A reception for the two recipients and their friends and families will be held in the Stream Alumni Center Friday, Sept. 20.
Dr. Timothy A. DeRouen has been named the 2013 Distinguished Alumnus of the Year by the alumni association. This award recognizes McNeese graduates who have distinguished themselves in their chosen field of endeavor on a national or international level and is the highest award presented by the alumni association.
DeRouen earned his bachelor's degree in mathematical statistics from McNeese in 1967 and then completed his master's and doctorate degrees in statistics from Virginia Tech University. He taught at the University of Tennessee and Tulane University prior to joining the faculty at the University of Washington in Seattle, where he retired after a 35-year career in higher education and international research. At UW he held positions as interim dean for the School of Dentistry, director of the training program in oral epidemiology and biostatistics, director of the Summer Institute on Clinical Dental Research Methods, director of the Comprehensive Center for Oral Health Research and associate dean for research.
In the summer of 2012, the Crown Prince of Thailand presented DeRouen with an honorary Doctorate of Dental Science degree from Thammasat University in Bangkok in recognition of his development of an international training program in oral health.
"I was honored to receive this recognition, but I am also very honored to receive the Distinguished Alumnus Award from my alma mater. The professors at McNeese and my time there prepared me for the next part of my career and I am looking forward to coming back home for the event and being surrounded by friends and family," says DeRouen.
During his career, DeRouen has served as principal investigator for over $47 million in research grants. He conducted the Casa Pia Study of the Health Effects of Dental Amalgams in Children and the results were published in the Journal of the American Medical Association. DeRouen tracked neurological development over seven years in 507 children, ages 8 to 10, in Lisbon, Portugal, to determine if mercury fillings had any neurological effects.
He said he is proudest of his work that led to the founding of the Summer Institute in Clinical Dental Research Methods, which emphasizes ethics as well as research methods. The Institute has trained over 500 dental researchers worldwide.
DeRouen is currently serving as president-elect of the American Association for Dental Research, which has 4,000 members, and will assume the presidency in 2014. He has also served on the editorial board of the Journal of Dental Research.
Dr. John Stubblefield, a dermatologist in Lake Charles since 1971, has been named the 2013 Distinguished Service Award recipient in recognition of his long-standing service to the university and the alumni association.
Stubblefield received his bachelor's degree from McNeese in 1962 and his medical degree from Louisiana State University Medical School in 1964. He completed a dermatology residency at Medical College of Georgia from 1968-71.
He served as president of the Calcasieu Parish Medical Society (CPMS), and through his leadership, Stubblefield helped to create a free clinic to serve the low-income, working uninsured in the five-parish area. The CPMS, Junior League of Lake Charles and McNeese worked together to establish the Calcasieu Community Clinic on the McNeese campus - the only community clinic located on a Louisiana university campus. Students, faculty and staff participate in delivering preventative health care and treatment of existing health issues.
"With the support of local health care professionals, the clinic now offers physician screenings, mammograms, a dental program, lab tests, an obesity program, a pharmacy, diabetic clinic, weight management program, orthopedic services and eye clinic - some services are on-site and others are delivered at local physicians offices following a screening at the clinic," explained Stubblefield.
He has been a member of the McNeese Cowboy Club, past president of the McNeese Quarterback Club, former board member of the McNeese Alumni Association, an Inner Circle member of the McNeese Foundation, season ticket holder of Banners and a Diamond donor of the alumni association. He has presented classes in dermatology to McNeese nursing students and has proctored McNeese students through his practice. He volunteers at numerous McNeese alumni events.
A former recipient of the Della Krause Theilen Voluntarism Award and the Chamber/Southwest Louisiana Civic Service Award, Stubblefield said, "It just feels natural to give back to the university that gave me my start, provided some of my fondest memories and continues to shape the lives and futures of young adults."