Academic Hall of Fame
Alan Braverman, MD
Alan Braverman is a 1979 graduate of Smith-Cotton High School. He was valedictorian of his graduating class. While at Smith-Cotton, Dr. Braverman was a state qualifier in swimming and an all-conference performer in soccer. He also participated in the drama club, jazz band, and was National Honor Society president.
After high school graduation, Dr. Braverman attended UMKC undergraduate and medical school. He graduated with honors, including the Vice Chancellor's Award, and was selected to be the class commencement speaker. His career path of choice was cardiology. He attended Harvard Medical School and Brigham and Women's Hospital for internal medicine and cardiovascular disease training. He was selected as Chief Medical Resident and was Instructor in Medicine at Harvard Medical School. In 1991, he was recruited to the faculty of Washington University School of Medicine and has been there his entire career.
Dr. Braverman has a very large practice and cares for numerous patients in the St. Louis area. At Washington University's School of Medicine, he has been awarded the Alumni Endowed Professorship in Cardiovascular Diseases. He serves as the Director of the Inpatient Cardiology Firm, which is the teaching service for cardiology among the internal medicine residents and students. Four times, he has received the Outstanding Teacher of the Year Award from his medical students.
He serves as editor for Current Opinion in Cardiology, is on the Editorial Board for the journal, Aorta, is a medical reviewer for several medical journals, and has authored over 75 scientific manuscripts, textbook chapters, and review articles. He is a nationally recognized expert in diseases of the aorta. His research and work on Marfan Syndrome has been published in The New England Journal of Medicine, The World Book Encyclopedia, The New York Times, and numerous other publications. He is the Director of the Marfan Syndrome Clinic at Washington University and Barnes Jewish Hospital and serves on the Board of Directors of the National Marfan Foundation.
His work in cardiovascular disease has led to many awards and honors. He has been listed as one of "The Best Doctors in America" since 1998, and in the Castle Connolly's Guide to Top Doctors. He has been awarded the Hugh McCullough Award from the American Heart Association, the Neville Grant Award for Excellence in Clinical Care by the physicians at Barnes Jewish Hospital, and the Antoine Marfan Award from the National Marfan Foundation. In 2010, he was awarded the E. Grey Diamond "Take Wing Award" from the UMKC School of Medicine and was invited to give the commencement address at the 25th anniversary of his graduation from medical school.
Diane Cordry Golden, Ph.D.
Diane Cordry Golden is a 1974 graduate of Smith-Cotton High School and was class valedictorian. While at Smith-Cotton she participated in numerous clubs and organizations, including National Honor Society, Girls State, German Club, and Speech and Debate. She also participated in band, track, volleyball, cheerleading, and swimming.
Dr. Golden received her bachelor's and doctoral degrees from the University of Missouri and her master's degree from Central Missouri State. She graduated with all three degrees as Summa Cum Laude. Her career began as a Clinical Instructor in Audiology at the University of Missouri in 1978. Since then, she has served as a consultant to the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) and has been the Assistant Director of Special Education for DESE, Special Education Coordinator at Raytown Schools, and Director of Missouri Assistive Technology. She currently serves as Policy Coordinator for the Missouri Council of Administrators of Special Education and Project/Policy Coordinator for the Association of Assistive Technology Act Programs.
Through the years, Dr. Golden has given over 80 professional presentations and has been published over 30 times in professional journals, manuals, and periodicals, including the Encyclopedia of Clinical Neuropsychology, The Journal of Special Education Technology, and Assistive Technology Quarterly. She has also drafted bill language and was instrumental in passing a variety of pieces of legislation that have benefitted Missourians with disabilities. Among these have been a statute requiring newborn hearing screening, the elimination of sales tax on hearing aids and other communication devices, and a statute that made Missouri the first state to provide adaptive telephones and computer equipment to individuals with disabilities. Dr. Golden has provided testimony at Congressional hearings regarding accessible voting equipment and provisions for individuals with disabilities to vote privately and independently.
Dr. Golden has received dozens of state and national appointments. She currently serves on the Voting System Assessment Project Technical Advisory Committee for Los Angeles County and on the National Center on Accessible Instructional Materials Advisory Committee for the U.S. Department of Education. Past appointments have included the Missouri Commission for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing, the Missouri Advisory Commission for Speech-Language Pathologists and Audiologists, and the Technical Guidelines Development Committee for the Help America Vote Act.
Among her many honors are the Harrie M. Selznick Award from the Council of Administrators of Special Education (CASE), the Missouri CASE Distinguished Service Award, the Missouri Academy of Audiology President's Award, and the Missouri Council of the Blind Outstanding Achievement Award.
Andre Taylor, Ph.D.
Andre Taylor graduated from Smith-Cotton High School in 1991. He received a Chemical Engineering degree from The University of Missouri-Rolla in 1995, a Master's Degree from The Georgia Institute of Technology in 2000, and a Ph.D. from The University of Michigan in Chemical Engineering in 2005. Currently, he is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Chemical Engineering at Yale University.
While at Smith-Cotton, Dr. Taylor was a senior class officer, a student council member, and a basketball and soccer player. He was also an exchange student to Spain, where he studied for a year. He was an Eagle Scout, National Merit Scholar, and National Honor Society member. He received the African American Junior Achievement Award, the George Washington Carver Award, and the Presidential Academic Fitness Award. Dr. Taylor was on the "A" Honor Roll every semester throughout high school and had perfect attendance during his high school career.
Dr. Taylor's professional life has been devoted to academia. From 1992 to 1994 he was a project engineer for General Motors and a process engineer for Monsanto. He was an honors intern for the Federal Bureau of Investigation in 1995 before working for DuPont as a Research Engineer in 1996. While at The Georgia Institute of Technology, he was a Graduate Research Assistant, and in 2000 he returned to DuPont as a Technology Transfer Engineer. At the University of Michigan from 2002 to 2008, Dr. Taylor served as an Organic Chemistry Instructor, Graduate Research Assistant, Research Investigator, and Research Scientist.
Throughout his career, Dr. Taylor has been published in countless professional, peer-reviewed journals. He has led or been part of important research for Yale University, NASA, Air Force Scientific Research Division, The University of Michigan, Eastman Kodak, and many others. He is a frequent presenter internationally and throughout the United States at universities, professional conventions, and government agencies. He is currently specializing in research focused on micro-fuel cells, inkjet printing technology, and electro-catalysts.
Throughout his educational and professional life, Dr. Taylor has been recognized for his prodigious accomplishments and abilities. He received the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers and Yale's Greer Memorial Prize in 2011. He has received the Eastman Kodak Dr. Theophilus Fellowship Award, University of Michigan's Scholar Power Award, and the National Science Foundation Career Award. He is a member the Electrochemical Society, American Chemical Society, Material Research Society, and the American Institute of Chemical Engineers. He is also in the National Organization of Black Chemists and Chemical Engineers, Dean of the Yale Chapter of the National Society of Black Engineers, and a member of the Engineering Honor Society.
William Woolery, MD
William Woolery was salutatorian of his Smith-Cotton graduating class of 1969. He was a member of the Latin Club, Junior Classical League, Letterman's Club, and National Honor Society. He was a talented athlete, participating on the Smith-Cotton basketball and golf teams. He was the Latin Club and Letterman's Club President during his senior year and was recognized as the "Outstanding Senior Boy."
His impressive high school resume allowed Dr. Woolery to be awarded a Curator's Scholarship to attend the University of Missouri. At Mizzou, he majored in chemistry and was selected for membership in Phi Beta Kappa (academic honor society). He graduated from The University of Missouri Summa Cum Laude, and throughout his undergraduate years, he still found the time to participate in intramural athletics and other student organizations.
Dr. Woolery attended medical school at the St. Louis University School of Medicine, where he continued to excel academically. He was invited to join the medical honor society Alpha Omega Alpha, which recognizes outstanding academic leadership, scholarship, and commitment to patient care. Dr. Woolery completed medical school in the top five percent of his graduating class. His internship and residency were completed in internal medicine at Vanderbilt University Medical Center. While at Vanderbilt, he was chosen for a fellowship in pulmonary medicine after completion of his internal medicine studies.
Dr. Woolery could have practiced medicine anywhere he wanted at more lucrative locations. However, he chose to return to Sedalia after completing his residency and started a very successful practice. That practice, Sedalia Internal Medicine, continues to be a thriving and compassionate practice that services hundreds of Sedalia area patients. He is a key member of the Bothwell Regional Health Center staff who has a patient count consistently among the largest of any doctor in the area, which demonstrates his ability, compassion, and commitment to the Sedalia community.
Dr. Woolery currently serves on the Bothwell Board of Directors. He was the first and the only practicing physician appointed to the board. He also serves on the Bothwell Credential Committee and the Finance Committee. Dr. Woolery is also the medical director for Fairview Nursing Home.
With his extremely busy professional life, Dr. Woolery still finds time to give back to the Sedalia community that he loves so much. He has served on the Sedalia Little League and Sedalia Parks Department Board of Directors, coached numerous youth basketball, baseball, and soccer teams, and has served on PTA and PTO committees while his sons were attending school in Sedalia. Over the last 30 years, Dr. Woolery has supported too many causes to mention with both his time and financial contributions. His impact has been felt by not just his patients but also by the entire Sedalia community.