May 27, 2011 - Members of the inaugural class at Lincoln Memorial University-DeBusk College of Osteopathic Medicine honored the school’s dean and two staff members during the LMU-DCOM awards ceremony on May 12.

The LMU-DCOM inaugural class established the Bob Jackson Service Award to recognize those whose life and community service clearly exemplify a true spirit of love and helpfulness to others. The Award is meant to recognize those who demonstrate qualities such as a significant contribution to public service, giving of themselves regardless of compensation, providing services without expectation of remuneration, going above and beyond a job description and giving a great service to LMU-DCOM.

The first recipients of the award were Jackson of Arthur, Tenn., who serves as a shuttle driver for LMU-DCOM, and Pat Peace, director of financial services at LMU-DCOM. Jackson has been associated with the medical school since LMU first announced it was pursuing a college of osteopathic medicine. Jackson volunteered his services early on in the school’s history, and works as a shuttle driver for LMU-DCOM applicants when they visit campus for their personal interview. Jackson is one of the first people associated with LMU-DCOM that applicants meet in person when they arrive in the area.

Peace served as director of financial aid at LMU for approximately 20 years before accepting the position of director of financial aid at Pellissippi State Technical Community College in Knoxville, Tenn., in 1993. Peace retired from that position in June 2006 but soon left retirement to become director of financial services for LMU-DCOM in August 2006.

On behalf of the inaugural class, class President David Heath and Vice President James Kowalczyk presented Vice President of Health Sciences and Dean of LMU-DCOM Ray E. Stowers with the LMU-DCOM chain of office. Chains of office are one of the oldest symbols of authority, and date back as early as the Roman Empire. Leaders throughout history have often been depicted in formal portraits wearing chains of office. In the 18th century American universities adopted the tradition of chains of office from European leaders and established the chain of office as part of the formal academic regalia seen during commencement ceremonies. The LMU-DCOM chain of office is a bronze medallion depicting the school seal on the front and engraved to Stowers, LMU-DCOM’s founding dean, on the reverse. Stowers debuted the LMU-DCOM chain of office during the inaugural class graduation ceremony on May 14.

The DeBusk College of Osteopathic Medicine is located on the campus of Lincoln Memorial University in Harrogate, Tennessee. LMU-DCOM is an integral part of LMU’s values-based learning community, and is dedicated to preparing the next generation of osteopathic physicians to provide health care in the often underserved region of Appalachia and beyond. For more information about LMU-DCOM, call 1-800-325-0900, ext. 7082, email, or visit us online at

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