Three North Park University Alumni Honored at 2011 Homecoming Festivities

Alumni Award Winners
Dr. Darlene (Duncan) Nelson, left, Dr. 'John' Young Song Kim, center, and Dr. Frederick Ewald, right, were recognized for outstanding career accomplishments at a Homecoming breakfast in Hamming Hall.

Honorees recall University's contribution to their outstanding careers

CHICAGO (October 17, 2011) – Three alumni of North Park University were honored Oct. 15 at the University's 2011 Homecoming festivities for outstanding career accomplishments. The three honorees, Dr. Frederick Ewald, Dr. 'John' Young Song Kim and Dr. Darlene (Duncan) Nelson, were recognized at a reunion and awards breakfast at Hamming Hall.

North Park alumni from several graduating classes dating back to 1946 were also recognized at the breakfast. The event was sponsored by the North Park University Office of Alumni Relations.

Dr. Frederick Ewald

The North Park Academy Distinguished Alumni Award was presented to Ewald, Arrowhead at Vail, Colo., a 1951 graduate of North Park Academy. For the past 30 years, Ewald has been an orthopedic surgeon at the Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Boston, and associate clinical professor of orthopedic surgery, Harvard Medical School. He was director of the Orthopedic Clinic Service at Children's Memorial, Chicago, and held an academic appointment in orthopedic surgery at Northwestern University Medical School, Chicago.

In the early 1970s, Ewald developed an artificial total knee and total elbow replacement, both revolutionary developments, and lectured and wrote about these achievements over several years.

From North Park, Ewald earned a bachelor's degree from Northwestern University, Evanston, Ill., and earned a medical degree from Northwestern. He attended the Harvard Combined Orthopedic Residency Training Program, and later was chief resident at the Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston. Ewald is married to Sara Ewald, and they are parents of three adult children.

"I still depend on a lot of things I learned at North Park in Latin, plane geometry, algebra, and biology, which are still some of the most basic tools we use in developing these implants," he said. "My professional interests started with the sciences at North Park Academy. My parents decided they wanted me to get a good education, and they sent me to North Park."

Dr. 'John' Young Song Kim

The North Park University Distinguished Alumni Award went to Kim, Pasadena, Calif.  Kim, a 1951 North Park College graduate, was a cardiovascular surgeon who was director of surgical education and the program director of surgical residency of two hospitals in the Detroit area. He was a consultant to the Christian Hospital Association of Korea; an honorary board member, International Foundation, Ewha Womans University, Inc., Seoul, South Korea; worked with jailed Korean dissidents; and was moderator of the Presbytery of Los Ranchos, Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), Anaheim, Calif.

Kim earned a bachelor's degree from Northwestern University and a medical degree from the University of Minnesota Medical School. North Park University awarded him an honorary doctorate in 1998. His wife of 42 years, Shin, died in 1996. The Kims are parents of four adult children.

Kim credits Wallace Anderson, whom he met while he was a military interpreter in Korea, and Anderson's family, for helping him realize his dream of studying in the United States. Anderson helped him get into North Park College and the family guaranteed sponsorship of his education.

"Without the Anderson family and North Park, I would not be here today," Kim said. "Wally Anderson (who died in September) was my good friend for 65 years. I owe a great deal of gratitude to the Anderson family, and I owe the school a great deal."

Dr. Darlene (Duncan) Nelson

The Up-and-Coming Alumni Award was presented to Nelson, a 2001 North Park University graduate and a physician at the Mayo Clinic, Rochester, Minn. Nelson graduated summa cum laude and earned a bachelor's degree in biology in 2001 from the University. She graduated from the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Rockford. Nelson completed her internal medicine residency, chief residency and currently is completing a fellowship at the Mayo Clinic. Nelson was named Outstanding Senior Resident at Mayo. She was North Park’s Outstanding Senior Award winner and Senior Female Athlete of the Year. In 2011 she was inducted into the Vikings Hall of Fame for achievements in cross country and track. She and her husband, Caleb Nelson, are expecting their first child.

"When I was at North Park, I had the opportunity to go on a medical mission trip," said Nelson, "which confirmed my desire to be a physician. North Park gave me a solid foundation in the biological sciences and chemistry. Many of my teachers served as role models as they modeled lives of Christian service. When I got to medical school, I quickly realized I was ahead of my peers. Looking back, I am very thankful I went to North Park University."


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