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UT to open 25-year-old medical school time capsule

In a final celebration of the 50th anniversary of the former Medical College of Ohio, The University of Toledo will open a time capsule that was sealed at MCO Dec. 14, 1989.

The ceremony will be held Monday, Dec. 15, at 9 a.m. in UT Medical Center Four Seasons Bistro.

The Medical College of Ohio was created Dec. 18, 1964, with the signing of legislation by Ohio Gov. James A. Rhodes. Paul Block Jr., co-publisher of The Blade, was an ardent advocate for the college and later became the first chairman of the school’s board of trustees. After a name change, the Medical University of Ohio merged with The University of Toledo in 2006.

Memorabilia dating from 1965 to 1989 is expected to be in the time capsule.

“This is the final event of the celebration of the 50th anniversary of the Medical College of Ohio,” Vern Snyder, UT vice president for institutional advancement, said. “It celebrates the growth of what it was 50 years ago to what it is now as the UT medical campus, all the changes it has made, the advances of technology, and the amount of research that’s done on the campus.”

Dr. Nagi Naganathan, UT interim president, and Dr. Chris Cooper, dean of the College of Medicine and Life Sciences, will speak at the brief ceremony hosted by Dr. William Davis, director of the UT General Practice Residency Program and associate dean of continuing medical education.

“At the event, we plan to display the memorabilia that’s in the time capsule for everyone to see,” Snyder said. “We are also planning to bring some other artifacts from the MCO archives that we used in the anniversary dinner in June.”

Cupcakes will be available for University students, faculty, staff and physicians throughout the day in celebration of the college’s milestone.

Media Coverage
The Blade (Dec. 16, 2014)
13 ABC and FOX Toledo (June 1, 2015)

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