Throughout his professional life, Raymond Hruby, D.O.’73, has shown he understands, applies, teaches and supports the principles and concepts of osteopathic medicine. His holistic career motivated the American Academy of Osteopathy to award him its highest honor, the A.T. Still Medallion of Honor.
When Kelsey Mims first went to St. Lucia as a DMU physical therapy student, the fast-paced global health rotation felt “almost like a whirlwind.” When she returned this spring as an alumna and clinical instructor with another DMU group, she says “it was almost like walking back into a family.”
The 2013 Des Moines University Alumni of the Year have established diverse careers and engaged in a variety of professional activities, but all three have demonstrated dedication to DMU, their respective professions and their patients.
DMU’s inaugural unified Golf Benefit on May 22 was a great success, despite sometimes drizzly weather, thanks to the 77 golfers, lighthearted competition and a great cause – to raise scholarship funds for students in all DMU programs.
When bombs exploded at the finish line of the Boston Marathon, members of the DMU community who were there felt confusion and fear. Then they kicked into gear, providing medical treatment to victims, expressing sympathy to the city of Boston and sharing a determined spirit to protect the event’s tradition and future.
Vigilantly positioned on the sidelines of soccer fields, ski slopes and boxing rings, these DMU graduates get into the game by keeping athletes in play – and, when needed, taking them out. That’s no small feat when working with competitors who, as one physician noted, “aren’t looking out for their long-term health and safety.”
When Wayne Terry, Ph.D., joined the DMU staff, the University was located in downtown Des Moines. Larry Marquardt, M.L.S., came on board years before “online journals” were a library staple. Both individuals concluded their tenure at DMU on June 30, but their impact on campus and its graduates will long continue.
There had to be a lot of sore faces from all the smiling after DMU’s simultaneous Commencement and Reunion Weekend in May. The happy graduates included the Class of 2013, DMU’s new “medallion” alumni who led the Commencement processional and a former White House doctor who received an honorary degree.
When Drake University biochemistry and chemistry major Zachary Kadow was accepted into DMU’s undergraduate research program last summer, he found his passion. He also earned one of six Undergraduate Research Excellence Fellowship Awards of the American Physiological Society, which will support his scientific explorations.