Natural Science

Science Hall of Fame


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The Southwestern Natural Science Hall of Fame was established in order to honor alumni who have performed significant achievements in the sciences, technical industries, and medicine. The college is known for having a quality science department and for producing outstanding graduates. It is the intent of the college to honor graduates who excel in scientifically-related careers.

For more information on the natural sciences at Southwestern College, please refer to the appropriate webpage: biologymarine biology or chemistry.

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Candidates for induction into the Southwestern College Natural Science Hall of Fame will be considered for induction based on their achievements, professionalism, and character. A significant achievement is one in which the exceptional skills and abilities of the candidate are exemplified. All candidates must be graduates of Southwestern College.


Nominations will be received from alumni and friends of the college. In order for a nomination to be formally accepted, a completed nomination form must be submitted to the nominations committee. Nominations will be sought via college publications and communications. Once an individual is formally nominated, that name will remain eligible for selection for induction for 5 years. After that time has passed, the individual must be formally nominated again to be considered for selection. The nomination pool will be managed and maintained by the alumni department. Click here to submit a nomination online.

Natural Science Hall of Fame Nomination Form

Number of Inductees

The number of inductees per year will be three, one of which may be posthumously inducted.

Natural Science Hall of Fame Members

Southwestern College alumni who have made significant achievements in the sciences are recognized annually in the Natural Science Hall of Fame.  Since the inaugural year of 2001, many notable Moundbuilders have been honored by having their names placed in this Hall of Fame.  The actual display is located in the north end of Beech Science Center on the Southwestern College main campus.

2021 Inductees

Dr. David Brooks '60 
Scott Carter '80
Dr. Steve Short '78

The 2021 Natural Science Hall of Fame will be Saturday, November 13 in the Harold and Mary Ellen Deets Library. The meal begins at 5:00 pm with the induction ceremony to follow immediately after. Meals are $25 per person. To RSVP,  email or call 620.229.6155.

2019 Inductees

Dr. Michael BrooksDr. Michael Brooks ’62, is director of psychiatric services at Brighton Hospital, in Brighton, Michigan, which offers a full spectrum of inpatient and outpatient addiction services including treatment of the chemically dependent population with co-morbid psychiatric disorders. After graduating from Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine in 1966 and then completing a yearlong internship, Brooks served in the U.S. Army in Vietnam, first as a battalion surgeon and then as a general medical officer. After more than two decades working in family medicine, Brooks completed his psychiatric training at Sinai Hospital in Detroit and is board certified in psychiatry by the American Osteopathic College of Neurologist and Psychiatrist (ACN). In addition, Brooks is certified by the American Society of Addiction Medicine (ASAM), is an active member of Michigan Society of Addiction Medicine while serving as a consultant to the Michigan Healthcare Professionals Recovery Corporation (MHPRC) as well as on the Physician Well-Being Committee for St Joseph Mercy Health Systems in Southeastern Michigan. Because of his knowledge on addiction and dual diagnosis, in addition to his other speaking engagements, Senators Carl Levin and Oran Hatch invited Brooks to speak at a senate news conference in Washington D.C. on The Use of Suboxone in the Treatment of Substance Abuse. Brooks is also actively involved in the education of medical students and other health professionals through the University of Michigan Medical School, the University of Detroit Mercy College of Health Professions and Wayne State University. Brooks is board certified by the American College of Osteopathic Family Practitioners with a CAQ in addiction medicine, he is a Fellow in the American Osteopathic Academy of Addiction Medicine and serves on their board of trustees and is president of this organization, is a member of the American College of Neuropsychiatrists, and the American Psychiatric Association.

Dr. Angela TranDr. Angela Tran ’00 is double board-certified in internal medicine and obesity medicine. Tran graduated from Southwestern College with a bachelor of science degree in biology, and went on to medical school at Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences in Kansas City, Missouri in 2004.  She then completed her residency in internal medicine at Exempla St. Joseph Hospital in Denver in 2007. She and her husband, and four-year-old daughter, Haley, now reside in Denver, where she opened her medical practice, Med-Fit Medical Weight Loss. She has practiced in primary care since 2007, and recognized that obesity was often the root cause of many chronic medical conditions that she saw in her office including diabetes and high blood pressure. With her internal medicine background she understands the medical complexities that often serve as barriers to weight loss. After seeing the many struggles her patients had with their weight, she dedicated her practice solely on weight management. At Med-Fit Medical Weight Loss, the primary focus is to teach patients and their families about healthy living through a variety of medically supervised diet and fitness programs. She and her staff of 10 are focused on helping patients improve their physical health and quality of life.

2018 Inductees
C. Clifford Conaway ’60
Angela Mayorga May ’97
Kenneth J. Renner, ’76

2017 Inductees
James A. Anderson ’62
Ernest W. Reid 1916
Brad Weigle ’72

2016 Inductees
Arthur E. Hertzler, class of 1896
K. Charles "Charlie" Hunter '67
Gerald "Eddie" Weigle '93

2015 Inductees
Nathan L. Eckert '01
Harold E. "Gene" Miller '62
Esther Winkelman Overstreet '28

2014 Inductees
Harold C. Tretbar '52
Mark W. Turrentine '79
Belinda A. Vail '76

2013 Inductees
Ann Allegre '72
W. Brian Howard '82
Ronald K. Lohrding '63

2012 Inductees
Gordon H. Scott '22
Gregory K. Unruh '77
Servant Leader Award
Robert "Doc" Wimmer 

2011 Inductees
Jeffrey L. Boone '73
Darrel English '59
Jesse Gulick '44
Kenneth Laws '72

2010 Inductees
Douglas J. Fort '86
Harold L. Taylor '42
Servant Leader Award
Charles Maddin

2009 Inductees
John L. Antal '58
William A. "Bill" Glass '53
Lyle R. Kallenbach '61

2008 Inductees 
Robert G. "Bob" Hamilton '80
Roger M. Rowell '61
William G. "Bill" Stanley '48

2007 Inductees
William M. "Bill" Cloud '47
L. Erlis Cranston '31
David E. Smith '73

2006 Inductees
James L. "Jim" Fishback '77
Fay P. Greene '38
Margaret Phillips-Randolph '30

2005 Inductees
E. Keith Hege '56
Verlin L. Hoberecht '51 
Ray A. Waller '59

2004 Inductees
Melvin Cheatham '55
Franklin Newman '53
Max Thompson '57

2003 Inductees
Michael F. Allen '74
Allan Lundeen '54
Karen L. (Ramsdale) Nonhof '75

2002 Inductees
Harlan E. Lenander '39
LeRoy A. Spitze '39
Dee F. Taylor '40

2001 Inductees
Lloyd M. Bertholf '21
Etcyl H. Blair '47
Hobart Paul Boles '39
Sven Ebbesson '57
Neil L. Frank '53
Asher D. Kantz '43
Lewis G. Longsworth '25
John Lawrence Oncley '29
R. Stephen White '42
Wayne E. White '27

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