Interview with Merlin K. DuVal, May 22, 1984

Project: Academic Health Centers Oral History Project

Interview Summary

University of Arizona Medical School; DuVal Family history; DuVal's early interest in medicine; attending medical school at Dartmouth and Cornell during World War Two; surgical training and influence of Dr. Alan Whipple at the Veterans Hospital in the Bronx; developing the Department of Surgery in Oklahoma from 1956 to 1963; recruitment by the University of Arizona President Richard Harvill to begin a medical school; reasons for establishing a medical school at Arizona and the involvement of Dr. Dermont Millick and Walker McEwan; influence of Joe Volker on the Arizona Medical School Study (known as the Volker Report) and recommending that a medical school be located at the University of Arizona; friction between Phoenix and Tempe over the location of the medical school; DuVal's first appearance at a meeting of the University of Arizona's Board of Regents in November of 1963; DuVal's reasons for accepting a position at the University of Arizona; consultations with Dr. George Harrell (University of Florida) and Dr. William Willard (University of Kentucky) regarding the establishment of a medical center; Dr. Phil Krutzsch's role in designing the Basic Science Building; David Bishop's involvement in developing the library; Oscar Thorpe's role in designing the hospital in the Clinical Sciences wing; John Palmer's role in developing the multi-discipline laboratories; Dr. Jack Layton's appointment as head of the Department of Pathology; designing the physical layout of the University of Arizona Medical Center; organizing the Founders for Arizona Medical Education (FAME) campaign to build the Basic Sciences Building; the Markle Foundation's selection process and contribution; establishing a pecking order at the new medical school among the faculty; qualities DuVal valued in prospective faculty members; town-gown relationship in Tucson; relationship with the Veterans Administration Hospital in Tucson; mistakes DuVal believes he made at the University of Arizona; putting Family/Community Medicine in charge of the Emergency Room; the reasons for moving Nursing from the College of Agriculture to a new building at the Medical Center; problems with the location of the College of Pharmacy; donation of the sculpture of Hippocrates to the Medical School; John Schaefer as president of the University of Arizona; efforts to keep the Medical School and Hospital separate; DuVal as Assistant Secretary of Health-- Education-- and Welfare and head of the National Center for Health Education; DuVal's role in establishing the Emergency Medical Service; DuVal's involvement with state legislators on medical legislation; DuVal's participation in civic activities.

Interview Accession

1984oh024_ahc002

Interviewee Name

Merlin K. DuVal

Interviewer Name

Joseph Hamburg

Interview Date

1984-05-22

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DuVal, Merlin K. Interview by Joseph Hamburg. 22 May. 1984. Lexington, KY: Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries.

DuVal, M.K. (1984, May 22). Interview by J. Hamburg. Academic Health Centers Oral History Project. Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries, Lexington.

DuVal, Merlin K., interview by Joseph Hamburg. May 22, 1984, Academic Health Centers Oral History Project, Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries.





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