North Central College - Naperville, IL

Joseph E. Rall

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Outstanding Alumni Award Winner 1966

Retired as deputy director of research at the National Institutes of Health (NIH), Dr. Joseph Rall has contributed outstanding leadership and made personal research accomplishments in the field of thyroid biochemistry, physiology and disease. He has been described as America’s foremost authority on the thyroid. Rall is an author of more than 95 scientific papers and recipient of numerous awards and honors from the medical and scientific communities. His distinguished career also includes service as the chief of the clinical endocrinology branch at NIH and director of intramural research at NIH’s National Institute of Arthritis, Diabetes, Digestive and Kidney diseases. He is also a member of the National Academy of Science. In 1996, he took a leadership role in the North Central College’s campaign to complete the Kresge Science Challenge that brought $2 million in new support to North Central’s science program. Rall also founded the College’s Annual Rall Symposium on Undergraduate Research.