In the beginning, a few intrepid faculty members stepped forward to provide for the students what protection from the prevailing elements that they could. The first generation of student leaders was feisty and independent, but sometimes they got into the kind of trouble that only their elders could neutralize.

  • Dick Couto

    [The following text was part of a memorial by Irwin Venick during a gathering of Coalition alumni at Vanderbilt University, May 20, 2017.] Richard (Dick) Couto served as Co-Director and then Director of the Center for Health Services from 1975 to … Continued

  • Lewis Lefkowitz

    [Contributed by Richard Davidson, October 2015] Lewis Lefkowitz was born in Dallas, Texas in December, 1930. He attended the University of Texas Southwestern medical school, did an internship at Duke University and finished his internal medicine residency at the VA … Continued

  • Amos Christie, M.D.

    Amos Christie received his M.D. from University of California. In 1943, he arrived at Vanderbilt University as Chair of the Department of Pediatrics. During his time at Vanderbilt, he studied histoplasmosis, a fungal disease simulating tuberculosis, and received a John Phillips Award … Continued


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