- Bicentennial Medal (2020)
- Presidents Circle Laurel Pin (2018)
Raised in Kentucky, Rebecca L. Bushong received her B.S. in Pharmacy from the University of Kentucky and her Pharm. D. at Mercer University in Georgia. She furthered her education by earning her M.D. Bushong did her internship in internal medicine at Yale University and completed her residency at the University of Cincinnati in dermatology.
Bushong is a board-certified dermatologist that entered a private practice in Indianapolis. She has a special interest in women’s medical and cosmetic skin care issues. With her background as a pharmacist, she manages complex dermatologic diagnoses that require medical management at all ages. She was appointed by the Governor to the Indiana State Board of Cosmetology and Barbers Examiners. She is a past president of the Madison County branch of the Indiana State Medical Association.
During Bushong’s undergraduate studies she discovered her passion for antiquarian books when she found her first text in an antique barn in southern Indiana. She found first dermatology acquisition, the Rainforth’s The Stereoscopic Skin Clinic set at a New England antique show. Together with her husband, Charles M. Beasley Jr., they amassed a significant collection. After much consultation on how to best preserve their collection, they reached a conclusion. The Indiana University Lilly Library was chosen as the perfect home for the collection and it was officially donated in 2008. In recognition for her gift and continued support to the Lilly Library, Bushong was inducted to the President’s Circle in 2018 at the Benefactor level.