University honors faculty, alumni, and friends during May 28 commencement ceremonies
Lorne A. Babiuk, PhD (center), director of VIDO in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada, listens as the citation bestowing on him the University Distinguished Service Award is read. Looking on are Richard H. Hart, MD, DrPH (left), LLU chancellor, and Dr. Behrens (right).
A number of awards were presented during commencement services for the Schools of Medicine and Dentistry held Sunday, May 28.
Presented with the Loma Linda University Alumnus of the Year Award was Harvey A. Elder, MD, professor of medicine, School of Medicine.
Dr. Elder was a member of the 1948 graduating class of Greater New York Academy in Woodside, Long Island. He continued his education at Andrews University in Berrien Springs, Michigan, completing his undergraduate program––a major in chemistry and a minor in mathematics––as an honors graduate in 1952. Medicine was his chosen profession, and he began his studies at Loma Linda University in 1952.
Dr. Elder earned a master of arts degree in 1954, a master of science degree in biochemistry in 1956, and completed his medical degree in 1957. Medical school was followed by a medicine internship and residency at the University of California Hospital at San Francisco.
A second medicine residency was completed at San Francisco General Hospital in 1960. From 1960 to 1962, Dr. Elder worked as a research associate in the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Disease. He was assigned to the laboratory of parasite chemotherapy.
In 1962, Dr. Elder commenced a five-year fellowship at Harvard University in association with Boston City Hospital. His postdoctoral training included: fellow in bacteriology and immunology, research fellow in medicine in the Thorndike Memorial Laboratory, and research associate in bacteriology in the Channing Laboratory.
Dr. Elder, who joined the faculty of the School of Medicine in 1967 as associate professor in the department of medicine, achieved the rank of professor in the department in 1981.
In addition to appointments in the School of Medicine, he has also served the University in the Schools of Allied Health Professions and Public Health and in the Graduate School (now the Faculty of Graduate Studies).
At Loma Linda University Medical Center he was hosp
Leif K. Bakland, DDS (right), associate dean and chair of endodontics, listens while Dr. Beardsley (at podium) reads the citation naming him University Alumnus of the Year during the School of Dentistry commencement ceremony. Standing behind Dr. Beardsley is Charles Goodacre, DDS, MSD, dean of the School of Dentistry.
ital epidemiologist and chair of the infection control committee. From 1977 to 1997, Dr. Elder was associated with the Jerry L. Pettis Memorial VA Medical Center, where his appointments included chief of the infectious disease section and chief of infection control.
Dr. Elder has authored book chapters, as well as scores of scientific papers that have appeared in professional journals. His knowledge of infectious diseases, acquired through four decades of research and education, has informed lectures he has presented in more than 26 countries on the subjects of HIV/AIDS prevention, as well as the epidemiological, medical, and ethical human aspects of AIDS.
Not only does he provide technical knowledge, statistics, and medical facts, but he also shares stories and perspectives that move listeners from judgmental attitudes to empathy and caring actions.
Presented with the Loma Linda University Alumnus of the Year Award during School of Dentistry ceremonies was Leif K. Bakland, DDS, professor of endodontics, School of Dentistry.
Dr. Bakland graduated from Loma Linda University School of Dentistry in 1963.
From 1963 to 1967, Dr. Bakland maintained a general dentistry practice in Stoneham, Massachusetts. He accepted an appointment to the University Health Service of Harvard College as dentist in 1968.
Three years later he joined the Harvard School of Dental Medicine as a clinical assistant in operative dentistry, but in 1971 commenced a two-year clinical fellowship in endodontics at Harvard School of Dental Medicine and the Forsythe Dental Center. In 1973, he completed the program and earned a postdoctoral certificate in endodontics.
After completing his fellowship in 1973, Dr. Bakland opened a private practice in Reading and Lancaster, Massachusetts, limited to endodontics. He returned to Harvard College’s University Health Service as a consultant in endodontics and provided lectures in endodontics at Harvard School of Dental Medicine.
He also served as staff a
B. Lyn Behrens, MBBS (left), LLU president, congratulates Harvey A. Elder, MD (center), professor of medicine, upon being named University Alumnus of the Year during the 2006 School of Medicine commencement ceremony. Reading the citation is Lisa Beardsley, PhD, MPH (right), LLU vice chancellor for academic affairs.
ssociate and assistant professor in the department of endodontics in the Forsythe Dental Center. In 1976, he expanded his consultancy to the Bedford VA Hospital in Bedford, Massachusetts.
In 1976, Dr. Bakland was recruited by Loma Linda University School of Dentistry to chair the department of endodontics.
During the past three decades, he has served the University and the School of Dentistry in a number of capacities: in the department of endodontics as associate professor, professor, chair, and director of graduate endodontics; and in the School as associate dean for clinical administration and associate dean for advanced education.
He has also extended the borders of the University’s influence by serving as consultant in endodontics to the Jerry L. Pettis Memorial VA Medical Center in Loma Linda and the Long Beach VA Hospital in Long Beach; consultant in endodontics to the U.S. Army Dental Corps and the U.S. Navy Dental Corps; visiting professor in the faculty of dentistry, National University of Singapore; external assessor for the faculty of dentistry at the University of Malaya in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia; fellow of the World Health Organization at the University Hospital in Copenhagen, Denmark; and consultant to the dental products panel of the Food and Drug Administration.
In addition, he has presented numerous continuing education courses in the United States, Mexico, Chile, Germany, Norway, Italy, Australia, Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia, Egypt, Kuwait, Iran, Korea, Greece, Israel, and Japan.
Dr. Bakland’s contributions to the professional organizations of dentistry have included many officer appointments: president of the American Board of Endodontics, the California State Association of Endodontics, and the Tri-County Dental Society; and secretary-treasurer of the International Association of Dental Traumatology.
Among the many other contributions distinguishing his illustrious career, Dr. Bakland has authored numerous publications–&nd
Dr. Fatta Nahab (second from right), oldest great-grandchild of Bashir and Fadhila Hasso, accepts the University Distinguished Humanitarian Award on behalf of the Hasso Charitable Trust, founded by his great-grandfather Bashir Hasso. Looking on as Dr. Beardsley (right) reads the citation are (from left) Dr. Hart; Roger Hadley, MD, dean of the School of Medicine; and Dr. Behrens.
ash;including journal articles, textbook chapters, and scientific abstracts in the areas of endodontics, traumatology, and immunology, and he currently serves as reviewer and/or consultant or member of the editorial boards of five professional dentistry publications.
He is also a member of the Commission on National Dental Examinations for the American Dental Association, as well as the Judicial Council of the California Dental Association. Dr. Bakland is executive director of the International Association of Dental Traumatology.
Lorne A. Babiuk, PhD, director of the Vaccine and Infectious Disease Organization (VIDO), Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada, was presented with Loma Linda University’s Distinguished Service Award.
After completing the BSA degree in 1967 at the University of Saskatchewan College of Agriculture (Canada), Dr. Babiuk—a farmer’s son––wanted to study medicine.
However, seven years of medical school intimidated the young man, who decided instead to continue his education in the university’s department of soil science, courtesy of a government scholarship. He completed the master of science degree in 1968, but medicine continued to attract him. He chose to pursue a career in medical virology, which would bring him closer to the field he desired. He completed the doctor of philosophy degree in 1972 at the University of British Columbia in the department of microbiology, and the doctor of science degree in 1987 at the University of Saskatchewan in the department of veterinary microbiology.
It was while studying toward his doctoral degree that he recognized his true calling to medical research rather than medical practice. He also discovered that he possessed organizational, negotiating, and mentoring skills.
From 1973 to 1979, Dr. Babiuk’s professional career followed an academic path as he progressed through the ranks of the department of veterinary microbiology at the University of Saskatchewan.
In 1980––although he continued to fill academic and administrative positions at the university—he accepted an appointment as coordinator of the respiratory disease program at the University of Saskatchewan’s Vaccine and Infectious Disease Organization (VIDO).
A financially self-reliant, nonprofit organization, VIDO is operated with substantial support from the governments of Alberta and Saskatchewan, as well as industry and government of Canada competitive grants.
In 1984, Dr. Babiuk was named associate director of research for VIDO, a position he held until 1993, when he became director of the organization.
Current research interests include vaccines against a number of food-borne pathological organisms and novel vaccine-delivery systems, including needle-free methods.
In recognition of his excellence in research and for his contributions that facilitated the transfer of research into the commercial arena, Dr. Babiuk has been the recipient of numerous prestigious national and international awards.
Dr. Babiuk’s professional contributions are broad and numerous. He has mentored more than 50 graduate students and postdoctoral fellows; served as a member of many grant and government committees; served as a member of the scientific advisory board, board of directors, or audit committee for companies involved in commercializing biological research; and conducted due-diligence studies for investors and companies regarding the commercial potential of specific scientific proposals.
In addition, he has published more than 350 peer-reviewed manuscripts and 70 book chapters and reviews. He holds more than 30 patents issued or pending.
The Hasso Charitable Trust was presented with the Loma Linda University Distinguished Humanitarian Award.
The origins of the Seventh-day Adventist Church in the Middle East were greatly facilitated by the philanthropy of Bashir Hasso and his wife, Fadhila. Both Bashir and Fadhila were born in Nineveh, Iraq—the site now known worldwide as Mosul. Bashir, the son of a Protestant minister, completed the pharmacology program at the American University in Beirut, Lebanon. While at the university, he met and began studying the Bible with a Seventh-day Adventist German missionary, Elder Ising. In 1911 he was baptized into the fellowship of Adventist believers.
After returning to his native country, Mr. Hasso took three steps that influenced the course of his life—he opened a business with his brother Nasif (who married Ida, a niece of Elder Ising); he married Fadhila; and he began proclaiming the message of Jesus Christ to his family and community.
Together with Nasif Hasso, Bashir Hasso established several churches and schools in Iraq; donated a building in Baghdad, which later became the Dar es Salaam Hospital; and donated the scenic land in Beirut on which Middle East College, now Middle East University, was built.
Dar es Salaam Hospital—the first full-service Seventh-day Adventist hospital in the Middle East—enjoyed a reputation for health care excellence (care provide by missionaries from around the world) that was unparalleled in the region. The hospital was later nationalized by the Iraqi government.
Before his death in 1980, Mr. Bashir Hasso established a charitable trust, which has funded a number of educational and medical endeavors on Seventh-day Adventist and other campuses in the United States and in the Middle East. Among these endeavors is the Fadhila Hasso Chair in Behavioral Neurology in the School of Medicine at Loma Linda University, established in memory of Mr. Bashir Hasso’s wife.
The generous beneficence made possible by the Hasso Charitable Trust, as impressive as it is, would not be considered by Bashir and Fadhila Hasso to be their greatest legacy.
That distinction, they would agree, belongs to a generation of individuals—the children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren of Bashir and Fadhila, and Nasif and Ida, many of whom are alumni of Loma Linda University—whose education they made possible and who have contributed greatly in their own right as they have continued to follow in the path of the Hassos’ visionary and dedicated example.
By Richard Weismeyer