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Facts from the Past for Classes 1966, 1970, 1971, 1975 and 1976

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Class of 1966

Photo: In 1962 the Knickerbocker News highlighted the number of women entering Albany Medical College in the Class of 1966 with an article titled, “Medical College Lists 7 Women Frosh.” (L-R – Mary V. Lyons, Maureen Sze, Kathryn Thomas, Betty Rohloff, Jane Palombi, Christine Wurstlin and Susann Steinberg)


Class highlights

Sixty-four students graduated in the Class of 1966; sixty-one with doctor of medicine degrees and three with doctor of philosophy degrees.

Commencement exercises for the Class of 1966 were held at the Hellman Theater (1960-1989), on Washington Avenue in Albany across from the University at Albany-SUNY.  The Hellman Theater opened in 1960 and was a project of the philanthropist Neil Hellman whom the Medical Science Building at Albany Medical College is named for.

Six members of the Class of 1966 participated in the Cross Cultural Clinical Clerkship program in Guyana (then British Guiana). The clerkship was an annual three month summer elective offered to six senior medical students by the sub-department of Behavioral Sciences in conjunction with the major clinical departments and was made possible by an agreement between the Medical College and the Ministry of Health in British Guiana, signed in 1964. The six participating seniors were: Roland J. Graydon, II; James S. Breivis; Carl R. Wirth; Arthur H. Knowlton; Thomas M. Techman and Robert J. Lull.


Class of 1970

Timeline of Events

1966The class of 1970 enters Albany Medical College.

          – In New York City, the subway strike of 1966 grounds the city to a halt.

1968 – A joint dormitory between the Albany Medical College and Albany Law School becomes a reality, providing living quarters for about 200 medical and law students.

1970 – The 140th commencement exercises take place. 72 students graduate with medical degrees, 3 with PhD degrees, and one with a master of science.  Of those graduates, 15 receive both BS and MD degrees, as the first class to graduate from the accelerated bio-medical program.


Class of 1971

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The Class of 1971 was the largest class (78 students - medical and graduate) to graduate in the history of the College up until that point. 

Six females and seventy-two men graduated in the Class of 1971.

Four students in the Class of 1971 participated in the Berkshire Farm Program at the then named Berkshire Farm for Boys (now Berkshire Farm Center and Services for Youth). The students participated in training activities and field work.


Class of 1975

(Albany Medical Center 1975)

Timeline of Events

1971 – The class of 1975 enters Albany Medical College.

1971 - A new stock market index called the NASDAQ debuts.

1972 – The Medical Education Building and the Schaffer Library of Health Sciences opens.

1974 – After 21 years, Dr. Harold C. Wiggers steps down as Dean of Albany Medical College.

1975 – Dr. Paul B. Beeson, former chairman of the department of medicine at Yale School of Medicine, addresses the 145th commencement exercises at Albany Medical College.  The graduating class consists of 94 MD candidates, five candidates for PhD degrees and four master’s degree candidates.


Class of 1976

  • 121 students graduated in the class of 1976; 2 with doctors of science degrees; 5 with doctors of philosophy degrees; 2 with masters of science degrees; and 112 with medical degrees.
  • 17 women and 104 men graduated in the class of 1976.
  • The commencement address for the class of 1976 was delivered by Theodore Cooper, M.D., Ph.D., Assistant Secretary for Health, Department of Health, Education and Welfare.

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