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Memoir

Robert Gibson Lovell
Regents' Proceedings 450

Robert G. Lovell, M.D., Clinical Professor of Internal Medicine, retired from active faculty status as of June 30, 1985, following an association with this university, which spanned fifty years.

Born and reared in Ann Arbor, Professor Lovell attended the University of Michigan high school and later received his A.B. degree in 1941 and M.D. degree in 1944 from The University of Michigan. His postgraduate training was delayed by a two-year hospitalization for tuberculosis during the hectic years of World War II. However, training in internal medicine and allergy at University Hospital followed, and he became associated with Dr. John M. Sheldon, whose energy and foresight shaped both the Division of Allergy and the Department of Postgraduate Medicine. Professor Lovell rose rapidly through the ranks and, after assuming part-time private practice responsibilities, became clinical professor of internal medicine.

Although he served the university in many ways, including as assistant dean for student affairs in the Medical School, Professor Lovell's contributions were greatest as a clinical teacher. His rapport with his students and his ability to organize information were outstanding - but especially, he taught by personal example. To allergy fellows and the hundreds of other young physicians he helped train, he was a model of equanimity and scholarship while making clear that his clinical standards were of "care," not "management" alone. Always accessible to patients and students, he expressed his own humanity by an earnest regard for their individual needs and concerns. Further, he exemplified the physician as "citizen-scientist," devoting much time and effort as a consultant, both nationally and at the university, to bodies charged with improving health care in the public good. Finally, his students remember him as a person of consummate maturity, effectively integrating personal and professional responsibilities and deriving strength from adversity. He demonstrated repeatedly that, although we usually lack "all the answers," if we use what we do know in a thoughtful and caring fashion we can meet our patients' needs.

Professor Lovell has spent most of his life at Michigan and personally exemplifies those qualities of scholarship and humanism that underlie a great institution. He has always given the university his best and, in doing so, has helped bring out the best in those with whom he worked.

The Regents now salute this distinguished teacher and clinician for his dedicated service by naming Robert G. Lovell Clinical Professor Emeritus of Internal Medicine.