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Dr. Carolyn Pass and Dr. Richard Susel wanted to give back to the school that let them become doctors together.
On May 1 the medical education labs in Howard Hall were dedicated to Carolyn J. Pass, MD, and Richard M. Susel, MD, alumni from the Class of '66.
A plaque in the hallway thanking Drs. Pass and Susel for their planned gift to the School of Medicine was unveiled during a brief ceremony hosted by Dean E. Albert Reece, MD, PhD, MBA. "Their extraordinary generosity and passionate commitment to medical education make them an inspiration to their fellow alumni, as well as to current students and the students of tomorrow," said the dean.
Drs. Pass and Susel were high-school sweethearts who applied together to the University of Maryland School of Medicine. "We are very grateful that we found a dean who believed in us, because in those days it was very unusual to have a couple accepted in the same class in medical school," Dr. Pass recalled. "We've never forgotten that, and we are so grateful to all our educators and our friends and classmates. It's been a wonderful life. Sometimes it was hard, but we loved what we did and we knew that someday we wanted to give back, so we started saving early on for what has come to fruition today."
The couple hopes to give even more to the school in the future. "We feel like our lives have been enriched to the highest degree by being physicians and taking care of people," said Dr. Susel. "It's just been a wonderful ride, and we're glad to be here today to share it with all of you."
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The couple is congratulated by fellow members of the Class of '66.
Drs. Pass and Susel with Dr. Irving Taylor, Class of '43, who is also a generous donor to the school.
The Susel family came out in full force for the dedication ceremony.