Wylie H. Mullen, M.D. Achievement Award
Established in 1998 through The University of Iowa Foundation, this merit scholarship is granted to the medical student who receives the top score on Step One of the United States Medical Licensing Examination as determined by the dean of the University of Iowa Roy J. and Lucille A. Carver College of Medicine. This award is both inspired and supported by Dr. Wylie H. Mullen, Jr., a radiologist, aviator, and businessman.
Originally from Ogden, Iowa, Wylie Mullen came to the State University of Iowa in 1939 with aspirations of a career in medicine. His passion for a well-rounded life was evident early on; he quickly involved himself in several student activities. “I went out for freshman football, track, and wrestling. . . I had the dubious pleasure of being knocked down and run over by All-American football players Mike Enich and Nile Kinnick.”
During his junior year, Dr. Mullen took the Civilian Pilots Training Course as part of his commission in the Naval Reserve. That course sparked a lifelong love for aviation. He received his B.A. degree in Liberal Arts and Medicine in 1943 and earned his M.D. degree in 1945. After completing his residency in Cleveland, he served on the staff of the Cleveland Clinic in 1950. He then opened a private practice in Joliet, Illinois,
His yen for flying returned in 1953, and he became a helicopter instructor, which led to many new ventures in aviation, manufacturing, and real estate. Dr. Mullen operated the Joliet Airport for 15 years, but his best known business is Joliet Metallurgical Laboratories (J.M.I.), a company which tests jet engines for manufacturers.
In addition to creating this student award in the University of Iowa Roy J. and Lucille A. Carver College of Medicine, Dr. Mullen and Shirley L. Mullen have supported a variety of other UI programs such as the Museum of Art, Iowa athletics, and the UI Alumni Association.
Dr. Mullen died in May 2006.
Congratulations on receiving the Wylie H. Mullen, M.D. Achievement Award