Dr. MacNider received a medical degree from the University of North Carolina in 1903 and later served as dean of the UNC Medical School from 1937 to 1940. His leadership allowed the school to become a principal academic medical center, and his influence and oversight played an integral role in the planning of the four-year medical program, although he died one year before it opened. The William deB. MacNider Award was established in his honor to identify UNC medical students who embody his various intangible traits of good character.
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