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JULY, 1970
Dr. B. Woodhall
Back at Hospital
Ten years ago they called Dr.
Barnes Woodhall out of surgery and
made him dean of the medical
It was the beginning of a succes
sion of titles and an increasingly
mounting load of administrative r&-
sponsibility that was climaxed last
year when he temporarily took on
the job of Chancellor of the Uni
Today Dr. Woodhall is back at
the Medical Center. For the first
time in a decade his shoulders just
support a white coat instead of an
administrative load besides. He's
no longer the administrative "es
tablishment" and the target of stu
dent protests. He's back courting
his first love—medicine.
"I plan," he said on July I, when
he turned over his Allen Building
office to Chancellor Kenneth Pye,
"to devote full time to neurosur
That's what he came here for in
1937—to establish the neurosurgery
service and be its chief. Dr. Wood
hall headed the division of neuro
logical surgery until I960 when he
was selected to succeed Dr. Wilburt
C. Davison as dean of the School of
That began the 10 years and the
succession of important adminis
trative posts.
While dean he also served as
assistant provost for a year until
that title was changed to vice pro
vost and he was given responsibility
for the entire Medical Center.
By 1964 the duties of vice pro
vost had increased to the point that
Barnes Woodhall returned to Duke
Medical Center July 1 after relin
quishing the University Chancellor
ship, he was greeted outside the
Davison Building by Dr. William G.
Aniyan, vice-president for health
affairs. (photo by Dave Hooks)
Duke Awarded
For Two Years
Duke Hospital has been notified
that it has been fully accredited for
the next two years by the Joint
Commission on Accreditation of
Dr. Stuart M. Sessoms, hospital
director, received the notification
June 24. Inspection for
accreditation at Duke took place on
May 8, 11, and 12.
The Chicago-based Joint
Commission on Accreditation of
Hospitals represents the American
College of Surgeons, the American
College of Physicians, the American
Hospital Association, and the
American Medical Association.
(continued on page three)
he relinquished the deanship to Dr.
William G. Aniyan.
Three years later the Board of
Trustees changed his title again, to
associate provost.
In January, 1969, Dr. Woodhall
was named to another job—special
assistant to Duke President Douglas
Knight But that job proved to be a
brief one.
By March the Board of Trustees
had decided to reactivate the office
of chancellor. Dr. Woodhall, who
was then 64, agreed to serve as tem
porary chancellor for the next year,
when he would reach the age of
mandatory retirement from admin
istrative posts. July I was the date.
Dr. Woodhall may well have held
(continued on page six)
ACC R E D IT AT IO N-Kenneth
Holt, assistant director of the
Hospital, attaches the new
accreditation sticker to Duk6's
Joint Commission certificate. The
Hospital was reaccredited for two
years last month, (staff photo)

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