Dr. Jens Sahl, Jr., Medical Scholarship
Jens Sahl, Jr. was born on March 27, 1921, in Ida County, Iowa. After high school, he served in the U.S. Armed Forces during World War II. He saw active duty in the African and Italian theatres and rose to the rank of captain during five years of overseas duty.
After the war, Jens Sahl came to The University of Iowa, where he earned his bachelor’s degree in 1950 and an M.D. degree in 1952. After an internship in at Hurley Hospital in Flint, Michigan, he returned to Iowa City in 1959 to complete a surgical residency at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics.
Dr. Sahl then joined the Northwest Clinic in Minot, North Dakota, where he also served as chief of staff and chief of surgery. An avid fisherman and hunter, he lived in North Dakota for many years before eventually joining private practices in Indio, California, and then in Dallas, Texas. In Texas, one of his favorite volunteer activities was working with Habitat for Humanity.
Throughout his life, Dr. Sahl retained a strong attachment to his Midwestern roots and to his alma mater. In 1996 he expressed his gratitude to the University of Iowa and the University of Iowa Roy J. and Lucille A. Carver College of Medicine by establishing of the Dr. Jens Sahl, Jr., Medical Scholarship Fund, which he continued to support in subsequent years.
Dr. Sahl died in August 1999 while visiting the North Dakota country he had come to love. He will be remembered not only by his family and friends, but by all the UI medical students who will benefit from his generosity.
Congratulations on receiving the Dr. Jens Sahl, Jr., Medical Scholarship