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Norman F. Carrigg ’46

A picture of Norman Carrigg

Norman F. Carrigg ’46, October 31, 2012, in San Rafael, California. Norman attended Reed for a year in 1942–43 and left the college to rejoin the Navy Reserve. After the war, his Reed professors recommended him for an advancetrack medical program at the University of Oregon, where he earned a BS and an MD. Norman was passionate about research and was considered a pioneer in the field of oncology, then a subset of hematology. He moved to California to establish a medical practice and was an associate professor of medicine at UCSF. He also served as medical director of Regional Cancer Foundation, a nonprofit offering no-cost, expert second medical opinions to people diagnosed with cancer. “When the only consideration is the patient, doctors are strictly objective,” he said in an interview. “Nobody has anything to gain by their opinion, so it’s possible to be absolutely straightforward with every person that we see.” He continued to practice medicine on a pro bono basis, working at the foundation once a week, until he retired in 2006. Brief as his time was at Reed, Norman maintained a connection to the college, and looked for an opportunity to give back. At the suggestion of Larry Large, who led Reed’s development efforts in 1982–87 and 1995–99, Norman chose to endow a chair for the college librarian. The Norman F. Carrigg Librarianship was established in 2007. Survivors include his nieces and nephews.

Appeared in Reed magazine: March 2013

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