In 1958, the University of Florida College of Health Related Services was established as the first college of its kind housed in an academic health center. In honor of our 60th anniversary year, we feature a few archival objects that help to tell our story.
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Photos by Jesse S. Jones
This shovel was used to break ground in 2011 for the Clinical and Translational Research Building, which houses the departments of biostatistics and epidemiology, two of the college’s newest departments.
Over the years, the college has had several logos in an effort to give a visual identity to an institution with a diverse group of disciplines (and four name changes). The first logo, used in the 1960s and 1970s, was designed to represent the modern health professional who is prepared to collaborate with other disciplines. The hand, head, heart and foot logo graced communications during the 1980s. The third logo was developed in the mid-2000s when the college added public health to its educational, research and service missions.
This copy of the physical therapy class of 1966’s senior skit was provided by alumna Kathleen Goodin. Physical therapy students have continued the tradition of an annual performance. These days, it’s a roast of the faculty at the holiday party.
Symbol of readiness
The occupational therapy pinning ceremony symbolizes the faculty’s acknowledgement that graduates are ready for the role of occupational therapist. After a few years’ hiatus, the tradition was re-introduced in 2016. This pin belongs to Christine Myers, Ph.D., OTR/L, a 1995 graduate of the program who now serves as director of the UF master’s and doctoral programs in occupational therapy.
Work of art
This oil painting, created by Cross Creek, Florida artist Kate Barnes, was commissioned to commemorate the college’s 25th anniversary.
The Mase Medallion is presented to recipients of the college’s Darrel J. Mase Distinguished Leadership Award, named for the founding dean.
The father of rehabilitation medicine, Howard Rusk, M.D., and Mary Switzer, the force behind the 1954 Vocational Rehabilitation Act, served as guest speakers at this event. Both were early supporters of the college. Switzer recalled an evening spent in Gainesville in 1954: “We were sitting on the floor of Dean Mase’s home and Dr. Harrell [UF College of Medicine founding dean] had the model blocks of the medical center and I heard the dream of this university for its medical school, its college of health related services, and most of all, the dreams of a new kind of education of people working together in the health field. I never have gotten over the thrill of that night.”
Greetings from the highest office
A congratulatory letter from U.S. President Bill Clinton helped mark the college’s 40th anniversary in 1998.