Elmer Pfefferkorn:  A mentor to many

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Pfefferkorn Memories Peter F. Lawrence 10/31/2008  
I was disappointed to miss your festschrift last month and recognition of your many contributions to Dartmouth Medical School. Unfortunately, my mother, who is a few months short of 90, developed blindness from polymyalgia rheumatica, and I needed to be with her. However, I did want to thank you for all that you did for me and my generation of medical students, both in your role as a member of the admissions committee of DMS and as the revered teacher of virology courses. As a shy and somewhat intimidated applicant to medical school, I so appreciate that you saw something that made you think that I could be successful and contribute to the medical profession. Dartmouth was the perfect place for me - with personal attention and the opportunity to develop through an emphasis on small group teaching, I not only learned a lot from you and your colleagues, but I also developed the confidence as a student to become a confident physician. I was amazed to find out how well Dartmouth prepared me when I was on the clinical services at Harvard as a third and fourth year student and during my residency at Columbia.
I have had the opportunity to interview applicants at the three med schools where I have worked over the past twenty years, and tried to emulate your approach of determining the commitment and potential of medical school applicants, as much as their prior accomplishments.
I will be visiting Dartmouth twice in the next six months and hope that I have the opportunity to thank you personally. Without your support I would not have had the opportunities that have been provided to me. I have tried to return your gift to some in the next generation, as you have done for many generations of Dartmouth students. Thanks for supporting the students throughout your career and making medicine an exciting career for them.
Pfefferkorn Memories Daniel I. Rifkin 12/19/2012  
Laura M. Bennett became the bride of Dr. Daniel I. Rifkin during a ceremony at 5:30 p.m. Saturday at the home of her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Norbert A. Bennett, in Holland, where a reception was given.

Mr. and Mrs. Steven A. Rifkin of Williamsville are parents of the bridegroom.

After traveling in Quebec, the newly married couple will make their home in Hilton.

A graduate of Mercyhurst College, the bride received a master's degree from St. Bonaventure University.

The bridegroom is chief neurology resident physician in Strong Memorial Hospital, Rochester.

He is a graduate of Hamilton College and Dartmouth Medical School.

Copyright Buffalo News Jul 23, 1995
Pfefferkorn Memories Elmer R. Pfefferkorn 4/29/2011  
Dear Dr. Pfefferkorn,

My name is Sara Lang, and I am a new member of the Dartmouth Medical School Development Team. Needless to say, I have heard many stories about you, so I am glad to have this opportunity to 'virtually' introduce myself.

Attached is a postcard that we hope to use to remind people to donate to the Fund for DMS before the end of the fiscal year. I understand you are a model of punctuality, so we thought using your picture would inspire many to give on time. I have attached the postcard for you to see. Please let me know if it is OK to use this picture from 1986. We hope to go to press by Tuesday.

Warm regards,
Sara Lang

permission granted 5/3/11 Per Lorraine Pfefferkorn, "Elmer gives his approval".
Sara

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