Interview with Richard M. Magraw, October 3, 1984
Project: Academic Health Centers Oral History Project
Interview SummaryEastern Virginia University Medical Center; Magraw Family history; educational background; attending medical school at the University of Minnesota; interning at Ancker Hospital in St. Paul; co-op group practice in Two Harbors-- Minnesota; accepting a position at the University of Minnesota and ultimately becoming Assistant Dean; his early interest in social medicine; becoming Director of the Comprehensive Clinic Program; tumult in the medical community after World War II between the rural general practitioners and the medical faculties; accepting a position as Deputy to the Assistant Secretary for Health in Washington-- D.C. under the Johnson and Nixon administrations; accepting position as Deputy Executive Dean at Illinois to develop a medical school; organizing the "Boat Rockers Society" in Washington-- D.C.; accepting position of President of the Eastern Virginia Medical Authority (formerly the Norfolk Area Medical Center Authority) in 1972 and its history; resistance from Richmond and Charlottesville to establishing another state medical school in Virginia; failure by the Authority to get the school accredited before Magraw arrived; forming an advisory committee to help with faculty recruitment to get accredited; importance of affiliating with Old Dominion University; acquiring Lee Memorial Hospital for the physical plant; changing the identity from Norfolk to Tidewater; parochial rivalries between Portsmouth-- Norfolk-- Suffolk-- Hampton-- Newport News and Virginia Beach; establishing a Graduate School of Medicine; importance of Sidney Kellam in getting Virginia Beach to support the Medical School; members of Magraw's development and fundraising team (Harry Mansback-- Dick Welton-- Henry Clay Hoffheimer-- Wright Harrison-- Sherwood Lyles-- Sol Rawles); role of the faculty in developing a facility and curriculum; recruiting faculty; stressing indigent care to the legislature to receive funding for the physical plant; struggle to remain independent of Norfolk General Hospital; opposition by faculty to indigent care; racism in the medical community in the Tidewater area; town-gown relationship between the Medical School and Medical Center and community; recruiting Richard Peters as administrative officer; Magraw's supporters and antagonists; loneliness of Magraw's position; reason for Magraw's being asked to resign by the commissioners in 1978; Magraw's opinion on faculty service plans.
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Magraw, Richard M. Interview by Joseph Hamburg. 03 Oct. 1984. Lexington, KY: Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries.
Magraw, R.M. (1984, October 03). Interview by J. Hamburg. Academic Health Centers Oral History Project. Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries, Lexington.
Magraw, Richard M., interview by Joseph Hamburg. October 03, 1984, Academic Health Centers Oral History Project, Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries.
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