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Distinguished Alumni Award

The Distinguished Alumni Award is presented to alumni who are leaders in the community, region or nation, and who have given generously of their time, talents or resources to LSUS. The award was instituted in 1985. The following criteria, adopted in 2004, are used to determine the recipients of the award:

  • The recipient must be an LSUS graduate with at least a Bachelor's Degree.
  • The recipient must have made a significant contribution to the University which may or may not have been monetary.
  • The recipient must be a leader in our community, region or nation.
  • The recipient must be using his or her LSUS degree in a significant manner.

Jon L. Cheek, M.D.
Board Certified Anesthesiologist and Partner with South Shreveport Anesthesiology Services

We are delighted to honor Jon this year. He received a BS in Biological Sciences from LSUS in 1987 and his MD from LSUHSC Medical School in 1991. He completed a Residency in Anesthesia at LSUHSC in 1995.

During his time at LSUS, he fondly remembers Spring Fling and Intramural Sports and gives praise to his professors for the individual attention he received. He has continued his love of sports through golf, hiking, obstacle course racing, and volcano surfing. Jon has served on the Association's Golf Committee for 7 years and has received the honor of being the only volunteer allowed to wear his infamous "Pink Flamingo Shirt" instead of the approved event shirt. He served on the Alumni Board from 2010-2016 and still plays a strategic role in important golf tournament decisions.

believes that a medical career should be likened to a religious calling - because the personal sacrifices are great. A good portion of his work involves anesthesia for labor and delivery and Caesarian sections. He affiliates with Willis-Knighton Medical Center.

Since 1994, Jon has worked with the Baptist Medical Dental Fellowship, Brookwood Baptist Church and First Baptist Minden on medical mission trips to Mexico, Cuba, China, Cambodia, India, and Nicaragua.

But his most significant work for LSUS comes in helping students. In 2005 he founded the Dr. Jon Cheek Annual Science Scholarship. In 2015, he and former Board president Sarah Kirkpatrick provided an entertaining Keynote Speech for the Student Leadership Awards Luncheon. Then, that summer he took a student's idea, personally contacted more than 200 alumni physicians in the Shreveport Bossier area, and enlisted 50 - himself included - as participants in a new Alumni Medical Mentoring Program. This highly successful system provides mentors, internships and support for LSUS students in the AED and MAPS pre-medical student organizations.

Jon is married to Dr. Carrie Bearden, a Board Certified pathologist and hematologist. They have two rescue dogs - Darby and Stella.

Please view Jon's Alumni Profile here.

            Other Recent Distinguished Alumni Award Recipients

2016 Lane R. Rosen, M.D. - BS 1989

2015 Caddo Parish Sheriff Steve W. Prator - BGS 1975

2014 James N. (Jim) Fritze - BGS 1995 (Aug. 8, 1925 - May 22, 2016)

2013 Peggy Johnson Cloud - BA Secondary Education 1975

2012 Marcia C. Calhoun - BGS 2000

2011 James H. Ballengee - BS Accounting 1987

2010 Anne Dier Wilson and Dr. Woody Wilson (Oct. 28, 1923 - Jan. 28, 2014) - Joint MLA degrees 1987

2009 John M. Good, Jr. - BS 1976

2008 Edie Broyles Williams - BGS 1988

2007 Hazel Fain Beard - BGS 1985

2006 S. Reed Dickens - BA 2000

2004 T. Brian Bond - BGS 1982

2003 1st Lt. Brandon R. Friedman - BA 2000

2002 Phillip A. Rozeman, M.D. - BS 1977

2001 Michael H. Woods - BGS 1975

2000 Margaret W. Kinsey, Ph.D. (Hon.) (Nov. 17, 1928 - Jan. 8, 2018) - AGS 1984

1998 Zina Schiff Eisenberg - MLA 1991

1997 Preston R. Friedley, Jr. - BA 1976

1988 Robert Maxwell Bunch, Ph.D. - BS 1975

1985 T.C. Tisdon (May 1, 1929 - March 16, 2000) - AGS 1976