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A Newsletter for New York Medical College Alumni & Friends 

March 2010    Volume 2, Number 1

Seeing is Believing

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Thomas J. Beggins, MD '84 training medical personnel in Zambia
"I was still a working class kid when I became a doctor, and I felt very fortunate. My father told me, you're lucky enough to do this; make sure you give back." Thomas J. Beggins, MD '84, took that advice to heart and has been giving back ever since.
After graduating from New York Medical College and completing a residency in ophthalmology at St. Luke's Roosevelt in New York City, Dr. Beggins set up a practice in Middletown, Connecticut. Several churches in that area are very involved in supporting Haiti, and through them Dr. Beggins was introduced to a Haitian woman named Paula Thybulle who had founded an orphanage for girlsjust outside of Port-au-Prince. Ms. Thybulle also created a hospital to care for the girls and a clinic to provide medical and dental care to area residents.
Dr. Beggins decided to set up an eye clinic as part of this effort. Read more.
Alumni Reunion Weekend Celebrates College History

1951 Alumni Reunion Banquet

Alumni Reunion Weekend is coming up - and the fact that this year's reunion takes  place during the College's 150th anniversary celebration makes it extra special!
On Saturday, May 22, members of the Classes of 1960 and 1985 as well as all five-year reunion classes will reunite to celebrate all that they have accomplished since earning medical degrees from this historic institution. On that evening, alumni and their guests will gather at the Sheraton New York Hotel & Towers for a gala evening filled with opportunities to reconnect with old friends, meet the graduating Class of 2010, and receive special awards while enjoying an elegant dinner and dancing. The Alumni Association will also present Medals of Honor to Elsa-Grace V. Giardina, MD '65 and Henry I. Saphier, MD '61.
On Sunday, May 23, honored alumni and their guests will reconvene on the Valhalla campus for an informal luncheon. The day will include campus tours led by current students and the Annual Meeting of the Alumni Association. Invited alumni are asked to R.S.V.P. by May 14. Online registration forms are available here. For more information, please email or call 914-594-4556.
Public Health Alums Gather in April
National Public Health logo-editedAs part of its National Public Health Week celebration, the School of Health Sciences and Practice will host its sixth annual Alumni Reception on Monday, April 5, 2010 from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 the Alumni Center. All graduates of the school are welcome to attend with a guest. Reservations are requested by March 24. For more information, email Abby Rosenthal or call 914-594-3134.
Leave a Legacy to NYMC
Making a bequest to NYMC in your will is one of the most powerful and far-reaching decisions you can make and it demonstrates your commitment to NYMC's future.  What  better time to do this than now as a way to help NYMC celebrate 150 years of excellence and innovation in health sciences education and research and to be a part of our next 150 years of excellence!
You can shape specific provisions into your bequest.  Or, you can make an unrestricted gift that offers NYMC the flexibility to use your funding where it is needed most.  Recent realized bequests to the College have endowed a scholarship fund, helped fund cancer research and provided much needed unrestricted support and they came from a variety of supporters-alums, parents of alums and grateful patients of our faculty and our programs.
For a free copy of the brochure Charitable Bequests-How to Get the Most Out of Yours or for more information about bequests or other planned giving opportunities, please contact Dee Demling or 914-594-4542.
In This Issue
Seeing is Believing: Thomas J. Beggins, MD '84
Alumni Reunion Weekend celebrates College history
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Leave a Legacy to NYMC
This Month in NYMC History...
Campus News Briefs
This Month in NYMC History... On March 5, 1865, New York Medical College for Women held commencement exercises at the Athenaeumm in New York City. The fifteen graduates included women from New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, Massachusetts, Michigan, England, and Australia. "The young ladies were tastefully dressed, and many of them were quite handsome," according to the New York Times. The valedictory speaker, Prof. Carroll Dunham, referred to the opportunities before them, particularly in the care of women, and noted that two-thirds of the patients in New York City were female. Read more. 
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March Flashback Photo
NYMC ophthalmology patient
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December Flashback Photo
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Joseph Vozzola, MD '08 correctly identified this frog as one of a group of Alice in Wonderland characters who used to guard the entrances to Sunshine Cottage when it was a hospital for children suffering from TB. It currently guards the basement tunnels under the campus. 
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Published by New York Medical College Office of Development & Alumni Relations, copyright 2010.
Monica Maye, Editor
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