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  April 29, 2002

Orthopedics Library Named
for Former Department Head
By Pat Keefe

The new library in the orthopedics department speaks volumes about Harry Gossling, who helped establish the department and was its chairman from 1976 to 1990. The books, journals, and computers are coming in large part from donations by his former students, colleagues and friends.

"Harry Gossling was a great educator and mentor," says Bruce Browner, who succeeded Dr. Gossling as the chairman of the department and holder of the Harry and Helen Gray, Harry Gossling Chair. "He established the orthopedic residency program here and, through that program, had a profound influence on the evolution of orthopedic care, education and research in the area."

Gossling's influence as an educator will continue through the library, which was dedicated this month in a ceremony that drew more than 100 friends, colleagues and family members. "Some of the books are from his own collection. Others are recent purchases, and the contributions we received will help ensure that the collection is kept up to date. We've also included an electronic-learning center with two computer workstations with high speed computers and a shared scanner and printer. Our computers will be integrated with the facilities at the Lyman Stowe Library so we'll have access to its extensive collection," says Dr. Browner.

"Constant learning was a hallmark of Harry's career," he says. "He was a faithful and active participant in orthopedic conferences all his life. He'd be delighted with the creation of this library, which will give our physicians and students easy access to the most up-to-date information in our profession."

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