A. Bradley Soule Award
Dr. A. Bradley Soule was born in St. Albans, Vermont in October 1903. He enrolled at the University of Vermont in the Fall of 1921 and received his Bachelor of Arts degree in 1925. Three years later, Dr. Soule received his M.D. from the College of Medicine and did a one-year internship at the Mary Fletcher Hospital. His first faculty appointment was in the Fall of 1929 when he was appointed Instructor of Pathology. In 1933, Dr. Soule was appointed attending Radiologist at the Mary Fletcher Hospital and the Bishop Degoesbriand Hospital as well. Except for a year of residency training in radiology at Massachusetts General Hospital and the time Dr. Soule served in World War II, he remained on the University of Vermont faculty for almost 54 years.
Of all of Dr. Soule’s professional accomplishments, he is perhaps best known for his role in preserving the College of Medicine. In 1935, the AMA Council on Medical Education dropped an academic bombshell on the College. Following an accreditation visit, it was cited for a number of serious academic deficiencies and was placed on probation. The following year, the Association of American Medical Colleges joined the AMA in placing the College of Medicine on probation for similar reasons. At the time, the Dean did not accept the gravity of the situation so the faculty assumed the initiative of reorganizing the College of Medicine. In 1937, Dr. Soule was appointed to a three-member committee, along with Dr. Hiram Buttles and Dr. C.F. Whitney, and charged with assessing the situation and correcting the deficiencies. The most formidable task facing the committee was that of strengthening the full-time faculty, particularly in the basic sciences. They also needed to improve the clinical base of the College, reorganize the curriculum, and strengthen the entrance requirements. Dr. Soule was a leader in all of these endeavors, particularly in recruiting full-time faculty staff. He was also the committee’s “leg man”, attending meetings of the AMA and Association of American Medical Colleges to demonstrate that the College was making progress. Just six months after their appointment, the Committee had completed all of its tasks of reorganizing the College and was discharged. Less than a week later, the Dean of the College of Medicine died and, because it was felt unwise to recruit a new dean while still on probation, the Committee was reconstituted. Thus, Dr. Soule and his colleagues assumed leadership of the College of Medicine until it was removed from academic probation and a new dean was appointed. Several times over the years, the College of Medicine tried to persuade Dr. Soule to officially assume Deanship but he reluctantly refused, citing it was “right for the University and for himself”.
During his time with the College of Medicine, Dr. Soule also participated in such key developments as the construction of modern facilities, the merger of the Hospitals, the development of practice groups, and the development of full-time faculty. By creating his own practice group in Radiology, Dr. Soule led the way in demonstrating how such an organization could strengthen academic programs. This led to the formation of full-time practice groups in Pathology and Psychiatry, and then the other major clinical disciplines. Throughout these difficult times of change and negotiation, Dr. Soule also continuously supported the growth of full-time clinical faculty. This in turn led to the creation of the University Health Center.
While Dr. Soule is recognized as a leader in the administration of College of Medicine, he was also celebrated as superb teacher as well. It was noted that Dr. Soule knew every member of the more than fifty medical classes at the time; and, moreover, he taught almost every single one of them. For years, Dr. Soule served as yearbook advisor and the students voted him Teacher of the Year in 1964. In 1971, Dr. Soule became Professor Emeritus but on a part-time basis. He continued to teach students and assumed the position as Director of Alumni Affairs in the Dean’s Office. He served in these roles until right before his death in 1983.
Throughout his life, Dr. A. Bradley Soule underplayed his role in transforming the College of Medicine. He was a major leader in its growth and reorganization at a time when it risked losing accreditation. Many Deans relied on Dr. Soule for insight and advice on issues facing the College. The College of Medicine would perhaps not exist today if it were not for Dr. Soule’s leadership.
The A. Bradley Soule Award is presented to an alumnus/a whose loyalty and dedication to the College of Medicine most emulate those qualities as found in the award's first recipient, A. Bradley Soule, M.D.'28.
2016 A. Bradley Soule Award Recipient
John J. Saia, M.D. '66
Associate Professor Emeritus,
UVM College of Medicine, Department of Family Medicine
As an alumnus and long-time faculty member at the UVM College of Medicine, Dr. Saia has supported his alma mater in countless ways, from his leadership positions with the Department of Family Medicine, to his teaching and mentoring of students and residents. After receiving his M.D. in 1966, he interrupted his internal medicine residency in Rochester, New York, to serve in the U.S. Army as a Medical Officer (Captain) in Vietnam, receiving a bronze star and completing his service with the rank of Major. He returned to the University of Vermont to finish his internal medicine residency training, then went into general practice in Waitsfield, Vt. Dr. Saia joined the University of Vermont College of Medicine faculty in 1980, and was promoted to Associate Professor in 1987. Dr. Saia served as the residency program director for ten years, and then became director of the Family Medicine Clerkship for six years. During his academic career, he had the opportunity to influence the careers of literally thousands of medical students, as well as dozens of family medicine residents. Many of these graduates currently practice in Vermont and around the country. Dr. Saia has also helped to shape medical education at the College through his role as director of the Doctoring Skills course, and through serving on the steering committee for the Vermont Generalist Curriculum.
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2015 A. Bradley Soule Award Recipient
Raymond J. Anton, M.D. '70
Dr. Anton has been a loyal supporter and leader of the College of Medicine since his graduation in 1970. A devoted class agent since graduation, Dr. Anton served on the Medical Alumni Executive Committee from 1990 to 2004, and was its President from 2002 to 2004. He was also a member of the Medical Planned Giving Committee from 1999 to 2005. During his tenure as President of the UVM Medical Alumni Association, he was instrumental in making sure the Medical Alumni Association was inclusive of all graduates of the College. John Tampas, M.D. ’54, Executive Secretary of the Alumni Executive Committee notes, “Dr. Anton pushed hard to make sure Ph.D.’s were included under the Medical Alumni Association umbrella.” With his fellow Medical Alumni Executive Committee members, Dr. Anton was also intimately involved in the creation of the 21st Century Fund, a precursor to the COM Fund, which encouraged increased alumni support. Since completing his term as President of the Alumni Association he has continued his involvement and philanthropic support of the College at the highest level, and is a member of the UVM Wilbur Society. In 1987, his strong family legacy contributed to his desire to create, along with his mother, Evelyn, the Harry J. Anton, M.D. ’40 Memorial Fund at the College of Medicine in honor of his father, as well as the Harry J. Anton classroom. This well-funded endowment continues to be a valuable resource for the College to this day. In 2014, Dr. Anton significantly added to the Harry J. Anton, M.D. ’40 Memorial Fund in honor of his 45th Reunion, a true testament to his commitment to the College. In addition to his services to UVM, Dr. Anton has served on numerous regional, state and national organizations which include the presidency of the Anesthesia Section of the Massachusetts Medical Society, president of the Massachusetts Society of Anesthesiologists, and served on the board of directors of the American Society of Anesthesiologists. Dr. Anton was also a member of the speaker’s bureau for the American Society of Anesthesiologists. Dr. Anton continues to work full-time as an anesthesiologist in an outpatient surgical facility in Connecticut.
2014 A. Bradley Soule Award Recipient
Charles B. Howard, M.D. '69
As a student, Dr. Howard was greatly influenced by Dr. A. Bradley Soule, Dr. John Tampas and the UVM Radiology Department. Thus, it was not surprising that after internship at Walter Reed Army Medical Center, he continued on in Radiology at Walter Reed, where in 1972 he was appointed Chief Resident. In 1974 he was Chief of Radiology at Kimbrough Hospital in Odenton, Maryland. In 1976 Dr. Howard joined Princeton Radiology Associates (PRA). In 1980 he was elected President and Managing Partner of PRA, a position he held until 2009. During his tenure, he transformed PRA from a solely hospital-based practice to a primarily non-hospital based (independent) practice by building some of New Jersey’s largest outpatient facilities, providing both diagnostic and therapeutic Radiology services. In the late 80s he built the Princeton Physician’s Organization (PO) and Physician Hospital Organization (PHO) and served concurrently on the Board of Directors of both organizations until 2009. He was instrumental in building RADCON (Radiology Consultants), a network of N.J. Radiology Groups. In 1999, Dr. Howard began building RadPharm (Radiology Pharmaceutical Research). After finalizing plans for a proton radiation treatment center in September 2009, a $180 million project which opened in 2011, he retired. Dr. Howard’s commitment and service to the UVM College of Medicine includes twelve years as agent for the Class of 1969. In 1998, he earned the Medical Alumni Association’s Service to Medicine & Community Award. From 1994 to 2006 he served on the college’s Medical Alumni Executive Committee (MAEC), becoming President from 2004 to 2006. During his membership on the MAEC he and his wife created the Charles & Edith Howard Medical Alumni Association Challenge Scholarship. All four of his children attended either undergraduate and/or medical school at UVM. Since retiring in 2009, he donates his time to "kitchen table medicine" guiding people through today's opaque health care system, operating a farm, repairing autos, and pursuing his passion for music. The Princeton Brass Band in which he plays 1st Baritone is the North American Brass Band Champion, having won first place in the North American Brass Band Association's Championship Division competition in 2013.