September 28, 2010

Association names three as Distinguished Alumni

by Kathy Dillard

CARBONDALE, Ill. -- The Southern Illinois University Alumni Association will honor three prominent graduates as Distinguished Alumni during the University’s Homecoming activities on Friday, Oct. 8.

The SIU Alumni Association will honor the trio that day at 4:30 p.m. during a public reception and wall unveiling in the Student Recreation Center’s Alumni Lounge. Their framed photos will become part of the University’s Distinguished Alumni Wall there. The public is invited to attend.

Individuals are selected for the honor they bring to Southern through outstanding performance in their career field or profession, or, for an exemplary history of service to SIU that benefits the University and enhances educational opportunities for current students.


The 2010 SIU Distinguished Alumni are:  Daniel C. Holland, Ph.D. ’92, founder and director of The Neurobehavior Center of Minnesota where he is in private practice. He has spent his entire career addressing disability issues at the clinical, community, state, national, and international levels, focusing on disability issues across cultures and sociopolitical contexts. Dorothy Evans Holmes, M.A. ‘66, Ph.D. ’68, is an expert in psychoanalysis and psychotherapy, psychoanalytic applications to mental health issues of racial-ethnic minorities and the poor, and forensic psychology. She serves as a professor of clinical psychology at The George Washington University where she is the director of the Professional Psychology Program and Clinic. F. Lynn McPheeters, ’64, had a successful 40-year career at Caterpillar, Inc., rising to the executive ranks before retiring in 2005 as vice president and chief financial officer. He joined the company in 1964 as a college graduate trainee in accounting and held several positions in the United States and served 15 years overseas.

Here is a closer look at this year’s honorees:

Holland completed a residency in clinical neuropsychology at the University Of Washington School of Medicine after receiving a doctorate at SIU. A two-time Fulbright recipient, he is also a Contemplative Practice Fellow of the American Council of Learned Societies, a Fellow of the Solomon Asch Center for Study of Ethnopolitical Conflict at the University of Pennsylvania, a Research Scholar at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, and a Mary E. Swizter Distinguished Fellow from the National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research/U.S. Department of Education. He is a recipient of the Janet E. Rafferty Scientist-Practitioner Award from the Department of Psychology at SIU.

In 2008, Holland left his position as a tenured full professor to provide clinical care to veterans of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars in the Polytrauma Rehabilitation Center of the Minneapolis VA Medical Center, and received a letter of commendation from Secretary of Veterans Affairs Eric Shinseki. A life member of the SIU Alumni Association, he is the founder and director of The Neurobehavior Center of Minnesota, where he is in private practice.

Holmes has published more than 30 articles, book chapters and book reviews, and presented numerous papers and participated in conference panels. She has also served on the editorial boards of four scholarly journals and made considerable contributions to the profession of psychology, including serving on boards and committees of the American Psychological Association, the National Register of Health Service Providers in Psychology, the American Association of State Psychology Boards, the Professional Examination Service, and the American Psychoanalytic Association. Additionally, she is training and supervising analyst at the Baltimore-Washington Institute for Psychoanalysis, teaches at national and regional psychoanalytic forums and conferences, and is a Fellow of three divisions of the American Psychological Association.

Holmes has created SIU’s Dorothy Evans Holmes Graduate Scholarship. She lives in Bluffton, S.C. with her husband, Raymond, and is a life member of the SIU Alumni Association.

McPheeters, raised on an Illinois farm, graduated from Southern in 1964 and soon began his four-decade career at Caterpillar, Inc. He was executive vice president of Caterpillar Financial Services Corp. in Nashville, Tenn., and returned to Peoria, Ill., to become Caterpillar’s treasurer in 1996, and was appointed vice president and chief financial officer in 1998. He has been a catalyst in ensuring Caterpillar and the University have a strong corporate-educational partnership, including establishing Southern as one of 12 Caterpillar Strategic Partner Schools.

McPheeters completed the Advanced Management Program at Duke University in 1988 and Financial Management Program at Stanford University in 1996. He is a member of the SIU College of Business External Advisory Board and serves on the boards of RLI Corp., Mircolution, Inc., and Crosslink USA. He is past chairman of OSF Saint Francis Medical Center Foundation Council in Peoria. McPheeters is currently president of the SIU Foundation Board and is a life member of the SIU Alumni Association.

He and his wife, Susan, split time between Peoria, Hilton Head, S.C., and Copper Mountain, Colo. They have two daughters and two granddaughters.