Bill Hurd Presented With 2002 Moose Krause Award
Former All-America sprinter and current renowned eye surgeon receives Monogram Club’s highest honor.
|(from left) Monogram Club president Jim Carroll, presenter BobMinnix, Krause Award recipient Bill Hurd and Monogram Club vicepresident Dave Duerson.|
Dr. Bill Hurd was honored at the June 6 Monogram Club dinner with theMoose Krause Award, the highest honor presented by the Monogram Clubto a member most worthy of distinction. A world-class sprinter and1969 Notre Dame graduate with a degree in electrical engineering,Hurd now is a noted eye surgeon – with an ophthalmology practice inMemphis that specializes in cataract, glaucoma and diabetic treatmentand keratorefractive surgery.
Hurd – who was presented the Krause Award by former Irish footballplayer Bob Minnix – annually spends 2-3 weeks providing voluntary eyesurgery to the poor in Africa, Mexico and Brazil. On the most recenttrip to Madagascar, he and two other doctors saw 1,100 patients in 10days and he performed 35 eye surgeries – with Hurd and his colleaguesincreasingly in demand as their reputation grows. Many of the needypatients are almost completely blind and some walk long distances forthe lifechanging surgeries. One elderly woman was able to see hergrandchildren for the first time after surgery performed by Hurd.
Hurd’s days of distinction as a collegian included being named NotreDame’s “athlete of the year” for 1967-68 – edging football starsRocky Bleier and Dave Martin and basketball great Bob Arnzen – andestablishing the American indoor record in the 300-yard dash (29.8).He set eight Notre Dame records and totaled five All-Americanfinishes at the 1968 and ’69 NCAA meets (only two Notre Damestudent-athletes ever have totaled more All-America honors).
He also was a finalist (top eight) at the Olympic Trials in the 100and 200 meters, finishing fifth in the 100 to just miss a spot on theOlympic squad (his competitors included the likes of Jim Hines, JohnCarlos, Tommy Smith and Mel Gray).
Hurd – who added graduate degrees from M.I.T. (master’s in managementscience) and Meaharry Medical School in Nashville – was a RhodesScholarship regional finalist and received Notre Dame’s Harvey FosterAward in 1992 (recognizing alumni for distinguished civic activity)and the NCAA’s prestigious Silver Anniversary Award in 1994(recognizing career success and community service). He holds twoU.S./foreign patents for optical devices, including a slit-lamp,mountable intraocular biometer.
Also an accomplished jazz musician, Hurd currently is completing workon his fourth CD, in which he plays the saxophone and flute.
“The Notre Dame alumni network is very comprehensive worldwide. Evento this day, everywhere I go people are very impressed that I went toNotre Dame,” says Hurd, who is living proof of his belief thatengineers can make great doctors.
“A college degree from Notre Dame generates tremendous respect. Icould have gone to West Point or M.I.T. for my undergrad – but I feltthat going to Notre Dame made me so much more well-rounded. And mylife is all the better for it.”
Hurd and his wife Rhynette, an attorney, have sent both of their sonsto Notre Dame (Ryan Hurd is a rising junior sprinter on the trackteam).