University of Oklahoma Medical Alumni Announce Honorees

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Evening of Excellence, the annual dinner honoring outstanding community and medical leaders, is scheduled Jan. 31 by the sponsoring University of Oklahoma College of Medicine Alumni Association. The black-tie dinner will be at the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum, 1700 NE 63rd St.

Carl Edwards will receive the Distinguished Community Service award and Gordon H. Deckert, M.D., will receive the Distinguished Medical Service Award. On occasion, an important organization that has supported excellence in medical research and established a collegial bond with the OU College of Medicine is recognized. This year, the Samuel Roberts Noble Foundation will receive the Distinguished Oklahoma Institution Award.

Co-managing partner of Price Edwards & Co., the largest Oklahoma- based commercial real estate service company, Edwards has chaired the Presbyterian Health Foundation's board of trustees for the past four years. He was a trustee in 1993, two years before PHF opened the first of seven buildings in its 27-acre, 600,000-square-foot PHF Research Park.

As PHF chairman, he has been instrumental in continuing its financial support for the OU Health Sciences Center, particularly the support of medical research and biotech commercialization. In his volunteer service he has been vice-chairman of the Greater Oklahoma City Chamber with responsibility for the bioscience center.

Edwards chairs the MAPS for Kids Trust and is vice chair of the Oklahoma City Water Utilities Trust's board of trustees. Other civic involvements include the boards of the Oklahoma Health Center Foundation, Leadership Oklahoma City, United Way of Metro Oklahoma City and Westminster Presbyterian Church.

Deckert, David Ross Boyd Professor Emeritus of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, is past president of the Oklahoma Board of Health and is serving his second term as a member. A 1955 graduate of Northwestern Medical School, which named him Distinguished Alumni Professor in 1978, completed a medicine fellowship at the Mayo Clinic and then came to Oklahoma as chief of medicine at Tinker Air Force Base Hospital, remaining in Oklahoma City for training in psychiatry.

He joined the OU College of Medicine faculty and served as professor and chair of the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences from 1969 to 1986. …