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Honoring Duluth campus medical legends and leaders

Charter dean Robert Carter will be among those recognized on the Wall of Honor

“As charter dean, Bob Carter was hired to break eggs and make this medical school omelet,” says Richard Eisenberg, Ph.D., recalling the early days of the two-year Duluth Medical School, which admitted its first class in 1972.

Eisenberg himself had been recruited by Robert Carter, M.D., to join the school’s initial faculty, and he and many of his colleagues have fond memories of the school’s early years.

Carter, Eisenberg, and many other leaders of what’s now the University of Minnesota Medical School-Duluth Campus will be recognized by two new initiatives: a Wall of Honor that will list those who invested in the school’s growth and a Duluth Medical Legends and Leaders Scholarship.

“Recognition of our early pioneers and philanthropists was long overdue,” says Gary Davis, Ph.D., senior associate dean. “With the help of an anonymous donor, we have commissioned a Wall of Honor that will visually depict our mission and name the people who are responsible for our success. The new scholarship will honor those who led the way, and at the same time, help us recruit and support students interested in family medicine.”

In 1969, Minnesota state legislators authorized the seed money to develop a medical school that would encourage graduates to work in Minnesota’s rural communities that were facing physician shortages. Soon school administrators and Duluth community leaders added a second mission: to educate Native American physicians to serve the needs of American Indian communities.

The honor wall and scholarship will recognize Duluth physicians who provided financial support, energy, leadership, and clinical knowledge; state legislators who supported the 1969 funding to develop the school and 1974 building legislation; community leaders who shared their influence and advice; donors; deans; and charter faculty.

To learn more about or contribute to the Duluth Medical Legends and Leaders Scholarship, please contact Michelle Juntunen at 218-726-6876 or

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