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Norma Kolthoff

Norma Kolthoff
Norma Kolthoff is among the many distinguished alumni in North Central's Legacy of Science.

Dr. Norma Kolthoff graduated with a degree in zoology from North Central College, a liberal arts college in Naperville, Illinois, and went on to earn a doctorate in physiology from Boston University, becoming the first nurse ever to receive a Ph.D. degree from that institution. In a long career at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, she became one of the leading educators of nurses in the nation, earning recognition as a Fellow of the American Academy of Nursing.

Nate Montgomery

Nate Montgomery
Dr. Nate Montgomery is among the many distinguished alumni in North Central's Legacy of Science.
Dr. Nate Montgomery became one of the top doctoral students in genetics and molecular biology in the country after finding his passion for science at North Central College, a small liberal arts college in Naperville, Illinois, where he came to run cross country and learn to be a journalist, but earned a degree in biology. In a freshman cell biology class, he actually needed remedial help but fell in love with molecular biology.
 

David Rall

David Rall
David Rall is among the many distinguished alumni in North Central's Legacy of Science.

Called “the intellectual and ethical founder of modern environmental medicine,” Dr. David Rall helped create the scientific field of environmental health. Many of the discoveries made in the 19 years he served as director of the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences continue to influence health policy and environmental regulation today. He campaigned to strengthen laws protecting water from pesticides; he released studies linking asbestos to lung damage; and he oversaw research showing lead exposure could affect children’s development.

JE Rall

JE Rall
Dr. Joseph Edward Rall is among the many distinguished alumni in North Central's Legacy of Science.

Dr. Joseph Edward Rall — Ed Rall — never received a Nobel prize, but in his long-time leadership role at the National Institutes of Health, he supported and mentored many who did. And
in his own research, he became one of the greatest authorities in the world on diseases of the thyroid. A year after his death in 2008, he was honored by colleagues from throughout the world as one of the preeminent scientists — and scientific mentors — of his generation.

Mildred Rebstock

Mildred Rebstock
Mildred Rebstock is among the many distinguished alumni in North Central's Legacy of Science.

A few notable inventions and discoveries occurred in 1947. The Polaroid camera. The microwave oven. Chloromycetin.

Chloromycetin might not be a household word like the others, but it was one of the great scientific achievements of that era. It’s the world’s first synthetically engineered antibiotic that could be mass produced quickly and cheaply, and the first drug to work against typhoid fever and other diseases. She graduated from North Central College in Naperville, Illinois, with a degree in chemistry.

Daniel Ruge

Daniel Ruge
Daniel Ruge is among the many distinguished alumni in North Central's Legacy of Science.

Sometimes a lifetime of training and preparation plays out in a few crucial moments.

Dr. Daniel A. Ruge graduated with a degree in zoology from North Central College, a liberal arts college in Naperville, Illinois. He went on to become a world-renowned neurosurgeon and an expert on spinal cord injuries.

Milford Schultz

Milford Schultz
Milford Schultz is among the many distinguished alumni in North Central's Legacy of Science.

Dr. Milford Schultz began his stellar career in radiology at a liberal arts school in Naperville, Illinois, North Central College, where he majored in zoology and chemistry before entering Northwestern Medical School. He was a fellow in radiology there before moving on to Massachusetts, where he became chief radiologist at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston, specializing in radiation therapy.

Myron Wentz

Myron Wentz
Myron Wentz is among the many distinguished alumni in North Central's Legacy of Science.

Some scientists use their knowledge to change the world by advancing technology or by making new discoveries. Dr. Myron Wentz uses his scientific background to promote healing, and to help children.

Clifford Wall

Clifford Wall
Clifford Wall was a gifted scientist who was devoted to teaching and mentoring future scientists as well as to research and publishing.

How many of the scientists who have shaped our world can you identify? Here’s a few — all Nobel laureates: Harold Varmus. John Mather. Peter Agre. And their schools? Small liberal arts colleges.

Veronika Gagovic

Veronika Gagovic
Dr. Veronika Gagovic is among the many distinguished alumni in North Central's Legacy of Science.

Dr. Veronika Gagovic gained her inspiration to pursue medicine from a typical source in a very atypical setting. Her father, a physician in war-torn Bosnia, was murdered in the Bosnian conflict.

She spent her teen years supporting her widowed mother and brother as a translator for NATO, but then found her way to a small liberal arts school in Naperville, Illlinois— North Central College, a place for her to heal and grow into her future role in the medical field.

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