Mar 28, 2012

Retiring Med School Dean to be honored with Open House

VERMILLION, S.D. -- A retirement open house for Rodney Parry, M.D., vice president for health affairs at the University of South Dakota and dean of the Sanford School of Medicine of the University of South Dakota, will be held Friday, April 20.

Scheduled to run from 4-5:30 p.m. at the Health Science Center - Room 106, 1400 West 22nd St. in Sioux Falls, the event will honor Parry’s 36 years of service to the School of Medicine and to the South Dakota medical community. This event is free and open to the public.

Born and raised in Canistota, S.D., Parry graduated from USD’s medical school in 1967 with a B.S.M.D. He later received his M.D. from the University of Wisconsin and completed his residency training at the Mayo Clinic. He joined the faculty of USD’s medical school in 1976, and served in that capacity until becoming vice president and dean in 2004.

Succeeding Parry as vice president and dean will be Mary Dekker Nettleman, M.D., M.S., M.A.C.P.,who begins her tenure April 2.

For more information, please contact Carmen Hammond at 605-357-1309 or  

About the Sanford School of Medicine

For more than a century, the Sanford School of Medicine of the University of South Dakota has set the standard for medical education of students, residents and professionals in the state. The school’s mission includes education, research and service. It emphasizes family practice to help create the next generation of doctors for all parts of the state. The school’s economic impact includes attracting $17 million annually in research funding as well as hosting two of the four 2010 Research Centers designated by the governor.

About The University of South Dakota
Founded in 1862, The University of South Dakota is designated as the only public liberal arts university in the state and is home to a comprehensive College of Arts and Sciences, School of Education, School of Health Sciences, the state's only School of Law, School of Medicine, the accredited Beacom School of Business and the College of Fine Arts. USD has an enrollment of more than 10,000 students taught by more than 400 faculty members. More information is available at

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Peter Carrels
The University of South Dakota
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