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ETSU College of Clinical and Rehabilitative Health Sciences inducts six into Hall of Fame

Contributed • Oct 12, 2018 at 6:21 PM

East Tennessee State University’s College of Clinical and Rehabilitative Health Sciences recently handed out three Distinguished Alumni awards and inducted three other individuals into the college’s Alumni Hall of Fame. A special ceremony was held earlier this month to recognize the honorees.

The three who received the awards were:

· David Davis – Davis received a degree in respiratory therapy from ETSU in 1979. He later received a bachelor’s degree in organizational management from Milligan College and a master’s degree in health care leadership from Concordia University.

Davis began his career working as a respiratory therapist and department manager in various hospitals throughout the south. In 1986, he founded Advanced Home Care Inc., a company that grew to gain recognition as the “National Home Medical Supplier of the Year.”

He represented the 6th District in the Tennessee House of Representatives and was a member of multiple state legislative committees before being elected to the United States Congress, where he served in the House of Representatives.

For the past 22 years, Davis has served as president and CEO of Shared Health Services, a company that specializes in the development and management of hospital-based wound care and hyperbaric medicine centers.

· The late Dr. Mary Violette Dearstone Dickerson – Dickerson was a part of the first graduating class of speech-language pathologists at ETSU in 1955. She also earned a master’s degree from the University of Alabama and a Ph.D. from Florida State University.

She taught classes and worked in the speech-language pathology clinic at ETSU for 10 years. After receiving her Ph.D. in 1971, Dickerson taught at San Jose State University until her retirement in 1993. While there, Dickerson served as the chair of the Department of Communication Disorders and was served as president of the California Speech, Language and Hearing Association.

She was also active in the American Speech-Language and Hearing Association, through which she received fellowship status – one of the highest honors bestowed by the professional organization. Dickerson passed away in 2017 at age 83.

· Dr. Karen King – King received her associate’s degree in dental hygiene and bachelor’s degree from ETSU. She received a master’s degree in health education from the Medical College of Georgia and a Ph.D. in computer technology in education from Nova Southeastern University.

King began her academic career serving as a dental hygiene clinical instructor at ETSU and at the Medical College of Georgia. She served on faculty at Lamar University before returning to ETSU in 1989 as a tenured associate professor in dental hygiene.

She led the development of one of the first completely online bachelor’s degree programs in dental hygiene in the country, a program that still exists at ETSU today. King went on to become the director of the Teaching and Learning Center at ETSU, then the director of Academic Technology Support and today holds the position of Chief Information Officer and Senior Vice Provost for Information Technology Services for the university.

Those inducted to the CCRHS Alumni Hall of Fame are:

· Dr. Virginia Bieber – Bieber received both her master’s degree in applied human sciences/dietetics and her doctorate of education from ETSU. She served as a clinical dietitian and nutrition specialist at the Quillen VA Medical Center and an adjunct instructor at ETSU.

She has a strong commitment to community service, chairing and serving on several area boards and foundations, including the ETSU National Alumni Association and the CCRHS philanthropy committee.

· Dr. Nancy J. Scherer – Scherer earned her bachelor’s degree and master’s degree in speech-language pathology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She later received her Ph.D. from the University of Washington. After establishing a successful career, Scherer joined the ETSU faculty in 1992, and later served as the chairwoman for the Department of Communicative Disorders for seven years, an associate dean and the CCRHS founding dean. She is currently the assistant dean for graduate education at Arizona State University.

· Dr. Duane Williams – Williams has been a physical therapist for nearly 50 years. He received his bachelor’s degree and physical therapy certificate from Kansas University and later received a master’s of arts degree in applied biomechanics from the University of Iowa. Williams worked as an associate professor for the University of Kentucky for 12 years before coming to ETSU and being selected as the founding chairman of ETSU’s Department of Physical Therapy.

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