A Lawrence physician who has been active in the American Indian community has been named the 1997 William I. Koch Outstanding Woman of the Year.
Dr. Dee Ann DeRoin will be presented the award at a dinner at 6 p.m. Dec. 8 at the Bradbury Thompson Center, Washburn University, Topeka.
The award is given based on overcoming personal difficulties and hardship, contributions to the community and achieving success.
"Dr. DeRoin is the definition of leadership by example," said Bill Koch in a statement. "Throughout her career, she has selflessly devoted her time and talents to improving the lives of others."
An American Indian, DeRoin was born in Wymore, Neb.
She formed the Native American Student Assn. at the University of California, Berkeley, where she graduated with a bachelor's degree in 1970. She later obtained her master's degree in public health.
DeRoin accepted a position as clinical director at the Haskell Health Center in 1982.
She serves as president of the Haskell Foundation Board of Trustees and currently works part time as a staff physician at the Watkins Student Health Center at Kansas University.
DeRoin is the third recipient of the Outstanding Kansas Woman of the Year.
Former Gov. Joan Finney received the award two years ago, and Kansas women's basketball coach Marian Washington received the award in 1996.