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Finding aid to the Robert E. Tranquada papers H2010.6
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This collection contains correspondence, memoranda, reports, notes, and other materials documenting Robert E. Tranquada's service as Chairman of the Pomona College Board of Trustees, 1991-2000; as member of the Claremont University Center Board of Fellows, 1991-2000; and as first Chairman of the Claremont University Consortium Board of Overseers, 2000-2006. The materials relating to Tranquada's tenure at Pomona College cover a wide variety of topics, testifying to his role as a facilitator through whom different elements of the college community and to his role as representative of Pomona College in its complicated relationship with the broader Claremont community. The materials documenting Tranquada's tenure at Claremont University Center (from 2000, Claremont University Consortium) primarily concern the reorganization, implemented in 2000, of Claremont University Center, in particular establishing the Claremont Graduate School (from 1997, Graduate University) as an independent entity and adding a new institution (the Keck Graduate Institute of Applied Biological Studies), cooperation between the constituent members of the Consortium, land use, and the status and future of the Robert J. Bernard Biological Field Station.
Robert Ernest Tranquada was born in Los Angeles on August 27, 1930, the son of Ernest Alvro and Katharine (Jacobus) Tranquada. He graduated summa cum laude from Pomona College in 1951, and received his MD degree from Stanford University School of Medicine in 1955. Tranquada served as intern and resident in medicine in 1955-1958 and as a fellow in diabetes and metabolic diseases in 1958-1959 at UCLA Medical Center, and as fellow in diabetes at the USC School of Medicine in 1959-1960. He was appointed assistant professor at the USC School of Medicine in 1960, and associate professor in 1964, and served as chair of the Department of Community Medicine and Public Health in 1967-1970. He was associate dean in 1969-1976, serving simultaneously as medical director of the Los Angeles County/USC Medical Center in 1969-1974, and regional director of the County of Los Angeles Department of Health Services in 1974-1976. In 1976-1979 Tranquada was associate dean of the UCLA School of Medicine, and in 1979-1986 he served as chancellor and dean of the University of Massachusetts Medical Center. In 1986, Tranquada returned to USC as dean of the School of Medicine, serving until 1991. In 1992, he was appointed Norman Topping/National Medical Enterprises Professor of Medicine and Public Policy and chaired the Health Administration program in the then School of Public Administration. He became emeritus in 1997.
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