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Dr. A.G. Smith appointed
January 18, 1970
Pathology Department Established

The Pathology Department was established with the appointment of Dr. Albert Goodin Smith as Professor and Head of the Department. Dr. Smith served as assistant and associate professor at Duke University and as professor and deputy chairman of the Department of Pathology at the University of Tennessee School of Medicine.

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Dr. J.A. Little appointed
  January 18, 1970
Pediatrics Department Established

Dr. Joseph Alexander Little was appointed Professor and Head of Pediatrics Department in January 1970. Dr. Little previously served in various capacities at the University of Cincinnati School of Medicine, the University of Louisville School of Medicine, the Kentucky State Department of Health, Kentucky Crippled Children’s Commission and the Vanderbilt University School of Medicine.

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Dr. M.D. Hargrove appointed
  February 1, 1970
Division of Medicine Established

February 1970 saw the appointment of Dr. Marion D. Hargrove, Jr. as Professor and Head of the Division of Medicine. Hargrove, a Shreveport native, had been on the full-time faculty of the LSU School of Medicine in Shreveport since April 1968.

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Dr. L.A. Breffeilh
  February 6, 1970
Ophthalmology Department Founded

Shreveport native, Dr. Louis A. Breffeilh, was named as the Head of the Department of Ophthalmology and as Chief of the Ophthalmology Service at Confederate Memorial Medical Center. In addition to his private practice, Dr. Breffeilh held a clinical teaching position with the LSU Postgraduate Medical School at Confederate Memorial Medical Center. In 1967, the postgraduate faculty became the nucleus of the clinical faculty of the LSU School of Medicine in Shreveport.

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Dr. J.W. Pou
  February 6, 1970
Otolaryngology Department Founded

Dr. Jack Wendell Pou, newly appointed Head of the Department of Otolaryngology, also served as Chief of the Otolaryngology Service at Confederate Memorial Medical Center (CMMC). As with many of his local colleagues, Dr. Pou held a clinical teaching position with the LSU Postgraduate Medical School at CMMC.

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Dr. B.E. Trichel
  February 6, 1970
Urology Department Established

In addition to his duties as Chief of the Urology Service at CMMC, Dr. Burdett E. Trichel was named Head of the Department of Urology. Trichel was also a member of the LSU Postgraduate Medical School in Shreveport.

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Dr. D.W. McKay appointed
  February 20, 1970
Orthopedics Department Established

Dr. Douglas W. McKay was appointed Professor and Head of the Department of Orthopedics in early 1970. Dr. McKay was the chief surgeon at the Shrine Hospital for Crippled Children (now known as the Shriner’s Hospital for Children – Shreveport) and director of the orthopedic residency program at CMMC.

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Medical Library receives 1000 volumes
  May 15, 1970
Medical Library Receives Major Donation

One thousand bound volumes in the clinical sciences of medicine and surgery, valued at more than $10,000, were donated to the Medical Library by the Firmin Desloge Hospital Staff Library of St. Louis, Missouri. The addition of this donation increased the Library’s total holdings to more than 30,000 volumes.
Linwood Apartment renovation
  June 16, 1970
Bids Received for Linwood Apartments Renovation

Bids were received on June 16, 1970 for the renovation of six buildings at the Linwood Apartments. The buildings were remodeled for use as temporary offices and laboratories, in addition to housing the Birth Defects Center. The $150,000 project was projected to be completed by September and would serve as a stopgap measure until the new medical school building was completed.
Construction funding received
  August 18, 1970
Medical School Receives Construction Funding

On August 18, 1970, it was announced that the Shreveport Medical School would receive the $20,288,242 in federal funding that was approved for construction  in late 1969. When added to the $10,211,758 received from state bond money, the school now had the $30.5 million necessary for the initial construction project.

Plans included five buildings, the largest of which was an 11-story basic science, administrative and research building adjacent to the Confederate Memorial Medical Center. Other facilities included a five-story comprehensive care and clinical teaching facility; a four-story library; a mechanical, engineering and power plant; and a one-story radioisotope and volatile material storage building. The complex, with a half-million square feet of floor space, was expected to be completed in 3 ½ years. A separate grant of $900,045 was awarded to the Confederate Memorial Medical Center for the construction of an outpatient facility.
Class of 1974 registers
  September 10, 1970
Class of 1974 Registers

Thirty-three freshmen registered on September 10, 1970, becoming the second class of medical students admitted to the LSU School of Medicine in Shreveport. The addition of the freshman class brought the total enrollment at the Shreveport school to 65.
Awards Day
  September 11, 1970
Awards Day Observed

The Medical School’s first Awards Day ceremony was held on September 11 with guest speaker, Dr. William Stewart, Chancellor of the LSU Medical Center. The sophomore class honored Dean Edgar Hull with his commissioned portait. Top awards were given to sophomores William E. Haley; Daniel J. Moller, Jr.; Harry S. Vorhaven, Jr.; and George K. Harrison.
Ticket for the Victory Celebration
  October 16, 1970

A victory party to celebrate the funding for construction of the Medical School was held on Friday, October 16, 1970.  Tickets for the event were $4.00 and provided a light buffet and cocktails. The invitation bore a reproduction of the Confederate Memorial Medical Center with the new medical school building adjacent to it as it appeared in the architectural rendering.
Arthur T. Fort, M.D.
  December 13, 1970
Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology Formed

The Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology was established with the appointment of Dr. Arthur T. Fort as department head. Dr. Fort previously served on the faculty of the University of Tennessee Medical School.
Approved pants uniform
  January 21, 1971
Pant Suits for Women Employees Approved

A January 21, 1971 memo from Dr. Edgar Galloway, Director of the Confederate Memorial Medical Center, directed to department heads and all hospital personnel addressed the suitability of pants uniforms for female employees. The memo set forth standards and policies governing the wearing of pants and specified details of color, style, and fabric. This controversial issue was discussed in an October 25th Shreveport Times article. Although the Veterans Administration Hospital and the Medical School had officially sanctioned the wearing of pantsuits for their female employees, “two brave nurses [at CMMC] wore them, were reprimanded and told ‘never again without permission.’”
Charles C. Schober, M.D.
  May 1, 1971
Department of Psychiatry Established

Dr. Charles C. Schober, a 1941 graduate of Byrd High School in Shreveport, was named professor and head of the Department of Psychiatry. Dr. Schober previously served as assistant professor in Clinical Psychiatry at the University of Pennsylvania and had a fulltime private practice in psychoanalysis and psychotherapy.
Medical School construction bid
  August 17, 1971
Bids opened for Medical School Construction

Sealed bids for the construction of the LSU Medical School in Shreveport were submitted by nine companies on August 17, 1971.  H.A. Lott, Inc. of Houston submitted the lowest base bid of $23,784,000, a figure within the budgeted $24 million. This 550,000-square-foot, five building complex would include an 11-story structure, the largest public building ever constructed in north Louisiana.
President Hunter signs contract
  September 3, 1971
History-Making Building Contract Signed

The $23.7 million construction contract for the LSU Medical School in Shreveport was the largest signed within the LSU System. The contract was signed by John A. Hunter, LSU President and A.L. Jensen of the H.A. Lott construction company. Dean Edgar Hull represented the School of Medicine in Shreveport. Construction was estimated to be complete within 42 months.
Third medical school class registers
  September 9, 1971
Third Medical School Class Enrolled

The 41 freshman medical students who registered on September 9 joined the 65 students of the sophomore and junior classes. A member of this freshman class, George Henderson, Jr. of Shreveport, was the first African American student admitted to the Medical School in  Shreveport.
Hull turns first shovelful of earth
Video clip of groundbreaking
  September 16, 1971
Medical School Groundbreaking Ceremony

Groundbreaking ceremonies marked the start of construction for the LSU School of Medicine in Shreveport, located on the grounds of the CMMC between the hospital and the nursing student residence. Dean Edgar Hull turned the first spadeful of earth before a crowd of 500 onlookers. In his comments (which can be heard in this video clip), LSU Medical Center Chancellor William Stewart, said, “This marks five years of work, led and brought to fruition by Dr. Hull. This is a moment of joy.” Plans called for Governor John McKeithen and LSU President John A. Hunter to take part in the ceremony, but the landfall of Hurricane Edith on the same day prevented their attendance.    

The first spadeful of earth was placed in a glass vial with the accompanying inscription, “The beginning. This Caddo Parish dirt is a portion of the first shovelful of earth removed from the construction site of the LSU Medical School in Shreveport, 4 p.m., Sept.16, 1971.” The shovel, file and vial of dirt are housed in the LSU Medical Library Archives. 

Plans for the groundbreaking ceremony began in early 1971 with the formation of a committee chaired by Dr. William McElroy. Other committee members included Gene Perkins, Dr. Charles Black, Mayo Drake, Dr. Kermit Gaar, Reggie Graves, Dr. Joe E. Holoubek, Dorothy Risinger and Dr. Charles Wood.
Dr. Martin Woodin leads LSU System
  May 22, 1972
Dr. Woodin Named President of the LSU System

Administrative control of the LSU Medical School in Shreveport was under the auspices of the President of the LSU System. Vice-President Martin D. Woodin was named as the 15th President of the System on May 22, 1972. Woodin succeeded Dr. John A. Hunter who had served in that capacity since 1962.
Harrison elected
  June 21, 1972
Medical School Senior Class Elects Officers

George Harrison was elected as President of the first senior class. Other officers included Harold Gauthier, Vice-President; Barry Rills, Secretary-Treasurer; and James Geiger, Student Council Representative.
Quinn Appointed as Board Chairman
  August 10, 1972
New President for CMMC Board

Governor Edwin Edwards made extensive changes to the Confederate Memorial Medical Center Board of Directors. Board President T.B. Lanford, who had served since 1956, was replaced by insurance executive Harold Quinn of Shreveport. The newly appointed Board included Mr. Jack Clayton, Rev. Abraham E. Davis, Mr. Ralph R. Hall, Dr. W. J. Hill, Dr. Jackie D. Huckabay, Mr. Andre Joyce, Dr. Bernard Kalstone, Mr. Wilbur Purvis, Dr. James Dudley Talbot, Dr. James W. Tucker, and Mrs. Anna Laura Wilder. Mrs. James B. Haskin was later appointed as the Board’s twelfth member. Thus constituted the Board included three African American men and two women, one being African American.

The Board’s first order of business was to decide on the fate of longtime hospital director, Edgar Galloway. Sensing a lack of support from the Board, in an August 24th letter to Harold Quinn, Galloway stated “You may consider this [letter] as my resignation at a time suitable to you should you or your Board wish to appoint someone else. Should you wish me to continue, I will be happy to do so, and assure you of my full cooperation and very best efforts.”  The Board did not accept Dr. Galloway’s letter of resignation and he remained Hospital Director until his resignation two months later. See entry for October 5, 1972 for additional details.

The 1972 Legislature passed a law that created the Health, Social and Rehabilitation Services Administration that replaced and consolidated 59 state agencies and boards into one, including this newly appointed CMMC Board of Directors.
Name change controversy
  September 3, 1972
New Name for Confederate Memorial Medical Center??

In the latter part of 1972, State Representative Alphonse Jackson, Jr. questioned the appropriateness of the hospital’s name. “Confederate” might not be the best name for a hospital whose patient population was 90% African American. In contrast, the Hospital’s Visiting Staff of physicians was overwhelmingly in favor of retaining the current name since it was well known in medical circles. Two new names suggested were Northwest Louisiana Medical Complex and University Hospital. Although Governor Edwin Edwards promised that the change would take place during the January 1973 Constitutional Convention, the hospital’s name remained Confederate Memorial Medical Center until 1978.
1972-73 Freshman class
  September 7, 1972
Fourth Medical School Class Registered

Forty-one students had been admitted for the 1972 freshman class. For the first time, the Medical School in Shreveport had all four classes – freshmen, sophomore, junior and senior – for a total of 146 fulltime students.
Dr. Edgar Galloway
  October 5, 1972
Dr. Galloway Resigns

In a letter dated October 5, 1972, longtime Confederate Memorial Medical Center Director, Edgar Galloway, submitted his resignation effective October 15.  Dr. Galloway served as the hospital director for more than twenty-two years during three different time periods from 1940 to 1972.
Hall Named Acting Director
  October 9, 1972
CMMC Acting Director Named

As a result of Dr. Galloway’s anticipated resignation, the CMMC Board appointed Assistant Administrator Robert C. Hall as the Acting Director, effective October 9, 1972.
  November 3, 1972
Vol. 1 No. 1 of CMMC News Is Published

The first issue of the CMMC News rolled off the presses on November 3, 1972. This employee- centered newsletter, edited by Mrs. Maburl Schober, was designed to keep the “lines of communication open from top to bottom and vice versa.”
Pat Hendrix, Administrative Assistant
  December 10, 1972
Pat Hendrix Named Administrative Assistant to CMMC Director

After eleven years as secretary to the CMMC Director, Pat Hendrix was promoted to Administrative Assistant. Hendrix replaced Margie Williams, longtime secretary to CMMC directors. Mrs. Hendrix began her employment at CMMC at age 18 in the Social Services Department.
Yeager Named Director
  December 21, 1972
Dr. Rodric M. Yeager Named CMMC Director

The Board of Directors of CMMC unanimously appointed Dr. Yeager as Director, effective December 21, 1972. Dr. Yeager originally came to Shreveport in July when he was appointed Chief of Cardiac Surgery for the LSU Medical School. During his tenure as Director, major improvements took place, including construction of three intensive care units, a surgical recovery room, a kidney dialysis unit, a heart catheterization lab and cobalt therapy units. Torn between a passion for his medical specialty and hospital administration, Yeager resigned as Director on April 1, 1974, after only 1 ½ years.
Medical School accreditation visit
January 15-18, 1973
Medical School Accreditation Visit

A four-member accreditation team from the Liaison Committee on Medical Education (LCME) conducted a three-day survey and inspection of the LSU Medical School in Shreveport in January 1973. This was the second of two visits mandated by this accrediting body. The first visit was made before a medical school registered the first class of students, which in Shreveport’s case, was August 1968. The second visit was always made before the first class graduated. The resulting report would not be available until April, but Dean Edgar Hull expressed optimism that the school would receive full accreditation.
Outpatient Clinic dedicated
  February 23, 1973
Outpatient Clinic Building is Dedicated

The long waits in overcrowded waiting rooms for CMMC outpatients would soon be over. The $1.4 million, three-story Outpatient Clinic Building addition to the Confederate Memorial Medical Center was dedicated on February 23, 1973. The dedicatory address was given by Dr. Charles C. Mary, Jr., Commissioner of the Louisiana Health and Social and Rehabilitation Services Administration.
Edgar Hull Day
  May 11, 1973
Edgar Hull Day

Edgar Hull was honored on May 11, 1973 for his forty-two years of service to medical education. The full day of activities featured ten guest speakers who participated in the Symposium on Internal Medicine and the Symposium on Cardiology. Hull was considered an authority in cardiology. A highlight of the day was the presentation of a specially hand- crafted silver punch service, presented by Dr. Fred Allison, Jr., the Edgar Hull Alumni Professor of Medicine at the LSU School of Medicine in New Orleans. Nearly 500 well-wishers attended the evening banquet at the Shreveport Civic Theater. Dr. George Meneely announced that the LeBlanc Family of St. Gabriel Endowment for Cardiology Award and the Lewis Gottlieb Scholar Endowment were established in Hull’s name. In addition, the John Clay Park Portrait was presented to the school by Lewis Gottlieb of Baton Rouge. Mrs. George (Leslie Stewart) Meneely sculpted a stone bust of Hull which was presented by Drs. Joe E. and Alice Baker Holoubek.
Class of 1973 graduates
  May 26, 1973
First Class Graduates

Dean Edgar Hull administered the Oath of Hippocrates to the 31 students who received their medical degrees on May 26, 1973. This was the first class of students admitted to the Medical School in Shreveport in September 1969. Governor Edwin W. Edwards delivered the commencement address entitled “Yours Is a Heritage of Trust.” Dr. Martin Woodin, President of the LSU System, conferred the degrees and Dr. William H. Stewart, Chancellor of the LSU Medical Center delivered the address of welcome. Class President, George K. Harrison spoke on behalf of his fellow students. One member of this inaugural class was missing from the ceremony. Sherman Matthews died on October 25, 1972 of injuries received in a two-car accident.
Regional Center established
Mollie E. Webb Center
  June 14, 1973
Regional Center for Communications Disorders Established

The Regional Center for Communications Disorders was established on June 14, 1973 for the evaluation and therapeutic treatment of children and adults with hearing or speech disorders. It was also used as a training facility for resident doctors and college students and served as a research facility. The $250,000 required for the construction, equipment and initial operation was provided by the Junior League; the U.S. Department of Health, Education and Welfare through the Division of Vocational Rehabilitation; the State Department of Education; the Shreveport-Bossier Foundation and the Caddo Foundation for Exceptional Children. The Center, operated by the Caddo Foundation, was housed in a renovated apartment at the Linwood Apartment Complex. On November 28, 1973, the Center was renamed the Mollie E. Webb Speech and Hearing Center in honor of the woman “who has been a moving force in any and all matters of the hard of hearing for many years.”

In 1979, the Center became part of the Department of Communications Disorders within the School of Allied Health Professions.  An open house on March 10, 1989 formally marked the relocation of the Center to 2919 Southern Avenue. A new building for the Center was completed in November 2002 and is located at 3735 Blair Drive.
Edgar Hull retires
  June 30, 1973
Founding Dean, Edgar Hull, Retires

Edgar Hull’s contributions to the Medical School in Shreveport are numerous and impressive. From his first address to the Visiting Staff of CMMC on May 5, 1955 to the May 26, 1973 graduation of the first class of medical students in Shreveport, Hull could be counted on to make things happen. A few of the tasks he effortlessly supervised were grant writing, accrediting agency site visits, admission and registration of medical students, numerous personnel decisions, curriculum design, working with architects and contractors, and coordinating budgets (or the lack thereof). As Margaret Martin wrote in her May 6, 1973, Shreveport Times article, “He [Hull] wrote the prescription for success in locating LSU Medical School in Shreveport."
Grulee appointed Dean
  July 1, 1973
Clifford G. Grulee, Jr., M.D. Appointed Dean

With the retirement of founding Dean Edgar Hull on June 30, 1973, Clifford G. Grulee, Jr., M.D. assumed leadership of the LSU Medical School in Shreveport on July 1. The seven-man search committee for this position was assembled in August 1971 and chaired by Dr. G. G. Rudolph. Dr. Grulee was offered the position in November 1972 and served as Dean Designate from February 1 through June 30, 1973 in order to familiarize himself with the medical school. Grulee previously had served as dean of the Cincinnati College of Medicine in Ohio and as associate dean and professor of pediatrics at the Tulane University School of Medicine. Dr. Grulee served as Dean of the LSU Medical School until April 5, 1975, when he assumed the newly created position of Vice-Chancellor for Shreveport.
Cover of the 1973 Thrill
  September 1973
First Yearbook Published

Activities of the 1972-73 academic year were the first to be captured in a yearbook. The LSU Medical School in Shreveport published the first edition of the institution’s annual, the Thrill. Edited by sophomore medical student Mike Trant, this publication was dedicated to founding Dean Edgar Hull. In his published remarks, Hull said “One of the most important phases in the development of an institution is the beginning and continuation of tradition. Tradition consists in large part of history, which must be written down if it is to be preserved without error for future generations. In schools and colleges, tradition can be established only in part, and in rather small part, by faculty and administrators; students must play the larger role in founding traditions and recording history.” In 1975, the yearbook was renamed the Pulse.
Medical School receives full accreditation
  December 19, 1973
LSU School of Medicine in Shreveport Receives Full Accreditation

Following the successful visit in January 1973 of the survey team of the Liaison Committee on Medical Education (LCME) of the American Association of Medical Colleges (AAMC) and the American Medical Association (AMA), the LSU Medical School in Shreveport received full accreditation. The accreditation was retroactive to January 1, 1973 and the School was admitted to full membership in the AAMC.
Yeager resigns 
  April 1, 1974
Yeager Resigns as CMMC Director

After a short 16-month tenure, Dr. Rodric Yeager resigned as the Director of the Confederate Memorial Medical Center. Prompted by his desire to return to the practice of thoracic and cardiovascular surgery, Yeager remained at CMMC as the Director of Planning.

As a result of Dr. Yeager’s resignation, Robert C. Hall was once again designated Acting Director, an appointment he previously held from October 9 – December 20, 1972.
Chancellor Copping
  July 13, 1974
Copping Named Chancellor of LSU Medical
Center - New Orleans

On July 13, 1974, Dr. Allen A. Copping replaced Dr. William H. Stewart as Chancellor of the LSU Medical Center. Copping previously served as the Dean of the LSU School of Dentistry in New Orleans. The LSU School of Medicine in Shreveport did not have its own Chancellor, so administrative control of this institution fell under the purview of the LSU Medical Center Chancellor.
Muslow named Medical Director
  September 1, 1974
Dr. Muslow appointed Medical Director of CMMC

Dr. Ike Muslow was chosen to serve as the first Medical Director of the Confederate Memorial Medical Center. Muslow supervised patient care services and reported to Acting Hospital Director, Robert C. Hall. Muslow was also a faculty member of the LSU School of Medicine in Shreveport since 1968 and in that capacity, reported to the Dean of the Medical School, Dr. Clifford G. Grulee, Jr., about matters concerning the medical school programs and responsibilities at CMMC. The appointment was hailed as “another example of the joint cooperation between the hospital and medical school that makes for an outstanding medical complex.”
First Faculty Conference
Photo collage from the 1979 Retreat
  September 6-7, 1974
“Where Are We?”- First Faculty Conference

In an effort to study the past, evaluate the present and plan for the future of the School of Medicine in Shreveport, a faculty conference, or retreat, was held September 6-7, 1974 at the Sheraton-Bossier Inn. To answer the question “Where Are We?,” the Task Force for Retreat Planning supervised the compilation of ten position papers that provided information on the following topics: early development of the medical school, a chronology from 1966-1970, academic personnel, hospital interface, admissions, curriculum, professional practice, graduate program, research development, and finance.

A second Faculty Retreat was held March 16-18, 1979 at a new location, the Toro Hills Hotel in Many, Louisiana. The three-day event included plenary sessions, workshops, small group discussions, working lunches, dinners and a little recreational time to participate in tennis, golf, fishing and garden tours. A total of 115 faculty members, administrators, and students participated. Since response to the retreat indicated that it was very worthwhile and accomplished the intended goals, other retreats were held in subsequent years.
Hall named Hospital Director
  December 12, 1974 
Hall Appointed CMMC Director

After two stints as Acting Director, Robert C. Hall was named Director of the Confederate Memorial Medical Center on December 12, 1974. Hall, who joined CMMC in 1961, was the first non-physician to serve as director in the hospital’s history.
Grulee named Vice-Chancellor
  April 5, 1975
Clifford G. Grulee, Jr., Appointed Vice-Chancellor for Shreveport

Dr. Clifford G. Grulee, Jr., Dean of the LSU Medical School in Shreveport was named to the newly created position of Vice-Chancellor of the LSU Medical Center in Shreveport. Grulee coordinated activities for the Shreveport facility and reported directly to Dr. Allen A. Copping, Chancellor of the LSU Medical Center.
Muslow appointed Acting Dean
  April 5, 1975
Ike Muslow, M.D. Appointed Acting Dean

When Dr. Grulee assumed the duties of Vice-Chancellor, Dr. Ike Muslow was appointed Acting Dean on April 5, 1975. Muslow had long been associated with the Confederate Memorial Medical Center and most recently served as the facility’s medical director.
Brooks promoted
  April 5, 1975
Gary Brooks Appointed Acting Medical
Director CMMC

The appointment of Dr. Gary Brooks as Acting Medical Director of the Confederate Memorial Medical Center was a result of the position changes of Dr. Muslow and Dr. Grulee. Dr. Brooks was a faculty member in the Obstetrics and Gynecology Department and had served as clinical director since 1973.
Dedication Committee established
  July 24, 1975
Dedication Committee Established

Planning for the dedication of the new School of Medicine began in earnest on July 24, 1975 when Acting Dean Ike Muslow requested that Mayo Drake, Medical Librarian, chair the committee that would be responsible for the dedication ceremony. Committee members included Dr. Charles Black, Dr. John T. Brauchi, Dr. Joe E. Holoubek, Dr. William T. McElroy, Jr., Mrs. Arey M. O’Neal, Mrs. Elizabeth V. Peatross, Mr. Roy W. Savell, Dr. Ann B. Wilkes, and Dr. Charles D. Wood. Subcommittees included Arrangement Committee, Founders Committee, Invitations Committee, Program & Platform Committee, Serving Committee, Tour Committee, and VIP Committee.
Muslow named Dean
  August 1, 1975
Ike Muslow Named Dean

A faculty search committee chaired by Dr. Helmut Redetzki recommended that Dr. Ike Muslow be named the permanent Dean of the LSU School of Medicine in Shreveport. Muslow also received unanimous support from the Confederate Memorial Medical Center’s Advisory Board. After receiving formal approval from the Board of Supervisors, Muslow assumed his new duties on August 1, 1975.
LSU Synergist
  September 1975
LSU Synergist Debuts

Volume 1, Number 1 of the LSU Synergist, a newsletter of the LSU School of Medicine in Shreveport, was published. Issued monthly by the Department of Medical Communications, this newsletter provided features on faculty and administrators, highlighted departments, welcomed new employees, and covered special events.
Students register
  September 1975
Seventh - and Largest - Medical School Class Enrolls

With 99 students, the 1975 freshman class was the largest in the school’s short history. All of the students were from Louisiana and represented 22 undergraduate institutions. Each student paid approximately $5,000 for their first year of medical school education and the school-owned Linwood Apartments were available for $85 a month plus utilities.
Joseph Miciotto
  September 27, 1975
Joseph Miciotto Named Assistant Administrator

Shreveport native Joseph Miciotto was named as an assistant administrator to Robert C. Hall, Director of the Confederate Memorial Medical Center (CMMC) in September 1975. Mr. Miciotto, along with others, was instrumental in the growth of the CMMC into the LSU Health Sciences Center in Shreveport. Miciotto now serves as the Hospital Administrator.
Synapse volume 1 number 1
  October 1975
First Issue of the Synapse Published

Edited by medical students Robert Salley, Richard Adams and Paul Matherne, Synpase was a student supported journal with the motto “student thought translated into student action.” This was a successful publication for more than fifteen years.
LSU School of Medicine Day Proclamation
  October 24, 1975
Mayor Calhoun Allen Signs “LSU School of Medicine Day” Proclamation

In honor of the upcoming dedication of the LSU School of Medicine in Shreveport facility, Shreveport Mayor Calhoun Allen issued an official proclamation designating Tuesday, October 28, 1975 as LSU School of Medicine Day. Mayor Allen recognized the economic impact of the School on the Shreveport area in the proclamation “… the economic benefits to the City of Shreveport and the surrounding area are presently beyond our comprehension…”
Medical School complex
Dedication Program
Ribbon cutting
  October 28, 1975
Dedication of the Louisiana State University Medical Center School of Medicine in Shreveport

The long-awaited day had finally arrived. Four years, one month and eleven days - or 1,493 days to be exact - after the September 16, 1971 groundbreaking, the $30.8 million complex that would house the LSU School of Medicine in Shreveport was complete. 1500 invitations were extended to faculty, staff and students; state and local political figures; board members; local physicians and hospital directors; community leaders and numerous other VIPs. Representatives of all local media outlets were in attendance.

Nearly 1,000 people attended the Dedication Ceremony with Dean Ike Muslow presiding. Muslow thanked all who had a part in the planning, development and design of the new facility and gave special recognition to Dr. George McNeely for his exceptional efforts. Dr. Edgar Hull, Dean Emeritus, received a standing ovation as he took the podium, saying that “…today marks a milestone in the history of this great state and city.”

Dedicatory speaker Governor Edwin Edwards highlighted the medical and governmental leaders who were instrumental in the establishment of the LSU School of Medicine in Shreveport. In closing, he said “As they dedicate their lives to healing the living, let us dedicate this building to those who live to heal.” The Governor then cut the ribbon, officially dedicating the new facilities of the LSU School of Medicine in Shreveport, while other dignitaries looked on.
Moving day
  December 15, 1975
The University Accepts Possession of the New School of Medicine

Although the new School of Medicine was dedicated on October 28th, problems in “B” Building delayed the final acceptance until the 15th of December. Faculty, staff and students pitched in to move equipment, supplies, furniture and other essentials into the new facilities. With this move, the medical school offices and staff, as well as classes and instructors, were brought together for the first time under a single roof. Previously, the medical school occupied space in the Veterans Administration Hospital, the Confederate Memorial Medical Center and the Linwood Apartment Complex.
Mrs. Arey Moss O’Neal
  May 28, 1976
Arey M. O’Neal Retirement Reception Held

Mrs. O’Neal joined the small staff of the LSU School of Medicine in 1967 and was therefore a part of the original team that guided the development of the fledgling medical school. She became the first Director of Personnel in 1970 and under her leadership, the department flourished and functioned with increasing effectiveness. After nearly a decade of service, Mrs. O’Neal retired in May 1976. A native Louisianian, Arey O’Neal attended Hosston High School and earned a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from Louisiana Technical University in Ruston. Her husband, Paul Murff O’Neal, Jr., was an architect who assisted in the design of the School of Medicine complex that opened in 1975. Mrs. O’Neal died in June, 2010 at the age of 89.
CMMC Centennial
Historical marker
  June 3, 1976
Confederate Memorial Medical Center Celebrates Centennial

As the nation was preparing to celebrate its Bicentennial, the Confederate Memorial Medical Center celebrated its Centennial – marking one hundred years of the highest quality medical care and education. The day-long festivities included addresses from Shreveport Mayor L. Calhoun Allen, Jr.; CMMC Advisory Board Chairman Anna Laura Wilder; and Dr. Gary Brooks, CMMC Medical Director. Other activities included an open house, a historical slide show, and a display of old medical equipment, textbooks, photographs and memorabilia.A historical marker and time capsule were dedicated at the hospital’s main entrance, where they can still be found. Among items in the time capsule were a copy of the 1876 Act of the Louisiana Legislature which established the Shreveport Charity Hospital and current photos of the medical complex, administration and advisory board. At the time, the CMMC boasted 1,271 employees.
School and hospital merge
Copping comments on the merger
  August 1, 1976
Merger of CMMC and LSU School of Medicine

On August 1, 1976, Governor Edwin Edwards signed into law Act 470 of the 1976 Legislature which provided for the merger of the Confederate Memorial Medical Center and the LSU Medical Center School of Medicine in Shreveport. In addition, Act 385 of the 1976 Legislature transferred control of the CMMC from the State Charity Hospital System to the Louisiana State University Board of Supervisors. This change in leadership allowed the facility to become the teaching hospital for the new LSU School of Medicine in Shreveport.

In this very brief video clip, LSUMC Chancellor Allen Copping, D.D.S., addresses the local press regarding the significance of the merger.
Dr. Ike Muslow and Dr. George Meneely plant the Hippocrates Tree
  December 1, 1976
Hippocrates Tree Planted

A tree that was taken from a grove of sycamores where it is said Hippocrates taught medicine on the island of Cos, was transplanted on the Medical School grounds. The tree was a gift to the School from Dr. Thomas Doxiades of Athens, Greece, a long-time personal friend of Dr. George R. Meneely. Although the tree did not survive, Dr. Robert Clawson saved a seed pod, which is now in the LSUHSC-S Medical Library Archives.
Speech pathology student
School of Allied Health Professions Established

The School of Allied Health Professions in Shreveport was established in 1977. It was created as a branch of the New Orleans School of Allied Health and began with three academic programs - Cardiopulmonary Science, Medical Technology and Speech Language Pathologies. A certificate program in EEG Technology was also offered. Each program had a Shreveport-based associate director who reported to the appropriate program director and department head in New Orleans, and then to the Dean of the School of Allied Health in New Orleans, Dr. Stanley H. Abadie.  Eleven Allied Health students would become the School’s first graduates in 1980.
John C. McDonald
McDonald performing surgery
  June 1, 1977
Dr. John C. McDonald joins LSUMC-S

John C. McDonald was named professor and head of the Department of Surgery and began his duties on June 1, 1977. Dr. McDonald had most recently served as professor of surgery at the Tulane University Medical School, where he also earned his medical degree in 1955. McDonald was familiar with Shreveport, having completed his internship at the Confederate Memorial Medical Center in 1956.

While still at Tulane, Dr. McDonald served as a consultant to the LSU Medical Center in Shreveport during the development of their kidney transplant program, which led to their first kidney transplant in April 1976. When he joined the Shreveport faculty as Head of the Surgery Department, McDonald also served as the organizing chief of the institution’s organ transplant program, Director of the Histocompatibility Testing Laboratory, and director of the Medical Center’s Louisiana Organ Sharing Program. When McDonald came to the Shreveport medical school, he brought along a staff of four specialists who would contribute significantly to the Department of Surgery and to the nascent transplantation program. They were Dr. William M. Blackshear, Jr.; Dr. I. William Browder; Dr. Michael S. Rohr; and laboratory supervisor, Louise M. Jacobbi.

In 2008, LSUHSC-S Medical Library faculty members created johncmcdonald.org, a website that celebrates the life and work of Dr. McDonald.
Adrian F. Reed Day
  November 30, 1977
Adrian F. Reed Day

Dr. Adrian Reed was the founding Head of the Department of Anatomy at the LSU School of Medicine in Shreveport and retired in 1977. In honor of his decade-long service to the institution, a banquet and reception were held at the Shreveport Country Club on November 30, 1977. In his after-dinner comments, Emeritus Dean, Edgar Hull, gave heartfelt thanks to Dr. Reed and his wife, Mary, for all of their contributions.
HEW names transplant center
  February 3, 1978
LSU Medical Center Named Transplant Center by HEW

Dr. McDonald and his transplant team successfully performed thirteen kidney transplants by early 1978, which led to the LSU Medical Center’s designation as a kidney transplant center by the Department of Health, Education, and Welfare. One of only 100 such centers in the United States, the LSU Medical Center in Shreveport was the only Louisiana institution capable of performing all end stage renal disease activities in-house. By late 1979, 65 kidney transplants had taken place with an 80% success rate.
Hospital name change
  July 28, 1978
CMMC renamed Louisiana State University Hospital in Shreveport

The 1976 merger of the Confederate Memorial Medical Center and the LSU School of Medicine in Shreveport resulted in the medical school being the first in the state to have its own teaching hospital. To better reflect this mission, the name was changed to the LSU Hospital in Shreveport.
Associate Dean Rigby
  August 21, 1978
Rigby Joins Medical School Administration

Perry G. Rigby, M.D., joined the faculty in August 1978 as Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and Professor of Medicine. This was a newly created position for the Shreveport medical school. In his capacity as associate dean, Rigby was involved in recruiting efforts, curriculum matters and faculty goals. Rigby had previously served as Dean of the University of Nebraska College of Medicine.