Ponchatoula Strawberry Salute
Randolph Michael Howes, M.D., Ph.d. He was born and reared on the Ponchatoula strawberry farm of his parents, the late Clarence and Magdalena Howes. Dr. Howes says that Ponchatoula is truly 'Exstrawberrynary.' Dr. Howes is the inventor of the triple lumen venous catheter, credited with helping save the lives of over twenty million critically ill patients worldwide. He is a receipent of Dr. Norman Vincent Peale's national award for Unsung Heroes (Versatility). First to receive double board eligibility in general and plastic surgery in a six year interval at the prestigious Johns Hopkins Hospital. First in history of Tulane Medical School to receive double doctorate degrees in Medicine and Biochemistry simultaneously. He is a receipent of the Humanitarian Award from the Community Mayors of New York, Connecticut and New Jersey, sworn in by Mayor Rudy Guiliani. Currently, Dean of the Louisiana University of Medical Sciences. He is a receipent of a doctorate of humanities from Southeastern Louisiana University. He is a receipent of a Certificate of Merit from President George H. Bush. He is an inductee, Louisiana Treasures Hall of Fame. He is an inductee, Country Music Organizations of America Hall of Fame. He is a receipent of the George Washington's Honor Medal. He is a Kentucky Colonel.