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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Daniel K. Bloomfield  

Pen Name: None


Audience: Adult;

Born: 1926

Died: September 11, 2005 in Champaign, Illinois

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Illinois Connection

Bloomfield moved to Champaign in 1970 and lived there until his death in 2005.

Biographical and Professional Information

Dr. Daniel K. Bloomfield graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy in June 1947 and Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine in 1954 with his M.D. degree. He was one of six founding members of the Community Health Foundation of Cleveland, Ohio, in 1964. In 1970, Dr. Bloomfield received the call to become the founding dean of the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Urbana-Champaign. He accepted the position and spent the next 14 years as a crusader for the school. After his resignation as dean in 1984, he joined the schools faculty, where he shared teaching and committee work and began his research on his book. Although he retired in 1996, he continued teaching until the time of his death.

Published Works Expand for more information

Titles At Your Library

Keys to the Asylum : A Dean, a Medical School, and Academic Politics
ISBN: 0970102208

New Medical Pr. 2000

Bloomfield was invited to become dean of a one-year medical school in Urbana-Champaign, Illinois, and declined unless there were plans to make it a full four-year school. He recounts here the following 14-year struggle with the bureaucrats to creative an innovative curriculum on a low budget, to expand the school, and eventually just to keep it alive. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (