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1999 Laureate Award Recipients

The Laureate Award honors those Fellows and Masters of the College who have demonstrated by their example and conduct an abiding commitment to excellence in medical care, education, research, and service to their community, their Chapter, and the American College of Physicians-American Society of Internal Medicine.

Recipients of this award shall bear the title Laureate of the Indiana Chapter.

Awards shall be made at the Annual Scientific Meeting. The awardee should accept this recognition in person, unless excused by the Governor. The awardee is to be nominated by a process that may originate from the Awards Committee or any member of the Chapter. The nomination must document the personal attributes and accomplishments of the nominee.

Awardees generally are senior physicians and Fellows or Masters of long-standing, with acknowledged excellence and peer approval in the field of internal medicine. In addition, awardees should have served their chapter with distinction. Exceptional circumstances may modify these requirements.

Cloyd L. Dye, MD, FACP

Dr. Cloyd L. Dye graduated from Manchester College, received his MD from the Indiana University School of Medicine, rotated at Mercy Hospital in Springfield, Ohio and completed his Internal Medicine and Cardiology training at Indiana University.

He settled in New Castle, Indiana for 37 years of devotion to Medicine, Community, Church, and Family. He started the Coronary Care Unit at Henry County Hospital in 1967. He had to be very persuasive to convince a skeptical administration that it was appropriate to have newfangled equipment like a heart monitor and defibrillator in the hospital. In 1966, when the new monitor arrived, he had no sooner unpacked it when a patient came in with an acute myocardial infarction. The defibrillator paddles were still packed in the box. As he demonstrated to the nurses the patient's normal rhythm with his finger on the monitor screen, there suddenly appeared ventricular fibrillation. He quickly unpacked the paddles, hooked them to the defibrillator, and defibrillated the patient. That event allowed him to convince the hospital to build a coronary care unit. Dr. Dye has continued to teach actively at the Medical School and eventually develop a clinical rotation in New Castle. He has returned to the Campus over the years to illustrate to the student body opportunities and pleasures of practice in smaller communities and has long been held a role model for the intellectual and personal attributes of an excellent physician. Currently, he is helping to formulate and implement a curriculum for medical students and residents that will address the special care needs at the end of life. Along the way he has been honored with membership in Alpha Omega Alpha, Fellowships in the ACP, the College of Chest Physicians, and the American College of Cardiology, and Distinguished Alumni by Manchester College. But his greatest reward, as stated in his recent letter to his patients upon assuming the Directorship of the Henry County Memorial Hospital Hospice Program, "As a physician I can think of no greater honor than being asked to be someone's doctor."

Richard B. Schnute, MD, FACP

Dr. Richard Schnute is a native of Evansville, Indiana. He received his medical degree from Indiana University. His medical training was interrupted at both the medical school and residency level for stints in the service, after which he completed his residency training in internal medicine and fellowship in endocrinology at Indiana University. He was a member of the Indiana University School of Medicine full-time faculty until taking Emeritus status in 1996, although he has continued to work since. A leader in the endocrinologic management of breast cancer, the only therapy available at the time, he also became the voice of Thyroid Disease, staffing thyroid disease clinics at the IU teaching hospitals, educating students and house staff, and speaking around the state. He also performed with enthusiasm and humanism the other obligations of faculty, teaching Physical Diagnosis many years, and staffing the wards regularly at the teaching hospitals.

He has also contributed actively to organized medicine. He joined the College after completing his residency and became a Life Member in 1969. He has attended each annual session with friends until the early 1990s. He is a member of Alpha Omega Alpha. He has served as President of the Indianapolis Medical Society and Chair of the Indiana State Medical Association Grievance Committee for many years and of the Indiana University Institutional Review Board. He has served on the boards of the Indiana Arthritis Foundation and the Indiana Diabetes Association. He was a Charter Member of the American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists.

He has given his talents and time to the community as well. He served as Chief Medical Coordinator for the Indianapolis Emergency Management Plan as the liaison with the county medical society. He served as Campaign Chair for the United Way Professional Division.

His enthusiasm for Medicine, his loyalty to the University, the ACP-ASIM, and to the Profession, his reputation as a Teacher, Clinician, and True Gentleman, and his generous spirit all mark him as an ideal Laureate Recipient.

Past Indiana Laureate Award Recipients

1995 Robert D. Pickett, MD, FACP and Walter J. Daly, MD, MACP
1996 Jean A. Creek, MD, FACP
1997 Robert D. Robenson, MD, FACP

Contact Information

Indiana Chapter Governor:
J. Matthew Neal, MD, MBA, CPE, FACP, FACE
Email: jneal6@iuhealth.org
(765) 747-4350; Fax (765) 751-1451

Donna Seawards
Executive Director
Email: donnaseawards@gmail.com
Ph: 623-225-5527

Chapter Address:
4319 West Clara Lane, PMB #288
Muncie, Indiana 47304