Arts and Sciences chapter recognizes five
The College of Arts and Sciences Alumni Chapter honored five individuals at its annual awards dinner in September. The chapter recognized Dr. Reed C. Baskin, Eric Robertson and Peggy Turley with its Outstanding Alumni award, and honored Wallace and Olivia Bruce as Outstanding Friends.
Baskin (BS ’65), a hematologist and oncologist, merged his practice with Dr. Barry Boston’s practice in 2001 to form the Boston Baskin Cancer Group. Boston Baskin entered a partnership with the University of Tennessee Health Science Center in 2002, creating the UT Cancer Institute. Baskin has been a member of the UT Department of Medicine in various capacities since 1972 and is currently an associate professor of medicine. He completed a residency in internal medicine at City of Memphis Hospital and served for two years in the respiratory virology laboratories at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta.
Robertson (BA ’03) is development manager for the LeMoyne-Owen College Community Development Corporation. He also is chair of MPACT Memphis and a graduate of the Leadership Memphis executive program. Robertson co-founded the New Path political action committee and was named to the “Top 40 Under 40” by Memphis Business Journal.
Turley (BA ’85) is an accomplished illustrator of children’s books. She illustrated The Pasteboard Bandit, written by Langston Hughes and Arno Bontemps in 1935 but not published until 1997. She also did illustrations for John Beifuss’ Armadillo Ray. Her work has been described as “oil pastel more dazzling than Mexican folk art that depicts a stylized southwestern landscape.”
The Bruces are former members of the College of Arts and Sciences advisory board and members of the Great Conversations committee. Wallace is a partner in Sterling Equities.
The dinner was held at The Racquet Club of Memphis.
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