Medical School alumni Neal Gault Jr., M.D., and Eugene Ollila, M.D., are among those being honored this fall with the University of Minnesota Alumni Service Award. Medical School Dean Deborah Powell, M.D., presented Gault and Ollila with their citations earlier this fall. Nine others will receive their awards from University President Robert Bruininks at a ceremony October 29 at the McNamara Alumni Center.
The award recognizes superior alumni volunteer service to the University, its schools, colleges, departments, and other constituent groups. Both Gault and Ollila have demonstrated tremendous dedication to the University and the Medical School.
Gault, who received the University’s Outstanding Achievement Award in 2000, graduated from the Medical School in 1950, later serving as dean from 1972 to 1984. He served on the Medical Alumni Society from 1973 to 1991 and on the Minnesota Medical Foundation board of trustees from 1959 to 1992, playing a major role in raising money for Campaign Minnesota. A committed volunteer and donor, he mentored medical students, chaired several Medical School alumni reunions, and established two scholarship funds—the Gault Medical Student International Study Award and the S. J. Gault Scholarship for Women Medical Students. He also helped to establish an endowed chair in sexual health—the world’s first—at the University.
Ollila graduated from the Medical School in 1970 and has been a member of the Medical Alumni Society for the past 13 years, serving as president for four years and as representative to the University of Minnesota Alumni Association’s national board for six years. Known for launching the Connections Mentoring program, Ollila partnered with the Hennepin and Ramsey Medical Societies (now the West and East Metro Medical Societies) to provide four-year mentorship opportunities to medical students. Participation has quadrupled over the last decade. In 2003, he and his wife, Julie, established the Dr. Eugene W. and Julie M. Ollila Scholarship.
A permanent display listing all University Alumni Service Award winners will be unveiled during the October 29 ceremony.