FLORENCE – Robert W. Moore, orthopedic surgeon and owner of Hand Surgery Associates, and Stephen Randal Voss, associate professor in the Department of Biology in the University of Kentucky College of Arts and Sciences, have been honored by the Francis Marion University Department of Biology with outstanding alumni awards.
Moore received the John S. Boyce Award, while Voss was presented the Lawrence Swails Award. These distinguished alumni awards, named after the Biology Department’s first two chairpersons, were presented during a reception Oct. 22 on the FMU campus. This is the fourth year the Biology Department has held this recognition of outstanding graduates of the biology program.
A Cheraw native, Moore began his studies at Baptist College in Charleston, now Charleston Southern, and transferred to FMU after one year to study biology and play basketball. He graduated magna cum laude from Francis Marion in 1980 with a B.S. degree in biology and later earned his M.D. degree from the Medical University of South Carolina. After graduating from medical school, Moore completed his residency in Memphis, Tenn., and soon after landed a fellowship in hand surgery with the University of Virginia. Pee Dee Orthopaedic in Florence was where Moore received his first job, and he remained there for 14 years. He has since opened his own practice, Hand Surgery Associates on Freedom Blvd.
In addition to practicing in Florence, Moore has taken his orthopedic surgery skills to several underdeveloped countries where medical treatment is scarce. He hasn’t limited exposure to this experience to himself either. He and his wife, Betsey, who is also a graduate of FMU, lived in South Korea for two years and served as missionaries. They have two children, Meg and Hunter.
Moore was also an accomplished athlete at FMU. He lettered in basketball for three years (1977-1980) at Francis Marion. In only those three seasons, the 6’5” forward scored 1,330 points and grabbed 613 rebounds. He was twice named the NAIA District Six “Player of the Year” (1979 and 1980) and was selected to the NAIA second-team All-America squad following his senior campaign. Moore still owns the Patriot single-season records for most points, rebounds, free throws, and games scoring in double figures. He was selected to the District Six All-Academic Team all three years, was named to the 1980 first-team All-State squad, and helped lead the Patriots to a 62-27 overall record and three straight district playoff appearances. Following his career, Moore was named to the FMC All-Decade Team for the 1970s and the District Six 15th Anniversary Team, which was announced in 1983.
Voss is an associate professor in the Department of Biology in the College of Arts and Sciences at the University of Kentucky. He earned his doctorate from Clemson University in 1994. Voss is also the director of the Ambystoma Genetic Stock Center and Research Resources, as well as a faculty associate of the Spinal Cord and Brain Injury Research Center.
He earned a Bachelor of Science degree in biology at FMU in 1986. In 1988, Voss earned a Master of Science degree in biology from Western Carolina University in North Carolina. It was at Clemson University that he received the Ph.D. in zoology.
To fund his research, Voss has secured in excess of $10 million in grants over the years. He and a research group comprised of professors from Tulane, the University of Kentucky and the University of California at Irvine were recently awarded $6.25 million in new research support from the U.S. Department of Defense, to determine if human limb regeneration might be possible.
The North Carolina native and his wife, Maynie, have three children: Stephen, Brinna and Emma. Voss and his three sisters, Robin Voss, Kelly Voss, and Susan Spearman, are all graduates of FMU.
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