December 17, 2013

Logan Media Services

CARTERVILLE – Marion dentist and longtime public servant, Dr. John O’Keefe, will be recognized by John A. Logan College officials next month when the newly remodeled dental clinic will be named after him.

That was the recommendation made last month by the JALC Board of Trustees’ Awards and Naming Facilities Committee, which consisted of trustees Mike Hopkins and Don Brewer.

O’Keefe has been a dentist for more than 40 years and also served as a member of the JALC Board of Trustees for 20 years. In fact, he was instrumental in helping to establish the dental hygiene program at the school and was even a member of the board’s Advisory Committee on dental programs for years.

“Clearly, this is an honor,” O’Keefe said of the name recognition. “I am very humbled by this news. It was certainly unexpected.”

O’Keefe said he takes pride in knowing that dozens of JALC students have gotten their start on a dental career at Logan.

“Some of those students are getting a second chance at a career, or maybe even a last chance,” he said. “And isn’t that what community college is all about – providing second chances?”

O’Keefe shared his expertise in the field of dentistry through his participation on the Advisory Committee for Logan’s dental programs.

Board Chair Jake Rendleman described the naming of the dental clinic after O’Keefe as “very deserving and appropriate.”

Rendleman said O’Keefe often took time away from his practice to lend assistance to Logan’s dental program and additional time representing JALC at state and national meetings, all in an effort to enhance the learning opportunities for students.

“John is one of the better board members we’ve had at the College over the years and I am pleased to see him get recognized.”

The official naming ceremony is set for Jan. 16 at JALC.