Founders Medal Awarded

October 19, 2018 | by the Office of Communications and Public Affairs

Elmhurst College has awarded the 2018 Founders Medal to J. David Small ’59 in recognition of his outstanding contributions to the College.

A generous supporter of Elmhurst and its students, Small is a veterinarian, researcher, author and public health professional whose work has advanced medical research in the United States and around the world. Small held a variety of positions at the U.S. Public Health Service, National Institutes of Health and Glaxo before launching a consulting practice.

He also is the founder of the George Alexander and Sadie Small Endowed Scholarship, which honors his parents.

Established in 1978, the Founders Medal is one of the College’s most prestigious honors. The award was presented at a ceremony on Oct. 12.

That night, the College also welcomed the inaugural group of inductees to the Elmhurst College President’s Circle, an elite group of giving leaders.

“Because of philanthropic investment like yours, we’ve been able to award nearly 7,000 student scholarships in just the last year, and also have helped hundreds of our students to study abroad, conduct and present research, and much more,” said Elmhurst College President Troy D. VanAken. “I want to thank all of you for your exceptional dedication to, and support of, this institution.”

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