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IU Northwest supporter Dr. Lynn Gassoway-Reichle, D.D.S., among this year's recipients of IU's highest alumni honor

Longtime Gary dentist, member of the IU Northwest Chancellor's Society has provided instrumental support to the university's dental education program

A longtime friend of Indiana University Northwest and member of the IU Northwest Chancellor's Society has been named one of five recipients of IU's 2009 Distinguished Alumni Service Award, the university announced Thursday.

Dr. Lynn E. Gassoway-Reichle, D.D.S., '74, of Valparaiso, has practiced dentistry in Gary, Ind., since 1974. During that time, she has been a tireless advocate for the IU Northwest Dental Education Program, mobilizing fellow dentists across northern Indiana to support the university's dental programs.

Gassoway-Reichle was also the first woman named as a member of the IU Northwest Chancellor's Society, and she has helped campus leaders think through important issues related to the university's dental hygiene and dental assisting programs. She also serves as a member of the Advisory Council of the IU School of Medicine-Northwest.

Gassoway-Reichle and four other IU alumni -- former U.S. Senator Birch E. Bayh, Jr., J.D. '60, L.L.D. '95, of Easton, Md.; distinguished chemist William F. Carroll, Jr., Ph.D., '78, of Dallas, Texas; entrepreneur David G. Elmore, B.S. '55, J.D. '58, of Manhattan Beach, Calif.; and automotive executive and CEO Kathleen Ligocki, B.A. '78, L.H.D. '02, of West Bloomfield, Mich. -- will be honored at an award recognition dinner on June 20 at 6 p.m. in Alumni Hall of the Indiana Memorial Union in Bloomington, during IU's annual Cream and Crimson Alumni Weekend.

The award is the university's highest honor reserved solely for IU alumni and provides recognition for outstanding career achievements and significant contributions benefiting the recipient's community, state and nation, or IU.

For more information on this year's recipients of the IU Distinguished Alumni Service Award, visit the Web at



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Dr. Lynn Gassoway-Reichle, D.D.S. '74, is one of five recipients of the 2009 IU Distinguished Alumni Service Award.
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