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Founding Figures Collection of Medical Education

Identifier: SOM 001

Scope and Contents

This collections contains the complete works of Richard Moy, Reed Williams, Howard Barrows, and Roland Folse. Included are articles, books, audiovisual material, and unpublished works.


  • 1957 - 2018


Biographical / Historical

Reed Williams, MD, was on the faculty at SIU School of Medicine from 1974 to 1987, then left for a position at the University of Illinois at Chicago. He returned to SIU SOM in 2001 and remained there and until retirement. Dr. Williams was the founding chair of the SIU School of Medicine Department of Medical Education, serving in that capacity from 1980 to 1987. He was instrumental in the development pf standardized patient technology co-developed the nation’s first senior comprehensive examination using only standardized patients. He was one of three SIU SOM Faculty to receive the renowned National Board of Medical Examiners’ Hubbard Award in 2006.

Richard H. Moy, MD, was appointed Professor of Internal Medicine and founding Dean of Southern Illinois University School of Medicine in January of 1970 and was, at the time, the country’s youngest dean. He continued to serve as Dean and Provost for over 23 years until his retirement in the fall of 1993, which made him the senior ranking dean among the 126 U.S. medical schools. Dr. Moy’s encouragement to use innovative teaching and instruction methods for medical students has advanced medical education throughout the United States.

Howard Barrows, MD, was faculty at Southern Illinois University School of Medicine and served as the Chair of Medical Education prior to his retirement in 1999. His innovative ideas over a career that spanned almost 50 years is internationally respected and continues to inform the education and training of students and health care practitioners around the world. Among many awards and recognitions, Dr. Barrows was the first recipient of the J.C Hubbard award from the National Board of Medical Examiners in recognition of his contributions to evaluation in medical education. He was a prolific author and contributed greatly to Problem Based Learning.

J. Roland Folse, MD, arrived at the newly established SIU School of Medicine in 1971 and during his time here became a pioneer physician due to his foresight and energy that helped mold SIU's Department of Surgery into an innovative health care provider. Dr. Folse devoted himself to researching chronic pain, problems of the lungs, esophagus and thyroid, as well as vascular and cardiac physiology. He received numerous honors and awards for his teaching and research efforts, including six consecutive awards for Excellence in Teaching in the Department of Surgery.


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Founding Figures Bibliography
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Repository Details

Part of the Southern Illinois University School of Medicine Archives Repository

801 N Rutledge - 4th Floor, Room 4001
Springfield Illinois United States