Wednesday, September 29, 2010

From the Biographical Files

Today I wandered into a box of our biographical files; my fingers flipping over the tops of folders searching for a biographical gem. Lucky for us, gems aren't far from any place we look in Historical Collections and Archives. What I found was information about Dr. Raymond D. Grondahl.
Find out more here

Dr. Grondahl was a native Oregonian, from Sisters, who came to the University of Oregon Medical School to earn a master's degree and a medical degree in 1944. From 1945 to 1961 Dr. Grondahl served the medical school first as professor of pathology, then as as professor of clinical pathology, and ended his career at the medical school as the head of clinical pathology. In 1961 Dr. Grondahl moved to Butte, Montana, where he went into clinical practice.

His obituary from the Montana Standard touts him as being "instrumental in performing the first dialysis procedure in Oregon." This, no doubt, was performed prior to the university's purchase of the Travenol artificial kidney. In his file, Dr. Grondahl is pictured explaining the Travenol machine to a member of the Progressive Women's Club of Portland, which donated funds for purchase of the machine after the first artificial kidney at the medical school was constructed by doctors. I wonder what they used. Hopefully not sausage skins, drink cans, and a washing machine like the first artificial kidney on record!
From Report to the Alumni, November 1958

By the way, don't forget about the Oregon Archives Crawl this Saturday, October 2nd to check out the display and slideshow that Karen and Ian are putting together. There will be lots of other archives represented, so go discover!

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