AN EXPERIMENT—Jhe Duke Hospital Chorus, organized for several
months, is an experiment grouping together persons from a wide variety
of backgrounds and professions. Under the direction of Mrs. Esther
Brandon, the chorus is shown performing at the May 19 30-Year Award
dinner, (photo by Dave Hooks)
Duke Hospital Chorus —
Experiment in Organization
Dr. Dixon Wins
’70 Schiff Prize
Dr. Bruce W. Dixon, chief
resident in medicine at Duke
University Medical Center, has been
named recipient of the 1970 Haskel
The award is presented annually
to an intern, resident, or fellow in
internal medicin'e for
"demonstration of outstanding
ability in the daily practice of
medicine and genuine concern for
the welfare of patients." The
winner is chosen by his fellow
house staff officers.
Dr. Schiff, a member -of the
Duke medical house staff from
1963 to 1966, died in an
automobile accident shortly after
leaving Duke. The award was set up
by his family/ and friends as a
Dr. Dixon, son of Mr. and Mrs.
Bruce W. Dixon of Pittsburgh,
Pennsylvania, is a 1965 graduate of
the University of Pittsburgh School
of Medicine. His special field of
study is hematology.
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more positions of top administra
tive responsibility than anyone else
in Duke's history. But the weight
or importance of it all hasn't pre
vented his making some humor of it.
During a speech recently, when
he was talking about the University
and the Medical Center, Dr. Wood
hall proceeded to count off, in
sequence, the positions he has held
in the past 10 years.
"It must be quite clear to you,
then," he told his audience, "that
this is my basic weakness—I have
been unable to hold a permanent
When he came back to the Medi
cal Center this month, he retained
the title that may mean more to
him than any other he has held—
James B. Duke Professor of Neuro
surgery, which the Board of Trus
tees conferred on him last year.
By Eula Coleman, A.L.P.N.
For four months an interesting,
exciting, and fun-filled experiment
has been going on at the Medical
The experiment is the Duke
Hospital Chorus, an organization of
Duke employes regardless of
department or position. The
members are a cross-section of all
levels of personnel of the hospital.
Members attend rehearsals twice
weekly and pay dues to cover
expenses of sheet music and other
The chorus was started to
answer these questions:
1. Can an interdepartmental
2. Can an organization of
employes of all levels of personnel
3. How much time and effort
will employes use to make a project
of personal interest successful?
The results have shown the
answer to questions 1 and 2 to be
yes. The answer to question three is
as much time and effort as needed
with no strings attached. By strings,
we mean extra pay, time off, and
other employe benefits.
Previous engagements of the
chorus include performances for
the Advanced Licensed Practical
Nurse graduation, the 30-year
service award program at the Angus
Barn, and a reception for Mrs.
Verna Sticht, acting director of
nursing service. We are now
planning a concert and play for the
Our director is Mrs. Esther
Brandon and Mrs. Ruth Furbish is
the pianist. Theodore Freeland of
the Durham Recreation
Department is a consultant to the
Do you sing, play a musical
instrument, or have other talents to
contribute? Join the experiment!!!
Rehearsals are held every Monday
and Wednesday at 3:30 p.m. in
Room 214-A Baker House.