Ronald W. Deskin, MD receives 2014 Ashbel Smith Distinguished Alumni award
Dr. Ronald W. Deskin, graduated from University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston with highest honors, was ranked third in a class of 150 and was the recipient of the Gold-Headed Cane Award. He became the first pediatric otolaryngologist in Texas in private practice in 1982, at a time when there were only two such specialists — both in the academic centers at Baylor and UTMB. After serving as a fellow at the Children’s Hospital of Boston and an instructor at Harvard Medical School, Deskin returned to UTMB in 1993 to serve as Professor of Pediatrics and Otolaryngology, Director of the Pediatric Otolaryngology Division and Vice Chairman of the Department of Otolaryngology. During his career, he has served on various committess and boards, held many leadership positions in his field, edited numerous textbooks and journals, participated in several medical mission trips, was voted one of the Best Doctors in America multiple times, and has been a Texas Monthly Super Doctor for the past nine years. Deskin currently serves as Professor of Pediatrics and Otolaryngology at UT Southwestern and Children’s Medical Center in Dallas.
Local Stephen F. Austin graduates
The following students received degrees from Stephen F. Austin State University during spring commencement exercises: Anna Brewer of Barry, Bachelor of Science , Communication Disorders; Kayli Smothermon of Corsicana, Bachelor of Science , Health Science; Taylor Goodwin of Ennis, Bachelor of Music, Music; Breauna McCoy of Ennis, Bachelor of Science , Radio/Television; Hannah Patton of Ennis, Bachelor of Fine Arts, Art; Danielle Zajic of Ennis, Bachelor of Science , Interior Design; Emily Griffin of Fairfield, Bachelor of Arts, Psychology; Rebecca Lyles of Fairfield, Bachelor of Science in Interdisciplinary Studies, Interdisciplinary Studies; Joye McElroy of Fairfield, Bachelor of Arts, Radio/Television.
Krystal Jackson of Frost earned her Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology; William Bassett of Italy, Bachelor of Science , Kinesiology; Dalton Crawford of Kerens, Bachelor of Fine Arts, Creative Writing; Lacy Wyatt of Rice, Bachelor of Business Administration, General Business; Jessica Osborn of Teague, Bachelor of Science in Interdisciplinary Studies, Interdisciplinary Studies; Meagan Venable of Teague, Bachelor of Science , Deaf and Hard of Hearing; and Matthew Mizell of Trinidad, Master of Education, Education Leadership.