ST. CLAIRSVILLE — The Eastern Ohio alumni chapter of Ohio University recently honored Woodsfield resident Dr. Dama C. Burkhart as the 2010 Austin C. Furbee Award honoree in recognition of her dedication and contribution to Ohio University and the community. Fifty of her family, friends, and Ohio University alumni and Ohio University Eastern Campus staff gathered in her honor at a dinner at the Belmont Hills Country Club.
“Dr. Burkhart has been a long time supporter of the Ohio University Eastern Campus serving on the Regional Coordinating Council for many years,” said Dr. Rich Greenlee, Eastern Campus dean. “She has also been a strong advocate for the need for greater access to higher education opportunities for Monroe County residents, particularly women.”
After receiving her high school diploma from Woodsfield High School in 1944, Burkhart earned her bachelor’s degree in education from Taylor University in Upland, Ind., in 1950. In the summer of 1964 she pursued clinical pastoral education at the Indiana University Medical Center, and in 1965 she completed her master’s degree in personality theory at Butler University in Indianapolis, Ind. Burkhart then continued her education by earning her doctorate in 1968 from Purdue University in Counseling and Guidance with minors in clinical psychology and sociology.
Her career was spent in the education field. She taught at Purdue University, first as an instructor, and then became a visiting assistant professor supervising practicum in counseling and guidance. She served as a human development specialist in Cooperative Extensions Service for the state of Indiana and assistant professor in the department of child development and family life at Purdue. From 1974-1978 she was an associate professor in the same department before becoming the assistant dean for home economics extension in the School of Consumer and Family Sciences at Purdue. In 1980 she became the associate dean of the school.
The Austin C. Furbee award was first given in 1981 after Furbee’s wife, Gladys, established an endowed fund in memory of her husband.