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Distributed March 8, 1997
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Vice President for Biology and Medicine Emeritus

Dr. Pierre M. Galletti, 1927-1997

A memorial service will be held at noon Monday, March 17, in the Meeting House of the First Baptist Church in America to celebrate the life of Pierre M. Galletti, M.D., Ph.D. Galletti, 69, died in Providence, R.I., at 12:15 a.m. Saturday, March 8, 1997, of injuries from a fall. He was the first chief executive officer of Brown's Division of Biology and Medicine and was instrumental in establishing the Brown University School of Medicine. (See obituary in March 9 Providence Journal-Bulletin.

OBITUARY EDITORS: The University memorial service has been scheduled for noon Monday, March 17, in the Meeting House of the First Baptist Church in America. The following information outlines some of Dr. Galletti's contributions to medical education and research at Brown University. For additional information or photographs, please contact the Brown News Bureau.


"It was with great shock that all of us at Brown University learned about the premature death of our academic leader and scientist Pierre Galletti," said Brown University President Vartan Gregorian. "Pierre Galletti was the architect of our medical school and its partnership with several hospitals in Rhode Island. It was during his watch that Brown developed its Program in Liberal Medical Education and strengthened its programs of biomedical research. He was an outstanding administrator, great scientist and wonderful human being. His long and distinguished service were so appreciated that when he retired, it was my great honor to designate him a University Professor and vice president emeritus. On behalf of the entire Brown community, I express our profound sympathy to his wonderful wife Sonia and son Marc-Henri."

"He was one of the very few people with the ability to know how to develop a good idea in the academic research setting and to transfer it to industry, where it could be produced and distributed," said Peter Ivanovich, M.D., professor of medicine at the Northwestern University Medical School and president of the International Society for Artificial Organs.

The Brown University School of Medicine

Brown's School of Medicine is one of the nation's youngest, having granted its first M.D. degrees in 1975. It has also been recognized as one of the nation's best medical schools for primary care. Since it began building a medical education program in 1960, Brown has tightly integrated medical studies with broader University resources in the arts, humanities and sciences. Its first program, approved by the Board of Fellows in 1962, was a six-year course of study combining the undergraduate experience with two years of medical study. Graduates of that program earned a Master of Medical Science degree; many went on to other medical schools for the final two years of clinical training to earn their M.D. degrees.

In 1968, the University continued to build toward a full medical school, forming the Division of Biological and Medical Sciences. Galletti was named chairman. A formal affiliation agreement with community hospitals followed in 1969 to provide a base for clinical instruction without having to create a large, central University-sponsored teaching hospital. The University approved expansion to a full M.D. program in 1972.

Brown's commitment to the integration of medical studies and broader liberal arts has remained a central feature of the School of Medicine. In 1985, Brown announced the Program in Liberal Medical Education (PLME), which combined the four undergraduate years and the four medical school years into a single eight-year experience in which medical students continue their non-medical academic interests throughout their years at Brown.

Brown has also been a national leader in the recruitment and retention of women and minority students. Its early identification programs have attracted medical students from such traditional black institutions as Tougaloo College, and its special programs of summer study have helped attract and retain minority students from Providence and throughout the country.

As the only medical school in Rhode Island, Brown and its affiliated hospitals have brought about a significant improvement in the quality of health services, including development of highly advanced medical and surgical subspecialties.