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Dartmouth medical school named for Dr. Seuss creator and widow

Posted April 16, 2012

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Dartmouth College in Hanover, N.H., has named its medical school in honor of Audrey and Theodor Geisel. The school is now the Audrey and Theodor Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth.

Theodor Geisel, better known as Dr. Seuss, was the award-winning author and illustrator of more than 50 children’s books, including The Cat in the Hat, How the Grinch Stole Christmas and The Lorax. A 1925 Dartmouth graduate, he first used the pseudonym “Seuss” on cartoons for the college’s humor magazine. Audrey Geisel, a former nurse, is president of Dr. Seuss Enterprises.

The Geisels are the most significant philanthropists in Dartmouth’s history, the school said. “Ted Geisel lived out the Dartmouth ethos of thinking differently and creatively to illuminate the world’s challenges and the opportunities for understanding and surmounting them,” said Dartmouth President Jim Yong Kim, MD, PhD. “Audrey and Ted Geisel have cared deeply for this institution, and we are enormously proud to announce this lasting partnership.”

Note: This item originally appeared at http://www.ama-assn.org/amednews/2012/04/16/prbf0416.htm.

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