Several Louisiana College alumni have been chosen to receive the Louisiana College Distinguished Alumni award during this year’s annual Homecoming celebration scheduled for October 27-29, according to Byron McGee, director of enrollment management and alumni relations.
The alumni chosen to receive this award are: Dr. Dewey and Bobbie Dunn, Dr. Ricky Jones, and Della Guillory Pigott.
Recipients are chosen by the Alumni Association Executive Committee at their fall meeting. Those honored are selected according to the following standards: 1) a graduate of Louisiana College, 2) of good character, 3) respected and honored by peers and associates, 4) made significant contributions to profession, church, and community, and 5) loyal to Louisiana College.
A native of Alexandria, La., Dr. Dewey Dunn graduated from Louisiana College in 1956 with a major in chemistry and biology. He did an internship and residency at Cornell University Bellevue Hospital and served in the U.S. Army as a physician.
He also completed a residency fellowship in gastroenterology and served as staff physician at the VA Medical Center in Kansas City. Since 1971, he has been a staff physician at the VA Hospital in Nashville, Tenn., and a professor of medicine at Vanderbilt University. He has published 82 medical papers.
Mrs. Dunn graduated from Louisiana College in 1957 with a major in home economics which she taught in high school for a short time.
Both are deacons at Woodmont Baptist Church in Nashville and have been heavily involved in Christian service through medical missions. For the last 27 years, they have been leaders in the Baptist Medical Dental Fellowship, giving of their time, skill and finances.
Their overseas medical missions service was the subject of one of the chapters in the 1998 foreign mission study book. Their service includes 74 medical trips, working with more than 2,000 United States medical personnel.
The two have four children and several grandchildren.
An honors graduate of Oakdale High School, Dr. Ricky Jones went on to graduate cum laude from Louisiana College in 1975. He continued his education at Louisiana State University Medical School in Shreveport where he received his doctor of medicine degree
Through the years, Jones has served as a clinical assistant professor at his medical alma mater in the Department of Family Medicine and Comprehensive Care. In 1994 and 1995, he was a lecturer in the Medical World Conferences where he spoke on continuing medical education topics (such as Risk Factor Management, Hypertension, Diabetes Mellitus and Dyslipidemias and their treatment).
He has been in a group private practice – The Family Doctors – in Shreveport with nine other family physicians. He has served in leadership positions at Highland Family Care Network PHO, Christus Shumpert Medical Center, Riverside Community Hospital, and Highland Hospital.
Jones is a member of the Louisiana Academy of Family Physicians, the Northwest Louisiana Society of Family Physicians, the Shreveport Medical Society, the Louisiana State Medical Society, and the American Medical Association.
He has been recognized for his achievements by being listed in “The Best Doctors in America” three times as well as in “The Best Doctors in America: Southeast Region.”
Active in his community, Jones is a member of First Baptist Church, the Louisiana College Alumni Association, and the East Ridge Country Club. He is active in the FBC sanctuary choir and vocal ensembles as well as serving as a church deacon.
Jones is married to the former Freda Kay Morgan.
Della Guillory Pigott began her artistic career in her early teenage years when she was a resident at the Louisiana Baptist Children’s Home. A graduate of Ouachita Parish High School, she continued her education at Louisiana College. She received her Master of Education degree from McNeese State University.
For six years, Pigott served as a foreign missionary, first in Nigeria and then in Ghana. Upon her return to the United States, she began teaching high school art. She taught for one year in Pineville before serving for the next 19 years as a junior high art teacher at W.W. Lewis Jr. High School in Sulphur.
She is well known for her portraits and has painted the portraits of several judges. The paintings hang in the Federal Building in Lake Charles, La., as well as in many personal collections. In the Daddy Flowers Chapel on the grounds of the Louisiana Baptist Children’s Home hangs a portrait of Daddy Flowers created by Mrs. Pigott.
Pigott also designed the brick and stone entryway to the grounds of the Children’s Home. She currently serves on the Louisiana Baptist Children’s Home Alumni Association and on the Board of Directors for the Children’s Home.
In addition, Pigott is a member of the Sulphur Garden Club, the Brimstone Museum Board, Artisan Gallery, and Houston River Baptist Church. She has received several art awards.
Pigott was married to Sid Flewellen, and the two had three children before his death. Her children are Mary Marvant of Lafayette, La.; Warren Flewellen of Boaton, Mass.; and Earl Flewellen of San Francisco, Calif. She has five grandchildren. She is now married to Mike Pigott.
The recipients will be presented to the Louisiana College campus community on October 27, 2005 at 10:50 a.m. in the annual Homecoming chapel service held in Guinn Auditorium. They will each have the opportunity to address those gathered together. They will also be recognized at the October 29 Homecoming Celebration Banquet at 11:30 a.m. in the Granberry Conference Center.
For more information about the Louisiana College Distinguished Alumni award, contact:
Ms. Luana Cunningham
Coordinator of Alumni and Foundation Relations
Telephone: (318) 487-7301