Dr. Noel Lawson '61
CONWAY, Ark. (June 7, 2012) - Hendrix alumnus Dr. Noel W. Lawson of Little Rock, Ark., was one of four University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) graduates recently inducted into the College of Medicine Hall of Fame during the Dean's Honor Day ceremony.
A Conway native, Lawson is a 1961 Hendrix graduate and 1965 graduate of UAMS.
The Hall of Fame, established in 2004, recognizes graduates and faculty members from throughout the college's history who have achieved special distinction as physicians, scientists and leaders. Inductees have all made a significant impact on the College of Medicine or the health of Arkansans and patients from around the world.
Dr. Lawson began his career at Ochsner Medical Center in New Orleans, La., where he directed cardiac anesthesia and the Surgical Intensive Care Unit from 1972 to 1974. He returned to Arkansas to direct the Intensive Care Unit and work with some of UAMS' most renowned surgical leaders from 1974 to 1981. His innovations at UAMS included development of deep hypothermia in pediatric heart surgery and controlled hypotension in total joint replacement. He also was medical director of UAMS' Emergency Medical Technicians (EMT) program.
Dr. Lawson culminated his career as chairman of the Department of Anesthesiology and Perioperative Medicine at the University of Missouri-Columbia from 1994 to 2001, retiring as a professor emeritus in 2004.
Founded in 1876, Hendrix College is a national leader in engaged liberal arts and sciences education. Hendrix was named the country's #1 "Up and Coming" liberal arts college for the third consecutive year by U.S. News and World Report. Hendrix is featured in the 2011 edition of the Princeton Review as one of the country's best 376 colleges and is listed in the 2012 edition of the Fiske Guide to Colleges as one of 25 "Best Buy" private colleges included. Hendrix has been affiliated with the United Methodist Church since 1884. For more information, visit www.hendrix.edu.