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The medical school’s first full-time dean

Vernon Lippard served three terms as dean, steering the medical school through growth in its physical plant and an explosion in research funding.

Until the middle of the 20th century, the School of Medicine’s department chairs were expected to serve as deans, juggling their decanal responsibilities in addition to their other work. When Dean C.N.H. Long, M.D., stepped down in 1952, the deanship became a full-time position, and the Yale Corporation hired Vernon W. Lippard, M.D. ’29, who had served as dean of two other medical schools.Lippard applied to the School of Medicine in 1925, after only three years at Yale College. Four years later he left the school with an M.D. cum laude. He had been a student editor of the Yale Journal of Biology and Medicine, which began publication during his last year of medical school. After a period in private practice as...

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