Dr. Hart (right) reads a plaque
honoring Frank Lemon, MD,
as recipient of the
School of Public Health's
Distinguished Service Award for 1998
Public health names alumnus of the year, service award recipients
During the annual recognition banquet, held on Thursday evening, March 12, the School of Public Health announced this year's recipients of the School's Alumnus of the Year and Distinguished Service Awards.
Frank R. Lemon, MD, was born in San Bernardino. In June of 1950, he graduated from the College of Medical Evangelists (CME)--now Loma Linda University--and interned at the United States Marine Hospital, San Francisco, as an officer in the United States Public Health Service, followed by a residency at the Contra Costa County Hospital located in Martinez.
During the latter part of 1951, Dr. Lemon moved his family to Wyoming and began private practice in the rural town of Greybull. Two years later, after successfully establishing a busy practice in Greybull, Dr. Lemon answered a call to join the School of Tropical and Preventive Medicine at CME.
He was sent to Mexico City in order to gain experience in public health and tropical medicine. During his year there, he helped establish a field experience program for CME medical students. Following his experience in Mexico, he attended Tulane University, New Orleans, Louisiana, where he received his MPH degree.
In-mid 1955, Dr. Lemon returned to Loma Linda where he became assistant professor in the School of Tropical and Preventive Medicine. Here he developed both general health and parasitic studies among farm workers in the Imperial Valley and Native American inhabitants of the Navajo nation.
He also developed an epidemiological study titled "Causes of Death Among Seventh-day Adventists," which became known as the Adventist Mortality Study. Soon after, he was named chair of the Department of Preventive Medicine in the University's School of Medicine. Dr. Lemon received a grant which allowed him to set up a program to send medical students to various sites in North, South, and Central America in order to gain public health and mission experience. This particular program was an important part of his belief that CME was established to train "medical evangelists" to respond to the physical and spiritual needs of people around the world.
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