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Phil Eskew Jr. '63 to Receive St. Vincent Silver Medal Award & Be Inducted in Indiana Basketball Hall of Fame

December 14, 2004

December 14, 2004, Greencastle, Ind. - Philip N. Eskew Jr., M.D. -- an obstetrician and gynecologist and director of physician and patient relations at St. Vincent Hospital in Indianapolis, and 1963 graduate of DePauw University -- is the 2005 recipient of the Indiana Basketball Hall of Fame's St. Vincent Silver Medal Award. The annual award honors a person who has made a significant contribution to high school basketball in a capacity other than as a player or coach. Dr. Eskew will be inducted into the Hall of Fame on March 23, 2005.

Dr. Eskew is the son of Phil N. Eskew, former commissioner of the Indiana High School Athletic Association, who received the Silver Medal in 1970. The Eskews become the first father-son duo to receive this award.

A graduate of Sullivan High School, where he participated in football, basketball and track, Phil Eskew Jr. completed his undergraduate studies at DePauw University. Dr. Eskew played football and ran track at DePauw, setting school records in both sports at the university. He is a member of the DePauw Athletic Hall of Fame and currently serves as president of the Hall's board of directors. Dr. Eskew is also president of the DePauw Alumni "D" Association and has served on DePauw's Alumni Board.

The doctor has practiced obstetrics and gynecology since 1974. In addition to delivering over 5000 babies, Eskew has served as the ob/gyn residency director, medical director of women and children's services, medical director of women and infant's services and currently is the director of physician and patient relations at St. Vincent Hospital in Indianapolis. His professional involvement includes serving as an officer and representative on several committees for the American College of Obstetricians & Gynecologists since 1971 at the state level, district level and as national vice president.

The announcement of the award, released today, notes Dr. Eskew's service to DePauw and states, "Eskew follows in his father's footsteps with his volunteerism, involvement, and dedication to several organizations. The younger Eskew has been involved with the Indiana Basketball Hall of Fame for twelve years, the last eight on the executive committee and currently serves as the secretary of the board. Eskew is currently serving as the state medical chair of the March of Dimes Prematurity Campaign. He also serves on the Indiana Medicaid Drug Utilization Review Board. Eskew has been involved in the Carmel Rotary Club for 24 years, serving as club president, and he started the Fishers and Zionsville Rotary Clubs. He served twelve years on the Carmel School Board, serving as President during the construction of the controversial indiana basketball hall fame.gifaddition to the high school. Dr. Eskew has also been involved on the boards of the McDowell House, Carmel Library Foundation, serves as a Colonel with the Indiana Guard Reserve, past president of the board for the St. Elizabeth's Home and vice chair of the American Medical Association CPT Editorial Panel for ten years."

Dr. Eskew's award is noted in today's Indianapolis Star. Read about it here.

The Indiana Basketball Hall of Fame's induction banquet will take place at Primo Banquet Hall in Indianapolis. For more information, or to make reservations, call (765) 529-1891.

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