Dr. Richard Honderick (’71): Award-winning Springfield family physician
July 6, 2010
Dr. Richard Honderick (’71), family practice physician at St. John’s Clinic in Springfield, Mo., is the recipient of the Alumni Association President’s Award for 2010.
“The purpose of the President’s Award is to recognize alumni who have made extraordinary contributions outside of the traditional careers that generally are recognized by the Board’s other awards,” said Chuck Cox, director of alumni relations.
Dr. Honderick has served as Evangel’s consulting physician since 1984. He was Evangel’s team physician from 1984-1996. In addition, since 2002 he has assisted in coordinating seven of Evangel’s medical missions trips with HealthCare Ministries.
Dr. Honderick has the habit of going out of his way to help others. Despite his busy practice, Dr. Honderick will make time for others even when interrupted. He stays late to see extra patients at the end of the day, and will often see students at minimal or no cost. He is a mentor to many Evangel pre-med students and also makes a point to visit Evangel despite other pressing events.
Dr. Honderick has been heavily involved in medical missions trips through various organizations. Just this spring he traveled to Haiti for disaster relief with Harvest International. He is a member of the American Academy of Family Physicians and has also been a member of the Standards of Care Committee at St. John’s Regional Health Center.
In 2005, Dr. Honderick was the first person to receive the Golden Stethoscope Award, an award given by HealthCare Ministries to an outstanding medical person who has contributed to the ministry of their organization. Since the late 1980s, Dr. Honderick has traveled on about 20 outreach trips with HealthCare Ministries alone, in addition to other organizations and trips he coordinated for Evangel Temple Christian Center.
Dr. Honderick has been a member of Evangel Temple since 1984. He has served on the board of elders, as a Sunday school teacher and as a capital campaign co-chair. He also enjoys participating in two men’s Bible studies.
Dr. Honderick graduated with a B.S. in Biology from Evangel, then went to Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine for his D.O., graduating in 1975. He finished his Family Practice Residency in 1978 at the University of Miami School of Medicine.
Dr. Honderick and his wife, Linda (Goodrich ’70), live in Springfield. Their daughter is Elizabeth Dobberstein ’03.