School of Medicine celebrates alumni with annual reunion weekend

Members of the Class of 1984 celebrated their 30th reunion during the School of Medicine Alumni Reunion weekend on April 25-26.
Members of the Class of 1984 celebrated their 30th reunion during the School of Medicine Alumni Reunion weekend on April 25-26.

A full weekend of events that included individual class reunions, tours of the school and a dinner on Kansas City’s famed Country Club Plaza brought School of Medicine alumni together to reminisce and reconnect at the annual School of Medicine Alumni Reunion on April 25-26.

Nearly 90 alumni, many of whom visited their alma matter for the first time since they graduated and began their medical residencies, returned for the weekend event that began with UMKC’s Alumni Awards Luncheon on Thursday, April 24.

Milestone classes of 1974 (40th anniversary), 1979 (35th), 1984 (30th), 1989 (25th), 1994 (20th) and 2004 (10th) kicked off the School of Medicine reunion activities with individual class receptions and a dinner on Friday, April 25.

A number of reunion participants visited the School of Medicine on Saturday, April 26, for a tour of the School and its current facilities. Tours included the updated docent units on the third floor, a view of the fourth-floor photo composites of each of the School’s graduating classes, and a tour of the School’s new Clinical Training Facility that houses the Youngblood Medical Skills Laboratory.

Each of the alumni received a copy of the photo composite of their graduating classes as part of their reunion gift package.

The weekend concluded with the annual reunion dinner, this year held at the Brio Tuscan Grille.

School of Medicine Dean Betty M. Drees, M.D., F.A.C.P., recognized the School’s 2014 alumni awards recipients at the reunion dinner. Michele Kilo, M.D., ’84, received the Alumni Achievement Award and the family of Steven Waldman, M.D., 77, and Corey Waldman, M.D.,’12, was honored with the UMKC Legacy award during the annual UMKC Alumni Awards Luncheon at Swinney Recreation center.

Another highlight of the evening was the recognition of Marilyn McGuire, long-time director of student affairs, and Francis Nelson, former student affairs administrative assistant, who attended the alumni dinner. Both retired from the Office of Student Affairs in 2009 and received an alumni standing ovation for their dedicated service to School of Medicine students.