A magazine for friends of the Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University.

Tree of Knowledge

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Who knew?


At the 25th anniversary celebration of Brown’s Medical School, in 2000, attendees received an unusual party favor—a tree sapling. They were the offspring of a plane tree outside of Arnold Lab, the home of the Medical School administration at the time; that tree, in turn, was purportedly a descendant of the tree under which Hippocrates taught in Kos, Greece, some 2,400 years ago. One of those gifts—a sapling no longer, at 8 feet tall—now has taken root at Alpert Medical School. Last spring Pardon Kenney ’72 MM S’75 MD ’75 RE S’80, P’03 and his wife, Kendra P’03, donated one of their trees so that medical students may continue to learn in the shade of its storied boughs.

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