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2006 Alumni Reunion, Homecoming - a Success

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Alumni representing the classes of 1976, 1981, 1986, 1991, and 1996 participated in the April 22 Medical School Alumni Reunion and Homecoming. Saturday events included a continuing education program, tours of new facilities, an update by Dr. James Willerson, president of the UT Health Science Center, dedication of the new Distinguished Alumnus Wall at the base of the grand staircase, and an evening reception and dinner. See Scoop's April 14 issue for an overview of all activities and a profile of the 2006 Distinguished Alumnus.

Accepting the 2006 Distinguished Alumnus Award, Dr. J. Christopher Farmer ('82) thanked his family in attendance as well as the Medical School. Farmer was named the National Air Force Physician of the Year in 1996 and currently is a professor of medicine at the Mayo Clinic College of Medicine. Both his wife and sister are alumni of the Medical School, as well as a future family alumnus, his oldest son, Chris, who is completing his second year.

During a special joint meeting of the Alumni Association Board with reunion participants in attendance, Willerson provided a timely overview and update of institutional accomplishments and formally presented the Distinguished Alumnus Award. Current president of the Alumni Association Board, Dr. Alan Friedman, provided an overview of the organization's accomplishments. Resa Ott, associate director of alumni relations, presented a preview of new Web-based communications programs that will facilitate future communications along with database capabilities allowing alumni to update their profiles and communicate with the Medical School and their fellow alumnus. Friedman noted the Alumni Association has been able to provide 21 student scholarships in the past year.

Tours of the renovated Medical School were a popular part of the event with the new Gross Anatomy Labs being a highlight. The evening reception and dinner was held in the Texas Medical Center Saturday evening at Trevísio.

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