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 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.