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April 2009 Issue

Henry Winkler, PhD (third from left), was honored during the March 17, 2009, UC Board of Trustees meeting. Fom left to right: Victoria Montavon, Dean and University Librarian; Winklerís wife, Bea; Winkler; UC Board Chairman H.C. Buck Niehoff; Nancy Zimpher, PhD; and John McDonough, MD, chair, Winkler Center Advisory Board.
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Health History Library Renamed in Honor of Former UC President

By Melissa Norris & Jill Hafner
Published April 2009

The UC Board of Trustees recently approved the renaming of the Center for the History of the Health Professions.

The new nameóthe Henry R. Winkler Center for the History of the Health Professionsóhonors the president emeritus of UC and former chair of the centerís advisory board.

ďThe University of Cincinnati remains truly fortunate to benefit from the longstanding commitment and support of President Emeritus Henry Winkler and his wife, Bea,Ē says Nancy Zimpher, PhD, president of UC.
ďWe are thrilled to be able to honor Dr. Winkler in this way.Ē

Winkler received his bachelorís and masterís degrees from UC and his doctorate from the University of Chicago. He taught briefly at UC and at Roosevelt College before joining the faculty at Rutgers University, where he served from 1947 until his retirement in 1977.

At Rutgers he moved through the various faculty and administrative ranks serving first as dean of the faculty of liberal arts, then vice president for faculty affairs and finally executive vice president.

In 1977, Winkler returned to UC to serve as executive vice president and was named president by the yearís end, serving until 1984. As president he oversaw the smooth transition of the university from its municipal status to that of a state university.
A well-respected historian of 20th-century Britain, Winkler continued to teach, publish and serve on numerous state and national committees and commissions after his term as UCís president. He has authored or edited seven books, dozens of journal articles and book chapters and over 200 reviews. In addition, during the 1960s he was editor of the American Historical Review.

In 1986, Winkler became involved with UCís Center for the History of the Health Professions, known then as the Medical Heritage Center.

Founded in 1974, the center is a collection of rare books on the history of medicine; archives of internationally prominent medical figures, including Albert Sabin, MD, developer of the oral polio vaccine; and historic photographs, oral histories, healthrelated artifacts and medical instruments. Winkler served as chair of the centerís advisory board from 1986-2006 and continues as vice chair today.

He provided visionary leadership for the center throughout critical times and is largely responsible for the centerís new home within the Donald C. Harrison Health Sciences Library, which will house the centerís collections in their entirety after phase II construction of the Winkler Center is funded and completed. The health sciences library is located in the Medical Sciences Building on UCís medical campus.

ďDr. Winkler has been a champion of our libraries throughout his tenure at the University of Cincinnati,Ē says Victoria Montavon, PhD, dean and university librarian. ďPresident Emeritus Winklerís dedicated and steadfast support for the Center for the History of the Health Professions makes it most appropriate to honor him by naming the center for him.Ē

New Exhibit at the Winkler Center
To celebrate and honor the life of Winkler, UC Libraries opened the Henry R. Winkler exhibit on March 25 in the new center that now bears his name. The exhibit features a collection of Winklerís diplomas, photographs, caricatures, recognitions and awards that depict the life of this well-respected educator and historian.

The center and exhibit is open by appointment only Monday through Friday.

More information about the Henry R. Winkler Center for the History of the Health Professions is available at history or by calling (513) 558- 5120.

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