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Members of the Study Committee for the Development of a Medical School in Shreveport
November 11, 1963
Medical School Study Committee Formed

An announcement was made at the November 11, 1963 Shreveport Medical Society Board of Directors Meeting that “The Study Committee for the Development of a Medical School in Shreveport” had been established. This committee was chaired by Dr. Joe E. Holoubek with the
following members: Dr. Bert Trichel, Dr. James Eddy, Dr. Ralph Riggs, Dr. Carson Reed, Dr. E.E. Dilworth, Dr. Charles Knight, Dr. Charles Black, Dr. Herbert Tucker, Dr. W.H. Carroll, Dr. Clarence Webb, Dr. W.R. Mathews, and Mr. Sam Weiner, architect.
Correspondence from Dr. Hull to Dr. Holoubek
  December 13, 1963
Dr. Edgar Hull Endorses Medical School in Shreveport

In a letter dated December 13, 1963, Dr. Edgar Hull arranges a meeting with Dr. Joe E. Holoubek to discuss the possibility of a medical school for Shreveport. Dr. Hull headed the Department of Postgraduate Medicine at the Confederate Memorial Medical Center in Shreveport that was established in 1955.
Support letter from Representative Johnston
  May-June 1964
House Concurrent Resolution 60 Passed

House Concurrent Resolution 60, sponsored by Representative J. Bennett Johnston, Jr., was passed in the 1964 Regular Session of the Louisiana Legislature. This resolution requested the Louisiana State Medical Society to study the need for and location of another medical school in Louisiana. In a letter dated July 15, 1964 to Dr. C.E. Boyd, Johnston expressed his support of Shreveport as the location of the new medical school.
Governor John J. McKeithen
  July 1964
Governor McKeithen is Persuaded

Unfamiliar with the needs of medical education, Governor John McKeithen turned to his brother, Dr. A.E. McKeithen, for advice. Dr. McKeithen recommended that the Governor talk with Dr. Edgar Hull. At their meeting in early July 1964, Hull supported the need for a third medical school in the state and enthusiastically recommended Shreveport as the location. With Hull’s pledge to oversee the school’s establishment, McKeithen said, “Fine! We’ll build it.”
Louisiana State Medical Society Recommendation
  May 3-5, 1965
Louisiana State Medical Society Endorsement

As directed by House Concurrent Resolution 60, the Louisiana State Medical Society appointed a committee to study the need for and location of another medical school in the state. This committee’s report was presented to the Society’s House of Delegates at their annual convention held in New Orleans in May 1965. Based on the committee’s report, the Society submitted the following recommendation to the Legislature: “The State of Louisiana undertake [sic] to establish a school in Shreveport in connection with the now existing Louisiana State University Postgraduate School of Medicine and the Confederate Memorial Hospital.”
Shreveport Journal article announces Medical School hearing
Convincing the legislators
  May 25, 1965
Medical School Bill Introduced

House Bill 47, which proposed establishment of a medical school in Shreveport, was introduced by Caddo Parish Representative J. Bennett Johnston, Jr. On May 25, 1965 the bill came up for a hearing before the House Appropriations Committee. After a joint meeting of the Shreveport Chamber of Commerce and the Shreveport Medical Society, Dr. Edgar Hull and 150 Shreveport area doctors, businessmen, educators and civic leaders flew to Baton Rouge to attend the hearings and meet with the Governor. Convinced of Shreveport’s suitability as a location for the new medical school, the Committee voted six to five in favor of the bill. The House approved Bill 47 by a vote of 53 to 47 on May 31 with the Senate following suit on June 2nd with a 28 to 9 favorable vote.

In this video clip from 1979, Dr. Leonard Goldman interviews Dr. Joe Holoubek, where he explains how local physicians convinced Louisiana legislators that a medical school should be built in Shreveport.
Governor McKeithen signs Medical School bill
  June 7, 1965
LSU School of Medicine in Shreveport Created

On June 7, 1965 at 4:30 p.m., Governor John J. McKeithen signed Bill 47 into law as Act 2 of 1965. This Act established a branch of the Louisiana State University School of Medicine in Shreveport. Although the medical school had been created, no funding was provided for its construction or operation. One Representative said, “Give them their medical school on paper, and they won’t be back, and that is all we will hear about it."
Johnston, Hull and Holoubek discuss Medical School funding

Physicians developed the Medical School in their free time

  June 17, 1965
Planning Committees Formed

Undaunted by the lack of funding, Shreveport area supporters continued planning for the medical school. On June 17, Dr. Edgar Hull and J. Bennett Johnston, Jr. met with members of the Shreveport Medical Society, Shreveport Chamber of Commerce, and other interested parties in the auditorium of the Confederate Memorial Medical Center. At this meeting, Dr. Joe E. Holoubek, chair of the Shreveport Medical Society’s Medical School Development Committee, asked for volunteers to survey medical schools in other parts of the nation. The resulting Medical School Survey Committee, headed by Dr. Charles L. Black, consisted of twelve physicians who visited 19 medical schools at their own expense. Additional committees were established including the Curriculum Committee, headed by Dr. Heinz Faludi; the Construction and Design Committee, headed by Dr. W.H. Carroll and Sam Weiner; the Funds and Finance Committee, headed by Dr. Louis Breiffeilh; and the Pre-Medical Student Survey Committee headed by Dr. Melvin Johnson.

In this 1979 interview, Dr. Joe Holoubek explains to Dr. Leonard Goldman that local physicians planned for the medical school on their own time.
First Diploma School of Nursing class with instructors
  September 1965
Nursing School Re-established at Confederate Memorial Medical Center

Due to an extreme shortage of nurses in the Shreveport area, the CMMC Board of Directors decided to terminate their contract with the Northwestern State College School of Nursing and re-institute a Diploma School of Nursing at the hospital in an effort to retain more nurses. Although their contract officially ended on July 30, 1964, some Northwestern nursing students were allowed to remain in the CMMC Nurses’ Residence until other accommodations could be made. After months of searching for a qualified individual to head the newly established Diploma School of Nursing, Frances M. Hicks, R.N., the Assistant Administrator at Muscogee General Hospital in Oklahoma, was finally appointed as the Director of Nursing Education on December 1, 1964. The first class was admitted to the School in September 1965.     

Students completed basic college courses, including English, Biology, and Chemistry at Centenary College, while their clinical training was fulfilled at CMMC. The School of Nursing Bulletin outlines strict rules about studying, dating, and personal hygiene. Quiet time was observed for two hours every weeknight for studying, and freshman had a curfew of 7:15 p.m. every weeknight. Male guests were not allowed beyond the parlor of the Nurses’ Residence. Furthermore, students were not allowed to smoke before or during their shifts because the lingering smell on their clothes would bother patients.
LSU officials tour CMMC
LSU officials impressed with local support
  October 2, 1965
LSU Medical Center Delegation Tours Confederate Memorial Medical Center

To gather statewide support for building the medical school, Dr. Holoubek invited a group of LSU officials to tour the Confederate Memorial Medical Center in Shreveport. Dr. John Hunter, president of the Louisiana State University System; Dr. Grover Murray, LSU System vice president; Dr. William Frye, chancellor of the LSU Medical Center at New Orleans; and Dr. Edgar Hull, associate dean of the LSU School of Medicine at New Orleans met hospital administrators and local physicians for a thorough inspection of the facilities and grounds at CMMC. After the tour, LSU officials heard progress reports from the medical school planning committees and met Shreveport community leaders. Dr. Holoubek commented that the meeting provided an opportunity to demonstrate “the interest of the whole community in the development of the medical teaching center.”

Click here to see Dr. Holoubek discuss how the LSU officials were impressed by the local support during their tour of CMMC. Holoubek is being interviewed by Dr. Leonard Goldman in this 1979 film.
McKeithen meets with local supporters
Meeting at Captain Shreve Hotel
  December 6, 1965
Governor McKeithen Pledges Support

With the support of the LSU System officials assured, Governor McKeithen was approached to determine whether his administration would back legislation to fund construction of the medical school. Representative Johnston had drafted a plan to finance the state’s share of the construction costs through the sale of $5 million in bonds backed by a portion of the state’s ad valorem tax. On December 6, 1965, Governor McKeithen met with 150 local area legislators, physicians, businessmen, and community leaders at the Captain Shreve Hotel in Shreveport. Impressed by the enthusiastic local support and the soundness of Johnston’s plan, McKeithen was quoted in the local newspapers as saying, “We’ll just raise that $5 million and start building that medical school.”

Click here to view a series of clips from the aforementioned December 6th meeting. Speakers include LSUMC Chancellor William W. Frye, Representative J. Bennett Johnston, Jr., and finally Governor McKeithen.
Governor McKeithen signs Medical School funding bill
Funding finally secured
  June 7, 1966
Medical School Receives Funding

After months of intensive lobbying of state legislators by local supporters, the House passed the funding bill unanimously and the Senate bill had one dissenting vote. The bill was signed into law as Act 12 of 1966 at 4:30 p.m. on Tuesday June 7, 1966 by Governor John J. McKeithen. This Act provided for a $10 million bond issue to fund the state’s share of the medical school’s construction costs. The state’s $10 million was matched by $20 million in federal funding for a total of $30 million.

See Governor McKeithen signing the bill in this video clip. Dr. Edgar Hull, Dr. Charles Black, Dr. Joe Holoubek, Representative J. Bennett Johnston, Jr. and many others are present. Please note that there is no audio in this clip.

In this 1979 interview, Dr. Leonard Goldman asks Dr. Holoubek how funding was finally secured for the medical school.
Dr. George R. Meneely coordinates Medical School planning
  June 10, 1966
Dr. George Meneely Appointed Medical School Coordinator

On June 10th, Dr. George Meneely, Visiting Professor of Medicine at the LSU School of Medicine at New Orleans, was appointed to coordinate the activities involved in the establishment of the new medical school in Shreveport. At the August LSU Board of Supervisors meeting, Meneely was officially designated as Professor of Medicine and Associate Dean of the LSU School of Medicine in Shreveport.
Hull appointed Interim Dean
  August 3, 1966
Edgar Hull Appointed Interim Dean

Dr. Edgar Hull, Associate Dean of the LSU School of Medicine at New Orleans, was appointed Interim Dean of the new medical school in Shreveport. His appointment was announced by Dr. William W. Frye, Chancellor of the LSU Medical Center at the August 3rd meeting of the LSU Board of Supervisors.
First class receives caps
  September 5, 1966
CMMC School of Nursing Class of 1968 Capping Service

The five students in the first diploma nursing school class received their nurses’ caps at a ceremony held on September 5, 1966. This ceremony traditionally took place before the student nurses entered their clinical training.
Dorothy Risinger hired
Funding for the Dean’s secretary
  October 1966
Administrative Staff Hired

Although the first class of medical students would not begin their studies for another three years, the administrative staff of the School of Medicine in Shreveport began to take shape. Those hired in October included: Dorothy Risinger - Assistant Coordinator; Dr. Gwynn Akin - Assistant to the Dean; Mrs. Lucille Hardaway - secretary to Dr. Hull; and Mrs. Betty Graves - secretary to Dr. Meneely.

In this 1979 interview, Dr. Holoubek explains to Dr. Leonard Goldman how money was raised to hire Mrs. Hardaway as Dr. Hull’s secretary.
Linwood Apartments
  November 16, 1966
Purchase of Linwood Apartments Approved

The Federal Housing Administration granted approval for the sale of the Linwood Apartments project to the LSU School of Medicine in Shreveport. The 296-unit apartment complex, located on a twenty acre tract between Tulane and Cascade Streets, was constructed in 1951 at a cost of two million dollars. Since it was to be used for educational purposes, the complex was sold to the University for $400,000. Immediate plans were to use the apartments for the housing of students, teaching and technical staff, interns and residents. The School of Medicine took possession of the apartment complex on April 20, 1967.
Accreditation process begins
  February 10, 1967
Accreditation Sought by Medical School

Dr. Edgar Hull filed a request with the Liaison Committee for Medical Education to begin the lengthy accreditation process.
Scale model of proposed Medical School
  March 17, 1967
$20 Million Medical School Contract Signed

A contract to begin development of the $20 million, 12-story Medical School building in Shreveport was signed on March 17. This 450,000 square foot building would have been the most costly state building ever constructed in Louisiana. Three local architectural firms were involved in the project and included Samuel G. Wiener & Associates; Wilson & Sandifer; and Wiener, Morgan & O’Neal. These three firms joined forces to form Associated Medical School Architects.
Rudolph appointed Biochemistry Head
  March 28, 1967
Biochemistry Department Established

The Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Department was established on March 28, 1967 when Dr. Guilford G. Rudolph of the Vanderbilt University School of Medicine was appointed as the founding Department Head.

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Helmut M. Redetzki, M.D.
  April 6, 1967
Department of Pharmacology and Therapeutics Established

On April 6, 1967, Dr. Helmut M. Redetzki, of the LSU School of Medicine in New Orleans, was named as Professor and Head of the Pharmacology and Therapeutics Department.

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Map showing location of the former missile site in Greenwood, Louisiana
  April 20, 1967
Former Missile Site Acquired

The School of Medicine in Shreveport acquired the former Nike-Hercules Missile Site at Stonewall, Louisiana, from the U.S. General Services Administration. Although the fair market value of the property was $312,000, it was given to the LSU School of Medicine free of charge for educational purposes. The 36-acre site, 15 miles south of Shreveport, contained 25,000 square feet of space in permanent, air-conditioned buildings that were used as an animal farm and as a facility for research involving experimental animals.
Shreveport Veterans Administration Hospital
  June 4, 1967
Affiliation of LSU School of Medicine and the Veterans Administration Hospital

Dr. Edgar Hull, Dean of the LSU Medical School and Mr. E.P. Whitaker, Director of the Veterans Administration Hospital, announced the affiliation of the two institutions on June 4, 1967. As a result of this agreement, the VA Hospital became the temporary home of the medical school, allowing the first class to be registered in 1969.
Reggie Graves
  July 1, 1967
Business Manager Joins Administrative Staff

Robert R. “Reggie” Graves joined the administrative staff of the new School of Medicine in Shreveport, serving as business manager. Graves’ appointment, effective July 1, was announced by Dr. Edgar Hull on April 26th.
Dr. William T. McElroy, Jr.
  July 16, 1967
McElroy Appointed to Admissions

The Admissions and Student Affairs Department was formed on July 16, 1967 with the appointment of Dr. William T. McElroy, Jr., of the Hahnemann Medical College and Hospital in Philadelphia. McElroy also served as Professor of Physiology.
Dr. Adrian F. Reed
  August 20, 1967
Dr. Adrian Reed is Founding Head of the Anatomy Department

The Anatomy Department was established on August 20, 1967 when Dr. Adrian F. Reed of Tulane University was appointed as Professor and Department Head. Upon Dr. Reed’s retirement, November 30, 1977 was declared “Adrian F. Reed Day” when he was honored by students, faculty and staff. His tribute read, in part, “…he has been a constant source of inspiration to students, faculty and staff. The academic seeds that he has so patiently planted here will continue to bear excellent results throughout the future of this school.”

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Dr. Erich K. Lang
  August 20, 1967
Radiology Department is Established

The appointment of Dr. Erich K. Lang on August 20, 1967 marked the founding of the Radiology Department. Lang, who came here from the Methodist Hospital in Indianapolis, was also named Head of Radiology at the Confederate Memorial Medical Center.

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November 1967 Joint Construction Grant application
  November 1, 1967
Joint Construction Grant Application Filed

After months of planning, writing, and rewriting, the application to request $14 million in federal assistance for construction of the Medical School was finally submitted on November 1, 1967 to the United States Public Health Service, an agency of the Department of Health, Education and Welfare. Submission of the 298-page application was cause for celebration. Dean Hull sent a poetic thank you message to all who assisted with the project.
Introduction to the Liaison Committee on Medical Education Report
  November 6-7, 1967
Survey Visit of the Liaison Committee on Medical Education

At the request of Dr. Edgar Hull, the LSU School of Medicine in Shreveport was visited by representatives from the Liaison Committee of the Executive Council of the Association of American Medical Colleges and the Council on Medical Education of the American Medical Association on November 6-7, 1967.

A 33-page report was filed by the survey team with the final conclusion being, “The survey team is of the opinion that a letter of Reasonable Assurance of Accreditation submitted at this time to the Bureau of Health U.S. Public Health Service would have to be so conditioned that we urge re-examination of many facets of this program before such a letter is requested.” The survey team recommended that the school be re-surveyed in the fall of 1968.

A seven-page summary of the survey visit written by Dr. Joe E. Holoubek offered the following interpretation of the survey team’s conclusion, “I felt these men came here with a closed mind. In the final analysis, I feel that the inspecting group seemed to be deliberately insulting to us.”
List of site visitors
  November 30 - December 1, 1967
Joint Construction Grant Project Site Visit

The November 1, 1967 Joint Construction Grant application resulted in a Project Site Visit on November 30th and December 1st. An 18-member site visit team included an impressive list of medical school professors, librarians and government officials.
Mayo Drake
  December 31, 1967
Department of Medical Library Science Established

The very last day of 1967 saw the selection of Mayo Drake as Professor and Head of the Department of Library Science. Drake, who came from the University of Florida’s Health Center Library, would serve as the distinguished Director of the LSU Medical Center Library for nearly twenty years.

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Dr. Emil Kotcher
  January 7, 1968
Founding of the Microbiology and Immunology Department

The Microbiology and Immunology Department was established on January 7, 1968 with the appointment of Dr. Emil Kotcher, as Professor and Department Head. Kotcher had previously served as Professor of Medical Parasitology and Chief of the Parasitology Section at the Louisiana State University International Center for Medical Research and Training in San Jose, Costa Rica from 1963 to 1967.

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Part-time faculty
  February 25, 1968
138 Appointed to the Medical School Part-Time Faculty

Dean Edgar Hull announced the appointment of 138 part-time faculty members to the LSU School of Medicine in Shreveport. Seven of the faculty members were transfers from the LSU Medical School in New Orleans, while 62 faculty members transferred from the LSU Postgraduate Faculty of Medicine at the Confederate Memorial Medical Center in Shreveport. These dedicated men and women contributed their time and expertise, without compensation, to ensure the success of the fledgling medical school.
Dr. Marion D. Hargrove, Jr.
  March 10, 1968
Marion D. Hargrove, Jr., M.D. Appointed

Dr. Marion D. Hargrove, Jr. was added to the Dean’s staff as Assistant Dean for Clinical Affairs and was appointed Assistant Professor of Medicine effective April 1. Dr. Hargrove would go on to become the founding head of the Department of Medicine in 1971, a position he held for twenty years.
National Advisory Council on Education for Health Professions comments
  March 26, 1968
Joint Construction Grant Denied

A letter dated March 26, 1968 from the Public Health Service delivered the bad news that the November 1, 1967 Joint Construction Grant Application had not been approved. The National Advisory Council on Education for Health Professions recommended disapproval with advice to resubmit following consideration and correction of five main deficiencies. The areas of concern involved space, the library collection, expansion, the administration of the out-patient teaching facility, and the relationship between the hospital and the medical school. Dr. Hull vowed that although this would delay construction of the building, the first freshman class would start in September 1969 at temporary quarters at the Veterans Administration Hospital.
Library users
  July 1968
Medical Library Facility at the Veterans Administration Hospital

As of July 1968, the Medical Library had 4,500 square feet of dedicated space in the basement of the Veterans Administration Hospital. Faculty, including Mayo Drake, Head of the Department of Medical Library Science and Associate Librarian, Ronald Sommer, were assisted by three non-professional staff. Holdings included 25,000 volumes and subscriptions to 575 journals.

Click here to read “Statistical Summary of Library Operations” PDF.
Medical School opening delayed
Hunter speaks about lack of funding
  July 11, 1968
Medical School Opening Called Off

The Executive Board of the LSU Board of Supervisors announced that the Medical School in Shreveport would not open as scheduled in September 1969, due to a lack of funds. The facility had no laboratory equipment, no chemicals, no glassware, no anatomy equipment and few library resources – and no funds with which to purchase these necessities. Now, in addition to the unsuccessful request for federal construction funds, the entire future of the school seemed to be in jeopardy.

LSU President John Hunter, Ph.D., speaks about this lack of funding in this video clip.
Liaison Committee on Medical Education Report
  August 11-13, 1968
Second Liaison Committee on Medical Education Visit

As advised in the November 1967 report of the LCME survey team, the LSU School of Medicine in Shreveport requested a follow-up visit. A four-member team visited from August 11-13, 1968 and their findings justified the issuance of a letter of Reasonable Assurance of Accreditation to the Bureau of Health Manpower of the Department of Health, Education and Welfare. Success – the Medical School was now assured of being accredited.
Library receives Meneely donation
  September 29, 1968
Meneely Donates Library Books

The Library’s book collection was augmented with the donation of 200 books from the collection of Dr. George Meneely.

Among the donated books were the 1961 and 1965 Proceedings of the Symposium on Radioactivity in Man, edited by Dr. Meneely.
Medical School will open in September 1969
  October 3, 1968
Board of Supervisors Okays Medical School Opening

Despite its decision less than three months earlier, the LSU Board of Supervisors passed a resolution calling for the Medical School to admit its first class in September 1969.  Although the school planned to accept only 32 students for the first class, 200 applications had already been received, another 600 had requested applications and 60 new requests were received each week. As of November 1968, the number of submitted applications had increased to 350, with 150 coming from students in Louisiana schools.
Dr. Clarence H. Webb
  October 14, 1968
First Meeting of the General Faculty

The first meeting of the General Faculty of the LSU School of Medicine in Shreveport was called to order at 7:30 p.m. in the auditorium of Confederate Memorial Medical Center. Dean Edgar Hull served as President pro tem of the Faculty and the first order of business was the election of officers. The Nominating Committee composed of Drs. Joe E. Holoubek, Ralph Riggs, Herbert Tucker and P.R. Gilmer, Jr. submitted the following nominations: for President, Dr. Clarence H. Webb; for Vice-President, Dr. James R. Hughes; for Secretary , Dr. Marion D. Hargrove, Jr. The nominees were elected by acclimation.

Click here to read minutes from the first faculty meeting of the LSU School of Medicine PDF.
Surgery Department established
  November 3, 1968
Surgery Department Established

Dr. Frank T. Kurzweg, of the University of Miami School of Medicine, was named as head of the Division of Surgery at the LSU School of Medicine and Chief of Surgery at the Veterans Administration Hospital. Kurzweg received the Doctor of Medicine degree from Harvard Medical School and served his residency at the Mayo Clinic. Kurzweg was Professor of Surgery at the University of Miami School of Medicine before coming to Shreveport.

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Medical School will open
  January 19, 1969
LSU School of Medicine WILL Open in the Fall

LSU Medical School Chancellor William Frye announced, “Shreveport’s LSU School of Medicine will open in the Fall regardless of whether the legislature approves new taxes by then.” This was good news since 350 students had applied by November 1968 and that number rose to 500 in two months.
Librarians uncrate and sort new donation
  February 16, 1969
Library Adds 12,000 Volumes

The Indianapolis Medical Society donated some 12,000 volumes of books and journals to the new School of Medicine in Shreveport. When the Society’s collection at the Indianapolis Public Library was consolidated with the Indiana Medical School Library, thousands of books were found to be duplicates. Many of these titles are still in the holdings of the Medical Library and form the basis of our History of Medicine Collection.
Thirty-two students chosen from a pool of 500 applicants
  March 23, 1969
Medical Students Selected and Facilities Readied

Assistant Dean of Admissions and Student Affairs, Dr. William T. McElroy, announced that thirty-two young men and women had been accepted to begin their medical school training in September. They represented 17 Louisiana communities, including several from the Shreveport-Bossier City area. Twenty-five percent of the class was married and the average age was between 21 and 22.

Finishing touches were put on facilities at the Veterans Administration Hospital that would be used as classrooms and laboratories and in July, seven buildings in the Linwood Apartment Complex were renovated to house the medical students.
$170,000 awarded to the Medical School
  April 27, 1969
Medical School Receives $170,000 Private Grant

The Frost Foundation of Shreveport awarded a $170,000 unrestricted grant to the LSU School of Medicine in Shreveport. The money was dedicated to the development of a laboratory for gastroenterology, as well as funding salaries and equipment.
Two-volume Joint Construction Grant Application
  July 1, 1969
Second Joint Construction Grant Application Filed

After the disappointing failure of their November 1967 application, administrators of the School of Medicine in Shreveport spent the next 15 months revising the original application to address the site visit team’s concerns. The 1967 application request for $14 million in federal funding was increased to $20,288,242 that was now necessary for construction of the medical school building.
Several of the biographical cards completed by medical students
  September 12, 1969
A Day of Registration and Orientation for
Medical Students

The 32-members of the first freshman medical school class of the LSU School of Medicine in Shreveport completed forms, received physical examinations, paid tuition, bought books, and posed for photographs on the very busy day of September 12, 1969. The LSU School of Medicine was the 100th medical school founded in the United States and would be home for the next four years to the 31 men and 1 woman of this first class.
First class of medical students in lab at the VA Hospital
  September 15, 1969
Medical School Classes Begin

The long-awaited day had finally arrived when the first class of medical students attended classes at the Veterans Administration Hospital.
Verbal endorsement from site visit team
  September 22-24, 1969
Joint Construction Grant Site Visit

In conjunction with the July 1968 Joint Construction Grant application, a site visit was conducted September 22-24, 1969. The visiting team gave “verbal endorsement of the school’s educational program and its objectives.” The team also approved of the facility’s location as well construction plans.
Correspondence concerning the Joint Construction Grant approval
  December 17, 1969
Approval – Finally!

The National Advisory Council on Education for Health Professions recommended that the School of Medicine’s second application for federal assistance for construction funds of $20,288,242 be approved.