The following faculty were honored during the Commencement ceremony:
Wake Forest University honors Mary K. DeShazer, Ph.D., for her leadership across the past thirty-two years as a member of the English Department and the founding director of the Women’s Studies Program; for her landmark scholarship in feminism, poetics of resistance, and breast cancer narratives; for her editorial acumen; for her passionate commitment to teaching and mentoring, and the inspiration she has provided to generations of students as well as faculty; and for being a role model in her dedication to social justice at Wake Forest and beyond.
Wake Forest University honors Claire H. Hammond, Ph.D., for thirty-five years of steadfast service to Wake Forest University. As Economics Department chair for six years, her leadership was marked by gentle guidance, sound judgment and an eye for detail. She was esteemed by students as a dedicated, compassionate teacher and mentor, untiring in her willingness to help them flourish. Her courses, including Intermediate Microeconomics and the Economics of Antitrust, were known for their rigor. She served as Chair of Department Chairs and, for nine years, as adviser to the WFU Catholic Students Association. Her scholarship included important contributions to the history of economic thought and award-winning research on housing policy.
Wake Forest University honors James J. Kuzmanovich, Ph.D., for forty-two years of devotion to Wake Forest University and to the ideals upon which it was founded. He brought compassionate concern for his students, creativity to his scholarship, wisdom and wit to any discussion, and service to the entire community. From illuminating lectures on abstract algebra, to communicating the intricacies of codes and cryptography in his first-year seminars, to sharing his collection of postage stamps with mathematical themes, he passionately shared his love of mathematics. His collegiality and exemplary standards as a teacher-scholar will be missed.
Wake Forest University honors Candyce C. Leonard, Ph.D., for eighteen years of unimpeachable devotion and service to Wake Forest and for her dedication to and personal enactment of the humanities’ finest traditions. The author of nine books and innumerable academic expositions, she lent her singular expertise on Spanish Film and Theatre the world over. Her persona embodied an interdisciplinary spirit achieved by few. Candyce meticulously engaged students with a welcoming, warm and thorough manner. As a colleague it would be hard to imagine a more kind, gracious and generous friend.
Wake Forest University honors Joseph O. Milner, Ph.D., for forty-five years of leadership, loyalty, and service to the Department of Education, to Wake Forest University, and to the field of English education; for modeling the power and necessity of asking stimulating questions; for advancing the awareness and scholarship of children’s and adolescent literature; for empowering future teachers by praising and nurturing the best aspects of their teaching selves; for believing in his students’ capacity to revolutionize the secondary English classroom; and for exhibiting genuine kindness and humility toward all who crossed his path.
Wake Forest University honors Ronald E. Noftle, Ph.D., for forty-seven years of devoted and valued service to Wake Forest University and to the Department of Chemistry: as a valued colleague, as an able administrator (Chair); as a leader in the evolution of the Department; as a scholar for his research contributions to the fields of fluorine, inorganic and materials chemistry, and for his mentoring and training of students in these disciplines, and as a dedicated and caring teacher; and for his service to the profession as Chair of the Central North Carolina Section and of the Division of Fluorine Chemistry of the American Chemical Society.
Wake Forest University honors Ralph B. Tower, Ph.D., for nearly thirty-four years of commitment to the students of the School of Business at Wake Forest University; for his many contributions to the emergence of a nationally recognized accountancy program; for his joy in teaching; for his genuine concern for student learning; for his contributions to the literature of the accounting discipline, particularly related to tax; and for being a collegial professor, mentor, and friend.
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Wake Forest University honors Michael L. Adler, M.D., for twenty-four years of service to the University and its School of Medicine in the Department of Family and Community Medicine; for exceptional leadership in directing the clinical operations; for insuring the highest quality of care for our 20,000 patients; for creating an environment of teamwork where every individual was valued; for outstanding dedication in providing quality improvement and practice management education to 240 family medicine residents; and for setting the standard for students, residents and faculty of how a family physician should care about and treat the whole patient.
Wake Forest University honors J. Jeffrey Carr, M.D., for nineteen years of service to the University and its School of Medicine in the Departments of Radiology, Public Health Sciences, and Internal Medicine; for his leadership in the Translational Science Institute and Biomedical Informatics Center; for his significant contributions to the fields of Cardiac Imaging and the Epidemiology of Cardiovascular Diseases; for his exceptional dedication to patient care; for educating a generation of students, residents and fellows in noninvasive cardiovascular imaging; and for an outstanding record of academic publications and grants.
Wake Forest University honors Thomas D. DuBose, Jr., M.D., for eleven years of service to the University and its School of Medicine as Professor and Chair of the Department of Internal Medicine and member of the Section on Nephrology; for his national service as President of the American Society of Nephrology, member of the American College of Physicians’ Board of Regents, and offices in the National Kidney Foundation and American Heart Association; for prestigious awards bringing distinction to our institution; for being a model teacher; and for excellence in all mission areas.
Wake Forest University honors Iris J. Edwards, Ph.D., for forty-one years of service, twenty-three as a faculty member, to the University and its School of Medicine in the Departments of Microbiology & Immunology, Comparative Medicine, and Pathology; for outstanding contributions as a research investigator, teacher, mentor and collaborator; for important research contributions on the role of proteoglycans in the development of atherosclerosis; and for the discovery of a novel pathway whereby omega-3 fatty acids induce cancer cell death and its potential for prevention of breast and prostate cancer.
Wake Forest University honors Kenneth E. Ekstrand, Ph.D., for forty years of service to the University and its School of Medicine in the Department of Radiation Oncology, Section on Physics, and the Division of Radiological Sciences; for exceptional talent and dedication to patients as a clinical physicist in all areas of radiological physics; for leadership in development and implementation of advanced radiation treatment techniques; for sharing of wit, humor and wisdom with patients and colleagues; and for unmatched dedication and excellence in educating two generations of radiation oncology physicians in training.
Wake Forest University honors Roy R. Hantgan, Ph.D., for thirty years of service to the University and its School of Medicine in the Department of Biochemistry; for exceptional talent as a teacher and researcher; for leadership in innovation in teaching graduate students; for developing the capabilities for advanced biophysical research; for extensive collaboration with colleagues through the Macromolecular Interactions Core Laboratory; and for an exemplary record of professional publications.
Wake Forest University honors Riyaz H. Jinnah, B.Chir, for seven years of service to the University and its School of Medicine in the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery in the Division of Surgical Sciences; for exceptional talent as an adult reconstruction surgeon; for setting the standard in provision of clinical care; for exceptional dedication to patient care; for educating a generation of orthopaedic surgeons in techniques; and for an outstanding record of scholastic publications and editorial services.
Wake Forest University honors David L. Kelly, Jr., M.D., for forty-eight years of service to the University and its School of Medicine in the Department of Neurosurgery, Division of Surgical Sciences, including twenty-two years as Chair of Neurosurgery; for distinguished service as President of the American Association of Neurological Surgeons and American Academy of Neurological Surgery; for his receipt of the Harvey Cushing Medal and Meritorious Service Award in Spine; for service to the community as a compassionate and skilled neurosurgeon; and for dedication to educating neurosurgery residents at Wake Forest to high levels of skill and service.
Wake Forest University honors William C. Little, M.D., for twenty-seven years of service to the University and its School of Medicine in the Department of Internal Medicine, Section on Cardiology; for leadership as Professor and Chief of Cardiology, Department of Internal Medicine Vice Chair, Heart Center Director, and North Carolina Baptist Hospital Board Trustee; for national and international recognition as a cardiologist and cardiovascular researcher, including election to the American Society of Clinical Investigation, the Lamport Award for Cardiovascular Research of the American Physiological Society, the Harrison Award of the Southern Society for Clinical Investigation, and the Laennec Master Clinician Award from the American Heart Association.
Wake Forest University honors Mark O. Lively, III, Ph.D., for thirty years of service to the University and its School of Medicine in the Department of Biochemistry; for leadership in the Department, the Cancer Center, and the Molecular Genetics Program; for innovation and collaboration as Director of the Biomolecular Resource Facility; for excellence in teaching graduate students and medical students; for leadership and service to professional societies; and for exceptional advocacy for science and science policy at the federal level.
Wake Forest University honors Linda C. McPhail, Ph.D., for twenty-nine years of service to the University and its School of Medicine in the Department of Biochemistry; for exceptional talent as a teacher and researcher; for leadership in graduate education in the Department and the Molecular Medicine Program and at the University level; and for exceptional service as Associate Dean of the Graduate School.
Wake Forest University honors Ronald Oppenheim, Ph.D., for thirty-one years of service to the University and its School of Medicine in the Department of Neurobiology and Anatomy; for an outstanding fifty-year career in the neurosciences marked by editorial service to numerous journals; for impressive awards (the department’s first Established Investigator Awardee), invited talks, book chapter reviews, and journal articles; for continuous extramural funding facilitating the training of 18 students and 31 postdoctoral fellows; and for pride in being one of the founders of the Neuroscience Graduate Program, which he served as Program Director until his retirement.
Wake Forest University honors David C. S. Roberts, Ph.D., for sixteen years of service to the University and its School of Medicine in the Department of Physiology and Pharmacology; for exceptional scientific creativity and innovation as an educator and researcher; for national and international reputation and recognition in substance abuse research; for significant contributions to the neurobiology of substance abuse; for exemplary devotion to the graduate program and strong teaching commitment; for serving as an exceptional teacher and mentor in substance abuse research; for an outstanding record of scientific publications and editorial services; and for maintaining a high standard of excellence.
Wake Forest University honors Janice D. Wagner, D.V.M., Ph.D., for twenty-five years of service to the University and its School of Medicine in the Department of Pathology, Section on Comparative Medicine; for outstanding contributions in research and administration; for mentoring of graduate students and veterinary research fellows; for exceptional clinical service as Director of the Animal Resources Program and Non-Human Primate Residency Training Program; for contributions as Vice President and Senior Associate Dean for Research; as an internationally recognized scientist with an outstanding record of research on diabetes and obesity, and with a focus on women’s health.
Wake Forest University honors Ronald J. Zagoria, M.D., for twenty-six years of service to the University and its School of Medicine in the Division of Radiologic Sciences, Department of Radiology; for serving as Section Head of Abdominal Imaging, Vice Chair, and Interim Chair; for significant contributions to the fields of Genitourinary Radiology and Intervention; for exceptional dedication to patient care; for educating a generation of students, residents, and fellows in abdominal radiology; and for an outstanding record of academic publications and international leadership positions in the field.