An oral history interview with Dr. Claudette Dalton, conducted at the Claude Moore Health Sciences Library on June 27, 2022. This interview is part of the Medical Alumni Stories Oral History Project, a joint effort of the Claude Moore Health Sciences Library and the UVA Medical Alumni Association and Medical School Foundation.
Claudette Ellis Harloe Dalton lived in Charlotte, N.C., before attending Sweet Briar College. After graduation, she enrolled in post-baccalaureate courses at the University of Virginia in order to prepare for medical school. She matriculated at the UVA School of Medicine in 1970, the first year that UVA's undergraduate programs officially became co-educational. Dr. Dalton received her M.D. from the UVA School of Medicine in 1974, and she went on to an internship and anesthesiology residency at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
While working in North Carolina, Dr. Dalton remained involved with the UVA Medical Alumni Association, and in 1989, she was invited to join the faculty of the UVA School of Medicine as the Assistant Dean for Alumni Affairs. With this appointment, Dr. Dalton became the first woman to hold the title of Assistant Dean in the history of the UVA School of Medicine. She held several positions during her tenure at the School of Medicine, including: Assistant Dean for Medical Education, Assistant Dean for Community Based Medicine, Director of the Office for Community Based Medical Education, and Assistant Professor for Medical Education. During her time on the faculty, Dr. Dalton served on the School of Medicine's Committee on Women and helped to coordinate an annual Women in Medicine Leadership Conference on behalf of the School of Medicine. In 1993, Dr. Dalton presented the opening remarks at the UVA School of Medicine Graduation Exercises.
Dr. Dalton also served as the Chair of the Federation of State Medical Boards (FSMB) Ethics and Professionalism Committee, and she chaired the Southeastern Delegation to the American Medical Association from 2019-2021. In 1996, she was inducted into the Alpha Omega Alpha (AOA) Society. In 2002, she was awarded the Sharon L. Hostler Women in Medicine Leadership Award. An active alumna of the UVA School of Medicine, Dr. Dalton has served on the Medical Alumni Association Board of Directors, as well as on the Medical Alumni Newsletter editorial board, and acted as Class Representative for the Class of 1974.
An oral history interview with Dr. Maurice Apprey, conducted on May 12, 2022. This interview is part of a joint effort of the Claude Moore Health Sciences Library and the UVA Medical Alumni Association and Medical School Foundation.
Maurice Apprey was born in Ghana, West Africa. He received a B.S. in Psychology, Philosophy, and Religion from the College of Emporia, Kansas, and graduated in 1974. Dr. Apprey was one of a small number of students who trained under Anna Freud at the Hampstead Clinic in London, from which he graduated in 1979. After studying phenomenological psychological research and hermeneutics with Amedeo Giorgi at the Saybrook Institute in San Franciso, CA, Dr. Apprey received a Ph.D. in Human Science Research. He later pursued a doctorate in Executive Management from the Weatherhead School of Management at Case Western Reserve University.
In 1980, Dr. Apprey joined the faculty of the UVA School of Medicine in the department of Psychiatry and Neurobehavioral Sciences. In 1982, he was appointed Assistant Dean of Student Affairs. His work with current and aspiring medical students continued for two and a half decades, and he was later appointed the Associate Dean of Diversity at the School of Medicine (in 1992) and the Associate Dean of Student Support (in 2003). During these years, Dr. Apprey was highly effective in increasing the number of students from under-represented backgrounds at medical school through initiatives like the Medical Academic Advancement Program (MAAP). He taught undergraduates, medical students, residents in psychiatry and psychology, and hospital chaplains, among others. In 2007, Dr. Apprey was invited to become Dean of the Office of African-American Affairs for the University of Virginia. He accepted and served in that role until his retirement in 2022.
An oral history interview with Dr. Barbara Hasko Curry, conducted at the Claude Moore Health Sciences Library on April 29, 2022. This interview is part of the Medical Alumni Stories Oral History Project, a joint effort of the Claude Moore Health Sciences Library and the UVA Medical Alumni Association and Medical School Foundation.
Barbara Ann Hasko Curry of Silver Spring, Maryland, graduated from high school in 1967 and entered the University of Virginia School of Nursing, finishing with a B.S. in Nursing in 1971. Her interests in the health sciences inspired her to return to UVA to complete the prerequisite courses needed to apply for medical school. In 1973 she was admitted to the UVA School of Medicine, and she graduated from the medical school in 1977.
After graduation, Curry completed an internship at Dartmouth Affiliated Hospitals in Hanover, NH, and a residency at Providence Medical Center in Portland, OR. Dr. Curry became board certified in Emergency Medicine in 1981 and joined the Billings Clinic in Billings, MT, in 1990. After the merger of the Billings Clinic and Deaconess Medical Center, Dr. Curry served as Chair of the Emergency Department at Deaconess Billings Clinic. (“Deaconess” was then dropped from the name in 2005.) In 2007, a state-of-the-art Emergency and Trauma Center opened at the Billings Clinic. Dr. Curry lives and continues to practice in Billings, MT.
An oral history interview with Dr. Dorothy G. Tompkins, conducted at the Claude Moore Health Sciences Library on November 19, 2021. This interview is part of the Medical Alumni Stories Oral History Project, a joint effort of the Claude Moore Health Sciences Library and the UVA Medical Alumni Association and Medical School Foundation.
Dorothy Ellen Guild Tompkins was born in 1941 and grew up in Louisa County, VA. She majored in biology at the College of William and Mary (graduating in 1962) before matriculating at the University of Virginia School of Medicine. She graduated from medical school in 1966, one of three women in her class. In 1972, Tompkins returned to UVA as a Fellow in Pediatric Cardiology. She went on to be appointed Assistant Professor of Pediatrics in 1973 and Associate Professor of Pediatrics in 1979. Later she worked in the area of addiction treatment, and from 2003-2006 Tompkins served as a pediatrician in the UVA Department of Psychiatric Medicine. A passionate and dedicated teacher, Tompkins received the Dean's Award for Excellence in Teaching and was elected to the School of Medicine's Academy of Distinguished Educators during her time at UVA.
In recent years, Tompkins has been active in local non-profit work, including master gardener, naturalist, and tree steward programs, and extensive work with women recovering from substance abuse and trauma. She helped found an organization called Georgia's Friends, which operates Georgia's Healing House, a supportive residential home for women in recovery. Tompkins is married to Dr. William Fraser Tompkins III (also a member of the UVA SOM Class of 1966). They live in Central Virginia.
An oral history interview with Dr. Linda R. Thompson, conducted via Zoom by the Claude Moore Health Sciences Library on November 15, 2021. This interview is part of the Medical Alumni Stories Oral History Project, a joint effort of the Claude Moore Health Sciences Library and the UVA Medical Alumni Association and Medical School Foundation.
Linda Ruth Thompson was born in 1941 in Bristol, Tennessee. She attended King College (now King University) in Bristol, TN, and graduated Magna cum Laude in 1962. Thompson attended the University of Virginia School of Medicine and graduated from medical school in 1966; she was one of three women who graduated in the Class of 1966. After graduation, Thompson completed a rotating internship at the State University of Iowa Hospital in 1967, and then returned to UVA for a residency in psychiatry (1967-1971). She served as the Chief Resident during her final year of residency and also as an Instructor in Psychiatry (1970-1971). Following her residency, she worked as a staff psychiatrist at the Northern Virginia Mental Health Institute in Fairfax, VA, before going into private practice in the Washington, DC, area.
Dr. Thompson pursued psychoanalytic training at the Washington Psychoanalytic Institute, and graduated from the psychoanalysis program in 1983. In 1984, she moved to the Tri-Cities area of northeastern Tennessee and southwestern Virginia, where she has maintained a general psychiatric practice since 1984. Thompson also worked as a consultant until 2014, primarily with regional mental health centers, and she attended psychiatric patients at local community hospitals. In 2016, Thompson published a book about her experiences with breast cancer, which she was diagnosed with and treated for in 2007 and 2008. She continues to practice medicine part-time in Bristol, TN, and writes about issues in modern healthcare. In addition to her book Surviving Breast Cancer, Thompson is the author of two additional books: Return to Asylums: A Prescription for the American Mental Health System, published in 2016, and Old School Medicine: Lower Tech Care to Improve the High Tech Future of Healthcare, published in 2018.
This is a shortened version of the oral history interview conducted with Dr. Thompson in November 2021. The full length interview remains restricted until 2047.
An oral history interview with Dr. Edward T. Wood, conducted by Dr. David S. Wilkes via Zoom on September 23, 2021. This interview is part of the Medical Alumni Stories Oral History Project, a joint effort of the Claude Moore Health Sciences Library and the UVA Medical Alumni Association and Medical School Foundation.
Edward Thomas Wood was born in Lexington, VA, in 1932. He attended Armstrong High School in Richmond, VA, and was a pre-medical student at Dartmouth University, where he earned an A.B. in 1953. Wood and his classmate Edward Bertram Nash became the first two Black students to attend and graduate from the University of Virginia School of Medicine. Matriculating in 1953, they graduated in the Class of 1957. After medical school, Wood completed several internships and residencies in New York. After choosing ophthalmology as a specialty, he opened his own practice in New York and spent the remainder of his career there. He is now retired and living in Florida.
David S. Wilkes graduated from Villanova University (B.S.) and earned an M.D. from Temple University. He served as Dean of the UVA School of Medicine from 2015-2021. Dr. Wilkes remains a member of the research faculty at the UVA School of Medicine.
An oral history interview with Dr. Anastasia Williams, conducted at the Claude Moore Health Sciences Library on April 8, 2022. This interview is part of the Medical Alumni Stories Oral History Project, a joint effort of the Claude Moore Health Sciences Library and the UVA Medical Alumni Association and Medical School Foundation.
Anastasia Longchamps Bayardelle Williams was born in New York and attended Cornell University, graduating with an undergraduate degree in Chemistry in 1991. She moved to Charlottesville with her husband in 1993 so that they could attend medical and law school, respectively, at the University of Virginia. Dr. Williams graduated from the UVA School of Medicine in 1998. After medical school Dr. Williams completed an internship in pediatrics at the Medical College of Georgia (1998-1999) and a residency in pediatrics at Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore, MD (1999-2001). She worked as a pediatrician in northern Virginia for 20 years, founding Olde Towne Pediatrics in Manassas and Gainesville, VA, and serving as the Medical Director of Pediatrics for Novant Health UVA Health System. Dr. Williams currently lives and practices in California.
Dr. Williams has served on the UVA Medical Alumni Association Board of Directors and the UVA School of Medicine Board of Trustees, as well as on the UVA Parents Committee, which she co-chaired with her husband, Sanford Williams. The Williams have three children, who are all alumni of UVA.