Clarence H. Webb Award

This award is given to a clinical science faculty member annually at the senior medical student award convocation prior to graduation each spring. This award is voted on by the members of the graduation class. It was instituted in 1974 and honors Dr. Clarence Webb (1902-1991). Dr. Webb was a Shreveport native who received his M.D. from Tulane University (1925) and trained in Pediatrics at the University of Chicago (1931). He was one of the founding members of the LSU School of Medicine in Shreveport and was elected as the first president of the faculty in 1968. He was pioneer in pediatric medicine in the northwest Louisiana area serving as the chief of the Pediatric service from 1944-1966 in the Shreveport Charity Hospital which later became Confederate Memorial Hospital then LSU Medical Center and most recently University Health. He founded the Well Baby Clinic at the Caddo Parish Health Unit and worked there until his retirement in 1976. Dr. Webb also served as President of the Louisiana State Pediatric Society and President of the Shreveport Medical Society. He was elected President of the American Academy of Pediatrics in 1962 and received the Clifford G. Gurlee Award in 1965 for outstanding service to the Academy.

Dr. Webb was also an amateur archeologist and conducted extensive field research in prehistoric Caddoan Mississippian Native American sites including Poverty Point, Gahagan Mounds, and Belcher Mounds. He received the first Crabtree Award from the Society of American Archeology representing the highest distinction to persons without formal archaeological training who have made contributions to the field.

His love was in teaching clinical medicine to medical students and young pediatricians in training. He was an excellent diagnostician and teacher. He taught medical students on a one on one basis in the Well Baby Clinic and he made rounds every Sunday morning with the Pediatric house staff until well after his retirement.