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A toast to longtime friends at Alumni Weekend

Daniel Watson, M.D., Kay Johnson, M.D., and Joseph Zunt, M.D., were among those celebrating their 20-year reunion. (Photo: Tim Rummelhoff)

Nearly 250 Medical School alumni and guests returned to the University of Minnesota for Alumni Weekend September 22, 23, and 24. In addition to the classes that were celebrating milestone reunions, Medical School alumni from all classes were invited to take part in the festivities.

At a breakfast with current medical students, alumni heard about how medical school has changed. Today’s students can watch lectures online, for instance, and more than half of them study medicine abroad.

Guests also attended a performance of Hippocrates Cafe, during which professional actors performed more than 20 vignettes that chronicled physicians’ lives — from meeting their first cadavers in medical school to thanking their last patients.

Alumni celebrating reunions (Classes of 1946, 1951, 1956, 1961, 1971, 1981, 1986, 1991, and 2001) also had a special chance to catch up with longtime friends at their class dinners. An impressive nine members of the Class of 1946, who celebrated their 65th reunion and are mostly nonagenarians, and their guests participated in the event.

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