Dennis H. Nugent, M.D., Medical Student Scholarship
Dennis Howard Nugent, M.D., was an avid Hawkeye fan and supporter of his alma mater. His family and friends have chosen to offer a scholarship in loving memory of Denny to help medical students, especially those from Greene County, Iowa.
Dr. Nugent graduated from the University of Iowa College of Medicine in 1961. Following his internship, he entered a surgical residency at Hurley Hospital in Flint, Michigan. He graduated from the Medical School of the University of Michigan as a General Surgeon. Before he began his practice as a Board Certified General Surgeon in rural northwest Iowa, he served two years with the U.S. Navy in Quantico, Virginia.
He served Sheldon, Sibley, Primghar, and Hartley hospitals for nearly 20 years before his health forced his retirement in 1986. Upon his retirement, the family returned to Cedar Township, Greene County, Iowa where his ancestors had settled in 1872.
He was very proud of his family. He and his wife Joan were the parents of five children: Anne, Mathew, Michael, Andrew, and Margaret. All have college degrees. His wife Joan, an R.N. since 1960, received her B.S.N. from the UI in 1995. Several of their children followed Denny and Joan to The University of Iowa. Mathew received his B.A. in 1984 (masters in architecture from the University of Texas at Arlington), Margaret B.S.N. in 1994 (M.H.A. from the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor), and Andrew B.S. in biochemistry in 1992 and M.D. in 1996. Michael received his B.A. from the University of Northern Iowa, and an M.A. in education from the Friends University (Kansas). Anne received her B.S.N. and M.S.N. from the University of Phoenix.
Denny grew up in rural Iowa and struggled to gain his education working his way through college at various jobs—he realized the value of his education. He was a kind and gentle person, concerned about the welfare of others and generous in his support. Anyone who knew him felt the strength of his character, his subtle humor, and his keen mind. He was a highly skilled surgeon and is still remembered in northwest Iowa by his patients and their families.
Denny strongly supported the recruitment of young students to the medical field, serving as a mentor to high school students during his years of practice. We, his family and friends, hope to continue his high standards and devotion to others by offering financial support to qualified medical students.
Congratulations on receiving the Dennis H. Nugent, M.D., Medical Student Scholarship