2023 Homecoming Alumni Award Recipient

Dr. Jerry Westerfield

Dr. Jerry Westerfield - Honorary Alumnus

Dr. Jerry Westerfield has become a familiar face around the A.P. White Campus. After a four-decade career as a diagnostic radiologist, Westerfield has returned to the classroom as a student.

Westerfield was introduced to LWC by his colleague and longtime College supporter, Dr. Janice Aaron and her husband, the late Dr. Henry Baughman, for whom the LWC Henry Baughman Tennis Complex is named. Westerfield occasionally attended events on campus and decided to take classes after his retirement in 2017. He was impressed with the professors and the quality of the instruction. Six years later, Westerfield has earned LWC credits in religion, history, communication and criminal justice.

Westerfield is a champion of the LWC Theatre Program, its students and Director Robert Brock and Assistant Professor of Theatre Jeremy Cloyd. He rarely misses a performance by the program. A generous benefactor, Westerfield made a substantial gift that allowed nine LWC theatre students to travel to London, England, to see important theatrical venues and learn more about the history of theatre.

Westerfield grew up on a dairy farm with his five brothers in Hartford, Kentucky. He received his medical degree from the University of Kentucky and trained at the University of Michigan and the University of California in San Francisco where he did a neuroradiology fellowship. He completed his medical residency at Harvard Medical School in Boston. Dr. Westerfield served two years in the U.S. Air Force during the Vietnam War. For 25 years, he worked at St. Joseph's Hospital in Tampa, Florida where he was a diagnostic and interventional radiologist. In 2001, he returned to Kentucky and finished his career at Russell County Hospital in Russell Springs, Kentucky.

Awards will be presented at the
2023 National Alumni Association Awards Celebration,
11 a.m. CT, Saturday, Sept. 30 in the Roberta D. Cranmer Dining & Conference Center.