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John E. Chapman, M.D. Society

Charitable gifts from alumni and friends provide critical support for our students, faculty members, and programs. The Chapman Society recognizes financial support designated to any area of VUSM by those who make annual gifts of $2,500 and up each year. Alumni who received their degrees within the last 10 years are eligible for membership with a commitment of $1,000 annually.

Recognition Levels

  • Recent Graduate Member: $1,000 (available to alumni who graduated in the last 10 years)
  • Member: $2,500 ($1,000 for Recent Graduates)
  • Benefactor: $5,000-$9,999
  • Dean’s List: $10,000-$24,999
  • Cornelius Vanderbilt: $25,000-$99,999
  • Lifetime: $100,000 and up
    • one-time gift or pledge of $100,000 or more
    • one-time documented bequest of $100,000 or more

Member Benefits

  • Invitations to VUSM special events
  • Informative monthly VUSM Dean’s e-newsletter
  • Donor recognition event
  • New member recognition with commemorative lapel pin

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History of John E. Chapman, M.D.

JohnChapman.jpgAs the longest-serving dean in Vanderbilt University School of Medicine history, John E. Chapman, M.D., and his wife, Judy Jean, fostered a caring and family-like atmosphere that continues to be a hallmark feature of the school. Dean Chapman led the school for a quarter of a century (1975-2001); during that time, he conferred degrees on more than 3,000 Vanderbilt medical students and grew the faculty by 789 members. As a visionary for medical education, Chapman is remembered for both his contributions at Vanderbilt and also his far-reaching national influence.