Faculty and staff of the University of Colorado School of
Medicine and leaders from the Anschutz Medical Campus gathered Tuesday
afternoon to dedicate the newly renamed Richard D. Krugman Conference Hall on
Formerly called the Trivisible Room, the space on the
second floor of Research Complex 2 has been renamed in honor of the School of
Medicine’s longest-serving dean and the university’s vice chancellor for health
affairs, who is stepping down March 31 after 25 years.
“I don’t think we’d be standing here today with the
institution that we all are lucky enough and proud to be a part of if it hadn’t
been for the efforts of Dick Krugman,” said Donald Elliman, Jr., chancellor of
the Anschutz Medical Campus. “For me this is a wonderful moment, a fitting
moment and a very, very well-earned moment.”
Krugman announced in January 2014 that he would step down
as dean and return to the Kempe Center for the Prevention and Treatment of
Child Abuse and Neglect when the university hired his successor. Earlier this
month, John J. Reilly, Jr., MD, chair of the Department of Medicine at the
University of Pittsburgh, was named dean and the university’s vice chancellor
for health affairs, effective April 1.
At the dedication ceremony on Tuesday, Lilly Marks, the
University of Colorado’s vice president for health affairs and the executive
vice chancellor of the Anschutz Medical Campus, recalled a Krugman quip about a
hard-to-find meeting room at the School of Medicine’s former home at 9th
Avenue and Colorado Boulevard.
“It was buried within what then was the Department of
Preventive Medicine and it didn’t even open out onto a hallway,” Marks said.
“Some of you might remember that it was not very noticeable. It was named for
an individual named Ward Darley and whenever Dick would come into that room he
would look at the portrait of Ward Darley and he would say ‘Who is that dude
“Well, that dude actually was the former dean of the
School of Medicine, about 70 years ago and he went on to become the president
of the University of Colorado for a period of time,” Marks said. “And so Dick,
I can’t guarantee that 70 years from now faculty and students won’t go by this
picture and say, “Who is that dude?” But it will not be a hunt for them to find
Krugman thanked campus leaders for the recognition.
"I’ve never had a space with my name on it so this is
really, really nice and I appreciate it,” he said.
He noted that his first office was a former oxygen tank
closet by the elevators on the third floor of the old Colorado General
Hospital. He upgraded to a shared office that once had been a bathroom and
later had a one-time Mother Superior’s office in the St. James Convent where
the Kempe Center was located in the 1980s.
Marks said it was appropriate to name the high-profile
space on the Anschutz Medical Campus after Krugman because it matched the
values he brought to his job as dean.
“I think one of the greatest legacies and accomplishments
that you’re leaving with us is that you’ve created such a sense of trust and
collaboration in our school and on our campus,” Marks said. “I think it’s
really fitting that we name the primary meeting space on this campus for
lectures, for meetings, for receptions, for gatherings after you because you
are all about bringing people together. So today, dude, this one’s for you.”