Daniel Rosenblum, SB'62, MD'66

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Loyal Alumnus Dedicates Time to Alma Mater

Since graduating from the University of Chicago more than 50 years ago, alumnus Daniel Rosenblum, SB’62, MD’66, has volunteered for a number of events including opening his home to alumni. In his own words, Rosenblum talks about his dedication to his alma mater.

Q. what prompted you to volunteer your time to the university of Chicago?
A. I was delighted to host a group of University of Chicago graduates who had degrees in biomedical sciences. The event offered an opportunity to focus on the professional interest that I developed while at the University; it included a group of seasoned graduates who promised to make it a fascinating activity. I also thought that, if I were willing to take the lead, others might follow. Many of the alumni agreed to come; their energy resulted in a spirited discussion with a lively specialist from the current faculty.

Q. how has opening up your home for alumni events shaped your view of the university and its graduates? 
A. I learned that biomedical scientists gravitate to leadership roles in the thriving biomedical industry, the government, and academic institutions. Their excitement about opportunities to produce change in the world was, in itself, sufficiently electrifying that the evening extended longer than expected and most left in eager anticipation of another event.

Q. what does the university of Chicago mean to you?
A. When I was a student, it meant lots of work and high expectations. I remember returning to campus after being gone for years and enjoying its architectural grandeur and the glory of a warm spring day without feeling I was neglecting my studies. In the years since I left, the University that lives within me has induced me to question premises, delve into data and source material, reorganize ideas to find new meanings, and learn continuously. The continuous awareness of the effect of the University on my life gives me a feeling of ongoing obligation.

Q. what has been the greatest moment for you in your alumni volunteer experience? 
A. I have interviewed prospective students for years, and the students seem to like talking with me. A year or so after they enter the University, some of those students will write to tell me about their experiences; some say that I helped make the University sound inviting as a place that allows them to expand their minds. I take great joy not because of my interviews, but because of their affirmation that the University of Chicago remains a stimulating home for sincere scholars.