A longtime Lawrence physician will be honored Saturday by the Lawrence Memorial Hospital Endowment Assn., a group he helped found more than 20 years ago.
Dr. Monti L. Belot, who has practiced medicine in Lawrence since 1945, will receive a plaque for his lengthy service and "vision" as a founder of the endowment association, said Katherine Bruner, a board member of the association.
She said the doctor is highly regarded in Lawrence.
"Dr. Belot is such a gentleman that everybody reveres him," she said. "He epitomizes the art of the practice of medicine."
Belot will receive the award during the annual LMH auction at the barn on the Lois and Stan Zaremba ranch six miles south of Lawrence. Mrs. Bruner said the endowment association has enabled the hospital to acquire new medical equipment as it hits the market.
Belot was chief of staff at LMH in 1948 and 1973. He was one of the founders for the hospital's endowment association in the early 1970s.
BELOT said he was gratified to receive the award.
"I hope it's real helpful to the hospital," he said.
The doctor continues to practice medicine at age 80. He said his longevity meant "that my patients have been my friends for many years."
Belot, a Clyde native, earned a bachelor's degree in zoology and a master's degree in microbiology, both from Kansas University. He graduated from the KU Medical Center in 1940.
After graduating, Belot served in the U.S. Army, including a stint as a doctor on the construction of the Alaska Highway, which was built by the military. He also worked in large hospitals in England and France during World War II.
He said he returned to Lawrence for two reasons after the war. His wife, Martha Cameron Belot, is a Lawrence native and he added, "Almost every doctor who goes through school here likes Lawrence."
LONGTIME friend and colleague Dr. Sydney Schroeder said Belot is respected by everyone who knows him.
"He's still like an old-time practitioner, but he keeps up to date with medicine," Schroeder said. "His patients just love him. He's one of the people who have made Lawrence a great place to live."
Allen Belot, the doctor's son and a Lawrence architect, said he is amazed by his father's dedication.
"He has incredible dedication to medicine, his patients and his family," Allen Belot said. "He does so much, it's incredible. I don't see how he does it.
"He's a humble man but a great man."
The doctor's eldest son, Monti III, is a federal judge in Wichita. His daughter, Rosemary Jarrett, is a nurse at Shawnee Mission Medical Center in Merriam. Dr. and Mrs. Belot have nine grandchildren.