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Ceremonies mark opening of Texas Tech med school

1972 One to the most momentous occasions in the 46-year history of Texas Tech University took place today as the one-time cow pasture college formally opened its own school of medicine.

Visiting dignitaries, community and school officials and the staff and first 61 students of the new school gathered in one of the oldest buildings on the Tech campus, Drane Hall, for the ceremonies. Student registration was to begin this afternoon and classes start Tuesday.

The firt graduating class of the Texas Tech School of Law was in 1967, after using temporary classrooms for their law study. Today's students attend classes in the Law Building.

Drane, a women's dormitory for 34 years, has been converted to temporary facilities for the medical school. Later this year, renovation of another former dormitory, Thompson Hall, will provide clinical space for the school.

The main address in today's ceremonies was delivered by Dr. Paul J. Sanazaro, associate deputy administrator of the Health Services and Mental Health Administration of the Department of Health, Education and Welfare.

He told the gathering that "I think I can report to the secretary (of HEW) that all the elements of the reform he talks about are here in the Texas Tech School of Medicine."

He said a timetable recited by Tech vice president Dr. Glenn Barnett showed a "remarkable application of managerial skills" which will be necessary to solve the problems which beset medical and health services in the United States today.

Barnett, delivering welcoming remarks, pointed out that "only four years ago we were still just thinking about a medical school and only three years ago we were still trying to convince the legislature."

Barnett, after pointing out "what must be a new record for getting a medical school started," introduced guests which included legislators Rep. Elmer Tarbox of Lubbock and E. L. Short of Tahoka and Sen. Jack Hightower of Vernon and federal Judge H. O. Woodward of Lubbock.

Dr. John Buessler, Tech's vice president of health affairs and dean of the medical school, told the students, "You're the first - you'll never happen again."

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