Dr. Richard McPherson Receives Honorary Doctor of Science Degree from Mount Union College

April 06, 2010

Dr. Richard C. McPherson '50 received an honorary doctor of science degree during the 2007 Commencement ceremonies at Mount Union College on Sunday afternoon, May 6.

'An academician, an accomplished and dedicated physician, a successful business owner and a dedicated volunteer and philanthropist, Dr. McPherson represents what the liberal arts college education is all about,' said Dr. Jonathan Scott, professor of biology and chair of the Department of Biology, who presented the degree.

'Dr. McPherson ' you have served your profession, your community, your patients and your alma mater with distinction,' said Dr. Richard F. Giese, president of the College, upon conferring the degree. 'As a son of Mount Union College, you have used your undergraduate foundation and built upon a career that serves as a shining example for future generations of students.'

McPherson, who graduated from Mount Union magna cum laude with a bachelor of science degree in biology and chemistry, went on to earn a master's degree in physiology, a doctorate of medicine and a master's degree in medical sciences from The Ohio State University, where he also completed his residency in general surgery.

After completing his studies, McPherson served as a surgeon in the U. S. Air Force in Ankara and Izmir, Turkey. In addition, he served as a faculty member at the University of Louisville Medical School Department of Surgery in Louisville, Kentucky and devoted much of his career as a surgeon at the Arnett Clinic in Lafayette, Indiana.

He and his wife, Dorothy (Werstler '49) have been consistent supporters of Mount Union. In 1996, they pledged a major gift to name the McPherson Center for Wellness and were recognized as Alumni Service Award winners. The couple also recently established the Dr. C. Richard and Dorothy J. McPherson Endowed Scholarship, first awarded to a student during the 2006-2007 academic year.

'One becomes a member of the Mount Union family by receiving this degree,' said McPherson. 'To be associated with the great people of the past who have received it is indeed a great honor.'

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