In the fall of 1941, he met Elsie Litvin, who was also a student at the college. They were married on September 3, 1942. Donald was accepted into the College of Medical Evangelists (now Loma Linda University) during his second year at Walla Walla College. He completed the doctor of medicine degree in 1947, finishing fourth academically in his class of 96 students.

Shortly after completing his internship at Portland Sanitarium and Hospital in Oregon, he was drafted into the U.S. Army and was assigned to medical field service school at Fort Sam Houston in San Antonio, Texas. Following his military training, he was assigned to the Seattle Port of Embarkation at Fort Lawton in Seattle, Washington. During that term of duty he made 13 trips to Japan.

Following Dr. Peterson’s discharge, he moved to Puyallup, Washington, and opened a solo general practice. In 1954, he with his wife and three children accepted a General Conference invitation to serve in Ile-Ife, Nigeria, where during his four-year stint he performed approximately 2,000 major surgeries. In 1958, the Petersons moved 600 miles north to Jengre Mission Hospital, which served more than 1,300 patients diagnosed with leprosy or other tropical diseases.

In 1960, Dr. Peterson joined the Loma Linda University department of pharmacology where he took the opportunity to test the efficacy of a number of medicines he had obtained from witch doctors in Nigeria.

While at Loma Linda University, Dr. Peterson published many articles in professional journals, authored three books, and attained the rank of professor in the department of neurology in 1982. He received the Macpherson Society Award for Clinical Teacher of the Year, 1974; Honored Teacher of the Year Award, Loma Linda University School of Medicine, 1972; and Outstanding Clinical Instructor Award, Riverside General Hospital, 1970 and 1977.

The Petersons were blessed with three children––Douglas ’70, who, with his wife, Donna, died in a private plane crash in December 1974; Carol Lowe, who trained as a speech therapist; and Gordon ’74, currently a staff neurologist at Loma Linda University Medical Center––and five grandchildren.

In the names of these three children and their spouses, Dr. and Mrs. Peterson made a significant financial contribution to establish the Peterson Room in the University’s Wong Kerlee conference center.

Loma Linda University School of Medicine presented the School Distinguished Service Award to Dr. Donald I. Peterson in appreciation for 50 years of major contributions to this University, the church, and the world in his capacities as clinician, missionary, researcher, teacher, and philanthropist. Dr. Peterson received this award at the conferring of degrees for the School of Medicine.

School of Pharmacy
During School of Pharmacy conferring of degrees ceremonies, Alan Collins was presented with the doctor of humane letters degree.

Alan Collins
Mr. Collins was born in Beddington, a village in Surrey County, England. A classically trained artist and internationally renowned sculptor and carver, he has made a career out of capturing images in stone.

After graduating from the Royal College of Art in 1951, Mr. Collins accepted a teaching position at the Hertfordshire College of Art and the Berkshire College of Art. These appointments provided a sustaining income and sufficient free time in which to produce his own sculpture and look for commissioned, architecturally related projects.

During the next decade, he dedicated himself to restoring many historical buildings in England, as well as taking on commissions for sculptural pieces for new high-rise centers.

In 1968, Mr. Collins accepted an offer to teach at Atlantic Union College in South Lancaster, Massachusetts, where he and his family—wife, Jan, and their daughter and son—remained for three years before he accepted a teaching position at Andrews University in Berrien Springs, Michigan.

Seven years later the family relocated to the warmer climate of Southern California, where Mr. Collins served on the faculty of La Sierra University for 11 years until his retirement from teaching. Sadly, his wife died at La Sierra after a long illness.

At each of the three Adventist Colleges where he served, Mr. Collins created the signature sculpture by which the institution is now identified: Atlantic Union College’s The First Advent, a nonfigurative commemoration of Christ’s first coming to the world; Andrews University’s Legacy of Leadership, which symbolizes missions in its depiction of the first Adventist missionaries, the J. N. Andrews family, leaving Boston for Europe in 1874; and La Sierra University’s Glory of God’s Grace, which depicts the parable of the prodigal son. His art also graces other Adventist campuses—Loma Linda University’s Good Samaritan sculpture, which is based on the Bible parable and serves to typify the institution’s mission; and Oakwood College’s Sacrificial Service, which portrays the story of Simon of Cyrene lifting Jesus’ cross from Him.

Mr. Collins’ worldwide reputation has been affirmed by his art exhibits both in the United Kingdom and the United States; by sculptures that tell stories in many public places, including Britain’s memorial to President John F. Kennedy at Runnymede; and by invitations to participate in such prestigious events as the International Biennale of Contemporary Art in Florence, Italy. Mr. Collins currently lives in Phoenix, Oregon, with his second wife, Aliki. He continues to accept commissions.

School of Dentistry
Five individuals received awards during School of Dentistry commencement services on May 27. They included Norman J. Woods, PhD, immediate past president, Loma Linda University; Albert C. Koppel, DDS, and Elizabeth Adams-Koppel, MD, philanthropists; Eric Herbranson, DDS, co-founder of Brown and Herbranson Imaging; and Bertin D. Hall, DDS, associate professor of restorative dentistry, School of Dentistry.

Norman J. Woods, PhD
Dr. Woods is an alumnus of Union College (BA 1945), Central Washington University (MEd 1966), and the University of Oregon (PhD 1969). He began his professional career in the state of Washington as assistant dean of men at Auburn Academy and later as associate dean, then dean of men at Walla Walla College.

Continuing his work in education administration, Dr. Woods moved to California to become dean of students at Loma Linda University in 1966, the beginning of nearly two and a half decades of service to this institution. During his tenure at Loma Linda University he served as assistant dean for admissions and student services, School of Dentistry; associate dean for admissions and student services, School of Medicine; interim dean of the Graduate School; vice president for academic administration; and president of the University from 1984 to 1990.

In addition to providing leadership in a variety of roles at this University, Dr. Woods’ most significant contribution, having a lasting and positive impact on this institution, was the recommendation accepted by the Board of Trustees in 1990 to end the 23-year consolidation of the Riverside and Loma Linda campuses—which enabled Loma Linda University to refocus on fulfilling the vision of its founders and to emerge as a health-sciences university and medical center internationally known for excellence in Christ-centered education and service-oriented medical care, as well as advanced technology.

Since relocating to the Pacific Northwest, Dr. Woods has continued his leadership service as chair and board member for International Children’s Care. He has further distinguished himself by becoming a member of the Sons of the American Revolution.

Dr. Woods now resides with his wife, Phyllis, in Lake Oswego, Oregon, and is an active member of the Sunnyside Seventh-day Adventist Church in Portland. Dr. and Mrs. Woods are the parents of two adult children, Michael and Julie.

In recognition of his contributions to this academic community that have forwarded this institution’s historic mission, “to make man whole,” Loma Linda University presented the Distinguished University Service Award to Dr. Woods at the conferring of degrees for the School of Dentistry.

Albert C. Koppel, DDS
Elizabeth Adams-Koppel, MD
Dr. Albert Koppel was born in New York City in 1918 of German parentage. His maternal roots were in Alsace Lorraine. His Hungarian-born German father immigrated to the United States via Ellis Island in 1910. His parents became members of the Seventh-day Adventist Church before they married.

When Albert’s father was later drafted into the U.S. Army, he donated his new 1917 Oldsmobile to the president of the Greater New York Conference, where they lived. This was the beginning of a life-long pattern of generous giving to the Church.

After graduating from Shenandoah Valley Academy, Albert continued his education at Columbia Union College in Takoma Park, Maryland. One day during chapel he was struck by a talk given by John R. Mitchell, DDS, a Seventh-day Adventist dentist from Atlanta, Georgia, who also served on the faculty of Atlanta Southern Dental College (ASDC). That talk planted a seed in Albert’s mind and eventually led him to attend ASDC, where he was able to complete his academic program in 1944 without having compromised his convictions as a Seventh-day Adventist Christian.

Completion of the DDS degree was followed by an oral surgery internship at Garfield Memorial Hospital in Washington, D.C., as well as studies in oral surgery at the University of Pennsylvania. From 1951 to 1952, he served as a captain in the U.S. Army Dental Corps in the European Command in Wurzburg, Germany.

Dr. Koppel’s practice of dentistry in Washington, D.C., spanned four decades. He was not only the first dentist in the nation’s capital to be awarded a fellowship in the Academy of General Dentistry but was also the first in that city to be honored with a mastership in the academy.

Dr. Koppel joined the National Association of Seventh-day Adventist Dentists (NASDAD) in 1944 and was chosen to serve on the first committee appointed by NASDAD to discuss a proposal for establishing an Adventist dental school. He made an initial contribution of $1,000 toward the creation of that school and obtained a matching gift from his father. In 1954, one year after the School of Dentistry at Loma Linda University was established, he was elected president of NASDAD.

Dr. Koppel’s career in dentistry was paralleled by the career of his wife (Elizabeth Adams-Koppel, MD) in medicine. After earning her degree, she accepted an internship at Atlanta’s Piedmont Hospital and served on the staff of the anesthesia department.

In addition to her practice of surgical and obstetrical anesthesia in the Washington, D.C. area, Dr. Elizabeth Adams-Koppel also provided anesthesia services for her husband’s dental patients.

Loma Linda University presented the Distinguished Humanitarian Award to the Drs. Koppel during School of Dentistry services.

Eric Herbranson, DDS
Dr. Herbranson earned the bachelor of science degree in physics from La Sierra College in 1964, the doctor of dental surgery degree from Loma Linda University in 1970, and the master of science degree in endodontics from Loma Linda University in 1973.

Dr. Herbranson has more than 30 years of experience in clinical endodontics, teaching, and image production. He is actively involved in professional photography and has been published in numerous national and regional periodicals and dental textbooks. In recent years, he has transitioned his interest in photography to digital imaging and has developed expertise in imaging software.

He also teaches courses in conventional photography and in digital photography with a surgical operating microscope.

In 1992, Dr. Herbranson was invited to become an adjunct assistant professor in the department of endodontics at the University of the Pacific School of Dentistry. His interest in endodontics led him to treat exotic animals––including Bengal tigers, snow leopards, sun bears, hyenas, and monkeys. His interest in photography has led him into wedding, interior design, and motosport photography.

Dr. Herbranson lectures extensively to both general dentists and specialists in microscope photography, new technology in dentistry, and the use of computers in presentations. He has an ongoing interest in dental anatomy and is the co-author of the chapter on tooth anatomy in Pathways of the Pulp, editions 7 and 8 (Mosby, Inc., 1998, 2002).

In collaboration with Paul Brown, DDS, Eric Herbranson is co-founder and executive director of Brown & Herbranson Imaging, a company that develops dental and human anatomy education software. He is also the developer of the Xmount series of microscope camera mounts. His study of physics and 40 years of experience in film and digital imaging afford him a unique vision of endodontic education and image production. With his innovative approach and advanced imaging skills, Dr. Herbranson developed the unique methodology and process for capturing images of human and dental anatomy now used as the basis for Brown & Herbranson Imaging educational technology. The company’s innovations in the advancement of health science are supported by the National Institutes of Health, NASA, Stanford Biocomputation Center, Stanford Summit, and The Smithsonian Institute.

For his many outstanding achievements, Dr. Herbranson was named the recipient of the School of Dentistry’s Alumnus of the Year Award during School of Dentistry commencement services.

Bertin D. Hall, DDS
Dr. Hall attended the University of California at Berkeley before being accepted into dental school at the University of California at San Francisco, where he earned the doctor of dental surgery degree in 1961. After graduation, Dr. Hall joined his father in a general dentistry private practice until he was drafted into the United States Army Dental Corps during the Cuban missile crisis.

When Dr. Hall was discharged from the Army in 1963, he returned to private practice in Glendale, California—and to Carol Elaine Olsen, whom he married. In 1968, Dr. Hall established a successful general dental practice in Oceanside, California. He accepted a part-time faculty position in the department of restorative dentistry at Loma Linda University, where his teaching responsibilities focused on clinical dentistry.

In 1993, Dr. Hall elected to sell his practice and move to Redlands in order to begin advanced education in prosthodontics at Loma Linda University. He completed his certificate in 1995 and accepted a full-time faculty appointment. Throughout his 24 years of association with the University, Dr. Hall has been asked to fill numerous teaching and administrative roles, including director of the Faculty Dental Office; section chief in removable prosthodontics; and since 2004, director of the International Dentist Program.

In recognition of and appreciation for his contributions to the dental profession and for his commitment to the education of students, the School of Dentistry presented Dr. Hall the School Distinguished Service Award at the conferring of degrees for the School of Dentistry.

School of Science and Technology
School of Religion
Two individuals—William M. Hooker, PhD, and Kiti Freier, PhD, were honored during the conferring of degree ceremonies for the School of Science and Technology and the School of Religion.

William M. Hooker, PhD
Dr. Hooker earned the bachelor of arts degree in biology from Columbia Union College in 1964 and the doctor of philosophy degree in anatomy from Loma Linda University in 1969. His postdoctoral training included a fellowship in anatomy at the University of Iowa (1970–1971) and a special research fellowship in neurology at the State University of New York at Stony Brook (1983). After earning a master of science degree in marriage and family therapy at Loma Linda University in 1991, he completed a Gestalt therapy training program in Barcelona, Spain, and a systemic family-intervention training program in Tuscon, Arizona. He is a licensed marriage and family therapist who maintains a private practice in Redlands.

After completing his bachelor’s degree, Dr. Hooker taught high school science for one year in Prince George’s County (Maryland) before commencing his graduate education. After completing the doctoral degree, he returned to the classroom as an instructor in the department of anatomy in the School of Medicine at Loma Linda University. He was so effective even as a first-year teacher in the school that he was selected recipient of the school’s Basic Science Teacher of the Year Award.

In 1977, Dr. Hooker transitioned from teaching to administration when he accepted an appointment as assistant dean for student affairs in the School of Medicine. In 1992, he relocated to the School of Dentistry as associate professor, department of dental education services; and as associate dean for student affairs, the position in which he has served since that time.

For his many years of outstanding academic leadership and for his commitment to Christian service exemplified by his expertise and care as a model teacher and counselor, Dr. Hooker was honored as School Alumnus of the Year.

Kiti Freier, PhD
Dr. Freier completed the Alliance Français Sorbonne Diploma (major in French) with honorable mention at Seminaire Du Saleve in Collonges, France (1981); earned the bachelor of arts degree (majors in psychology and French) and completed certification requirements for secondary teaching (subject areas of behavioral sciences and French) at Andrews University in Berrien Springs, Michigan (1983, 1984); and received the doctor of philosophy degree (clinical psychology with an emphasis in pediatric psychology) from Finch University of Health Sciences/The Chicago Medical School in Illinois (1989).

Dr. Frier’s professional resume includes high school and university teacher, university administrator, funded researcher, school psychologist for a juvenile correctional facility, coordinator of a START Zero to Three program, and consultant for organizations and agencies that advocate on behalf of at-risk infants and children.

She is a nationally renowned expert in prenatal substance exposure and in the developmental effects of childhood exposure to drug-permeated environments.

Her work with infants who have undergone heart transplant surgery and with victims of childhood trauma have led Dr. Freier to a professional focus on child clinical and pediatric psychology, as well as an interest in Gestalt therapy. Dr. Freier is committed to providing direct service, and to training professionals and communities to enhance the physical, cognitive, emotional, and spiritual lives of children and their families in order to promote optimal healthy living. She is also active in national and international research and training related to youth high-risk-behavior prevention and intervention.

In recognition of her contributions to her chosen field, the School of Science and Technology recognized Dr. Freier as recipient of the School Distinguished Service Award.

School of Allied Health Professions
Three individuals—Georgia E. Hodgkin, EdD, associate professor of nutrition, School of Allied Health Professions; Bonnie Forrester, DPTSc, associate professor of physical therapy, School of Allied Health Professions; and Sandra Barker Dunbar, DPA, chair, department of occupational therapy, Nova Southeastern University, Fort Lauderdale, Florida—were honored during School of Allied Health Professions services.

Georgia E. Hodgkin, EdD
Dr. Hodgkin completed the bachelor of science degree at Walla Walla College with a major in foods and nutrition (1961); a dietetic internship and the master of science degree in nutrition at Loma Linda University (1963, 1966); and the doctor of education degree in administration and leadership at Loma Linda University (1991).

Dr. Hodgkin joined the faculty of Loma Linda University in 1978 and currently serves as professor, department of nutrition and dietetics, School of Allied Health Professions and as director of the department’s dietetic technology program, as well as assistant professor, department of nutrition in the School of Public Health. Prior to beginning her teaching career, she was an endocrinology research assistant in the School of Medicine’s department of internal medicine and a clinical dietitian at Glendale Adventist Medical Center.

In addition to her many professional contributions, Dr. Hodgkin has added to the distinction of this University and particularly to the School of Allied Health Professions by her work as co-editor of the 850-page clinical nutrition-oriented Loma Linda University Diet Manual: A Handbook Supporting Vegetarian Nutrition—a publication that has received high commendation from the American Dietetic Association and that is now used in dietetics education, practice, and research by this University and by many educational and governmental agencies.

In addition to the diet manual, Dr. Hodgkin also contributed as a writer to the textbook, Pediatric Nutrition in Chronic Diseases and Developmental Disorders (Oxford Press); to the California Daily Food Guide (State of California Department of Health Services, Nutrition Branch); and to professional journals such as Military Medicine, Topics in Clinical Nutrition, Journal of Nutrition Education, and Journal of the American Dietetic Association.

Dr. Hodgkin is a registered dietitian and a Fellow of the American Dietetic Association. She has served as a nutrition consultant for the American Medical Association’s website for public nutrition information, for various boards of directors, and for LLU media services. She has conducted funded research in her areas of interest, holds professional society membership or office in 16 professional organizations, and has given scores of public presentations to school, church, health care, and civic groups and organizations.

The School Distinguished Service Award recognized Dr. Hodgkin’s significant achievements, particularly the widely influential diet manual and the contribution it has made in the field of nutrition and dietetics in the United States and other countries.

Bonnie Forrester, DPTSc
Dr. Forrester, who earned the DPTSc degree from Loma Linda University in 2002, has concentrated her 35-year professional career in physical therapy in three areas: serving disabled children and young adults, teaching students of physical therapy, and worldwide mission service.

Dr. Forrester has taught gross anatomy, basic and functional neuroanatomy, pediatric physical therapy, and continuing education courses at this University for 17 years. In addition to providing classroom experiences, she also coordinates laboratories, conducts research, authors articles, mentors doctoral students, edits textbooks, sits on special committees, and performs a wide variety of other service-oriented tasks as an educator and APTA-certified clinical specialist in pediatric physical therapy.

For 20 years Dr. Forrester has served as a physical therapy consultant at Angel View Crippled Children’s Foundation—a large and comprehensive nonprofit children’s long-term care facility—where she is responsible for clinical evaluations, development of treatment programs, staff training, and assistive equipment consultations. She is best known for procuring wheelchairs and adaptive equipment that offer mobility and function to children and young adults who otherwise would remain immobile or totally dependent on others.

In conjunction with Students for International Mission Service (SIMS), Dr. Forrester coordinates rehabilitation-oriented mission trips to Mexico twice a year. She sits on the board of Wheels for Humanity and has donated her time for the past nine years as a rehabilitation specialist for this Los Angeles-based, nonprofit humanitarian organization that is wholly devoted to collecting, refurbishing, and distributing wheelchairs and other medical equipment free of charge to children and adults in disadvantaged parts of the world. She has traveled extensively at personal expense on rehabilitation outreach trips to Vietnam, Uganda, Costa Rica, Nicaragua, Mexico, and Ecuador where she has custom fit more than 300 wheelchairs and provided consultation and training to children and caregivers alike.

In recognition of her many years of competent and devoted service, the School of Allied Health Profession honored her with the School Distinguished Service Award.

Sandra Barker Dunbar, DPA
Dr. Dunbar completed the bachelor of science degree in occupational therapy at Loma Linda University in 1982, the master of occupational therapy degree at New York University in 1983, and her doctoral degree at Nova Southeastern University in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, in 2002. She is currently professor and chair of the department of occupational therapy at Nova Southeastern University. Her extensive experience includes director positions at Alta Vista Healthcare in Riverside, California; and at Primary Children’s Medical Center and at Select Health Systems in Salt Lake City, Utah.

Dr. Dunbar has been instrumental in the development of pediatric and neonatal occupational therapy wellness programs and counselor training, and occupational wellness programs for the elderly; and she has also developed policy and procedure manuals for many of the programs she implemented. She is involved in research studies and has published articles in the American Journal of Occupational Therapy, Journal of Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition, Occupational Therapy Forum, Occupational Therapy in Health Care, and The Internet Journal of Allied Health Sciences and Practice.

Dr. Dunbar was the recipient of the 2004 Black Alumni of Loma Linda University Award; was listed in the 2003 Academic Keys Who’s Who in Health Sciences Academia and in the 2002 Pi Alpha Alpha National Honor Society for students of public administration; and received the Nova Southeastern University Golden Apple Teaching Award for 2003, 2004, and 2005.

The School of Allied Health Professions named her the School Alumna of the Year during commencement ceremonies.

School of Public Health
Two individuals—Mekebeb Negerie, DrPH, regional technical health manager for Adventist Disaster Relief Agency for continental Africa; and Susan Beaman, administrative assistant, department of health policy and management, School of Public Health— were honored during School of Public Health conferring of degree ceremonies.

Mekebeb Negerie, DrPH
Dr. Negerie is an alumnus of Andrews University, Philippine Union College, and Loma Linda University (DrPH, 1994).

For 13 years Dr. Negerie provided leadership to Adventist Development and Relief Agency (ADRA) International in more than 37 developing countries through technical support and management of funds provided by USAID, UN, SIDA, and other international donors for initiatives in child survival, maternal and reproductive health, and HIV/AIDS.

As acting senior health advisor and director of health from 1995 to 1998, Dr. Negerie led ADRA’s global health portfolio. This role involved all areas of program management, monitoring, reporting, compliance with USAID and other donor regulations, coordination and supervision of external technical assistance, strategic planning and work-plan development, professional staff supervision, and development of management systems.

Dr. Negerie has been instrumental in planning, organizing, and conducting two regional HIV/AIDS workshops targeting the Seventh-day Adventist Church in Africa.

Dr. Negerie maintains adjunct faculty status at the School of Public Health, Loma Linda University; and at Andrews University in Berrien Springs, Michigan.

The School of Public Health recognized Dr. Negerie as School Alumnus of the Year. This title was conferred on him at the conferring of degrees for the School of Public Health.

Susan Beaman
Ms. Beaman has been employed by Loma Linda University for 33 years. After completing a certificate program in secretarial science, she began working at La Sierra College in 1974 for the School of Nursing. While at the School of Nursing, Ms. Beaman served for 10 years as assistant to the media director—working closely with students and faculty, helping them with their audiovisual and library needs.

In 1984, Ms. Beaman began working in University computing at Loma Linda University as assistant to the director. In 1989, she accepted a position in the School of Public Health as assistant to the chair of the department of health administration, recently renamed the department of health policy and management. During the past 18 years, Ms. Beaman has served as administrative assistant to nine department chairs and has assisted hundreds of students to reach their goals of becoming health care administrators.

Ms. Beaman’s involvement in the department goes well beyond her assigned duties. Examples include her support of fundraising and student activities for global development that have been completed all over the world, and her assistance at the annual awards and recognition banquet.

Continuing to stay active both professionally and academically, in 2005 Ms. Beaman completed the coding specialist program offered by the School of Allied Health Professions. She is also an active member of the National Association of Executive Secretaries and Administrative Assistants.

Ms. Beaman was presented with the School Distinguished Service award during the School of Public Health awards banquet.

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TODAY news for Thursday, July 2, 2007