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faculty support as well as student aid. In 1953 an anonymous donor
provided $100,000 for the establishment of a professorship in medical
genetics. Dr. C. Nash Herndon, head of the genetics section, was the
first appointee under that grant. In 1956 the school received a
$500,000 grant from the Ford Foundation to be added to the
endowment.
In 1957 the Z. Smith Reynolds Foundation began a program which
Dr. Tribble called "the finest scholarship plan in medical education to
be found in our country." It provided for the establishment of eight
scholarships, with support continuing over four years, to North
Carolina medical students who promised to practice in the state for at
least five years. The annual cost was about $150,000, and it was
renewed each year of the Tribble administration thereafter. By 1967
the foundation had provided $1,658,400 in student support
administered through Bowman Gray. It was an exceptional gesture in
increasing the quality of health care in North Carolina.
Later Nathalie Gray Bernard and Anne Reynolds Tate gave
$500,000 for the support of named professorships in anatomy, bio-
chemistry, and physiology. Under that grant Dr. Norman M. Sulkin
was awarded the Nathalie Gray Bernard Professorship in Anatomy,
Dr. Harold D. Green was named Gordon Gray Professor of Physi-
ology, and Dr. Cornelius F. Strittmatter was appointed Odus M. Mull
Professor of Biochemistry.
The Annie L. Cannon Scholarship Trust became effective in 1964-
65 with a principal of $io8,ooo. Supplemented by other funds, it
provided five students with grants of around five thousand dollars
annually.
In 1967 the Medical School received a grant of $984,000 from the
National Institutes of Health to support the development of a
computer system.
The students of the Medical School most particularly appreciated
the availablity of scholarship support, because over the period studied
tuition had risen from $4.50 a year in 1941 to $1,350 in 1966-67. At
the end of the Tribble era it was estimated that four years of medical
training at Bowman Gray would cost more than $11,000.9 Even so,
more than ten times as many applications for admission were received
annually as could be accepted for the first-year class of fifty-five to
sixty students.
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