Tulane Alumni Association




Distinguished Alumnus/a Award 1991


John W. Deming

John W. Deming was born in Evergreen, Alabama, in 1920 and graduated from Auburn University, where he won the Corner Award for excellence in natural sciences. He received his M.D. degree from Tulane School of Medicine in 1944 and won the Isadore Dyer prize for the highest four-year average in his class. Dr. Deming is now a retired physician living in Alexandria, Louisiana, where he practiced internal medicine from 1950 to 1985. His distinguished career included affiliations with Rapides General Hospital, St. Francil Cabrini Hospital, Huey-P. Long Hospital, and the Veterans Administration Hospital.

For three decades Dr. Deming has shown great leadership in issues concerning health and education in the state of Louisisana. He was director of the Council for a Better Louisiana, co-chairman of the Central Louisiana Health Planning Council, and president of the Public Affaris Research Council of Louisiana. In addition, he served as a member of the Louisiana Commission on Human Relations and Responsibilities and co-chaired the Citizens Advisory Committee of the State Department of Education, which was concerned with improving the quality of education in the state. In the 1960s he served for eight years as a member of the Rapides Parish School Board.

Dr. Deming is a member of the American Medical Associaion and the Louisiana State Medical Society, and he is a fellow in the America College of Physicians, Chest Physicians, and Cardiology. But he has also established considerable expertise in fields unrelated to the medical profession. He is a director of the Murphy Oil Corportaiton, the Pan American Life Insurance Company, the Hibernia Corporation, and the Central Louisiana Electric Company.

In addition to his involvement in business and medicine, and his impressive record of civic responsibility, Dr. Deming has demonstrated a long-standing dedication to Tulane. As early as the 1940's he became an active leader in the Alumni Association and the Annual Fund drive, and he has been a loyal sports supporter in the Green Wave Club. From 1964-68 he was a member of the Board of Visitors (a predecessor of the President's Council) and held a position as associate professor of clinical medicine in the Tulane School of Medicine. He resigned to serve as a member of the Tulane Board of Administrators from 1969-83. For his outstanding commitment to Tulane he was inducted in 1983 into the Paul Tulane Society, the University's most prestigious distinction.

In 1970 Dr. Deming and the Murphy family created the Tulane Murphy Foundation, named in honor of Dr. Demings' father-in-law, Charles Murphy. Among other benefits to Tulane, gift from this foundation have established the Murphy Institue of Political Economy, the Deming Medical Fund, and the Deming Library Fund.

Dr. Deming is married to Bertie Murphy Deming, who currently serves on the Tulane President's Council. They have four children-John Winton Deming, Jr., Bertie Deming Heiner, Catherine Deming Pierson (G'78, SW'89), and Claiborne Payne Deming (A&S'75, L'79).

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