North Central College - Naperville, IL

Daniel Ruge

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Zoology major, Chemistry minor

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.

It was Dr. Ruge, one of the only civilians in U.S. history to serve as White House physician, whose protocols for care of President Ronald Reagan after he was shot in 1981 were credited with saving the President’s life and contributing to his quick recovery.