KOKOMO, Ind. — Ivy Tech Community College’s Kokomo Region presented retired Wabash physician Hap Dragoo with its Changing Lives Award at a luncheon on April 22. The Changing Lives Award is presented annually to a Kokomo Region community member who shares his or her time, talents or money to benefit the college and its students.
Dr. Dragoo has helped the college in several ways over the years, including teaching anatomy and physiology classes, recruiting other local physicians to teach, volunteering as a tutor, serving on the general education advisory board, and donating equipment and supplies to the science lab. Dragoo was a popular instructor at the college, once earning the Instructor of the Year Award — an award voted on by students. He played an integral role in launching the new science lab as well as the anatomy and physiology classes offered at the Wabash Campus. Dr. Dragoo and his wife, Jane, also have regularly supported the Ivy Tech Foundation with monetary gifts, by donating auction items to the annual fundraiser, and by attending fundraising events.
In addition to his steadfast dedication to Ivy Tech, Dr. Dragoo has also shown an impressive commitment to the Wabash community. He has been a Shriner and has helped organize that group’s fishing derby, an event that raises funds to assist children in getting medical services. He was named a citizen of the year by the Wabash County Chamber of Commerce and is active in Kiwanis and the Wabash Christian Church.