Reuniting At Alumni Weekend 2017
More than 450 alumni and guests attended this year’s Alumni Weekend, held April 28 and 29.
The annual celebration offered graduates a chance to reconnect with former classmates, reminisce about their time at Northwestern and discover how the medical school has evolved since they were last on campus.
The weekend featured a range of social and educational activities, including campus and hospital tours and faculty-led forums on topics from transplantation to cardiovascular health. Alumni also caught up with old friends over yoga classes, visits to the Museum of Contemporary Art and reunion class dinners, and they chatted with current students during networking lunches.
Anthony Chen, ’87 MD, viewed old class photos hung in Method Atrium.
The weekend’s activities included tours of the Northwestern Simulation Center, where alumni practiced their surgical skills on state-of-the-art devices.
As he perused class photos in Method Atrium, Walter Huurman, ’62 MD, reminisced about the ways the medical school campus has changed over the years. “Walking down Superior is very different today than it was 55 years ago,” said Huurman, a retired pediatric orthopaedic surgeon living in Florida. “I enjoy coming back to update myself on others I met while I was here and keep track of all that has developed.”
On Friday afternoon, Eric G. Neilson, MD, vice president for Medical Affairs and Lewis Landsberg Dean, delivered an update on the state of the school and discussed the future of Feinberg. He highlighted the medical school’s growing research enterprise, including rising rankings in NIH funding, continued recruitment of top investigators and construction of the Simpson Querrey Biomedical Research Center.
Frances Taylor, ’57 MD, and Georgine Steude, ’57 MD, reminisced about their time as roommates and medical school classmates during Alumni Weekend.
Alumni met up for a chilly early morning Fun Run along Lake Michigan.
Elizabeth Finley-Belgrad, ’87 MD, joined others at a yoga class held in the Galter Health Sciences Library.
“I believe we can be optimistic in all of the endeavors that we take on in medicine. For me, this is why discovery is so important: It energizes the environment, and we hope it will continue to grow,” Neilson said. “We want to be a premier medical center in this country. We think we are already — but we are well on our way to being even better than we thought.
Afterward, more than 75 attendees gathered at the inaugural Women in Medicine Tea at the Drake Hotel. After a panel discussion, alumni offered advice to current medical students in the audience and spoke about career successes, managing work-life balance and forging their own paths in medicine.
Diane Meier, ’77 MD, received this year’s Distinguished Alumni Award from Dean Eric Neilson.
On Friday evening, alumni gathered for cocktails, dinner and dancing, and a special salute to members of the class of 1967, in recognition of their 50-year reunion. Diane Meier, ’77 MD, director of the Center to Advance Palliative Care, received this year’s Distinguished Alumni Award.
“I am deeply moved by this incredible honor,” Meier said. “The training I got here was superb, and I learned that when I became an intern and actually had a good sense of what I was doing as a resident in internal medicine.”