McMaster University

History of Health and Medicine Room

Contact

Anne McKeage
mckeage@mcmaster.ca
905-525-9140
ext. 22928

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C. Barber Mueller History of Health and Medicine Room

Lower Level of the Health Sciences Library

Hours

Monday - Friday
9am - 5pm

Please make an appointment by email.

C. Barber Mueller History of Health and Medicine Room

History of Health and Medicine Room

The elegant C. Barber Mueller History of Health and Medicine Room, with its cove ceiling and recessed lighting, together with a gas fireplace, comfortable leather chairs and warm cherry wood bookcases around the perimeter of the room, make this a very popular place for quiet study and reflection. The Rare Book Room and the Archives, rooms located adjacent to the History of Health and Medicine Room, are lovely spaces for those who need access to these special collections.

Maps and directions to the C. Barber Mueller History of Health and Medicine Room.

Dedication

C. Barber Mueller

On Apr. 24th, this lovely room was named the C. Barber Mueller History of Health and Medicine Room in honour of C. Barber Mueller, a founding father of McMaster University's medical school and a dedicated supporter of the Health Sciences Library.

Dr. Mueller was the inaugural chair of the Department of Surgery in the Faculty of Health Sciences, serving from 1967 to 1972, and is the founder of the Friends of the Health Sciences Library, a group dedicated to maintaining and enhancing the library as a vital resource. He launched the Library Enrichment Fund with a gift of $100,000 in 1998, and to date has contributed more than $400,000 to the Health Sciences Library. "We are pleased to dedicate this room in honour of a man who has made history for the medical school at McMaster University," said John Kelton, dean and vice-president of the Faculty of Health Sciences. "Dr. Barb Mueller's dedication and contributions to knowledge, education and clinical care have created a legacy at McMaster."

Mueller, an American, earned his medical degree from the Washington University School of Medicine in 1942. His career as a teacher and surgeon spanned 45 years, including stints at Washington University and the State University of New York, before joining McMaster in 1967 as the medical school was established. In addition to helping shape the new medical school, now known as the Michael G. DeGroote School of Medicine, he was active in the development of the problem-based, small group learning program, and in the design of the Health Sciences Centre at McMaster University.

Following his term as chair of the Department of Surgery, Mueller served as a professor of surgery until 1983, when he retired and was named professor emeritus. He has received honorary degrees from McMaster, as well as Blackburn College and the State University of New York. In 2005 he joined the Faculty of Health Sciences Community of Distinction. Since his retirement, he has remained active as an author and speaker. Mueller's philosophy of philanthropy is to support education. He believes libraries make an all-pervasive contribution to student education and graduate work.