Oklahoma City in Oklahoma County, Oklahoma — The American South (West South Central)
The Robert M. Bird Library and OU Graduate College
The largest health library resource in the state, the Robert M. Bird Health Sciences Library serves a diverse population of health-care professionals. The building also houses administrative offices, student support services and the Graduate College.
The building came about, in great part, through the efforts of Robert M. Bird, M.D., teacher, physician, dean of the College of Medicine from 1970 to 1974 and an uncommonly successful grant writer, Dr. Bird obtained federal matching funds for most of the OU Health Sciences Center buildings completed in the mid-1970s. The proposal he wrote for the library is said to have been his favorite.
A native Virginian, Bird earned a medical degree at the University of Virginia School of Medicine in 1939 and stayed to serve an internal medicine residency under Dr. Stewart G. Wolf. Following military service in the South Pacific, Bird served on the faculty of the Medical College of Cornell University.
Dr. Bird helped hold the center together through very tough budgetary years, securing a promise from Governor-Elect David L. Boren and legislative leaders that resulted in investment funding for medical education beginning in 1975. The action made possible the completion of the campus master plan.
Completed in 1978, the library building brought together library holdings on the OU Health Sciences Center campus and replaced the long-standing medical library located in the old medical school building on 13th Street. In 1991, the building was officially renamed in Bird's honor -- an effort spearheaded by Patrick A. McKee, M.D., and a group of supporters that evolved into the Robert M. Bird Society, which continues as a library support organization.
Founded in 1921 on the Norman campus, the Graduate College awards master's and doctoral degrees and conducts certificate programs for biomedical scientists, nurses, dentists, pharmacists, physicians and a wide range of allied and public health professions. As a center of advanced study, research and creative activity, the OU Health Sciences Center Graduate College is committed to helping students develop advanced knowledge in a chosen field and mastering philosophical principles, skills and research methods.
Erected by the University of Oklahoma.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Education • Science & Medicine. A significant historical year for this entry is 1970.
Location. 35° 28.779′ N, 97° 29.617′ W. Marker is in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, in Oklahoma County. Marker is on North Stonewall Avenue south of NE 13th Street, on the right when traveling south. Marker is in front of the library, which is on the campus of the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1105 North Stonewall Avenue, Oklahoma City OK 73104, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Stanton L. Young Walk (within shouting distance of this marker); OU College of Pharmacy (within shouting distance of this marker); David L. Boren Student Union (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); OU College of Nursing (about 300 feet away); OU Health Sciences Center (about 400 feet away); Lloyd E. Rader Park (approx. 0.3 miles away); The Peggy and Charles Stephenson Oklahoma Cancer Center (approx. 0.3 miles away); Payne Boomer Campsite (approx. 0.3 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Oklahoma City.
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