September 29, 2011
SPRINGFIELD, Mo., Sept. 28, 2011 — The Alumni Council and The Office of Alumni and Development at Drury University announce the Distinguished Alumni Award recipients for Reunion Weekend 2011.
Distinguished Alumni Award for Career Achievement
Dr. D. Gregory Farwell ’90
Dr. Farwell’s extensive career in the medical field has resulted in over 130 presentations and 48 published articles. In January 2011, he led a global team of surgeons in a voice box transplant surgery that was the second of its kind and successfully restored speech to a patient after 11 years of silence. He has been the recipient of multiple honors, including the 2008 “Guide to America’s Top Physicians” by the Consumers’ Research Council of America.
Distinguished Faculty Award
Dr. Lisa Esposito
Dr. Esposito has taught philosophy and religion at Drury for more than 13 years. A prominent figure in the Drury faculty governance and administration landscape, she has provided leadership on more than 20 campus committees. She has also been the recipient of several Drury faculty awards for excellence in leadership and teaching. Outside the classroom, she is known throughout the Springfield community for her work in acrylic painting. Dr. Esposito regularly participates in area art exhibitions and has received several awards for her work.
Distinguished Young Alumni Award
Dr. Amber Campbell ’98
Dr. Campbell is dedicated to providing quality medical care to patients in her rural hometown of Warsaw, Missouri. As the youngest doctor of only seven physicians in Benton County she is currently one of two OB/GYN physicians in the area that delivers babies. Dr. Campbell is the area’s only female physician and maintains a large and growing practice, seeing over 30 patients daily in addition to her work caring for local nursing home residents.
Distinguished Alumni Award for Community Service
Rev. David Scott ’79
Pastor, Arch United Methodist Church, Hannibal, Missouri.
Rev. David Scott is an inaugural member of Drury’s Loyalty Society, with a history of annual giving that began in 1982. An active member of the community, Rev. Scott has dedicated his life to eliminating homelessness, suffering, and hunger issues. This legacy of community service led him to found Lebanon area LLIFE, an agency that has provided aid to over 13,300 people in six months.