One of the most important gifts that Arthur F. Kohrman, M.D., MED '59 says he has made was a college annuity to the Frederick C. Robbins, M.D., Professorship in Child and Adolescent Health at the Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine.
"Dr. Robbins was an important mentor and role model, not just for me, but for many students from Western Reserve. He remained a loyal supporter throughout my education and career. In fact, he wrote letters of recommendation for me for every job I got," Dr. Kohrman relates.
Dr. Robbins, who shared the 1954 Nobel Prize in Medicine, was a professor and director of the Department of Pediatrics and Contagious Diseases at Cleveland Metropolitan General in the 1950s and 1960s; he became the president of the Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences, and then the dean of the School of Medicine. He participated in developing the new Western Reserve curriculum that revolutionized the teaching of medicine in the 1950s.
The new curriculum and the environment of innovation led Dr. Kohrman to transfer from the University of Chicago to Western Reserve. He received his M.D. degree in 1959 and completed his internship in Cleveland, and residency in pediatrics at Cleveland Metropolitan General Hospital and University Hospitals of Cleveland. He married Claire Hoffenberg, a 1961 graduate of Cleveland College and now a Ph.D. sociologist, in 1955. After residency, Dr. Kohrman joined the U.S. Air Force and served for three years in France.
Dr. Kohrman devoted his professional career to the practice of pediatrics. As president of Chicago's LaRabida Children's Hospital, he worked with chronically ill and disabled children.
Not one to retire, he continues to teach as professor emeritus of pediatrics and preventive medicine at Northwestern University's Feinberg School of Medicine and he contributes time to Chicago-based medical and public health advisory boards.
Dr. Kohrman's contribution to the Robbins Professorship coincided with his desire to make a meaningful gift that benefits his family as well as his alma mater. With four children and seven grandchildren, Dr. and Mrs. Kohrman donated funds to a college annuity to help with their grandchildren's future college expenses before becoming a part of the Robbins Professorship Fund. "This is a wonderful opportunity," says Dr. Kohrman. "It is good for us as well as for Case Western Reserve University because we can see the results of our donations."
Dr. Arthur Kohrman, MED '59, and his wife, Claire, CLC '61, have four children (Ellen, Rachel, Benjamin, and Deborah, MED '85), seven grandchildren, and a number of other family members who have attended both the University and the School of Medicine.