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As a 2001 recipient of the Byler Distinguished Faculty Award, Dr. Larry Dorrell finished his 15-year career at Central in high fashion.
The professor emeritus of library science was honored in April, recognized for his outstanding work in the classroom, university service and scholarly research. He joined Central’s Department of Library Science and Information Services in 1986 as an assistant professor and, through promotions, became a full professor in 1993. He was appointed department chair four years later and became tireless in his efforts to promote LIS programs.
As a faculty member, Dr. Dorrell was involved in research, often dealing with at-risk students. His work was widely published and he made numerous presentations before professional groups. He was also involved in many professional service activities, serving not only the university but the state and nation.
In 1999, he was an invited guest of President and Mrs. Bill Clinton for a Rose Garden ceremony to celebrate a five-year involvement in AmeriCorp, giving him an opportunity to discuss the direction of national service.
His academic preparation includes a bachelor’s degree from Kirksville State Teachers College, master’s degree from Northeast Missouri State University Teachers College and doctorate from the University of Missouri.