The Utah Medical Association has named Dr. Winn L. Richards as Utah's Doctor of the Year for 1989. He was elected for the honor from a field of physicians nominated by members of the association and the Utah Medical Auxiliary.

Gov. Norm Bangerter presented the award to Richards in a recent ceremony.Richards, an Ogden ophthalmologist, has been practicing for nearly 28 years. He spent more than a quarter of a century in leadership positions with the Boy Scouts of America, and for the past two years has served in the Utah State Senate, introducing legislation on several health-related issues - including AIDS.

"His devotion to his patients and his community has set a high standard for the profession," said Dr. Craig Booth, association president. "If all doctors followed his lead in providing untiring community service as well as quality medical care, the title of `physician' would be honored indeed."

After graduating from the University of Utah Medical School in 1954, Richards served an internship at the Louisville General Hospital in Kentucky. In 1956, after a brief surgical residency at the U., he became a captain in the U.S. Army Medical Corps, serving as a flight surgeon/paratrooper in the 101st Airborne Division.

Upon completion of his military service, Richards performed a residency in ophthalmology at the Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit. Then in 1961, he moved back to Ogden to begin his private practice.

Richards has served on the Utah State Board of Health and was its chairman for two years. He has been a PTA president and held several leadership positions in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

He has served as president of the Ogden Surgical Society, chief of staff at McKay-Dee Hospital, president of the Utah Ophthalmological Society and treasurer of the Weber County Medical Association. Richards and his wife, Joyce, have four sons and eight grandchildren.