Lodwick Medical Scholarship
The committed efforts and partnership of Dr. Gwilym Lodwickand Maria Antonia Lodwick led to pioneering discoveries in medicine. In 2001, Gwilym generouslyestablished a scholarship to help University of Iowa medical students realize their dreams by providing financial assistance to advance their education.
The medical scholarship that bears the Lodwick name also recognizes the role that Gwilym’s wife, Maria Antonia, “Toni,” played in furthering his medical career. He gratefully acknowledgedthat much of what he was able to accomplish in his career was due to the support and efforts of his spouse. Toni helped Gwilym advance his career in many ways, serving as his helpmate and life partner. This encouragement allowed Gwilym to dedicate his life to medicine and research.
Gwilym met Toni, a Portuguese citizen, in London. The couple married in 1970. Toni spoke fluent French and English, in addition to hernative language, making the couple’s worldwide travels enjoyable, exciting adventures. They enjoyed 30 years together before Toni died of pancreatic cancer in December 2000.
The son of a coal mining engineer, Gwilym was born in Mystic, Iowa, in 1917. As a child, Gwilym knew he wanted to be a physician; his aunt’s encouragement persuaded him to pursue his dream. He worked to pay expenses, earning UI degrees in liberal arts in 1939 and medicine in 1943, and a certificate in radiology in 1950. Throughouthis long, rewarding career and life, some of Gwilym’s earliest and fondest memories are associated with the University of Iowa. Gwilym died in September 2011.
His revolutionary research in medicine began in 1964, when his work with computers led to thedevelopment of a ground-breaking program for bone tumor diagnosis. He was among the first radiologists to apply statistical analysis to bone disease. One of his important contributions to the field of radiology was the terminology he created to characterize bone lesions.
Throughout his career, Gwilym received numerous honors and awards and was nominated for a Nobel Prize in medicine in 1975 for his important research in image modeling and computer diagnosis of bone tumors. He was named a UI Most Distinguished Alumnus in the Department of Radiology during the department’s centennial anniversary. Gwilym received a Bronze Medal Award for Scientific Exhibit from the AmericanRoentgen Ray Society and twice received the Magna Cum Laude Award for Scientific Exhibits from the Radiological Society of North America. He also received a Gold Medal for Outstanding Contributions to Radiology, the Founders’ Gold Medal from the International Skeletal Society in recognition of his scientific contributions and dedication, and was elected Senior Member of the Institute of Medicine in the National Academy of Sciences. Gwilym was named in Who’s Who in Science from Antiquity to Present; American Men of Medicine; American Men of Science; American Men and Women of Science; Directory of Medical Specialists; Who’s Who in America; Who’s Who in the World; Who’s Who in Frontier Science and Technology.
Gwilym was appointed Harvard Visiting Professor of Radiology at the Massachusetts General Hospital from 1983 to 1991 and at Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital from 1986 to 1991. He held many other academic appointments at prestigious institutions including the University of Turku in Finland and Keio University School of Medicine in Japan. He also hadseveral national committee assignments and memberships in professional organizations including the National Institutes of Health and the American College of Radiology. He was a prolific writer, authoring more than 145 articles and nearly 30 papers. Gwilym wrote two medical textbooks—Radiology and the Skeletal Systemand An Atlas of Tumors of Bones and Joints—contributed chapters for several others, and served on a number of editorial boards.
Gwilym servedthe medical community as an honorary radiologist at Massachusetts General Hospital. His distinguished medical career began in Iowa City after World War II, where he was chief of radiological service at Veterans Administration Hospital. Gwilym began a 27-year association with the University of Missouri School of Medicine in 1956, serving as chairman of the Department of Radiology, and later concurrently as acting dean of the school and acting director of the hospital. When he retired from the University of Missouri in 1983 he was named professor emeritus. Gwilym was also medical director of Missouri’s Allied Health School for 19 years and director of the Bone Diagnostic Center and Bone Tumor Registry for 13 years.
During World War II, Gwilym served in the U.S. Army as a first lieutenant in the 95th Medical Gas Treatment Battalion, with General Patton in the Battle of France, and with General Bradley and others in the Battle of Ardennes. He also served with General Simpson in the Battle of Germany. He was later assigned to rehabilitate Bergen-Belsen concentration camp survivors. Following his European tour of duty, Gwilym served in radiological services in Colorado Springs and Springfield, Missouri. When Gwilym left the Army in 1946, he had achieved the rank of major.
Gwilym’s dedication and lifelong association with medicine, his passion to help others, and hisdevotion to Toni’ s memory inspired him to open another frontier: offering scholarships to UI medical students, helping them to forge careers in a profession he loved.
Congratulations on receiving the Lodwick Medical Scholarship