Class of 1934 Scholarship
For many UI alumni, memories of time spent studying in Iowa City only become more vivid in the years following graduation. An exceptional few of these graduates give back to the University of Iowa in the name of those memories. By endowing the Class of 1934 Scholarship Fund, three such special grads saw to it that deserving students in the University of Iowa Roy J. and Lucille A. Carver College of Medicine have the chance to create such lasting memories for themselves.
Dr. Francis M. Hearst and two of his 1934 classmates, Dr. Byron “B. I.” Mueller and Dr. Howard McMartin, made significant gifts to the Class of 1934 Scholarship Fund in the hope that UI students who might not otherwise be able to afford a medical education would have a chance to succeed. In a time when more than two thirds of UI medical students must seek some type of financial aid, private support helps ensure that no qualified student will be forced to leave medical school because of financial problems.
Dr. Hearst—known fondly by his classmates as “Doc”—came from a family of doctors; his father and two uncles studied medicine and then practiced in Iowa. After attending the Iowa Teachers College in Cedar Falls, Dr. Hearst followed in their footsteps. He raised his family and practiced medicine in Iowa for many years before retiring with his wife, Frances, to California, where he passed away in 1998. His initial gift to the scholarship fund in 1980 was the impetus for his classmate’s participation, which Dr. Hearst worked diligently to foster.
Dr. McMartin knew well the challenges of pursuing an education in medicine. “Most of my time was spent keeping my head above the water,” he recalled. “But I’m convinced that if you want it badly enough, you can get it if you work for it. Iowa gave me much more than I’ll ever be able to repay.” After obtaining both his B.A. and M.D. degrees from the UI, Dr. McMartin earned his M.P.H. degree from the University of Michigan in 1948 before eventually going to work for the National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health. He and his wife, Lela, lived together in Maryland until his death in 1997.
Dr. Byron Mueller graduated valedictorian of his class from St. Charles, Iowa, in 1927 and attended Simpson College in Indianola for two years. After earning his M.D. degree from the UI and serving a one-year internship in the University of Iowa Roy J. and Lucille A. Carver College of Medicine, Dr. Mueller returned to St. Charles and worked as a general practitioner until 1938, when he set up his practice in LaHarpe, Illinois. In a selfless career spanning some 50 years, Dr. Mueller missed seeing all six of his children graduate from high school; his patients needed him, and his family understood. He remained in LaHarpe after his retirement in 1992, where he lived with his wife, Flora, until his passing in 1993.
These fine physicians’ commitment to their UI memories and to their profession carries on through their support of deserving students like you.
Congratulations on receiving the Class of 1934 Scholarship