“These efforts did not preclude his other infectious diseases work,” Edwards said in his nomination letter. “He continued to see patients in clinics, and took time to mentor medical students training at the Springfield Clinical Campus of the MU School of Medicine. Future generations will likely shape the world based on what they have learned and seen from Dr. Trotman, who is always willing to educate and explain in a kind way that people understand.”
Trotman has worked at CoxHealth for 16 years. He received his bachelor’s degree from the University of Texas–Austin and completed medical school at Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine in north Missouri. He completed his internship and residency work at the University of Missouri–Columbia and had a fellowship in infectious disease at Wake Forest University in North Carolina.
The CFO will present the Humanitarian Award at the Association of Fundraising Professionals–Ozarks Region Chapter’s National Philanthropy Day celebration at 11:30 a.m., Tuesday, Nov. 9, at White River Conference Center, 600 W. Sunshine St. The event honors a range of individuals and organizations involved in many facets of philanthropy. Tickets can be purchased online.
The Humanitarian Award was founded in 1990 by the late Springfield donor Jewell Thompson Schweitzer to honor individuals in our region who excel at serving others in a humanitarian capacity. The Springfield Area Chamber of Commerce organizes a committee to review nominations and select the annual recipient.
This year’s selection committee included: Rev. Kenneth Chumbley; Tim Connell; Pastor Saehee Duran; Lyle Foster, Ph.D.; Brandy Harris; and Rev. Phil Snider.
Trotman will receive a $5,000 cash award, which has traditionally been donated to one or more charities of the winner’s choice.
About the Award & Past Honorees