The Distinguished Alumnus Award honors a graduate whose professional and personal life has exemplified dedication and excellence in leadership, citizenship and voluntarism while offering a lifetime of devotion to the University of South Carolina.
This year’s recipient is Dr. Gerald E. Harmon, '73 Bachelor of Science in Physics, College of Arts and Sciences
Gerald Harmon has held several leadership positions in the South Carolina Medical Association, including chairman of the board and president. He serves as a clinical professor at two of South Carolina’s medical schools, a commitment that has been well recognized as he has been named “Community Educator of the Year” by both the South Carolina Academy of Family Physicians and the South Carolina Area Health Education Consortium.
Harmon served the nation in both Operations Desert Shield and Desert Storm, and later in Operations Iraqi Freedom and Enduring Freedom, holding responsibilities as chief surgeon for the National Guard Bureau and assistant surgeon general for the U.S. Air Force. He retired from the United States Air Force with the rank of Major General.
Harmon received his undergraduate degree in physics and mathematics from the University of South Carolina and has since been recognized as a Distinguished Graduate of the College of Arts and Sciences. He received his medical degree from the Medical University of South Carolina and an honorary Doctor of Public Service from the University of South Carolina in 2018 while serving as a commencement speaker.