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Living Tribute Award

Elliott L. Hix Sr., Ph.D.
2001 Living Tribute Award

Hix remembers his career at the College as 'worthwhile and fulfilling.'

Elliot Hix Sr., Ph.D.
Dr. Hix, left, receives Living Tribute Award plaque from Fred C. LeMaster, D.O., FAODME, ¹57, president of the KOAA Board of Directors.

Elliott L. Hix Sr., Ph.D., of Kirksville, a former chairperson and professor of pharmacology at the College, is the recipient of the Kirksville Osteopathic Alumni Association (KOAA) Living Tribute Award for 2001.

Dr. Hix was selected by the KOAA Board of Directors for his many years of outstanding service to the College and to the osteopathic profession.

"When I look back on my career at the College, I always remember it as worthwhile and fulfilling," he said. "I enjoyed my science and teaching its usefulness in medicine. I also enjoyed my research (the neurobiology of somatovisceral reflexes)."

Dr. Hix is proud that he helped teach so many students who later became successful D.O.s. "The students were wonderful people and outstanding students," he said. "I was fortunate to have worked with dedicated educators who insisted on high standards-standards that really paid off for the osteopathic profession. That's what made it really exciting."

He joined the faculty in 1953 as an instructor in physiology. He was chairperson and professor, pharmacology, from 1962 until 1975. He was named director of the neurobiology lab in 1978, and was an archivist for the
A. T. Still Memorial Library from 1987 until his retirement in 1990.

Dr. Hix received a bachelor's degree in biology and chemistry from the University of Georgia, and received a master's degree in biochemistry and a doctorate in physiology from Kansas State University. Prior to joining the College he was an instructor in physiology at Kansas State University.

A native of Union, S.C., he is a decorated veteran of World War II who served in the U.S. Navy in the Southwest Pacific Theatre from 1942 to 1945 (he was a student at Clemson University prior to World War II).

He and his wife, Irene, have four children: Elliott L. Hix Jr., D.O., '80, of Kirksville, Robert B. Hix, D.O., '86, of Plainwell, Mich., Jesse Hix of Manhattan, Kan., and Rebecca Hix McQuade of Seattle, Wash. They also have eight grandchildren.

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Established in 1969, the Living Tribute Award provides alumni and friends of the College an opportunity to support outstanding KCOM faculty and administrators. All donations in honor of Dr. Hix are restricted for use by the KOAA/KCOM Education Program Fund.