UNC School of Medicine gives Distinguished Service and Distinguished Medical Alumni Awards

Friday, April 30, 2010 — The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Medicine recently announced the 2010 recipients of its Distinguished Service Award and Distinguished Medical Alumni Award.

CHAPEL HILL – The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Medicine recently announced the 2010 recipients of its Distinguished Service Award and Distinguished Medical Alumni Award.

This year’s recipients of the Distinguished Medical Alumni Award are Peter C. Agre, MD, Daniel L. Crocker, MD, and Robert N. Golden, MD.

Agre, who is director of the Johns Hopkins Malaria Research Institute and an elected member of the National Academy of Sciences, won the 2003 Nobel Prize in chemistry for his discovery of biologic water channels.

Crocker was recognized for his tireless efforts to care for the people of his hometown of Rocky Mount and his efforts to cultivate and support the arts.

Golden, who completed a residency in psychiatry at UNC and later served as chairman of UNC’s Department of Psychiatry, is now dean of the School of Medicine and Public Health at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

This year’s Distinguished Service Award, which is given to recognize governmental and community leadership which has contributed significantly to the mission of the medical school, was awarded to North Carolina Senate President Pro Tempore Marc Basnight. Through his leadership in the North Carolina legislature, Basnight has transformed the capacity of UNC School of Medicine and UNC Hospitals to understand, prevent and treat diseases, particularly cancer. His leadership of the Senate and partnership with the House of Representatives has catalyzed unprecedented investments by the State of North Carolina for the benefit of the health of its citizens and beyond.

Established in 1955 on the 75th anniversary of the founding of the School of Medicine the Distinguished Service Award was created to recognize those who had made important contributions to the establishment and early growth of the four-year medical school. The award was designed to honor alumni and friends whose distinguished careers and unselfish contributions to society have added luster and prestige to the University and its School of Medicine.

A committee appointed by the Dean of the School of Medicine selects the recipients from nominations solicited from medical school faculty and members of the Medical Alumni Association.

In 2009 the committee transformed the Distinguished Service Award to the Distinguished Medical Alumnus Award. The purpose of the Distinguished Medical Alumnus Award is to honor alumni who have significantly enhanced the reputation and prestige of the School of Medicine through their lifelong careers of service and accomplishment.

The Distinguished Service Award will be awarded to non alumni to recognize governmental and community leadership which has contributed significantly to the mission of the medical school.

Media contact: Tom Hughes, (919) 966-6047, tahughes@unch.unc.edu

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