Wilmington, NC- Dr. J. Richard Corbett will be recognized as an “Albert Schweitzer Honors Scholar” on Thursday, November 1, 2012, 12:30 in the Warwick Center Ballroom at UNCW. This award is given annually by the UNCW Honors Scholars College and Randall Library to a person from the Cape Fear area who exemplifies the attributes or interests of Albert Schweitzer. Each scholar delivers a lecture to the freshman honors seminar, and is recognized for his or her contributions at the annual program and reception.
Dr. Corbett has not only inspired students to excel and pursue their dreams, but also supported community groups to improve the lives of the people of North Carolina and the Cape Fear area. He has taken an active role in the Boys and Girls Home, the Burlington Boys Choir, and the Children’s Home Society of North Carolina. He has been an officer and member of both the Cape Fear Foundation Board and the Cape Fear Memorial Foundation Board of Directors. The Foundation's objective is to support programs that improve the health and wellness of the people of southeastern North Carolina. Funding programs and organizations that promote health education, disease prevention, and provide direct medical and health services has been, and continues to be the priority of the Foundation's granting philosophy.
As a physician and radiologist, Dr. Corbett has served the people of the Cape Fear region for decades, including service at Camp LeJeune, Southport and Wilmington. Dr. Corbett has made a significant difference to the residents of the Cape Fear region in the areas of medicine and humanitarian efforts while exemplifying the ideals of Schweitzer’s belief in the “reverence for life.”
The Albert Schweitzer Honors Scholars College is the legacy of the Albert Schweitzer International Prizes. On the UNCW campus, from 1973 to 1993, the Prizes were awarded to recognize individuals who had contributed significantly in the areas on music, medicine, or humanitarian efforts- areas that exemplify the interests and contributions of Albert Schweitzer. The Albert Schweitzer Honors Scholar is chosen annually by members of the Honors College and staff of Randall Library, based on his or her contributions in one or more of these areas.