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Seven Decades of Dedication – Dr. Leslie Arey

Earlier this year, Michael Sawaya, MD ’68, sent a suggestion for a future topic for the Ward Rounds history blog. “Would enjoy something of the career of Leslie B. Arey. Dr Arey taught embryology to first-year medical students when I was there (class 1968). He wrote of the history of the medical school but he has been gone a while and I think alumni would enjoy a recounting of his great career.” We thank Dr. Sawaya for the opportunity to share this wonderful story about the Northwestern career of Dr. Leslie B. Arey, PhD, who touched the lives of so many people at the medical school over a career spanning more than seven decades. In some cases, he had taught three generations of students from the same family.  Sadly, he passed away in 1988. There were two very nice Ward Rounds pieces written by editor Ellen Soo Hoo about Dr. Arey in the 1980s. Here are excerpts from those articles. Dr. Arey joined the medical school faculty in 1915 as an instructor in anatomy, after receiving a PhD degree from Harvard University. The Maine native intended to stay just a couple of years and then find a job teaching zoology at a liberal arts college. But he quickly rose through the academic ranks to become a full professor in 1919 and five years later the department chairman, a post...

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Breaking Gender Barriers at Northwestern

Piece done by Amy Cross from Northwestern News Network – 10/05/11 Dr. Margaret Gerber graduated from Northwestern University in 1939 and from the medical school in 1944.  Decades after her graduation, Gerber, who goes by the name “Mickey,” still calls Evanston home. “I’ve lived here since basically 1937,” she says. “How many years is that?” Growing up during the depression, Mickey and her family moved to where the work was – Utah, Iowa and finally to Evanston, where her brother Jay was acting as the new student director for Northwestern. Mickey enrolled at Northwestern as a senior and graduated in 1939 with degrees in math and chemistry. “I always kind of secretly wanted to be a doctor,” she says. “I never told my family that because I didn’t think it would be possible in the depression era time.” She decided to pursue that dream after all when she applied to Northwestern University’s medical school. “I was interviewed by the professor of anatomy,” she remembers. “This was in 1940. He said, ‘We know how to pick men, but we have no idea how to pick women.’” She recalls his joke about her gender. “When we pick women, we just throw the applications up in the air and the first four we take.” She laughed, “At least I had the luck of the drop.” After being accepted with a full-ride scholarship, the...

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Preserving the Medical School’s History for Future Generations

In recognition of the medical school’s 150th anniversary in 2009, the Galter Health Sciences Library began identifying certain materials to be scanned and digitized. By digitizing selected, unique materials in the Library’s collections and placing them on the Web, access is enhanced and preservation is improved. Previously these items were only available to a select group of researchers. Making high-quality digital images available electronically can reduce wear and tear on fragile items. One of the completed projects is Dr. Leslie B. Arey’s history, Northwestern University Medical School 1859-1979. It is now available for alumni and friends. Thanks to support from the Northwestern University Library’s Digital Collections-2E Digital Media Lab , which processed class photos from the 1920s through 2009, and David Darian, who processed the older photographs, the Class Composite Digitization Project is nearing completion. Conditions of the older composite photos varied from very poor to excellent. In several cases, the Galter Library held the individual portraits only, as the backing material on the composite images had long since disintegrated. Through the magic of new technology, each composite was carefully cleaned and enhanced, producing facsimiles better than the originals. The Galter Library is still trying to locate class pictures from the following years: 1921, 1922, 1925, 1928, 1930, 1932, 1967, 1972, and 1975-1989. If you or someone you know has access to medical school photos from any of these years,...

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Class of 1958 Expressed their School Pride in Song

Alumnus Alon Winnie submitted a song he wrote called Alma Mater Medica during his time at the medical school. We’ll get his sense of pride and the background behind the writing of this piece of music that honors the medical school.

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Medical School History Blog

Welcome to the medical school’s new blog (currently unnamed). I’m Ron Sims, Special Collections librarian, and I hope to share some of the wonderful history of the medical school and the Galter Health Sciences Library’s archival treasures, many of which have been donated by generous faculty and alumni. This blog is for you and the topics I research and write about will come from some of your suggestions. Want to find out what became of a former professor or when a department was launched? This is the place to ask. We hope you’ll add to my posts with your...

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