More Tennessee students can work toward becoming doctors, thanks to an MTSU alumnus’s new scholarship at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center’s College of Medicine in Memphis.
Dr. Hershel “Pat” Wall, who earned his Bachelor of Science degree from MTSU in 1957, is being recognized for his years of dedication to education, medicine and public service with the Dr. Hershel P. Wall Endowed Scholarship, which will be awarded for the first time in fall 2013.
Fellow College of Medicine alumni and friends created a $50,000 endowment fund for the student scholarships, UTHSC officials said Nov. 30.
Wall earned his medical degree from the college in 1960. He’s served in a wide variety of roles in the Health Science Center community since then, most recently focusing on fundraising, capital development and alumni relations as special assistant to the president of the University of Tennessee.
A longtime UTHSC faculty member and administrator, Wall has served as the center’s chancellor, interim dean for the UT College of Medicine, associate dean for admissions and student affairs and division chief of general pediatrics.
“Dr. Wall is volunteer medicine,” said Dr. Joseph DeLozier, a 1982 graduate of the UTHSC College of Medicine and one of the donors to the new scholarship fund. “He is an example to doctors and our society of what we should all be about — unconditional giving to his students, colleagues, patients, friends and even strangers. There will be others to follow, but he has created the path and the standard, all out of love.”
During his 45-plus-year career as a physician, Wall has been recognized for his contributions to medical education, his clinical skills and many contributions to the community. He returned to MTSU in May 2011 to serve as a special guest speaker for the spring commencement ceremonies.