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James B. Edwards College of Dental Medicine
Alumni Awards & Recognitions

2014 Alumni Awards

Now accepting nominations for:

  • Alumni Award of Honor
  • Distinguished Alumni Service Award
  • Honorary Alumnus Award

Award Criteria and Nomination Form

Deadline: October 15, 2013

Distinguished Alumni Service Award Criteria

This award is presented to a degree or residency alumnus of the College of Dental Medicine who has given selflessly through extraordinary actions that benefit the college, their community, or the profession of dentistry during the past year.

These actions should reflect a member's contribution in terms of time and/or expertise. They should be ongoing and reflect a commitment to service for a period of not less then 2 years. The actions should serve to benefit a deserving population and as an inspiration to others. Previous recipients are not eligible.

2013 Distinguished Alumnus Award RecipientDr. Doug Rawls accepting award

The 2013 Distinguished Alumni Service Award was conveyed upon Dr. Douglas Sullivan Rawls, class of 1973. Dr. Rawls graduated from USC in 1964 and entered the U. S. Navy Underwater Swimmers School. He served four years in the Navy and was released from Active Duty in rank of Lieutenant in 1968 but remained in the US Naval Reserve until 1998 in rank of Captain. He graduated from the College of Dental Medicine in 1973.

Since becoming a dentist Doug has been an active member of the ADA, the SCDA, AGD, among many others. He has served on the MUSC Advisory Committee to the President, South Carolina State Board of Dentistry, and was appointed by the governor to the Board of Convenors, a committee formed to establish Health Systems Agencies in South Carolina by federal mandate and composed of three health providers, one college trustee and one US congressman.

In looking at his CV the terms that stood out the most were president, chairman, commanding officer, volunteer, outstanding and recipient.

To say that Doug gives tirelessly of his time to the college is an understatement. If there is a task force or committee that is in any way related to the College of Dental Medicine you can count on Doug to be a member and act in a leadership role.

Past Award Recipients

Alumni Award of Honor:
Dr. James A. Rivers '74 - 2012
Dr. David F. Watson ‘74 - 2011
Dr. W. Franklin Caughman ’79 - 2008
Maj. General Joseph Webb ‘71 - 2007

Distinguished Alumni Service Award:
Dr. Larry Ferguson '79 - 2012
Dr. Robert B. O'Neal '71 - 2012
Dr. Rocky L. Napier ‘87 - 2011
Dr. Julian H. (Hal) Fair ‘78 - 2011
Dr. William C. Sasser ’73 - 2010
Dr. James A. Rivers, ’74 - 2008
Dr. W. Daniel Sneed, ’73 - 2008
Dr. D. Edward Collins, ‘73 - 2007
Dr. David F. Watson, Jr., ‘74 - 2007

Honorary Alumnus Award:
Mrs. Elizabeth P. Waters - 2010
Dr. Cotesworth (Coty) P. Fishburne - 2009
Dr. J. Daulton Keith - 2008
Mr. J. Harold (Hal) Zorn - 2007
Dr. Edward L. (Ted) Welsh - 2006
Dr. Richard DeChamplain - 2004
Dr. Arthur L. Haisten - 2001
Ms. Elizabeth A. (Betty) Ochoa - 1999
Dr. Fitzhugh N. Hamrick - 1998


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