The J.E. Wallace Sterling Lifetime Achievement Award
“THE MULESHOE”

On a sunny September day in 1956, J.E. Wallace Sterling, president of Stanford University, and Peter C. Allen, director of the Stanford News and Publications Services, set off walking from the main Quad to attend groundbreaking ceremonies for the new Stanford University School of Medicine. In the summer of 1953, Sterling had persuaded the university trustees to move the school from San Francisco to the main Palo Alto campus. As the two men headed northwest across the open fields, Sterling stumbled on a horseshoe. On closer examination of the object, Sterling determined two things: it was actually a muleshoe; and it was an auspicious sign for the new school.

Years later, retired faculty surgeon Gunther W. Nagel, MD ’21, spotted the muleshoe in Allen’s office. Acting on his long-held belief that the school should have an award to recognize a distinguished graduate, Dr. Nagel proposed to then-Dean Clayton Rich, MD, that the muleshoe symbolize that honor. In 1983, the Stanford University Medical Center Alumni Association Board of Governors conferred the first J. E. Wallace Sterling “Muleshoe” Lifetime Achievement Award, now presented annually to a Stanford University School of Medicine MD graduate in recognition of exceptional lifetime achievement in medicine.

To those who questioned the choice of a muleshoe over a horseshoe, Dr. Nagel replied: a mule is smarter, more reliable, and has a lot more kick.

Video Tribute to 2014 Award Recipient

Debra A. Schwinn, MD ’83

Video Tributes to 2013 Award Recipients

Linda Giudice, MD ’82

Ron Rosenfeld, MD ’73

 

 

Past Sterling Award Recipients

1983
Esther Clark, MD ’25

1984
Donald E. King, MD ’27
Carleton Mathewson Jr., MD ’27

1985
David Rytand, MD ’33

1987
Sherman Melinkoff, MD ’44

1988
David Wood, MD ’30

1989
Gunther Nagel, MD ’21
Wilbur Hurlbut, MD ’38

1990
Roy B. Cohn, MD ’33
Robert E. Tranquada, MD ’55

1991
Alvin Cox Jr., MD ’31
Marcus A. Krupp, MD ’39

1992
Victor Richards, MD ’39
Sidney Raffel, MD ’43

1993
Cecil C. Cutting, MD ’35
William P. Creger, MD ’47

1995
Richard S. Lee, MD ’45
Peter V. Lee, MD ’47
Philip R. Lee, MD ’48
Hewlett Lee, MD ’49
Margo Lee Paulsen, MD ’53

1996
Allan Goodman, MD ’61

1998
Thomas N. Elmendorf, MD ’45
Jack McCleary, MD ’51
Robert D. Burnett, MD ’53
Eugene S. Ogrod II, MD ’70

1999
Donald Tsang, MD ’57
Norman Rich, MD ’60

2000
Irving Weissman, MD ’65

2001
F. William Blaisdell, MD ’52

2003
William R. Brody, MD ’70, PhD ’72

2004
Ronald Levy, MD ’68

2005
William Northway, MD ’57

2006
Frances K. Conley, MD ’66, MS
Augustus A. White, III, MD ’61, PhD

2007
Linda Hawes Clever, MD ’65
J.D. Northway, MD ’60

2008
Laurence A. Boxer, MD ’66, MS
Donald J. Prolo, III, MD ’61, PhD

2009
Paul M. Ellwood, Jr., MD ’53
Robert Schimke, MD ’58

2010
Ross D. Bright, MD ’58

2011
Diane E. Griffin, MD ’68, PhD ’70
John Griffin, MD ’68

2012
Fernando S. Mendoza, MD ’75, MPH
Jose I. Santos, MSc, MD ’75

2013
Linda C. Giudice, MD ’82, PhD
Ron G. Rosenfeld, MD ’73

2014
Debra A. Schwinn, MD ’83