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Dedication Ceremony in Honor of Former Drury Professor Dr. Joe McAdoo

For Immediate Release: October 20

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Brigitte Marrs
Director of Alumni and Development
Office: (417) 873-6857
E-mail: bmarrs@drury.edu

SPRINGFIELD, Mo., Oct. 20, 2009 — Former Drury communication professor and department chair Dr. Joe McAdoo will be honored on Oct. 29 at the Shewmaker Communication Center at 4 p.m. A tree will be planted in the Shewmaker Plaza in honor of his memory and his dedication to the Drury community. McAdoo died in the fall of 2008.

Besides his academic work, McAdoo had many personae in the Ozarks. He was known for his role as The Firehouse Quickie Guy, a character who entertained viewers during the Ozarks Public Television Tele-Auctions. McAdoo also authored the “Rusty Saber” column in the pages of the Springfield Business Journal. Beginning in 1983, McAdoo offered up his humorous and sharp observations in more than 1,700 columns for the business newsweekly.

McAdoo taught at Drury for nearly thirty years before retiring in 1996. His contributions to the Drury community still continue with the Joe P. McAdoo Endowed Scholarship Fund and now with the symbolic tree in his memory in front of the Shewmaker Communication Center.

"Dr. McAdoo is an important part of Drury's history. Not only did he play an instrumental role in the creation of the Department of Communication, he was a fantastic teacher and mentor to many. We are so pleased Dr. McAdoo's family will join us in our celebration of Joe's contributions to our community," said McAdoo’s former colleague, Dr. Regina Waters, an associate professor of communication at Drury.

Drury University trustees, faculty, staff, students, alumni and contributors to the Joe P. McAdoo Endowed Scholarship Fund are invited to attend the ceremony. Dr. Waters will make a few remarks at the dedication ceremony and a reception will follow.

For more information, contact Brigitte Marrs at (417) 873-6857 or bmarrs@drury.edu.

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