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College of Arts and Sciences|Diamond Jubilee -- 75th Anniversary

Thomas L. Hannum

Bachelor of Science - 1949 - Pre-Med

     With Albert Schweitzer as his lifelong role model, it's no wonder that Tom Hannum is revered as a healer and humanitarian. Born in Gillette, Wyoming, of pioneer parents, he studied under UW's L. Floyd Clarke. He received his medical degree from the University of Rochester School of Medicine. His tour with the Air Force included work at the USAF Hospital in Wiesbaden, Germany. In 1959, he and fellow UW graduate, Dr. Otto Smith (BS 1950) set up a family practice in Brigham City, Utah.
     Hannum has been generous with his talents, in his community and farther afield...on the Hospital Ship HOPE off Guinea's west coast...as a Volunteer Physician for Vietnam...to a missionary hospital on Monument Valley's Navajo Reservation...to a Catholic hospital/nurse training program in the West Indies...as a team physician for Amigos des Las Americas in Honduras, serving remote Indian populations. In Brigham City, he is a volunteer with the Utah Heart Association, the American Red Cross, Habitat for Humanity, and in numerous church and civic activities. He was the first consulting physician for Hospice, and first chair of the Brigham City Community Hospital Board of Trustees. To promote international understanding, he and his wife, Alida, have conducted a program which has brought more than 200 international students to Utah since 1963. The Utah Medical Association presented him its A.H. Robbins Award to recognize his unselfish contributions to the community and, in 1986, he was honored as Brigham City's Total Citizen of the Year. He says, "History shows that the physician and the artist were originally one and the same person and that art and medicine were carved from the same quarry of civilization. An education steeped in the liberal arts helps to integrate medicine, society, and humanity."

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