Curnen Professorship Reception

Please join friends and colleagues for a reception to celebrate the Curnen Distinguished Professorship in the UNC Department of Pediatrics and the inaugural recipient, Dr. Wesley Burks.

Curnen Professorship Reception click to enlarge Dr. Edward C. Curnen, Jr.
Curnen Professorship Reception click to enlarge Dr. Harrie Chamberlin

Tuesday, March 18, 2013, 5:30 – 7:00 p.m.

N.C. Children’s Hospital Lobby

RSVP to Margaux Austin at (919) 843-3948 or nccpromise@gmail.com by Friday, March 15.

Please join friends & colleagues in celebrating the Curnen Distinguished Professorship in the UNC Department of Pediatrics.

 

Honoring the legacy of Dr. Edward C. Curnen, Jr. as the first Chair of the Department of Pediatrics, and celebrating the generosity of Dr. and Mrs. Harrie Chamberlin for their gift to create the Curnen Professorship in 2010, this reception will bring past and present together while also recognizing the inaugural appointee to the Professorship, Dr. Wesley Burks. Dr. Burks serves as the Chair of the UNC Department of Pediatrics and Physician-in-Chief of N.C. Children’s Hospital.

We are grateful for the generous gift made by Dr. Harrie Chamberlin and his wife, Betsy, to create the Curnen Distinguished Professorship through a bequest in their estate. In addition to the Chambelin gift, we are hopeful to receive a state match in the future from the North Carolina Distinguished Professorship Trust Fund. The Chamberlins’ gift celebrates a friendship between Drs. Chamberlin and Curnen while both worked to create the Department of Pediatrics at UNC.

Dr. Curnen began his medical career in Chapel Hill in the early 1950s by founding the Department of Pediatrics at Memorial Hospital. He served as the first Chairman of Pediatrics for eight years from 1952-1960. At the time, he was one of only three pediatricians in the state of North Carolina. He went on to become a national leader in children’s health. In 1953, Dr. Harrie Chamberlin joined the Department of Pediatrics where he specialized in pediatric neurology with an emphasis on deviations from normal development. He served as Director of the UNC Division of Disorders and Development & Learning from 1962 until his retirement in 1984.  Dr. Chamberlin considered Dr. Curnen to be a mentor and friend and found the Curnen Professorship to be a great way to give back to pediatrics and honor his relationship with Dr. Curnen.

We hope you will join us on Monday, March 18 to celebrate generations of leaders in the UNC Department of Pediatrics.