Med school being named for Stryker founder

Western Michigan University's new medical school will be named after the founder of the medical technology company Stryker Corp., officials announced Tuesday.
AP Wire
Mar 12, 2014

The Western Michigan University Homer Stryker M.D. School of Medicine will be housed at the W.E. Upjohn M.D. Campus downtown and welcome its first class this fall. Dr. Homer Stryker was a Kalamazoo orthopedic surgeon and medical device inventor.

"Dr. Homer Stryker's lifelong efforts to develop innovative medical products and procedures have saved thousands, if not millions, of lives throughout the world," U.S. Rep. Fred Upton, R-St. Joseph, said in a statement. "Naming WMU's medical school after such a dedicated doctor who created the products needed by his patients so they could recover faster and lead fuller lives bodes well for those entering the new program."

Stryker's first big product in 1940 was a turning frame for those with broken bones. He also developed a motorized saw to speed the removal of a cast without cutting the patient.

The entering class of 50 students is to arrive this fall.

The medical school is being named in Stryker's honor thanks to his granddaughter, Ronda E. Stryker, and her husband, William D. Johnston, a Western Michigan University trustee.

"I can't think of a more appropriate namesake," said university President John Dunn.

Stryker and Johnston are the donors who made a founding gift, anonymous at the time, in excess of $100 million to the university three years ago to launch the medical school initiative.


Tri-cities realist

What arrogance and hubris by these philanthropists! Lanny, hopefully you can fill us in on the motivations of the Stryker family's donations, since you somehow can see into the hearts and minds of the Koch brothers.

Barry Soetoro

Hahaha. To quote the Wise One: "Crickets.....".


Sorry - the Stryker's don't communicate the inner workings of their hearts and minds like the Koch Bros do, what with their creation and funding of groups like ALEC, the Mercatus Center, the Mackinac Center for Public Policy, Americans for Prosperity, KOCHPAC, tens of millions for a political ad blitz based on falsehoods, $62 million since 2008 on federal lobbying efforts, and all that crazy stuff to influence elections and public policy for their self-interest. And let's not forget the Koch Bros spent twice as much on the 2012 election as the top ten unions combined -

I'm not aware of the Stryker's doing any of those things. Perhaps you will enlighten me?

Tri-cities realist

How about comparing Koch donations to Soros and other big money democrats, or do we only compare apples to oranges?


lol the Strykers are Democrats. look it up. whatever does this have to do with the Kocks?


It doesn't whatsoever. That's the problem here. Tri-cities idealist is just showing his true colors and deep love and admiration for the Kochs, and their philanthropic dedication to all Americans, especially those most disadvantaged - you know, like the Gates and Buffet Foundations; for fair, honest, and ethical campaign advertising; and for putting their country before ideology, like our Patriot Founding Fathers.

Barry Soetoro

Have you been drinking already?


If your question is a result of reading my comment, I must turn it around and ask it of you.

Tri-cities realist

I don't recall saying I love and admire the Koch brothers. I'm just not he11 bent on complaining how they spend THEIR money, legally of course. Lanny called them "pathological" for donating money to a hospital, so with this story about the Stryker's doing a similar thing, I wondered if Lanny might complain about their "pathology". But if the Stryker's are democrats, her lack of condemnation makes sense now.

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