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It was a time in the Department of Pathology when esteemed faculty members such as Dr. Bernard Fetter and Dr. Donald Hackel walked the halls of the Davison Building, and Dr. Ed Bossen and Dr. John Shelburne were just starting out in their laudable careers. Following in the footsteps of such powerful mentors and scientists, […]

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Duke Reunions can be an inspiring time, even virtually — catching up with old friends, sharing the joy of their success and experiences, meeting great classmates you didn’t know during your days at Duke. Celebrate and honor your class reunion by giving back to the university with a planned gift. Each reunion class is raising […]

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For each of us, home can mean many things beyond the place we currently reside. Duke alumni Tanya Rolle Smith and Geoff Smith remind us what it means to seek comfort and community from the places we call home. Home of the Blue Devils Geoffrey Smith ’94 grew up in south New Jersey. He was […]

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If you grew up in a military family or know how often those in the military move, you’ll understand how Shannon Denise Norris ’93, M.D.’97 came to view the world as a child — and later what that meant for her in choosing a university and a career. Shannon’s father became an airman in the United States […]

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In 1969, within the first few weeks of beginning a new year at Duke, Diane L. Holditch-Davis, Ph.D., B.S.N.’73, P’12, FAAN and Mark Davis Ph.D., B.S.E.’73, P’12 met on the third-floor of Trent (then the Graduate Center) in the commons room and were becoming fast acquaintances. At the time, freshmen were given upperclassmen as advisors. […]

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In 1983, Duke University alumna Ross Harris had just lost her younger brother, Carlton Harris Jr., to leukemia. He was only 25. She felt that she didn’t want to hear the word cancer ever again. “I was in so much pain, and I was so angry that cancer had taken him,” she says. Five years […]

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It’s an instantly humbling conversation when a donor reaches out to you to share that they are making plans to provide a substantial gift after they pass away, naming us as a beneficiary in any way or as a recipient of part of their estate. Of all the places and worthy causes in this world, […]

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Experiences matter. They inform who we are and how we view the world. And they tell a story of how we interact with and relate to one another. For Tom ’71 and Lesley Allin P’03 building better experiences for others has been their lives’ work. The Allins have helped to improve the experiences of: restaurant-goers […]

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As an adviser, it’s not always easy to discern the best academic path forward for high schoolers or college students. But there’s one thing the best advisers never lose sight of: A mentee’s passion for an academic discipline must be discovered and nurtured to transform it into a career path. No two people hold this […]

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When Tre’ Scott ’15 left Duke as a wide-eyed graduate he knew what he wanted in a career. But in order to make it real, as easy as it sounds, Tre’ needed to write it down. Tre’ created a list of the things he hoped for — and a separate list of the things he […]

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