Jim VanDelden ‘70

James VanDelden

Degree: BA Biology, 1970
Hometown: Grants Pass, OR
Current Occupation: Family Physician, Indian Health Service

“The professors’ expertise at SOU provided me with a quality undergraduate education which laid the foundation for my career in medicine.”

Jim’s Story:

Jim is proud of his many accomplishments he achieved at SOU and abroad. He became a U.S. citizen while studying and playing soccer at SOU. Jim appreciates how SOU provided all the courses he needed for pre-med and the enthusiastic teachers. He received his M.D. from Creighton University School of Medicine in Omaha, NE, and then began his long and fulfilling career of practicing medicine in the U.S. Army for 30 years. He achieved the rank of Brigadier General upon his retirement. He provided treatment during overseas missions to Haiti and the Dominican Republic and to Native Americans stateside on reservations.

Jim and his wife Karen continue to give back to students by funding an annual scholarship for the OHSU Nursing School on the campus of SOU. In his free time he gardens and does model railroading. Jim now works a few days a week at the Omaha Nation tribal clinic in Macy, NE. He also volunteers for veterans’ activities and organizations. Jim is a true model of a public servant.


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