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Dean's Message
Donald E. Wilson, MD, MACP
Honorary membership is conferred upon Dr. Wilson during the 131st Recognition Luncheon on May 5 by MAA president Charles F. Hobelmann Jr.,’71.


I’ve shared much with you in this space over the years. I reckon I’ve written 60 dean’s messages in my 15 years as dean, but none as important as this one. Because this is my last message and my last chance to let you know how important you all are to me and to this institution.

The University of Maryland School of Medicine has one of the most active and participatory alumni groups in the country. You have supported this medical school in thought, word, and deed. You have given of your time, your energy, and your pocketbook.

There are nearly 7,000 of you throughout the United States and beyond. And while I have not had the pleasure of meeting all of you, it has been my privilege to get to know literally hundreds of you, and to count many of you among my good friends.

One of the highlights of my tenure as dean occurred during the May alumni week activities when I was made an honorary alumnus by the Medical Alumni Association at the recognition luncheon. While I always referred to the medical school as “our” medical school, now it rings truer than ever. I am honored to be considered one of you. I know that the Alumni Association bestows honorary membership only rarely; so I am greatly honored to have been chosen.

As my tenure as dean comes to a close, I have been planning my future. I will spend the first few months of retirement at my house in Florida doing nothing. And I do mean nothing. Maybe I’ll do a little fishing, something I haven’t done since I was a kid, but mostly I just want to enjoy my family and enjoy the freedom from meetings and deadlines. However I will return to Baltimore in January to take part in the bicentennial festivities.

We have invited Mel Sharoky, ’76, Alice Heisler, ’63, and Fritz Plugge, ’57, to sit on our honorary bicentennial committee. A year-long schedule of events has been planned, and I hope to see you next year at one or more of them. You will receive a “save the year” calendar this fall, listing the full schedule of events, to all of which you are invited. The year will begin with a breakfast in Annapolis for the state legislature, will include a lecture series at the Hippodrome, a student service day and leadership forum, a gala at the Convention Center, a reenactment of the charter signing in Annapolis, and many, many other exciting events.

I want to thank the Medical Alumni Association for its support over the years, the Bulletin editorial board for its stewardship of this fine magazine, and each and every one of you for 15 years of friendship and support.

My very best to all of you, fellow alumni! I’ll see you next year at the bicentennial!

Supplemental Note:

On June 7, 2006 the University of Maryland Baltimore announced the appointment of E. Albert Reece, MD, PhD, MBA, as the 30th dean of the University of Maryland School of Medicine and vice president for medical affairs at the University. Reece joins Maryland from the University of Arkansas, where since 2001 he has been serving as vice chancellor of the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences and dean of its college of medicine. He is also a professor in the departments of obstetrics and gynecology, internal medicine, and biochemistry & molecular biology.

Reece is originally from Jamaica, West Indies. He earned a BS from Long Island University, an MD from New York University School of Medicine, a PhD in biochemistry from the University of West Indies in Kingston, and an MBA from the Fox School of Business & Management at Temple University. His internship and residency in obstetrics and gynecology were served at Columbia University/Presbyterian Hospital, and he received postdoctoral fellowship training in maternal-fetal medicine at Yale. Reece served on the faculty at Yale for nearly 10 years before accepting the chair of obstetrics and gynecology at Temple University, the position he held until being named dean at Arkansas. He is a member of the Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences, and his appointment begins at Maryland in September. More information will be included in the fall issue of the magazine.

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