Sometimes it's luck if someone sees a celebrity just once but it wasn't luck that brought television and stage personality Eddie Albert to the Medical Center twice.
Albert, famous for the Green Acres TV show, first came here in 1972 as chair of the Christmas Seals Campaign. He visited the Department of Microbiology and visited with doctors Jean Acton and Eugene Heise, as seen in the picture with the unidentified person on the far left. Doctors Acton and Heise were doing research supported by the North Carolina Tuberculosis and Respiratory Disease Association with funds from the Seals Campaign. During his visit, he peered into an electron microscope, held a white rabbit and autographed sheets of Christmas seals, as seen in this picture.
Jump to 1991 to see double when Albert visited in September for the 50th anniversary of the former Bowman Gray School of Medicine (now Wake Forest School of Medicine) and North Carolina Baptist Hospital. According to the October 1991 Around the Medical Center newsletter, Albert, 83 at that time, spoke on "Can We Add Good Years to Your Life?" His speech was part of the symposium with Dr. William Hazzard, chair of Internal Medicine and director of J. Paul Sticht Center on Aging. He also participated in various anniversary events including the one here where he is borrowing a bowtie since he forgot his from Dr. Felda Hightower, far right. He is also with Dr. Richard Janeway, far left and Mrs. Elizabeth Hightower. Dr. Hightower was one of the original faculty members when the school opened in 1941 and Dr. Janeway was the executive dean in 1991. Mr. Albert died May 26, 2005.
These photos are housed in the Dorothy Carpenter Medical Archives along with many other historical materials.