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Each year, alumni are honored for public service, service to the university and professional
achievement. The late Roger Kozak ‘70, ‘72, ‘79, Craig Lawrence ‘69 and Dr. Jerry Popham ‘85
were the 2012 honorees.
to view acceptance speeches.
Jerry Popham
received his medical degree
at USD in 1985 before attending a fellowship
program and advanced training in oculoplastic
surgery at Harvard Medical School and residency
in microsurgical techniques of ophthalmic and
intraocular surgery at Texas A&M University
Medical School. An accomplished physician and
clinical professor at the University of Colorado
Health Sciences Center in Denver, Dr. Popham
founded the non-profit organization About Face
Foundation (also known as the About Grace
Foundation). For the past two decades, Dr.
Popham annually has led teams of physicians
and nurses to Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam where
American surgeons collaborate with Vietnamese
surgeons to perform facial reconstructive surgeries
for indigent Vietnamese children, provide training
for local medical staff and medicine and surgical
supplies to hospitals.
Craig Lawrence
’69, a native of Doon, Iowa,
began his work in journalism at
The Volante
in the
mid-1960s, serving as news editor before earning
his bachelor of arts degree in journalism. He
began his career as news editor at the
then as news director for KSOO
Television in Sioux Falls. He was promoted to the
station’s general manager in 1974, and worked
there until he co-founded Lawrence & Schiller,
Inc., an advertising agency and market research
entity in Sioux Falls with fellow USD and
alumnus Paul Schiller ’70. He served as creative
leader on many campaigns, including one that
led to South Dakota adopting “Great Faces,
Great Places” as its state slogan and “A Good
Thing Going” for Sioux Falls, which ultimately
resulted in national recognition of the city as the
nation’s best place to live and start a business.
He diversified in 1985, co-founding Lawrence
& Schiller Teleservices, giving the company a
telephone center and research component.
Roger Kozak
provided the university and
community of Vermillion with professional and
volunteer leadership on many key initiatives for
the past three decades. His friendly, engaged
demeanor and tireless nature set him apart
from his peers. A Lake Andes, S.D. native,
he began as a student in the USD School of
Business but was called to service in the U.S.
Army. After completing a bachelor’s degree at
USD Springfield, he completed a master’s and
two doctoral degrees at USD. He worked as
director of research for the South Dakota Board
of Regents prior to his 22-year career at USD.
While at USD, he first served as special assistant
to the university president, then as associate vice
president. He concluded his university career as
a vice president before retiring in 2002, when
he was given the distinction of both professor
emeritus and vice president emeritus. His
influence impacted facilities, athletics, university
relations, computer services and both the USD
Alumni Association and USD Foundation. Kozak
passed away on Aug. 1, 2012, but his positive
impact on this institution will continue.
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