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Dartmouth Names Med School for Dr. Seuss

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Audrey and Theodor Seuss Geisel

Dartmouth has named its medical school the Geisel  School of Medicine. The school’s philanthropist namesake is one of the college’s most famous alums: Dr. Seuss. Theodore Geisel did not get his “doctor” title at Dartmouth College – he gave it to himself later as a satirist – but he did pick up his penname, Seuss, at the Ivy League school.

Geisel took to writing under a pseudonym when he was banned from submitting work to the school paper for bringing moonshine to a campus party.

Self-described Dartmouth “Seussologist”, Donald Pease, says that Geisel worked as an ad-man on Madison Avenue, and a hawkish political cartoonist before changing gears after World War II.

Pease: and now what I wanna do is write for the next generation, to help them get the war mentality out of them, to help them get the aggression out of their psyches.

Pease says the children’s books made Theodore and his wife Audrey Geisel’s creative enterprise one of the most profitable on the planet.


Sam Evans-Brown has been working for New Hampshire Public Radio since 2010, when he began as a freelancer. He shifted gears in 2016 and began producing Outside/In, a podcast and radio show about “the natural world and how we use it.” His work has won him several awards, including two regional Edward R. Murrow awards, one national Murrow, and the Overseas Press Club of America's award for best environmental reporting in any medium. He studied Politics and Spanish at Bates College, and before reporting was variously employed as a Spanish teacher, farmer, bicycle mechanic, ski coach, research assistant, a wilderness trip leader and a technical supporter.

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