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North Central College honors J. Charles Eldridge with Outstanding Alumni Award

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This is the third of five weekly installments profiling individuals who will receive Alumni Awards & Recognition on Nov. 11 during North Central College’s Sesquicentennial Homecoming Celebration.

Oct. 18, 2011—North Central College is honoring J. Charles Eldridge of Wake Forest, N.C., with a 2011 Outstanding Alumni Award.

Eldridge and four others will be honored during the College’s Sesquicentennial Convocation at 4 p.m. Friday, Nov. 11, at North Central College’s Wentz Concert Hall at the Fine Arts Center, 171 E. Chicago Ave., Naperville. This year’s event commemorates the 150th anniversary of the first day classes were held at the school on Nov. 11, 1861.

Eldridge is professor of physiology and pharmacology at Wake Forest School of Medicine, Winston-Salem, N.C. He has held a variety of leadership positions at Wake Forest and was architect and phase director of a new M.D. curriculum that utilizes small group, case-centered tutorials for basic science learning. He recently adopted the same tutorial strategy for a graduate student curriculum in professionalism, bioethics and responsible conduct of research.

Eldridge has received numerous awards for his teaching, was a Macy Foundation Scholar at Harvard Medical School, a Ciba-Novartis Researcher of the Year and was honored as a Distinguished Alumnus from the Medical College of Georgia in 2002.

His body of research has been presented in nearly 200 published manuscripts, book chapters, professional meetings and seminars, including a 480-page book, “Endocrine Toxicology,” edited and published in 2010. He frequently serves as a consultant on endocrine matters for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the National Institutes of Health, various corporations and legal counsel.

Eldridge is a native of Ottawa, Ill. and received a bachelor of arts degree in biology and chemistry from North Central College in 1965. He holds an M.S. in physiology from Northern Illinois University and a Ph.D. in endocrinology from the Medical College of Georgia.

Following post-doctoral fellowships at the University of Bordeaux, France, and at the Medical College of Georgia, Eldridge joined the faculty of the Medical University of South Carolina, Charleston, S.C. He has resided in Wake Forest since 1978.

Others being honored on Nov. 11 are Outstanding Alumni Award recipients Esther Benjamin of Mitchellville, Md., and Col. Stephen Taylor of Lexington Park, Md.; Wall of Witness honoree James Will of Arlington Heights; and Alumni Recognition Award recipient Ryan Dowd of Aurora.

North Central College’s yearlong Sesquicentennial Celebration commemorates the 150th anniversary of the first day of classes on Nov. 11, 1861, and the College’s role in helping to shape the fabric of the Naperville community. Throughout its history, North Central College alumni have distinguished themselves as leaders in the arts, sciences, business, education and many other areas of study. Numerous Sesquicentennial events and projects are planned throughout 2011 and into 2012. Visit to learn more.