November 26, 2018
During his tenure, he reorganized policy and practices, emphasizing the importance of translating medical research advances into educational programs for students and practicing physicians
William N. Hubbard Jr., M.D, dean of the University of Michigan Medical School from 1959-70, passed away Nov. 12. He was 99.
Among his achievements, he was one of the nation's youngest medical school deans upon his appointment at age 39, and was our first full-time dean without private practice and departmental administration responsibilities.
During his tenure, he reorganized policy and practices, emphasizing the importance of translating medical research advances into educational programs for students and practicing physicians. He was successful in involving the entire faculty in the affairs of the school, and aimed to provide leadership that would help students and faculty work more effectively.
In 1969, he became the first Medical School dean to also have responsibility for directing the medical center. He stepped down in 1970 to become vice president of the Upjohn Company.
He maintained close ties with the school, and came back to campus for Medical School Commencement well into his 90s.
You can read more about Dr. Hubbard in his obituary in the Kalamazoo Gazette: http://obits.mlive.com/obituaries/kalamazoo/obituary.aspx?n=william-n-hubbard&pid=190758461&fhid=8372.