The Muncie-Delaware County Chamber of Commerce has announced the recipient of this year's Legacy Award. George Branam of Indiana University Health Ball Memorial Hospital will be honored at the Legacy Gala in August.

April 20, 2015

News Release

MUNCIE, Ind. – The Muncie-Delaware County Chamber of Commerce is pleased to announce that Dr. George E. Branam will be recognized as the 2015 recipient of the Chamber's Legacy Award.

The Muncie-Delaware County Chamber of Commerce Legacy Award is presented annually to an individual who has made extraordinary, sustained, and positive contributions to the Muncie-Delaware County community, and who has provided leadership in the development of programs, events, and/or new traditions that promote good will and community pride.

“George Branam is a fine example of an individual who has made extraordinary contributions to the Muncie-Delaware County Community,” said Chamber President Jay Julian.

Dr. Branam was born in Bloomington, Indiana. He graduated from Indiana University and received his medical degree from Indiana University School of Medicine in 1957 where he was elected to the AOA, an academic medical honorary. Upon graduation from medical school Dr. Branam enlisted in the United States Air Force, studying the specialized field of pathology and spending a total of nine years stationed in Denver, San Francisco, San Antonio and Dayton before beginning his civilian career in Muncie, Indiana at Ball Memorial Hospital, now IU Health Ball Memorial Hospital. At IU Health Ball Memorial Hospital he has had many leadership positions: Chairman of the Clinical Staff and its Executive Committee; Director of Laboratories; and Director of the Pathology Residents Program.

He has 5 children and 12 grandchildren; many church affiliated medical missions to Mexico and Haiti; and an active civic life. Perhaps his highest undergraduate achievement was receiving the Indiana University Big 10 medal for academics, athletics, and citizenship.

All but one year of his professional career has been in teaching hospitals and he has worked with over 300 young physicians in training. The integration of pathology and its application to the everyday practice of medicine to benefit all patients is his passion.

Dr. Branam has been very involved with the Muncie Action Plan (MAP) serving as one of the chairs. He is also a past Chairman of the Chamber's Board of Directors. Dr. Branam was also a Muncie Symphony Orchestra Superconductor.

Dr. Branam's civic contributions include: Rotary International, 1968-Present; Muncie Symphony Orchestra Board of Directors, 1980-1986; Muncie Children's Museum Board of Directors, 1982-1984; Muncie/Delaware County Chamber of Commerce; Horizon and VISIONS Economic Development steering committees. He served on the Muncie City E.D.I.T. Board; Member Health Care Advisory Council Borg-Warner/SelectCircle (PPO), 1993-1998; Triathlon Muncie World Championship Co-Chair, Marketing/Media; Shafer Leadership Academy (co-founder) 2005-Present (board); Cornerstone Center for the Arts (co-founder) 1995-Present (board); Muncie Action Plan (co-founder & co-chair) 2009-Present.

Past Chamber Legacy Award recipients include: Dr. Jo Ann Gora, Past President of Ball State University, Van P. Smith, Techsmith, Inc.; Stefan Anderson, retired CEO of First Merchants Bank; and Mary & Cornelius Dollison.

Dr. Branam will be honored at the 2015 Legacy Gala scheduled for Saturday, August 22 at Horizon Convention Center, Muncie.

The Muncie Delaware County Chamber of Commerce has been serving the community since 1894.

Source: The City of Muncie

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