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Outstanding Alumni|College of Arts and Sciences

Walter G. "Jerry" Saunders -- 1999 Outstanding Alumnus

Bachelor of Science - 1996 - Natural Science and Mathematics

   Dr. Walter G. "Jerry" Saunders first attended the University of Wyoming from 1959 to 1962 but didn’t earn his B.S. (with honors) in Natural Science and Mathematics from UW until 1996. After winning UW’s Outstanding Freshman Pre-med Student in 1959, he left UW in 1962 to attend medical school at the University of Colorado. He won the Annual Prize Award of the Central Association of Obstetricians & Gynecologists in 1965. In practice since 1973, Saunders is on the medical staff at Sheridan Memorial Hospital. He has held consulting positions in Buffalo, Gillette, Sundance and Newcastle in Wyoming and the Crow Agency Hospital in Montana. The Wyoming Medical Society recognized him as the physician of the year for community service with the A.H. Robbins Award in 1988. He served as an examiner for the American Board of OB/GYN for ten years, one of a few in private practice to hold the position. He has been president of the Sheridan County Medical Society and the Wyoming Medical Society. He also published several research articles in a variety of medical publications. In addition to Saunders’ medical work, he helped set up the health curriculum and taught the first sex education course at Sheridan High School. He has been a member of the UW Board of Trustees since 1991, serving as president of the Board in 1995-96. Saunders has been married to his wife, Jeri, for 35 years. She and their three daughters are also UW graduates.



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