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Former medical humanities chair honored for inspiring students

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Former medical humanities chair honored for inspiring students

Oct. 8, 2013

Suzanne Bennett Johnson, PhD, a Distinguished Research Professor at the Florida State University College of Medicine and the 2012 President of the American Psychological Association, is one of ten professors in the United States to receive $25,000 from the Elizabeth Hurlock Beckman Award Trust in 2013.

The trust focuses on awarding professors who have inspired their former students to make a difference in the community.

“I am deeply grateful to Suzanne for the opportunity to learn from her as my mentor, and I believe she is high deserving of this prestigious recognition. To this day, 20+ years later, Suzanne continues to inspire me to make a difference,” said Kenneth Terckyak, PhD, former student at University of Florida College of Public Health & Health Professions and nominator of Dr. Johnson.

The trust was established in 2008 under the will of Gail McKnight Beckman in honor of her mother Dr. Elizabeth Hurlock Beckman. Dr. Beckman was an educator, a renowned author and a pioneer in the field of psychology. The Beckman Award Trust has granted $1.3 million to 52 professors and/or faculty members to date.

Dr. Johnson, along with the nine other 2013 Beckman Trust Recipients, will be honored Saturday, November 9 in Atlanta at The Carter Center.

Foundation Honors Professors $1.3M To Date

Atlanta… This fall, 10 notable professors from universities across the United States will each receive a $25,000 cash award from the Elizabeth Hurlock Beckman Award Trust for inspiring a former student to make a difference in his or her community. Since its inception, the Beckman Award Trust has awarded $1.3 million to 52 professors and/or faculty members to date. This year’s award ceremony will take place at The Carter Center in Atlanta on Saturday, November 9, 2013.

The trust was established in 2008 under the will of Gail McKnight Beckman in honor of her mother Dr. Elizabeth Hurlock Beckman. Dr. Beckman was an educator, a renowned author and a pioneer in the field of psychology. She was one of the first female psychology professors at Columbia University and later taught at the University of Pennsylvania. Below is a list of the 2013 recipients.

Recipients must be current or former professors or instructors at a college, university, junior college, community college or technical school in America. Preference is given to those who teach in the fields of psychology, medicine, or law.

Each year the award committee prescreens the nominees for qualification. The former students of those nominees who are deemed eligible will be invited to apply for the award. The committee is composed of Dr. Andrew Davidson, Columbia University, Dr. Ruth Lindeborg, Bryn Mawr College, Dr. Melba Vasquez, American Psychological Association, Phyllis Silverstein, Wells Fargo Bank, N.A. and Kimberly Pruett, Wells Fargo Bank, N.A. (Secretary).

The Trust is supported by the Wells Fargo’s Philanthropic Services group. For more information, visit: www.wellsfargo.com/privatefoundationgrants/beckman.