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Paul P. Van Arsdel, Jr. M.D. Endowed Fund for the Health Sciences Library

Paul Van Arsdel

The purpose of the endowment shall be to provide support for the University of Washington Libraries. It is the donor’s intent that distributions from the endowment be used at the discretion of the Dean of Libraries to purchase books, periodicals, sets of collected works, paper, electronic, and all other information formats to support teaching, learning, research and clinical practice in the medical sciences of Allergy and Immunology.

Dr. Paul Parr VanArsdel, Jr., M.D. (1926-1994) joined the pioneering faculty of the University of Washington School of Medicine in 1954, as head of the Division of Allergy, a post he retained until his death. Allergy at that time was largely an imprecise science and his charge was to legitimize the study in collaboration with what was then a national scientific movement to achieve this goal. In addition to his own patient care and laboratory research, over the course of his career he trained more than 50 post-graduate Fellows, some of whom entered private practice, and many of whom went on to occupy chairs of Allergy at some of the nation’s most prestigious medical schools, as well as international institutions. During more than 40 years of academic practice Dr. VanArsdel published more than 150 scientific papers and an influential Allergy textbook.

Dr. VanArsdel was a designated founder of the University of Washington’s University Hospital, where he later served as Chief of Staff from 1983 to 1985. Additionally, he served on the medical staffs of Harborview Medical Center, Children’s Hospital, and the Veteran’s Administration Hospital, all located in Seattle. He also held visiting appointments at the Brompton Teaching Hospital for Bronchial Disease in London from 1977 to 1978; served as Visiting Professor of Medicine at Guy’s Hospital of the University of London from 1986 to 1987; and was a board member of the International College of Allergology.

Dr. VanArsdel was a member of the American College of Physicians; the American Academy of Allergy and Immunology (national president, 1971-1972); the Royal Society of Medicine, London; the House of Delegates of the American Medical Association (1972-1994);and the Association of American Medical Colleges. Memberships included: Phi Beta Kappa (Yale University); Sigma Xi, scientific honorary; and Alpha Omega Alpha, medical honorary. He was a graduate of Columbia University’s College of Physicians and Surgeons, Class of 1950.