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Dr. G. Donald Whedon '36

Dr. G. Donald Whedon graduated in 1936 from Hobart College with a B.A. cum laude in pre-medical science. At Hobart, he was the editor of both The Herald and The Echo of the Seneca yearbook. Along with Dr. Irving A. McGrew, he established Hobart's first intercollegiate golf team. He was elected to several honor societies, including Druid, the highest honor accorded to a Hobart man. In 1941 he received an M.D. degree from the University of Rochester Medical School. His principal training was at the Cornell University Medical Center. At the National Institutes of Health (NIH), he rose to be the head, from 1962 until 1981, of the National Institute of Arthritis & Diabetes, Digestive & Kidney Diseases, then the third largest of the 12 major divisions of the NIH. Dr. Whedon has contributed more than 80 publications, primarily in the field of calcium metabolism, which have aided significantly in the management of the bone disease osteoporosis. He has been, for many years, a co-investigator and consultant to the National Space and Aeronautics Administration (NASA). His principal contribution has been as head of the research group, which in the Skylab series of 1974-75 demonstrated extensive losses of calcium from the skeleton in long-continuing weightlessness. In 1974, NASA awarded him its Exceptional Scientific Achievement Medal and in 1996 its Award of Merit. He was honored by the Colleges with a 1967 Honorary Degree (Doctor of Science) and in 1978 with the same honorary degree by the University of Rochester.

 

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Dr. G. Donald Whedon
Hobart Class of 1936


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