From the Gazette: Harper's hometown approach harkens back to his roots

James “Bud” Harper officially retired to Pinehurst in July 2012, but he’s still around campus – winding down from a Carolina career spanning 45 years.

On the second and fourth Tuesdays of every month, he borrows his old office in Bondurant Hall to meet with students who have applied to the University’s medical school.

Earlier this month, a student turned the tables on him. “Why did you apply to medical school here?” she asked.

The answer, he said, went back to his dad. Way back, to the turn of another century.

His father was about to turn 17 in fall 1901 when he left his home in Snow Hill to start medical school at Carolina. He finished in two years – “which was how long the program was then,” Harper said – before setting off for Philadelphia to begin his internship.

After completing all his requirements, his father returned home to Snow Hill in spring 1905 to become the “horse and buggy” doctor he was meant to be.

“When he got home, he had to wait six months to set up his practice because he had to turn 21 before he could take the state board examination,” Harper said.

His dad had to wait much longer than that to take a wife.

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