Norman E. Shumway, MD, PhD: Visionary, innovator, humorist

      Born in Kalamazoo, Michigan, in 1923, Norman Edward Shumway, Jr, and his parents (Laura Vandervliet Shumway and Norman Edward Shumway, Sr) moved to Jackson, Michigan, when he was 1 year of age. His parents' business was operating “The Home Dairy,” which consisted of the dairy in the back section and a diner up front. He went to the local grade school and was influenced early in a potential career in medicine when one of his classmates died of appendicitis. At Jackson High School, Dr Shumway was active on the debate team. His team was highly successful and won the Michigan state championship in his senior year and then placed second in a district contest. He was valedictorian of his class. His yearbook picture (Figure 1) was accompanied by a statement that said, “Norman Shumway, Jr—a man of few words but great meaning.” This statement would be prophetic in Dr Shumway's career. His individuality was also demonstrated at an early age when as a 10-year-old boy, he went topless swimming in the local pool and was promptly ejected. This, of course, occurred in 1933 when tops of swimming suits were required for men.

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