Greenville College Senior Kara Strathman Receives Maxwell Award

Kara Strathman with Associate Professor of Biology, Eugene Dunkley

Greenville College senior pre-med student Kara Strathman received the Maxwell Award at GC’s 22nd annual Richard W. Maxwell Memorial Lecture, held recently. The lecture, given for those interested in the field of medicine, was presented by Dr. James H. Kerns, a 1978 graduate of Greenville College, presently an OB/GYN and assistant professor and clerkship director at University of Missouri-Columbia School of Medicine.

As a recipient of the Maxwell Award, Strathman, of Florissant, MO, was presented $1,000. She will graduate with honors from Greenville College in May. The Maxwell Award Fund was established to encourage academic excellence and pursuit of careers in the profession of medicine. The award is given annually to a senior pre-medical student of Greenville College, selected by the faculty of the biology department, based on academic excellence and need.

Dr. Richard Wesley Maxwell ’32 received the Distinguished Alumnus Award in 1980 for his outstanding accomplishments in the field of medicine. Dr. Maxwell graduated in medicine from the University of Chicago in 1936 and then interned in St. Louis at the old City Hospital. After completing his residency in internal medicine, he was made superintendent and medical director of the old St. Louis Contagious Hospital. In 1940 he was given a fellowship in gastroenterology at Washington University School of Medicine, and later and instructorship. In 1946, the American Board of Internal Medicine certified him in internal medicine. Dr. Maxwell served on the staff of Barnes-Jewish Hospital for over 40 years and in 1984 became professor emeritus. He was also on the staff of St. Luke’s Hospital.

The Maxwell Award Fund was established in 1992 by Dorothea Andrews Maxwell in memory of her husband Richard W. Maxwell. On March 25, 2003 Mrs. Maxwell passed away in Palos Park, Ill. The family of Dr. and Mrs. Maxwell continue to support this award.