Charlotte S. Chornock
2000 Living Tribute Award
Chornock was a perennial favorite among students
Charlotte S. Chornock, Ph.D., emeritus associate professor of physiological chemistry, is the recipient of the Kirksville Osteopathic Alumni Association's (KOAA) Living Tribute Award for 2000. She was selected by the KOAA Board of Directors for her many years of outstanding service to the College and to the osteopathic profession.
A member of the College faculty from 1963 to 1976, she and her late husband, Francis W. Chornock, Ph.D., were affectionately known to many students as "Papa C and Mama C."
Dr. Francis Chornock, an emeritus professor of biochemistry who was also director of the clinical laboratories at Kirksville Osteopathic Hospital (now Northeast Regional Medical Center) and chaired the College's Curriculum Committee, was a member of the College faculty from 1961 to 1976.
A perennial favorite with students, Dr. Charlotte Chornock received numerous teaching awards and was considered the "unofficial Dean of Women" at the College.
"She took care of everyone. She cuddled us," said Lloyd J. Cleaver, D.O., FAOCD,'76, assistant dean/alumni issues and continuing osteopathic medical education and chairperson and professor, dermatology. Dr. Cleaver is also a member of the KOAA Board.
"If you had a problem in her class or another class-or with anything-you went to see Mama C," he said. "She counseled you, made you feel better about life, and got you through the crisis. And she did a wonderful job of helping you understand the very complex subject of biochemistry."
Dr. Charlotte Chornock, who now lives at the Twin Pines Adult Care Center in Kirksville, received her bachelor's degree from Western Reserve University in 1935 and her doctorate from Pennsylvania State University in 1940. Prior to joining the College faculty she was a research biochemist at Philadelphia General Hospital and taught biochemistry and pharmacology at the Halstead (Kansas) Hospital School of Nursing.
She has two children: Thomas Chornock of Sterling, Va., and Roberta Denslow of Overland, Kan. She also has five grandchildren: Laura Chornock, Ryan Chornock, Jason Denslow, Jennifer Denslow, and John Denslow. Another granddaughter, Jackie Denslow, is deceased.
Dr. Charlotte Chornock will be honored at the annual KOAA Luncheon & Assembly Meeting on October 30 in Orlando, Fla., during the American Osteopathic Association Convention & Scientific Seminar.
The Living Tribute Award was established in 1969 to provide alumni and friends of the College an opportunity to support outstanding KCOM faculty and administrators. All donations in honor of Dr. Charlotte Chornock are restricted for the KOAA/KCOM Education Program Fund.