Deidre Downs at the Jimmy Carter Work Project June, 2005
July 7, 1980 |
|Alma mater||University of Virginia
University of Alabama School of Medicine
|Occupation||Physician in obstetrics and gynecology (Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility)|
|Employer||University of Alabama-Birmingham Medical Center|
|Title||Miss Alabama 2004, Miss America 2005|
|Term||September 18, 2004 - January 21, 2006|
Downs initially attended the University of Virginia on a volleyball scholarship. She later attended Samford University and earned scholarship money through pageants, graduating magna cum laude with a degree in history. She was an Echols Scholar at the University of Virginia and a member of the Jefferson Literary and Debating Society. She was also a finalist for the prestigious Rhodes Scholarship in 2002. After her term as Miss America, she began medical school at the University of Alabama School of Medicine in Birmingham. She received her MD degree in 2010 and then completed a residency in obstetrics and gynecology at UAB Medical Center in 2014. She is currently a senior fellow in the Division of Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility at UAB. She changed her name to Deidre Gunn after her marriage to Andrew Gunn in 2008, though they are now divorced.
Downs is the only titleholder to reign for part of three calendar years. The pageant, traditionally held in September, was delayed four months to allow the Miss America Organization to secure a TV deal. Her successor, Jennifer Berry of Oklahoma, was crowned as Miss America 2006 on January 21, 2006.
- "Downs wins Miss Alabama, Camper first runner-up". The Gadsden Times. Gadsden, AL. June 13, 2004. Retrieved July 23, 2014.
- "Miss Alabama Deidre Downs wins Miss America". USA Today. September 18, 2014.
- "Miss Alabama". Miss America. Retrieved July 24, 2014.
- Deidre Downs: Samford's Miss America Charts Medical Future
- The 2014 Miss America National Judges Panel Announced
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