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Former classmates reunite for the weekend

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Classmates from the years 1977, 1982, 1987, 1992, 1997, and 2002 reunited to share old stories and catch up during Homecoming and Reunion over the weekend of April 21.

"We had a great turnout, and everyone had a fun time," said Resa Ott, associate director of alumni relations.

Alumni had a busy day Saturday, with lunch in the Leather Lounge, tours of the redesigned Medical School Building, a continuing medical education course taught by Dr. Eugene Boisaubin, the annual meeting of the Alumni Association, and the presentation of the 2007 Distinguished Alumnus Award. Dr. Brent King, '83, interim executive vice president and chief operating officer of the health science center, welcomed the group, whose members also included the Medical School's first registrar, Betty Murphy.

The day's activities capped off with a more formal dinner at Trevísio restaurant, where alumni mingled among old photographs and familiar faces, including Peggy Post, retired surgery residency coordinator; Sondra Ives, retired director of student and alumni affairs; and Dr. James "Red" Duke.

"The alumni office asks us what faculty and administrators we would like to have attend our reunion, and they invite them for us," explained Dr. Mark Farnie, '87.

Alumni Association President Dr. Joel Dunnington, '81, welcomed the attendees and thanked the group for the opportunity to serve as president.

Interim Dean Jerry Wolinsky told the audience of some of the recent achievements of the Medical School. "We were one of 12 sites in the nation to receive a Clinical and Translational Science Award from NIH. And, we are increasing the class size to 230 students without compromising the caliber of our students."

Wolinksy said that when he asked the graduating seniors about commencement speakers, they replied that they wanted an outstanding alumnus - and their resulting choice was Dr. Chip Souba, '78.

"I thought they would want Oprah, because I'm told that's who all graduating classes want - but I'm glad they picked someone in my budget," he said, with a smile.

Souba, dean of the Ohio State University College of Medicine, said that almost all of his opportunities have had links back to the UT Medical School.

"Having to do a research project here in the 1970s changed my future into academic medicine. It was very unusual for a medical school to require research back then," he said. "I was here when I did my residency, and Peggy (Post) was my second mother, which was appropriate.

"At the end of the day, all that you have is your stand, and I want to thank you for the stand that you take for the Medical School," he told the group.

-D. Brown

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