DURHAM, N.C. – Three former Duke student-athletes – Kelly Hathorn, Kim Imbesi and Peter Truszkowski – were honored this weekend as recipients of the C.T. Moorman, II Scholarship from the Bassett Society. The three individuals, who were recognized during Duke’s home football game against Clemson last night, are currently pursuing post-graduate degrees in medicine.
Named for longtime Duke Athletics physician Dr. Frank Bassett, the Bassett Society was established in 1985 to aid Duke student-athletes in their pursuit of careers in medicine and dentistry. In addition, the group provides education in the medical and dental fields while encouraging scientific research primarily related to medical complications arising from competitive sports.
Hathorn, a native of Durham, N.C., is in her third year of medical school at Duke. In 86 career matches as a member of the Blue Devil women’s soccer team from 2005-08, she totaled 23 points on eight goals and seven assists and was a three-time Academic All-District III selection.
Imbesi, a native of Bridgewater, N.J., is in her fourth year of medical school at Duke. She started 62 games as a goalkeeper for the Duke women’s lacrosse team from 2006-09 and finished her career with 467 saves, the third-highest total in school history. A three-time selection to the Academic All-ACC team, Imbesi earned ACC All-Tournament Team honors in 2009.
Truszkowski, a native of Northfield, Ill., is in his third year of medical school at Harvard. A member of Duke’s fencing team from 2006-09, he was a two-time All-America selection and posted top-10 finishes at the NCAA Championships in 2006 (10th) and 2008 (8th). A third team Academic All-America selection, Truszkowski posted a career record of 163-57 and served as team captain during his senior season.
The Bassett Society hosted its 28th annual meeting this weekend at the Washington Duke Inn & Golf Club. Jeffrey Hodrick, who lettered for Duke’s football team from 1994-97 and served as a team captain during his senior season, serves as the president of the Bassett Society Executive Committee.
Bassett, who passed away in 2007, joined the Duke Medical Center in 1963 and served in several capacities including Director of the Sports Medicine Center, head team physician for Duke Athletics and professor of orthopaedic surgery. He was a founding member of the American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine.
Born November 19, 1928 in Hopkinsville, Ky., Bassett earned bachelor's and master's degrees from the University of Kentucky in 1950 and 1951, respectively, where he played football under legendary head coach Paul "Bear" Bryant. After spending time in the U.S. military during the Korean conflict, he graduated from the University of Louisville school of medicine in 1957 and later served his orthopaedic residency at Duke in the early 1960s.
For more information regarding the Bassett Society, please contact Patti Duke at 919-684-5888.