The Ralph L. Willard, D.O. Collection

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2011

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Willard, Ralph L.

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University of North Texas Health Science Center at Fort Worth, Gibson D. Lewis Library

Abstract

The Ralph L. Willard, D.O. Collection consists of papers collected by Dr. Willard while he was Dean (1975-1981) and President of the Texas College of Osteopathic Medicine from 1981 to 1986.

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Ralph L. Willard, D.O., a graduate of Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine, was a decorated World War II bomber pilot and a successful surgeon in his native state of Iowa. He was also assistant dean for clinical affairs at the Michigan State University College of Osteopathic Medicine when he assumed the position of dean of the Texas College of Osteopathic Medicine in 1975. He became the second president of TCOM in May 1981. During Dr. Willard's term of office, TCOM went from a renovated bowling alley and assorted leased buildings, to a three building college campus. During Dr. Willard's tenure as dean and president, TCOM also issued two of three groundbreaking goals statements that would permanently guide the school's areas of emphasis: education, research and community service. The statements defined how the people and programs of TCOM should contribute to finding solutions to America's health care problems, to preventing disease and to fostering collaborative biomedical research initiatives. He received the TCOM Founder's Medal in 1985.

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The Ralph L. Willard, D.O. Collection, Boxes 00059, 00125-00132, 00142, 00170-00171, 00188, 00209, and 00289-00290. The University of North Texas Health Science Center, Gibson D. Lewis Library, Archives.

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