Series 4a Office of Senior Vice President, Health Affairs Provosts Poor and Martin 1955-65

Series 4                                             University of Florida, VPHA records.

Series 4a- Provosts Poor and Martin (mixed records), 1955-65

Physical Description: 28 boxes (11.6 linear feet)

Arrangement Note: Materials are arranged alphabetically in units representing associations, colleges, hospitals within the Health Center and files within the units also are arranged in alphabetical order.

Agency Note:  The office of Vice President for Health Affairs was originally known as the Provost.  This office- either as Provost or VPHA has changed over time, and has at times been abolished.  The Provost oversees all six colleges within the Health Science Center and originally had oversight of the hospital.  The first Provost was Russell Poor, who originally acted as Director of the Medical Center Study.  He became provost after the Health Center came into existence.  He was replaced by Dr. Samuel Martin, first Chair of the Department of Medicine, College of Medicine.  (The first university provost was Bob Mautz who started in office in 1958.)  The Director/CEO of Shands became a separate office in under Russell Jordan in 1959, although Russell Poor held the title of Shands Director for a year while he was still Provost/VPHA.

The Health Science Center was first conceived of as the Medical Center, and was planned over a period starting in the 1940s, when the decision to site a medical school at Gainesville was first reached by the state legislature.  The first two colleges in the center were Medicine and Nursing followed in 1959 by the College of Health Related Services (later named Health Related Professions in 1964, then Health Professions in 1996).  The College of Pharmacy moved down from the main campus in 1961.  The College of Dentistry opened in 1972, Vet Med in 1976.  The hospital opened in 1958, and was first overseen by the provost/VP but its administration was separated in 1959.  It later became a separate, nonprofit organization, officially not a part of the University.  The VA Hospital opened in 1967; physicians at the VA have joint appointments at UF-COM.  The first three provosts each served for fairly lengthy periods, but when Dr. Chandler Stetson passed away after two years in office, there was a period of relative instability with Dr. Finger serving as interim VP on several occasions.  In fact, in the period from 1974-1982, there were 5 vice presidents, with Dr Finger serving 3 times- twice as interim and once as vice president.  During the vice presidency of Dr. David Challoner, 1982-1998, there was a move to reorganize the administration of the health center and the vice-president position was actually abolished in 1996.  It was reinstated in 1998, however when Dr. Kenneth I. Berns became Dean of the College of Medicine and Vice-President of the Health Science Center.  The strength of the position tended to depend on finances and the ability of the provost/vice-president to control finances.


Russell S. Poor, PhD- 1954-1961

Samuel Martin, MD 1961- 1969

Edmund S. Ackell, DMD, MD 1969-1974

Kenneth Finger, PhD 1974-1975 (interim)

Chandler A. Stetson, MD 1975-1977

Kenneth Finger, PhD 1977-1978 (interim)

William B. Deal MD 1978-1980

Kenneth Finger PhD 1980-1982

David R. Challoner, MD 1982-1998

Kenneth I. Berns MD, PhD 1998-2000 (interim)

Kenneth I. Berns, MD, PhD 2000-2002

General Timeline for Health Center and College of Medicine

1880sThe Tallahassee College of Medicine and Surgery opens in Tallahassee and moves to Lake City.  It only remains open for a few years.

1923 College of Pharmacy opens on campus

Dr. Townes R. Leigh becomes director and later Dean when the school becomes a College in 1925.

1945Governor Caldwell’s Citizens Committee on Education began a comprehensive study and survey of education in Florida.

1947Citizen’s Committee Report calls for a medical school at University of Florida in Gainesville.

Legislature asks for money for study to determine need for medical and dental college in Florida.

1948Board of Control and State Board of Education appointed a Committee with Dr. Vernon Lippard as head.

Cancer Research Laboratory established as an independent research unit.

1949Lippard Report filed, authorizing a medical school and dental school, again supporting Gainesville as the site.

The state legislature decides on Gainesville as the official site for the state medical school.

1951Legislature passed bill appropriating $100,000 for the purpose of creating plans.

1952Medical Center Study, headed by Dr. Russell Poor and conceived of by J. Hillis Miller, begins, using money from the Commonwealth Fund rather than the $100,000 from the legislature.

Darrell Mase and George T. Harrell involved

1953 University of Miami opens its medical school.

Medical Center Study completed and published.

1954Foundation poured for Medical Center.

College of Pharmacy was made a unit of the Health Center and planning began for COP building in HSC.

Dr. George T. Harrell becomes first Dean of the College of Medicine.

1956 Doors open for first class at COM, Dorothy Smith hired as Dean of COM, College of Nursing opens

1957College of Dentistry approved at Gainesville.

1958 Plans to merge Cancer Research Laboratory with the college of Pharmacy to form the Department of Pharmaceutical Chemistry.

Dr. Russell Poor is Acting Director of the Teaching Hospital.

The Hospital admits first patient.

Dr. Darrell J. Mase Dean of the College of Health Related Services.

UF desegregates

1959 College of Health Related Services opens, first open heart surgery is performed at Shands

  1. Russell Jordan became Director of Teaching Hospital. Teaching Hospital and Clinics are formally dedicated.Ground broken for Pharmacy wing.

1960 First medical school class graduates- first Asian, Latinos, woman, first nursing class graduates

1961 Veterans Administration Hospital in Gainesville is approved.

Pharmacy moves into building and classes are held.

1962 New eye clinic, artificial kidney machine, Clinical Research Center opens, College of Pharmacy relocates from campus, Pharmacy building dedication.

UF Teaching Hospital receives one of state’s four kidney dialysis machines

1964 Ground breaking for VA Hospital

1965 Hospital officially named Shands, Gatorade is invented

1966 Rural clinics in North central Florida

1967 100,000 patient treated, Phase I of the Human Development Center is dedicated, VA Hospital dedicated

1969 Lafayette Cty Health Center opens, rural health care clinic staffed by Colleges of Medicine and Nursing, First Hippocratic award given, first kidney transplant from a live donor performed on UF law student at Shands Hospital

1970 UF graduates first black physicians, Dr. Earl Cotman and Dr. Reuben Brigety

1971 Ground is broken for Dental Tower, Communicore, 3 patient floors

1972 College of Dentistry opens, Chandler Stetson dean, 200,000 patient treated

1974 Communicore Building opens

1976 College of Veterinary Medicine opens, J. Patrick O’Leary(’67) first alumnus to receive Hippocratic award

1980 UF’s kidney transplantation program, founded by Dr. William Pfaff, who performed the first successful transplant in Florida, performs landmark 400th transplant

1982 Nation’s first neonatal foal intensive care unit opens at UF veterinary hospital; Ronald McDonald House opens near Shands

1985 First cochlear implant device to restore hearing impairment performed at Shands; Bioglass implants also used by UF researchers to restore hearing in first human patients with damaged middle-ear bones, helping patients like Shands pediatric nurse Jinger Jones to hear again

1985 UF’s heart and liver transplant programs begin

1986  Florida’s first Hope Lodge for cancer patients opens near UF campus

1987 Florida Probe, an instrument measuring loss of support tissue around teeth, is developed at UF’s dental college

1990 Lab-grown skin grafts for burn victims developed by UF researcher Dr. Ammon Peck President George Bush declares the 1990s “Decade of the Brain” in support of basic research

1992 UF College of Pharmacy’s Drug Information Service celebrates 20th year of statewide service; UF receives $18 million grant from the U.S. Department of Defense to build a neuroscience research center, the UF Brain Institute

1994 PerioGlas, a bioactive glass developed at UF for restoring jaw bone, goes on worldwide market. First lung transplant in Florida performed at Shands

1995 Southeast’s first umbilical cord blood transplant on an infant and adult performed; state’s first kidney/pancreas transplant occurs; first gene therapy treatment for brain cancer is done. HIV saliva test, developed by UF veterinarian, is released to the marketplace in several foreign countries; 13-week-old Gary Weems of Pensacola, Fla., has a heart transplant performed at Shands, becoming first infant to undergo a heart transplant in Florida


Content note:  The records from the provost/vice president’s office are relatively consistent in their organization at least through Dr. Ackell, though they tend to lose consistency between 1974 and 1982.

Series 4a Folder Listing

Box 1
Associations-American Council on Education
Associations-American Cancer Society, Fla. Division, 1958-1961
Associations-American Cancer Society, Fla. Division, 10/6-7/56
Associations-American Cancer Society-Florida Division-Reprints
Associations-American Cancer Society, Florida Division

Box 2
Associations-American Cancer Society-Division Survey Committee
Associations-Survey-Florida Division, R.S. Poor
Associations-Executive Committee, Florida Division, American Cancer Association
Associations-American Medical Association
Associations-American Occupational Therapy Association 1955-1956
Associations-American Public Health

Box 3
Associations-Auburn Research Foundation (A.P.I) 1954-1957
Associations-Commission on Survey of Dentistry Reference Material (1959)
Associations-Commission on Survey of Dentistry (1958-1960)
Associations-Commission on Survey of Dentistry Meeting Minutes and Program (Folder one)
Associations-Commission on Survey of Dentistry Meeting Minutes and Program (Folder two)
Associations-Florida Association for the Gifted (1956-)
Associations-Florida Medical Association (1954-)
Associations-Florida Public Health Association (1954-)
Associations-Florida State Dental Society (1953-1961)
Associations-General (1956-1960)
Associations-Journal of Medical Education

Box 4
Associations-National Education Association
Associations-National Fund for Medical Education
Associations-National Health Council
Associations-National Society for Medical Research
Associations-Southern Association of Medical Schools and Teaching Hospitals
Associations-University Medical ADM Group, 1957-1960
Buildings-Construction of Medical Sciences Building (1954-1956)
Buildings-Construction of Teaching Hospital
Buildings-Dedication of the Medical Sciences Building October 12-13, 1956
Buildings-Meetings re: Medical Sciences Building August 1953-January 1954
Buildings-Plant and Equipment, Medical Sciences Building

Box 5
Buildings-Property adjacent to Health Center (Judge McDonald)
Buildings-Results of Laboratory Tests and analyses, Medical Sciences Building
Buildings-Temporary Quarter
Buildings-Tentative Schedule-(MSB) Construction
Cancer Research Lab-Annual Progress Reports to June 30, 1956
Cancer Research Lab-Budget-Fiscal Years 1952-52, 1953-54
Cancer Research Lab-Committee to study CRL
Cancer Research Lab-Correspondence to January 1, 1957
Cancer Research Lab-Course of Study and related Correspondence
Cancer Research Lab-Material Prior to Fiscal Year 1952-53
Cancer Research Lab-Reports

Box 6
Federal Agencies-US Congress Correspondence
Federal Agencies-US Public Health Service National Institutes of Health to 1-1-57
Federal Agencies-NIH NADRC ’58-’61
Federal Agencies-NIH NADRC Appointment (of Dr. Poor) 1958
Federal Agencies-NIH NADRC Meetings 1960
Federal Agencies-NIH NADRC Meetings-1959
Federal Agencies-NIH NADRC Meetings-1958
Federal Agencies-National Institute of Health 1960-1961
Federal Agencies-President’s committee on Employment of the Physically Handicapped-Correspondence
Federal Agencies-President’s Committee on Employment of the Physically Handicapped-Correspondence 1957-1961

Box 7
Grants and Funds
Grants and Funds-Academic Enrichment Fund 1959-1960
Grants and Funds-AEF Salary Study-1954-55
Grants and Funds-AEF Medical Salary Study
Grants and Funds-American Cancer Society
Grants and Funds-Salary Data from State Medical Schools (plus 2 Private Medical Schools) (Folder one)
Grants and Funds-Salary Data from State Medical Schools (Plus 2 Private Medical Schools) (Folder 2)

Box 8
Commonwealth Fund
Grants and Funds-Correspondence with Commonwealth Officials
Grants and Funds-Proposal to Commonwealth Fund
Grants and Funds-donations by Individuals
Grants and Funds-Foundations-General
Grants and Funds-Kellogg Foundation
Grants and Funds-John and Mary Markle Foundation
Grants and Funds-National Foundation
Grants and Funds-National Institute of Health
Grants and Funds-NIH Animal Quarters

Box 9
Grants and Funds-NIH Dental Study Training Grant
Grants and Funds-NIH grant #RC-146 R&S Pharmacy-Research Wing
Grants and Funds-NIH Psychiatric Nursing
Grants and Funds-NIH Rehabilitation Program
Grants and Funds-National Science Foundation
Grants and Funds-Possible Sources of Income
Grants and Funds-Proposals to Foundations by other Medical Schools
Grants and Funds-Research Teaching and Training Grants
Grants and Funds-University Film Classics League
Grants and Funds-Vocational Rehabilitation Federal-State

Box 10
Health Center-Animal Department Operation
Health Center-Biennial Report Beginning July 1, 1952
Health Center-Biennial Report 1956-58
Health Center-Budget Proposed 1957-1959
Health Center-Budget Approved 1957-1959
Heath Center-Chapel (General Info and Background)
Health Center-Chaplain and Chapel (1955-1960)
Health Center-Consultants
Health Center-Employee Health Office
Health Center-Health Center Council

Box 11
Health Center-Health Center Statements-Public Relations
Health Center-Humane Society to January 1, 1957
Health Center-Library
Health Center-Medical Advisory Committee
Health Center-Study Budget (July 1953-)
Health Center-Office of Vocational Rehabilitation-Dr. D.J. Mase, Director
Health Center-Organization Charts
Health Center-Provost, Health Center Council
Health Center-Publications-Medical Center Studies
Health Center-Publications (1957-)
Health Center-University Committee on Health Center Educational Programs

Box 12
College of Health Related Services
College of Health Related Services-Org. Health Related Services College (1958)
College of Health Related Services-Correspondence and General Information (1957)
College of Health Related Services-Rehabilitation Service (1959-1961)
College of Health Related Services-Prospective Staff
College of Health Related Services-Study Report
Medical Schools, Other-Buffalo, University of
Medical Schools, Other-Cincinnati, University of
Medical Schools, Other-Columbia, University of
Medical Schools, Other
Medical Schools, Other-Illinois, University of
Medical Schools, Other-Kentucky, University of

Box 13
Medical Colleges, Other-Miami, University of
Medical Schools, Other-Mississippi, University of
Medical Schools, Other-Missouri, University of
Medical Schools, Other-New Mexico, University of
Medical Schools, Other-North Carolina, University of
Medical Schools, Other-Ohio State University
Medical Schools, Other-Puerto Rico, University of
Medical Schools, Other-Texas, University of
Medical Schools, Other-Virginia, Medical College of
Medical Colleges, Other-Washington, University of
Medical Schools, Other-West Virginia University
Medical Schools, Other-Western Reserve University
Medical Schools, Other-Wisconsin, University of
Medical Schools, Other-Yale University
College of Medicine-1956-1958
College of Medicine-Alpha Epsilon Delta (Pre-Med Honors Society)
College of Medicine-First Class (Considerations) College of Medicine
College of Medicine-Budget (Proposed, Dr. George T. Harrell)
College of Medicine-Correspondence

Box 14
College of Medicine-Executive Committee
College of Medicine-Gibbs Medical Center
College of Medicine-Gibbs Medical Center
College of Medicine-Graduate Department of Medicine
College of Medicine-Health Insurance Plan
College of Medicine-Lancet Article Reprint
College of Medicine-Medical Illustration
College of Medicine-Microbiology
College of Medicine-Obstetrics and Gynecology
College of Medicine-Pharmacology
College of Medicine-Primate Radiation Project
College of Medicine-Recreational and Physical Therapy
College of Medicine-Scholarship for Medical Students
College of Medicine-Semester System and Quarter System

Box 15
College of Nursing-Correspondence-General Info to 1/1/57
College of Nursing-Curriculum-Analysis of Courses
College of Nursing-Public Health Nursing
College of Nursing-Report on Nursing, Dr. Mildred E. Newton
College of Pharmacy-Budget
College of Pharmacy-Bureau of Professional Relations
College of Pharmacy-Correspondence
College of Pharmacy-Correspondence, 1/1/57-1/1/58
College of Pharmacy-Correspondence and Reports, Jan. 1, 1958-Jan. 1, 1959
College of Pharmacy-Faculty and Staff

Box 16
College of Pharmacy-Pharmaceutical Chemistry Department (Cancer Research Lab)
College of Pharmacy-Pharmacy Study
Provost’s Office-Correspondence, 1952-54
Provost’s Office-Correspondence Fiscal Year1954-56
Provost’s Office-Correspondence, Miscellaneous 1958
Provost’s Office-Correspondence, Miscellaneous
Provost’s Office-“In Appreciation of” Plaque
Provost’s Office-Letters Concerning Dr. George T. Harrell
Provost’s Office-Memoranda

Box 17
Provost’s Office-Personal, 1953
Provost’s Office-Personal, January-June 1954
Provost’s Office-Personal, July 1954-January 1955
Provost’s Office-Personal, July1, 1955-June 30, 1956
Provost’s Office-Correspondence, Personal, July 1, 1956-Jan. 1, 1958

Box 18
Provost’s Office-Correspondence, Personal, 1/1/58-1/1/59
Provost’s Office-Personal Correspondence
Provost’s Office-Personal File Consultant Arizona Medical School Study-1960
Provost’s Office-Personal File Consultant Arizona Medical School Study-1961
Provost’s Office-Visits to other Universities-1954
Regional Agencies-Oak Ridge Institute of Nuclear Studies
Regional Agencies-Southern Regional Education Board

Box 19
Regional Agencies-SREB-Southern Regional Education Board
Regional Agencies-SREB-Commission on Dental Education in the South (Folder 1)
Regional Agencies-SREB-Commission on Dental Education in the South
Regional Agencies-SREB-1958-1962
Research Laboratories-Moosehaven Research Laboratory
Research Laboratories-Primate Radiation Project
Research Laboratories-Yerkes Laboratory-Research

Box 20
State Agencies and Committees-Alachua General Hospital, 1954-1960
State Agencies and Committees-Alcoholic Rehabilitation Program (Florida)
State Agencies and Committees-Florida State Alcoholic Rehabilitation Program (1957-1961)
State Agencies and Committees-Anatomical Board, State of Florida (1954-57)
State Agencies and Committees-“Breakthrough Report” Council for the Study of Higher Education in Florida
State Agencies and Committees-Reference Data, Study for the Development of Higher Education in Florida
State Agencies and Committees-Diagnostic Evaluation Centers
State Agencies and Committees-Florida Board of Control
State Agencies and Committees-Board of Control Certification Comm. For Reg. Ed.
State Agencies and Committees-Florida Board of Control Role and Scope Study
State Agencies and Committees-Florida Council on Medical Health (1954-)
State Agencies and Committees-Florida Foundation for Future Scientists
State Agencies and Committees-Correspondence, Florida Legislature

Box 21
State Agencies and Committees-Florida Legislature, Correspondence
State Agencies and Committees-Program Review-Aug. 17, 1954 (With Senator Shands, representatives Turlington and Cross)
State Agencies and Committees-Cost Estimates 1955-57, Teaching Hospital and Clinics (Presented to State Legislature 1953)
State Agencies and Committees-Cost Estimates 1953-55 Medical Sciences Building (Presented to State Legislature, 1953)
State Agencies and Committees-Minutes of Portion of Cabinet meeting March 10, 1953, Re: Report of Study (mimeographed Copies)
State Agencies and Committees-Record of Hearing on Medical Center Study before governor’s Cabinet and Legislature (Extra Copies)
State Agencies and Committees-Governor’s Advisory Committee-Child Care Institutional Programs
State Agencies and Committees-Minutes, Governor Collin’s Florida Citizen’s Committee for the Study of Public Health in the state of Florida 1955
State Agencies and Committees-Citizen’s Committee for the Study of Public Health-Printed Material, 1955 (Folder one)
State Agencies and Committees-Citizen’s Committee for the Study of Public Health-Printed Material, 1955 (Folder two)
State Agencies and Committees-Governor’s Committee on Employment of the Physically Handicapped (1956-1957)
State Agencies and Committees-Governor’s Committee on Employment of the Physically Handicapped, (1958-1960)

Box 22
State Agencies and Committees-Governor’s Committee on Florida Childcare Institutions, December 1956 (Folder one)
State Agencies and Committees-Governor’s Committee on Florida Childcare Institutions, December 1956 (Folder two)
State Agencies and Committees-Governor’s Office
State Agencies and Committees-Improvement Commission
State Agencies and Commissions-State Board of Health
Teaching Hospital-Cornerstone Laying
Teaching Hospital-Correspondence, General Information1957-1958
Teaching Hospital-Correspondence, General Information 1956
Teaching Hospital-Correspondence, General Information 1953-54-55

Box 23
Teaching Hospital-General File
Teaching Hospital-Hospital Administration
Teaching Hospital-Administration Applicants (Folder One)
Teaching Hospital-Administration Applicants (Folder Two)
Teaching Hospital-Patient Care Comm. (57-58)
University-Agriculture, College of
University-Arts and Sciences
University-Committees, Nuclear Policy 1954
University-Committees, Relationship of FCCS to Health Center
University-Committees Reorganization Committee
University-Committees, Salary Study Committee
University-Committees, Scientific Manpower Assembly Committee
University-Dean of Men
University-Endowment Corporation

Box 24
University-Florida Center of Clinical Services, Correspondence, News Bulletins, Reports
University-Florida Center of Clinical Services Board of Directors-Sub Committee, re:  State Advisory com
University-Graduate School
University-Graduate School
University-Institute of Gerontology
University-Law College
University-Physical Education College
University-President, Correspondence
University-Science and Eng. Center Study (1956-1958)

Box 25
University-Science and Engineering Center Study Reports (1959) (Folder 1)
University-Science and Engineering Center Study Reports (1959) (Folder 2)
University-Science and Engineering Study (1959)
University-Science and Engineering Center Study Reports (1956-58) Folder 1
University-Science and Engineering Center Study Reports (1956-58) Folder 2
University-Science and Engineering Center Study Reports (1960)
University-University College
University-University Research Foundation
University-University Senate
University-University Senate
University-Vice President Allen Memos and Correspondence

****Box 26
American Heart Association
Carol Taylor
College of Health Related Services
Department of Medicine
Florida Medical Association
Florida Society of Internal Medicine
Florida State Board Exams
Florida State Board of Health
Florida Trudeau Society
General Clinic
Infectious Disease Committee
Introduction to Medicine
The Law-Science Institute
Markle Foundation
Medical Records Committee
Memos and Correspondence-Admissions-Hospital
Memos and Correspondence-Anatomy
Memos and Correspondence-Animal Quarters
Memos and Correspondence-Biochemistry
Memos and Correspondence-Blood Bank

****Box 27
Memos and Correspondence-Business Office Hospital
Memos and Correspondence-Business Office-Health Center
Memos and Correspondence-College of Nursing
Memos and Correspondence-Dean Harrell
Memos and Correspondence-Dietary Services
Memos and Correspondence-Dr. Dubowski-Clinical Labs
Memos and Correspondence-Faculty Forum
Memos and Correspondence-Health Center Personnel
Memos and Correspondence-Medical Illustration
Memos and Correspondence-Medical Records Library
Memos and Correspondence-Microbiology
Memos and Correspondence-Microbiology Labs-Dr. Slotnick
Memos and Correspondence-OB-GYN
Memos and Correspondence-Pathology
Memos and Correspondence-Pediatrics
Memos and Correspondence-Personnel, Administration Building
Memos and Correspondence-Pharmacology
Memos and Correspondence-Pharmacy
Memos and Correspondence-Physiology
Memos and Correspondence-Provost
Memos and Correspondence-Psychiatry
Memos and Correspondence-Purchasing
Memos and Correspondence-Radiology
Memos and Correspondence-Surgery
National Institute of Health
Outpatient Work-Shop-Third

****Box 28
Physical Plant
President Reitz-Memorandums
Private Practice Positions
Palm Beach Heart Association
Perkin Elmer
Post Graduate Education
Southeastern Section Society for Experimental Biology and Medicine
Staff, House
State Department of Education
Student Research Fellowships
Suncoast Heart Association
Superior Students
University Senate
US Department of Health, Education and Welfare
Veterans Administration-Lake City Florida
Vocational Rehabillitation

****Indicates later additions
These files were found after the series had already been processed, so they are not necessarily in alphabetical order with the rest of the collection.