That’s the message Patricia Ghory, MD, sends to her 1980 College of Medicine classmates—and any other UC graduate who is not taking part in alumni activities—every chance she gets.
"I don’t think people realize how much fun it is,” says Ghory, citing two decades of alumni participation, most recently serving as president of the UC College of Medicine Alumni Association.
Although her term ended in May (Joan Linhardt, MD, class of 1976, is the new president), Ghory’s sense of duty and Bearcat pride remain fierce—strong enough, in fact, to gift $50,000 in seed money to help establish the Class of 1980 Scholarship Fund.
"I wanted to jump-start this fund to entice and enable worthy students to choose Cincinnati.
I feel it is time to give back. It is because of my four years at the College of Medicine that I am the successful doctor that I am today.”
That means practicing alongside family at the Cincinnati Allergy and Asthma Center, founded by her father, Joseph Edward Ghory, MD, in 1960.
While both her father and sister, Ann, graduated from Ohio State University, Ghory and her sister, Mary Jo (class of 1976), are UC grads.
Ghory also had the honor of "hooding” her daughter, Amy CaJacob, last month when Amy and her husband, Nick CaJacob, graduated from UC as well. (Nick’s father, Dan CaJacob, is a 1981 College of Medicine graduate.)
"I’m reliving my medical school years through my daughter and son-in-law,” Ghory says.
"They have seen my enthusiasm during my years of involvement with the college alumni. It is my hope they may experience the same.”