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ID: FC/FC061
Extent: 18.0 Linear Feet
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John D. Vavra was a professor of medicine and assistant dean at Washington University School of Medicine. He was fondly known as "Mr. Ethics" for his interest in medical ethics and teaching the subject in his Medicine in Modern Society course and seminars. He initiated the first class on ethics at the medical school, and it became a popular elective due to his reputation. Vavra recieved his medical degree from Washington University in 1954 and joined the faculty in 1959. He also was an adjunct professor of philosophy and theology at Eden Seminary in St. Louis. Throughout his tenure, Vavra served as the head of the internal medical service at City Hospital, assistant dean for post-graduate training, and chairman of the Human Studies Committee for fifteen years, which is responsible for reviewing all research by Washington University faculty. He passed away in 1988 after suffering a heart attack at the age of 60.
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Preferred Citation: [Item description, Box number, Folder number], John D. Vavra Papers, Bernard Becker Medical Library Archives, Washington University School of Medicine.
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