December 1964: First Edition of New Alumni Quarterly #throwbackthursdays

The cover on the first issue of “The Mayo Alumnus” was a nighttime view of the illuminated tower on Plummer Building. William J. Holmes, left, was editor of the quarterly publication. At right is Dr. John Higgins, secretary-treasurer of the Alumni Association.
The cover on the first issue of “The Mayo Alumnus” was a nighttime view of the illuminated tower on Plummer Building. William J. Holmes, left, was editor of the quarterly publication. At right is Dr. John Higgins, secretary-treasurer of the Alumni Association.

The first issue of “The Mayo Alumnus,” a magazine for alumni of the Mayo Graduate School of Medicine, was created in 1964.

The magazine was published quarterly in January, April, July, and October. While primarily for the more than 4,000 members of the Alumni Association, “The Mayo Alumnus” was also sent to recent Mayo Graduate School fellows.

“First credit” for the magazine was given to the late Dr. D.C. Balfour. Director of Mayo Graduate School from 1937 to 1947, Dr. Balfour throughout his life maintained a warm interest in residents, not only while they were in Rochester but during their later professional and personal lives. Among other means of strengthening ties among alumni everywhere, he encouraged beginning such a publication as “The Mayo Alumnus.”

Contents of the 32-page first issue included professional news of former residents, interviews with prominent alumni, a photo essay on revisiting Rochester after a 15-year absence, reports from the Mayo Graduate School and Clinic, and other features.

The editor of “The Mayo Alumnus” was W. J. Holmes of the Clinic’s Communications Service.

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Kelley Schreiber

Kelley Schreiber is a Marketing Channel Manager at Mayo Medical Laboratories. She is the principle editor and writer of Insights and leads social media and direct marketing strategy. Kelley has worked at Mayo Clinic since 2013. Outside of work, you can find Kelley running, traveling, playing with her new kitten, and exploring new foods.