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Dr. Norman Teeter, the inaugural College of Arts and Sciences Distinguished Alumnus, and his wife, Carmelita Teeter. M.D.
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CAS Names Teeter Inaugural Distinguished Alumnus

October 20, 2008

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MACOMB, IL - - Dr. Norman C. Teeter, who along with his wife Carmelita Teeter, M.D. have given generously to Western Illinois University's College of Arts and Sciences (CAS) academic departments and have made the University the beneficiary of the largest planned gift in Western's history - - a $20 million trust - - was presented the inaugural College of Arts and Sciences Distinguished Alumnus Award at the college's 50th anniversary celebration and second annual scholarship fund raising dinner Oct. 18.

CAS Advancement Board President Zack Stamp presented the award to Teeter, a 1967 graduate of Western with a Bachelor of Arts degree in psychology.

"Norman is the embodiment of Western Illinois," Stamp said. "The foundation of his success was developed through his education at Western. As he advanced through his education, he found his calling to provide human service to many people who, without his pioneering innovation and vision, would have lived a life of suffering."

The Teeters established a series of substance abuse clinics across the southeastern United States. Since 2003, the Teeters have committed more than $100,000 to support students, research and facilities at Western, including support for international students, as well as for students and departments in the College of Arts and Sciences. Norman Teeter earned his doctorate from the University of Tennessee. Both he and Carmelita were awarded Western's Honorary Doctorate Degree in Spring 2006.

"As the College of Arts and Sciences celebrates its 50th anniversary this year, we wanted to find a way to recognize the many graduates who are distinguished in their chosen profession or life's work," said CAS Dean Inessa Levi. "I am delighted that our advancement board selected Norm as our inaugural award recipient. He has shown his unwavering support of the College of Arts and Sciences at Western Illinois University through his hard work and generosity. We thank him sincerely for all he has done for the college and the institution."

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