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Pam and Gery Anderson are forever grateful for the care their grandson, Lachlan, received at Duke Children’s. Lachlan was prenatally diagnosed with what he calls a “special heart,” and after an inpatient stay and three heart surgeries, he is now a healthy, energetic seven-year-old who enjoys math and soccer. “The team at Duke Children’s took […]

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Together, William W. Johnston, MD’59, and Charles R. West have a more than half a century of combined service to Duke University. To be in their presence is to be regaled by one astonishing and often hilarious story after another. And yet they say their most recent undertaking—establishing an estate gift that will endow a […]

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On April 12th, the veterinary team at the Duke Lemur Center (DLC) welcomed the newest addition to their blue-eyed black lemur population via a rare–and risky–caesarean section. Ranomasina is considered one of the most significant births that the DLC has seen in recent years because she is the offspring of one of the rarest lemur […]

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Anuk as an infant wearing his father Ganege’s maroon U.S. Army beret. Anuk Dayaprema ’21 and Malcolm (“Mal”) Crawford ’52 will never meet, but they share a powerful Duke connection.  Mal enrolled at Duke University in 1948. His Duke education enriched the rest of his life and was foundational to a successful career. A loyal […]

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Marie Giddings Parker (right) is pictured with her daughter Kelly, mother Tonee, and daughter Jennifer on her wedding day in 1984. With each new generation comes a greater appreciation of the generation before.  For Marie Giddings Parker ’60, her mother was a source of inspiration who instilled in her the value of creating opportunities to […]

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It was college tour time, and Courtney Crump wasn’t planning on liking Duke.  Some in her family even preferred a lighter shade of blue. But once on campus, she was a convert. “I found myself imagining living in Few Quad, eating at the Bryan Center, and studying in Perkins.  I was really interested in DukeEngage […]

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Duke has grown significantly since our Class of 1985 graduated 30 years ago.  The landscape of Duke’s campus is changing with the development of new buildings.  New professors and administrators are offering new courses that overlap across disciplines, schools, and programs.  The next class of Duke students are preparing to become the next generations of […]

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Finding inspiration at Duke is not hard for Blaine Paxton Hall.  He sees it in the books that fill the shelves at the Duke University Medical Center Library and Perkins Library, in Duke Life Flight—the world’s first air ambulance started by two Duke alumni—as it hovers above campus, and even in a scrap of paper […]

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What is a Duke education really worth?  Check out this new video to hear from those who know best, inspiring students and alumni, as they share how their unique Duke experience enables them to pursue their passions and make an impact on the world around them. Duke is committed to admitting the best and brightest […]

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Renovations to the Rubenstein Library are near completion, bringing Duke University archives and historical records all under one roof.  The large-scale Perkins Project reconstruction initiative began in 2000 to transform Duke’s West Campus libraries. Be sure to check out the complete timeline of the Perkins Project. Now entering the third and final year of construction, […]

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