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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


USD's Sanford School of Medicine is nationally known for excellence. With its award-winning curriculum, the school prepares medical students to practice in all fields of medicine and is particularly recognized and ranked for its reputation in family medicine and rural medicine. In addition to the M.D., it offers graduate degrees in basic biomedical science, sustains a vibrant and forward-looking research agenda, and is home to the interdisciplinary Center for Brain and Behavioral Research.


Founded in 1862 and the first university in the Dakotas, the University of South Dakota is the only public liberal arts university in the state, with 202 undergraduate and 78 graduate programs in the College of Arts & Sciences, School of Education, School of Law, Sanford School of Medicine, School of Health Sciences, Beacom School of Business and College of Fine Arts. With an enrollment of nearly 10,000 students and more than 400 faculty, USD has a 16:1 student/faculty ratio, and it ranks among the best in academics and affordability. USD’s 18 athletic programs compete at the NCAA Division I level.

This material is available in an alternate format upon request. Please contact University Relations at 605-677-5759. If you are a person with a disability and need a special accommodation to fully participate in any university activity or event, please contact Disability Services at 605-677-6389 as soon as possible, but no later than 48 hours before the event, so that appropriate arrangements may be made.


Hanna DeLange
USD News