Loma Linda University Honors 13 with Awards

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Loma Linda University is recognizing 13 people for their exemplary service, contribution, and accomplishments that reflect well on the institution.

– Loma Linda University is recognizing 13 people for their exemplary service, contribution, and accomplishments that reflect well on the institution.

Loma Linda University is recognizing 13 people for their exemplary service, contribution, and accomplishments that reflect well on the institution.

The awards will be presented during the 2013 Loma Linda University commencement ceremonies.

“Our Loma Linda family, our region, and our world, are much richer because of these talented people who have given greatly of themselves,” says Dr. Richard Hart, president of Loma Linda University Health. “These individuals truly exemplify the institution’s mission of continuing the teaching and healing ministry of Jesus Christ.”

The awardees and the recognition they are receiving include:

Dr. Lawrence D. Longo, Lifetime Service Award. Dr. Longo’s career spans over half a century and includes distinguished stints at the University of California, Los Angeles; University of Pennsylvania; and now, Loma Linda University. Dr. Longo was a longtime leader of the Center for Perinatal Biology, which gained international renown under his leadership. He continues to push for research vitality for the institution and remains active in research.

Ivan T. Blazen, Ph.D., Distinguished University Service. Blazen was a longtime educator at Andrews University, the Seventh-day Adventist Theological Seminary, Pacific Union College, and the School of Religion at Loma Linda University. He is a widely recognized biblical scholar whose insights have enriched the Adventist Church by connecting the New Testament to contemporary questions and concerns.

Robert W. Frost, Distinguished University Service. Frost officially retired in 2011 after 45 years of service to Seventh-day Adventist organizations worldwide, including as manager of Loma Linda Foundation and Chief Financial Office of Loma Linda University Shared Services. He continues to volunteer with the Foundation and is CFO for Adventist Health International.

Ronald A. Hershey, University Alumnus of the Year. Hershey is fondly remembered by many students for his calm, reassuring manner, mixed with a subtle sense of humor, while teaching his intense classes. Hershey, who retired as an associate professor in the Department of Physical Therapy, School of Allied Health Professions, modeled service with a sense of mission.

Dr. Donald E. Melnick, University Alumnus of the Year. Dr. Melnick was appointed president and CEO of the National Board of Medical Examiners (NBME) in 2000 and led the development of the U.S. Medical Licensing Examination. Dr. Melnick has long been a champion for excellence in medical education and patient care, and continues to pursue major initiatives at NBME.

Ralph A. Wolff, Honorary Doctorate. Wolff, a lawyer, is the president of the Senior College Commission of the Western Association of Schools and Colleges, a regional accreditor for more than 160 colleges and universities. Wolff is a strong proponent for fostering accountability and excellence in higher education.

Patricia S. Jones, Ph.D., Global Service. Jones, director of the Office of International Nursing and professor at the Loma Linda University School of Nursing, has a long career in global nursing education, including teaching at Hong Kong Adventist College and Adventist University of the Philippines. Jones continues her international work at Loma Linda University through collaborations with institutions throughout the world.

Dr. Gary Fraser, Distinguished Investigator. Dr. Fraser, a cardiologist, is widely known as the principal investigator of the Adventist Health Studies, a groundbreaking study on lifestyles and longevity. Research from the studies have led to greater awareness of lifestyles common among Adventists that contribute to longer life, and which has led to Loma Linda being identified as the only American “Blue Zone,” areas in the world where people live measurably longer.

Dr. Mahmoud Torabinejad, Distinguished Investigator. Dr. Torabinejad, a native of Iran, is a world-renowned dentist and researcher who was identified by the Journal of Endodontics in 2011 as the top-cited author in the field. His pioneering research has led to major breakthroughs, including development of mineral trioxide aggregate (MTA) to replace mercury and lead-laden amalgam previously used for dental fillings.

Halford and Virginia Price, Distinguished Humanitarians. Dr. Halford and Virginia Price have spent the past six decades focused on serving others. From serving a predominantly minority population in Arizona, to printing and distributing millions of books through the Seventh-day Adventist Missionary Foundation, to donating their jet airplane to the Wings of Hope to provide medical transport services in Sudan, the Prices remain committed humanitarians.

Mark and Anita Schultz, Distinguished Humanitarians. Faithful educators and philanthropists, Mark and Anita Schultz have spent years in the field of education and service. In December 2012, they established a perpetual endowment for the Loma Linda University School of Nursing, named after Mark’s parents, William and Marguerite Schultz, to provide financial assistance for community health projects in which the School of Nursing participates.

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About Loma Linda University Health (LLUH)
Loma Linda University Health includes Loma Linda University's eight professional schools, Loma Linda University Medical Center's six hospitals and more than 900 faculty physicians located in the Inland Empire of Southern California. Established in 1905, LLUH is a global leader in education, research and clinical care. It offers more than 100 academic programs and provides quality health care to 40,000 inpatients and 1.5 million outpatients each year. A Seventh-day Adventist organization, LLUH is a faith-based health system with a mission "to continue the teaching and healing ministry of Jesus Christ."

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