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Medical Center

Logan’s Run

January 31, 1945

Dr. Logan Clendening, a leading medical historian, a newspaper columnist appearing in 383 newspapers, and author of one of the best selling medical books of the 20th Century (The Human Body), dies in Kansas City.

“There Is Too Much Talk Here About Segregation”

March 5, 1934

Kansas Representative William H. Blount convenes a hearing in Topeka to investigate racial discrimination at the University of Kansas, with particular focus on the Medical School’s exclusionary practices that prevent African American students from completing medical degrees at KU.

Rising Son

February 23, 1948

At the age of 32, Dr. Franklin D. Murphy – a son both of KU and of a Medical School “founding father” – agrees to become dean of the University of Kansas School of Medicine, the youngest man in the nation to hold such an office.

Marry On

April 18, 1941

The KU School of Medicine drops its prohibition against marriage for nursing students.

Rx For Rural Health Care

February 18, 1949

The “Rural Health Program for Kansas,” a measure conceived by KU School of Medicine Dean Franklin Murphy to provide underserved Sunflower State communities with additional physicians and other medical professionals, is signed into law by Kansas Governor Frank Carlson.

Upward Mobility

May 8, 1967

The University of Kansas Graduate School approves establishment of a master’s degree in nursing.

“Just What We Need”

May 21, 1959

KU speech clinician Dick Schiefelbusch presents preliminary research indicating that children with profound mental retardation can learn.

“The Country And Our State Are Looking To Us”

July 1, 1952

Pharmacology professor Dr. W. Clarke Wescoe becomes dean of the University of Kansas School of Medicine and director of the KU Medical Center, ushering in a period of “momentous change and daring innovation” at 39th and Rainbow Boulevard.

Band Of Brothers And Sisters

May 10, 1942

The US Army’s 77th Evacuation Hospital Unit, composed of volunteer doctors and nurses primarily from the KU School of Medicine and its Bell Memorial Hospital, is officially activated for duty in World War II

Rejecting Rejection

August 8, 1938

Under pressure from civil rights leaders and Kansas Governor Walter Huxman, the Kansas Board of Regents votes to prohibit the de facto practices that had prevented African American students from completing their medical education at the University of Kansas School of Medicine.