Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, Office of the Dean

UMDNJ-Robert Wood Johnson Medical School
(Formerly, Rutgers Medical School)
Office of the Dean
Records, 1962-1972
A Guide to the Collection

August 1980
Record Group RG/G-2


Prior to 1961, New Jersey's ability to train and retain physicians was limited to those graduated by the New Jersey College of Medicine and Dentistry. In 1961, the W.K. Kellogg Foundation provided Rutgers University with a $1,072,200 grant for the planning and establishment of a two-year program of basic medical sciences, which would award a Masters of Medical Sciences. Students awarded this degree completed their clinical training at four-year medical schools. In October 1962, the University's Board of Governors appointed DeWitt Stetten, Jr., MD as dean of the Rutgers Medical School. Dr. Stetten undertook the task of planning the school and recruiting a faculty on November 1, 1962.

Despite the lack of a building, the Medical School became operational in an administrative and research capacity at an early stage. The Bureau of Biological Research in Nelson Biological Laboratories and the Psychopharmacology Laboratories, both at the University Heights campus, and the Colgate-Palmolive Research Center, adjacent to the Heights, provided Rutgers Medical School staff and faculty with office and laboratory space. The architectural firm of McDowell and Goldstein was retained early in 1964 to design the building for the Medical School. The Federal Government contributed $8 million, the state of New Jersey contributed $6 million, and private sources contributed $4 million to provide an $18 million building fund. Construction of the Medical Science Building on the University Heights campus began in 1966 and the Daniel I. Kessler Teaching Laboratories were dedicated in 1970.

The charter class of sixteen students matriculated in September 1966. In September 1967, Governor Hughes signed legislation that directed the Rutgers Board of Governors to request a minimum of $30 million from the state for the development of a four-year school by 1972.

On May 4, 1970 legislation was introduced in the NJ Assembly (Bill 1050) to combine the two state supported medical schools under a single Board of Trustees and administration. On June 16, 1970 Governor Cahill signed the legislation which created the College of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey by combining into a single entity Rutgers Medical School and New Jersey College of Medicine and Dentistry. That same year the CMDNJ Board of Trustees acquired the Raritan Valley Hospital in Green Brook, established in 1966, as the CMDNJ-Rutgers Medical School's primary teaching hospital. The acquisition of Raritan Valley Hospital and affiliations with community hospitals provided the clinical and training facilities for third and fourth year students. Conversion to a four-year program began in the fall of 1972 and CMDNJ-Rutgers Medical School awarded its first M.D. degrees in 1974 to thirty-one candidates.

The CMDNJ-Institute of Mental Health Sciences which housed the CMDNJ Rutgers Medical School Community Mental Health Center and which provided the focal point for instruction in the behavioral sciences and psychiatry was dedicated in 1972.

Middlesex General Hospital (now Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital) became the core teaching hospital in 1977. In 1979, the Medical Education Building, a $65 million expansion, was inaugurated at Middlesex General Hospital.

RMS at Camden was founded in 1980 as a result of the passage of Senate Bill 1540. The bill established the South Jersey Medical Education Program to develop and operate allopathic and osteopathic divisions. The school was initially established as a "school without walls" as was the School of Osteopathic Medicine, a concept promulgated by Governor William Cahill. Cooper Hospital/University Medical Center in Camden became the core teaching hospital. The following year, ground breaking for the Education and Research Building in Camden was held, and it was dedicated in 1984. The charter class of forty-two students graduated in 1985.

On July 1, 1986, RMS and Middlesex General Hospital were renamed in honor of Robert Wood Johnson III. Two new facilities, the Center for Advanced Biotechnology and Medicine and the Clinical Research Center, were opened in 1990. The Cancer Institute of New Jersey, established in 1991 as a partnership between RWJMS and the New Brunswick Affiliated Hospitals, held its ground breaking ceremony in New Brunswick in 1994.

Deans of RWJMS

DeWitt Stetten, Jr., MD, 1962-70
James W. Mackenzie, MD, 1971-75
David J. Gocke, MD, 1977-78
Richard C. Reynolds, MD, 1979-87
Norman H. Edelman, MD, 1988-95
Harold L. Paz, MD, 1995-


SUBGROUP 2: OFFICE OF THE DEAN, Records,1962-1972

The records span the years 1962-1972 and consist of the official papers of Dean Stetten, Acting Dean Schlesinger and Dean Mackenzie. DeWitt Stetten, Jr., M.D., Ph.D. was the first Dean of Rutgers Medical School serving from 1962-1970 -- during that period the Medical School was part of Rutgers the State University of New Jersey. R. Walter Schlesinger, M.D. was Acting Dean from July 1970 to June 1, 1971 during the transitional stage when the Medical School was separated from Rutgers University and became part of the College of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey. James W. Mackenzie, M.D. served as Dean of the CMDNJ-Rutgers Medical School from July 1971 to January 1975.

The files are arranged alphabetically by subject and include correspondence, minutes of meetings, reports, and newspaper clippings. The original file folder titles and the original order have been retained. The material documents the planning of the Rutgers Medical School; fund raising activities; the development of an educational program; and policies and procedures regarding the operation of the Medical School. Also included are material on affiliations with area hospitals and the expansion from a two-year basic science curriculum to a complete four-year medical school.


Dr. Richard Reynolds transferred the records to the Archives from the Office of the Dean, CMDNJ Rutgers Medical School on February 12, 1980.


Accession 80-06

Quantity of material: 5 linear feet

Box Folder Contents
11A Correspondence
2Academy of General Practice, NJ
3Admissions, 1966-1970
4Admissions, 1971
5Admission Reports
6Administrators Office
7Advisory Committee
8Aitken, Gerard
9Allied Health Programs
10American Institute for Mental Studies
11American Medical Association
12Anatomy Department
13Animal Care Legislation
14Annex Building
21Appointment Procedures (Faculty)
2Architect's Office
3Architects Rutgers Medical School
4Architects Teaching Hospital
5Association of American Medical Colleges
6B Correspondence
7Basic Sciences Building
8Basic Sciences Building
9Basic Sciences Building
10Bergen County Medical Society
13Biochemistry, Search Committee
14Biochemistry Club (Rutgers-Princeton)
15Biomedical Communications
17Bond Issue, 1971
31Business Affairs
2Business Affairs
3C Correspondence
4Carroll, A.J.
5Catalog Preparation
8CMDNJ - Selection of a President
11Commonwealth Fund
12Community Medicine
13Community Medicine
16Course Evaluations
17Course Outlines
41Course Outlines
2Curriculum Committee
3Curriculum Study
4D Correspondence
5Damon Runyon Memorial Fund
6Denker, David D.
7Enlarged Class
8External Support Policy and Procedure
9F Correspondence
10Faculty Practice Plan
11Faculty Practice Plan
12Faculty Practice Plan
13Fund Raising
14G Correspondence
15General Practice
16General Research Support
17General Research Support
18Goheen Committee
19Gross, Mason W. (President Rutgers University)
51H Correspondence
2Hoffmann La Roche, Dr. Mattia
3Hunterdon Medical Center
4HR-12 Health Professions Educational Assistance Act of 1963
5Hyun-Varga Award for Pathology
6I-I Correspondence
8Johnson, Robert Wood
9Johnson, Robert Wood
10Johnson and Johnson
11Inauguration - Dr. Stanley S. Bergen, Jr.
12K Correspondence
14L Correspondence
16Library Construction
17Library Construction
18Library Construction (HEW Project Proposal Sept. 1965)
19Library Construction (Science-Medical Library Planning Committee)
20Library Gifts
21Library Science and Medicine
22Library Science and Medicine
61M Correspondence
2Master Plan NJ Higher Education, 1969
3Medicine, Department of
4Microbiology, Department of
5Middle States Association Evaluation
6Middlesex Hospital, 1963-1964
7Middlesex Hospital, 1965-1966
8Middlesex Hospital, 1967, 1972-1973
9Middlesex Rehabilitation Hospital, North Brunswick, NJ
10Movable Equipment, Institute Mental Health Sciences
11N Correspondence
13NIH Construction Project Site Visit, December 1964
14NIH Construction Support - Basic Sciences Building
15NIH Health Sciences Advancement Award
71NIH Health Sciences Advancement Award - Application
2NJ Academy of Medicine.
3NJ College of Medicine and Dentistry
4NJ Department of Higher Education
5NJ Department of Institutions and Agencies
6NJ Legislation
7NJ Medical Society
8NJ Planning Medical School Facilities
9NJ State Board of Education
10Newsletter (Medical School)
11Organization of CMDNJ
12Organization of CMDNJ
13Organization of CMDNJ
14Outside Employment
15Outside Employment
16O-P-Q Correspondence
17Patents - CMDNJ Policy
18Pathology, Department of
24Personnel - Monthly Reports
25Perth Amboy General Hospital
26Perth Amboy General Hospital
27Pfizer Laboratories Medical Scholarships
28Pharmacology, Department of
29Physical Plant
30Planning Committee
31Planning Philosophy
32Planning Philosophy
33Physiology, Department of
34Plaut, Dr. Gerhard W.E.
35Princeton University
36Psychiatric Institute (Institute for Mental Health Sciences)
37Psychiatric Institute, Accreditation
38Psychiatric Institute, Construction, 1961-1964
39Psychiatric Institute, Construction, 1965
40Psychiatric Institute, Construction, 1966
41Psychiatric Institute, Construction, 1967
42Psychiatric Institute, Construction, 1968
43Psychiatric Institute, Construction, 1969
44Psychiatric Institute, Construction, 1970
81Psychiatric Institute, onstruction, 1971
2Psychiatric Institute, Construction, 1972
3Psychiatric Institute, Dedication (Rutgers Medical School Institute of
Mental Health Sciences, Oct. 18, 1972)
4Psychiatric Institute (I.M.H.S.) Opening
5Psychiatry, Department of
6President's Office
7Public Relations - CMDNJ
8R Correspondence
9Recruitment, Chairman of Medicine
10Recruitment, Community Medicine
11Recruitment, Dean
12Recruitment, Hospital Administrator
13Recruitment, Surgery
14Regional Programs
15Rehabilitation Facilities, Committee on
16Research Programs, Summary 1964
17Saint Peter's General Hospital, Affiliation
2Salary - Merit Increments, 1972
3Schlatter, Dr. Richard
4Schlesinger's Files
5Separation Problems
8Somerset Hospital
10Steering Committee on Medical Education
11Stetten, DeWitt
12Student Affairs
13Student Aid
101Student Housing
2Stuttering Project
3Summer Fellowships
4Task Force
5Teaching Labs
6Travel Regulations
7Trustees Committee on Medical Education
8Tuberculosis Conference
10TYMS Program
11Veterans Administration Hospital at RMS
13Wilson, William S.
14Newspaper Clippings, miscellaneous, 1962-1968
15Newspaper Clippings, miscellaneous, 1962-1968
16Newspaper Clippings, miscellaneous, 1962-1968

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