The Western Illinois Museum, in partnership with Macomb’s Heritage Days Committee, will host a meet and greet for Dr. Donald Dexter, the Parade’s Grand Marshall, immediately following the parade. The Heritage Days Parade, showcasing this year’s theme Macomb’s Health Care Traditions, kicks off Saturday, June 27th at 10:00 am and the meet and greet will follow at 11:00 am at the Western Illinois Museum, 201 S. Lafayette St. The event is free and open to the public.
In 1958 Dr. Dexter joined the medical staff at McDonough District Hospital (MDH) where he worked for 32 years, retiring in 1990. During his tenure, he served as medical director of the McDonough County Ambulance Service and Mobile Intensive Care Unit. From 1964 to 1976, he acted as the McDonough County coroner.
Dr. Dexter was also a professor in Western Illinois University’s Health Sciences Department. In 1963 Dr. Dexter became the team physician for WIU’s Intercollegiate Athletics, a position he held for 27 years. In 1993 he was named medical chief of staff at WIU’s Beu Health Center, retiring from that position in July 2001.
Over the years Dr. Dexter has been honored with such awards as the Jaycees Distinguished Service Award, the Macomb Citizen of the Year Award, the Macomb Area Chamber of Commerce Community Service Award and the Outstanding Team Physician Award.
During the event guests can view the museum’s latest exhibit, Mortar and Pestle, Potions and Pills: A History of Apothecary. The exhibit, on view June 16 through September 12, 2015, features artifacts from C.C. “Eph” Mercer’s drug store in Vermont, Jack Stites Pharmacy in Macomb, and the recently acquired Harn Pharmacy Collection. These collections tell the story of the wide-ranging and evolving services provided in storefronts across our community.
The museum is located one block south of Macomb’s historic Courthouse Square at 201 South Lafayette Street. For more information contact the museum at 309.837.2750 or the Macomb Area Convention and Visitors Bureau at 309.833.1315 or visit the Heritage Days Web site at http://macombheritagedays.com/.