Dean Allen Lichter
Gilbert S. Omenn, U-M Executive Vice President for Medical
Affairs and CEO, U-M Health System
This special issue of Medicine at Michigan marks the culmination
of the Medical School's 150th anniversary, which ends with our
Sesquicentennial Celebration/All-Classes Reunion on October
13 and 14 in Ann Arbor. We hope you are planning to be with
us for this great event, which will be marked with a special
sesquicentennial performance by the Michigan Marching Band during
half-time of the Michigan-Illinois game on the afternoon of
Over the past year we've celebrated the School's remarkable
150-year history in a number of wonderful ways, including the
launching of this magazine in April 1999, and creating a sesquicentennial
Web site. In October 1999 we hosted the Sesquicentennial Convocation
with its many distinguished speakers, and brought together in
one place the School's four living deans. In June of this year
we sponsored a very well received Sesquicentennial Symposium
attracting participants from all across the country to discuss
the question, "Will Professionalism Be a Casualty of Modern
Medicine?" We updated Horace Davenport's history, Not Just
Any Medical School, and produced a video on the School's history.
Our celebration received national coverage when the entire February
16, 2000, issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association
was dedicated to articles from the U-M as a tribute to the Medical
School's sesquicentennial, with Victor Vaughan appearing as
the cover portrait.
Other sesquicentennial initiatives included the naming of basic
science lecture halls after distinguished faculty, the induction
of more than 75 alumni into a new Hall of Honor, the relocation
of the Medical School's more than 120 graduation composite photographs
to the connection between Medical School Buildings and the hospitals,
and the installation of four historical markers on the main
and medical campuses to show the location of early buildings.
In addition a physician's office, circa 1908, was installed
in the Hospital lobby area for the enjoyment of visitors, Medical
School students took photos for a "Day in the Life"
layout in the June 2000 yearbook, Aequanimitas, and students
in the Victor Vaughan Society prepared a set of biographies
on those individuals whose names have become part of the School's
legacy through such means as endowed professorships and named
societies. Alumni/ae at more than 40 regional events and national
meetings also celebrated the sesquicentennial.
None of this would have been possible without the hard work
and great imagination of the faculty, staff and students who
constituted the Sesquicentennial Celebration Committee, chaired
by Robert Bartlett, professor of general surgery. To all of
them we owe a great round of applause for all they have done,
for the many ways they have helped us to appreciate the wonderful
heritage that is today the University of Michigan Medical School.
Their names are listed in the box at left.
We hope that you have had a chance to participate in some of
the sesquicentennial events over the past year and that you
will join us in Ann Arbor for the gala in October!
Allen S. Lichter, M.D.
Gilbert S. Omenn, M.D., Ph.D.
U-M Executive Vice President for
Medical Affairs and CEO, U-M Health System
SESQUICENTENNIAL CELEBRATION COMMITTEE
Gerald Abrams, M.D., professor of pathology; Robert Bartlett,
M.D., professor of general surgery; Kent Christensen, Ph.D.,
professor emeritus of cell and developmental biology; Kristin
Colligan, staff associate, Office of the Dean; Michael DeBrincat,
director of alumni relations, Office of Medical Development
and Alumni Relations; Rebecca Dunkailo, second-year medical
student; Erica Hanss, assistant to the dean, Michael Harrison,
director, Public Relations and Marketing Communications, U-M
Health System; Timothy R.B. Johnson, M.D., Bates Professor and
chair, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology; Richard D. Judge,
M.D., professor of internal medicine; Eric Kaldjian, M.D., director
of pathobiology, Worldwide Pre-clinical Safety, Pfizer; Bert
LaDu, M.D., Ph.D., professor emeritus of pharmacology, Research
Division of Anethesiology; Howard Markel, M.D., Ph.D., associate
professor of pediatrics, director, Historical Center for the
Health Sciences; George W. Morley, M.D, professor emeritus of
obstetrics and gynecology; Michael Overbeck, fourth-year medical
student; Kate Schuch, sesquicentennial coordinator; Gary G.
Smith, director, Gifts of Art, U-M Health System; Alexandra
Stern, associate director, Historical Center for the Health
Sciences; James Thomas, associate vice president, Office of
Medical Development and Alumni Relations, U-M Health System;
Walter M. Whitehouse, Jr., M.D., chair, Department of Surgery,
St. Joseph Mercy Health System. All members of the Sesquicentennial
Celebration Committee are faculty, staff or students in the
U-M Medical School unless otherwise noted.