Walter Reece Berryhill, MD, and Norma Connell Berryhill, In Memoriam

The founding dean of the four-year UNC School of Medicine and UNC Hospitals, Walter Reece Berryhill, MD, and his wife, Norma Connell Berryhill, who has been called the first lady of the UNC School of Medicine.

Walter Reece Berryhill, MD, and Norma Connell Berryhill, In Memoriam click to enlarge Walter Reece Berryhill, MD
Walter Reece Berryhill, MD, and Norma Connell Berryhill, In Memoriam click to enlarge Norma Connell Berryhill

The founding dean of the four-year UNC School of Medicine and UNC Hospitals, Dr. Berryhill was perhaps the most influential proponent of the Good Health Plan, which led to the building of N.C. Memorial Hospital in 1952. Dr. Berryhill served as dean from 1941 to 1964, two decades in which he organized early leaders of UNC’s new medical center and ushered in an era of progress for North Carolina’s medical education. Dr. Berryhill was married to Norma Connell Berryhill, who has been called the first lady of the UNC School of Medicine because she influenced many medical students and their spouses to study at UNC and reside in Chapel Hill. Mrs. Berryhill’s kindness, grace and contribution to the size and reputation of the UNC School of Medicine and UNC Hospitals were so prominent that the Norma Berryhill Distinguished Lectureship series was named in her honor.

The "Those Who Have Come Before Us" profiles were originally published in a special 60th Anniversary Issue of Well. Well is published four times annually by UNC Health Care. Click here to view this issue, as well as archived issues, online. To subscribe to Well, send your name and address to: publications@unch.unc.edu.

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