Here are the answers from today’s pop quiz on the history of Upstate:
1. This excerpt is from what year? “It was evident that if the College was to survive, even greater financial support was necessary.”
Answer: 1949, when Syracuse University was lobbying for the medical school to be acquired by the State University of New York.
2. In the late 1880s, the Department of Health of the City of Syracuse established a building for contagious diseases on a large plot east of Teall Avenue. It was commonly known as what?
Answer: The “Pest House.” And, by the late 1920s, patients with contagious disease were treated within the new City Hospital, which was later renamed Silverman Hall — and now houses Upstate’s College of Health Professions.
3. Two separate studies in the early 1950s concluded that several of Syracuse’s 10 hospitals merge and that a new hospital be built. What happened before those recommendations were followed?
Answer: After a bad experience at a local hospital, the late Alexander “Casey” Jones, executive editor of the now-defunct Herald-Journal newspaper, encouraged then Syracuse Mayor Donald Mead to fix the city’s antiquated hospital system. A commission was appointed, public hearings were held, and the decision was made to build a new hospital outside of downtown. Community Hospital opened in 1963. The following year it merged with Syracuse General Hospital and became Community General Hospital. It became part of Upstate in 2011.
4. Which former chairman of pediatrics went on to become US Surgeon General, overseeing tobacco control efforts?
Answer: Julius Richmond, MD served as surgeon general from 1977 to 1981.
5. A gifted parasitologist and artist who became an adjunct lecturer in the Department of Bacteriology in 1930 (later joining the faculty) made basic discoveries about the life cycle of the tapeworm and drew meticulous illustrations of his findings. Justus Mueller, PhD took multiple scientific expeditions into the rainforests of Central and South America, which earned him election into which elite club in 1980?
Answer: The Explorers Club, an international professional society dedicated to preserving the instinct to explore. The club, with headquarters in New York City, unifies explorers and scientists from a variety of disciplines from more than 60 countries. Among its members are the first men to reach the North and South poles, the first to summit Mount Everest, the first to the deepest point in the ocean and the first to the surface of the moon.