Raszl Gift Highlights the Life-Changing Value of Education
- By Edward J Neuert
For many, success in life is directly related to educational opportunities. Retired physician Darryl Raszl, M.D., a member of the University of Vermont College of Medicine Class of 1970, gives complete credit for his good fortune to his education.
Raszl was the first in his family to attend college. Now, grateful for his education, he has made a generous $2.1 million bequest commitment to support the Dean’s Strategic Fund for Research and Education at the College of Medicine. It was important to Raszl to make sure other students like him have similar opportunities.
“Dr. Raszl is a genuine individual and remarkable physician with a deep connection to the College,” said College of Medicine Dean Rick Morin. “His generosity underscores his passion for medical education, and his gift will help to ensure that the college will continue to provide an outstanding education to the next generation of physicians.”
“Education is so basic to our modern society,” says Raszl. “The privilege of attending the University was a wonderful, irreplaceable gift to me: It shaped the rest of my life.”
Raszl traces his decision to pursue medicine to time spent early in life with his family physician, Dr. Henry Herzog. “Dr. Herzog was a German Jew who had received his education in Berlin and had left Germany with his wife, Hilda, in the 1930s,” he said. “They eventually settled in my hometown of Lockport, N.Y. The Herzogs lived close to my parents and they got to know each other even before I was born. Dr. Herzog was the archetypical family physician and we all worshipped him.”
Raszl received a B.A. in biology from SUNY -Buffalo before moving to Burlington in 1965. “I have wonderful memories of my years at UVM,” he recalls.
After graduation, Raszl completed a medical residency program at UVM and the Kaiser Foundation Hospital in San Francisco. He then spent two years in the U.S. Navy Medical Corps as a lieutenant commander stationed at the Naval Regional Medical Center in Guam, with a subsequent deployment to the Moffett Field Naval Air Station in Mountain View, Calif.
After his fellowship, he started a private practice, which grew to a partnership and then a group of five physicians, San Francisco Internal Medicine Associates. Although he retired from practice in 2005, he remains a retired member of the San Francisco Medical Society, the American Medical Association, the American College of Physicians/American Society of Internal Medicine, and the Vermont Chapter of the Alpha Omega Alpha honor medical society.
He is impressed with the caliber of medical students today. “To get by the MCAT exams and the selective admissions review, students must be extremely motivated. My gift is intended to give back what was given to me and help those coming from situations similar to mine. If the money I am leaving to UVM in some way touches the lives of future generations of young people, then my goal will be fulfilled.”