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Academic Health Center Oral History Project

Dornblaser, Bright

dornb001.jpg Bright Dornblaser received his B.A. in 1949 and his masters in hospital administration in 1952 from the University of Minnesota. From 1967 until the early 1980s, he directed the School of Public Health's Program in Hospital and Health Care Administration.

Interview Abstract
Bright Dornblaser begins by discussing his background, including his education. He discusses why he returned to UMN as a faculty member in 1967; his experience as a graduate student and faculty member in the School of Public Health, including commenting on faculty and deans such as Gaylord Anderson, Lee Stauffer, Edith Leyasmeyer, and Robert Kane. He also discusses the first vice president for health sciences, Lyle French. He describes relations between divisions within the School of Public Health and relations with other colleges within the Health Sciences; funding of the School of Public Health; the Hospital Administration Program; shift in focus in the School of Public Health toward research; the Ph.D. program in hospital administration; the relationship between the Hospital Administration Program and the University Hospitals; public health nursing program; space in the School of Public Health; the position of the School of Public Health within the Health Sciences; the program in health care administration's time in the Carlson School of Management and its move back to the School of Public Health and into the new division of Health Policy Management; the Alumni Association of the hospital administration program; and recruitment of minority and women students.

Biographical Sketch
Bright Dornblaser was born in Minneapolis, MN. He received his BA in 1949 and his Masters in Hospital Administration in 1952 from the University of Minnesota. From 1952-54, he worked as the secretary of the Board of Health in Philadelphia. He then briefly returned to the UMN as an instructor in the Program in Hospital Administration in the School of Public Health (1954-55). From 1956-60, he was the Assistant Administrator in the Danbury Hospital in Danbury, CT. From 1960-67, he was the Director of the Franklin County Public Hospital in Greenfield, MA. In 1967, he again returned to the UMN as professor and Director of the Program in Hospital and Health Care Administration in the School of Public Health. He retired in 1998.

Interview Transcript
BDornblaser.pdf