Dr. Douglas Leavengood - Hall of Honor 2010
Dr. Douglas C. Leavengood graduated from the Class of 1968. Following graduation, he attended Iowa State University earning his bachelor's degree in 1973. He graduated in 1977 from the University of Iowa's medical school with a doctorate in medicine. Military service took him and his wife, Lois, to Biloxi, Miss., for an internal medicine residency, which he completed in 1980. He completed his medical training in 1982 with a fellowship in allergy and immunology at Fitzsimmons Army Medical Center in Denver. After tours of duty in the Phillippines and Keesler Air Force Base, he retired from active service and started a private practice in Biloxi. He completed his military service in the Air National Guard retiring as a lieutenant colonel in 1996.
Throughout the years, Leavengood has served his community. He was an active member of the Biloxi Rotary Club for 10 years. He has helped during children's health fairs, and for the past 17 years he has volunteered at local, regional, state, and international science fairs. Following the devastation of Hurricane Katrina, Leavengood was able to reopen his clinic within 24 hours of restoration of power--and over the next several weeks, he delivered free health care to those in need. He was actively involved in his church's rebuilding ministry, which extended over the next two years, and he and Lois personally hosted more than 120 volunteers in their home. In recognition of his efforts, a local TV station named him a "Hometown Hero." Leavengood views his family as his greatest accomplishment, as a proud parent of four children and a doting grandparent of seven grandchildren.