Induction Category & YearProfessional 2016
Home TownRapid City, SD
Glen Ridge, NJ

   John Barlow
Champion of Excellence

I was born in Glen Ridge, New Jersey, near New York City, in 1933 and attended Montclair Academy where I was fortunate to meet some teachers who instilled in me the love of learning.

At Dartmouth College in New Hampshire I had a challenging premed experience and found that I preferred a rural to urban environment I completed my first two years in medicine at Dartmouth Medical School which was a two year institution at the time. I had a Professor of Pathology and Microbiology named Philip Nice who instilled my interest in these two fascinating fields.  

At Dartmouth I met a Medical Technology student named Anne Woodbury (a native of New Hampshire) who became my wife. In spite of all the many wonderful things which I have experienced, marrying Anne was the best thing that ever happened to me. She has been as responsible for any successes I have achieved as I have.

I completed the two years of Medical School at Dartmouth and transferred to Harvard Medical School for the remaining two years after which I entered a Pathology residency at Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) in Boston, Ma. Dr . Robert Scully, a staff Pathologist, by his outstanding example, gave me a love for the field of Laboratory Medicine which has been ongoing throughout my life.

During my years at MGH in Boston I met Dr Karl Wegner (now a member of the South Dakota Hall of Fame) and a grandson of Peter Norbeck. Karl recruited me to join him in practice in Sioux Falls and to teach Laboratory Medicine at the Medical School as well as teaching Pathology residents and Medical Technologists at Sioux Valley Hospital. Karl became Chair of the Department of Laboratory Medicine and then Dean at South Dakota Medical School. I will always be grateful to him for bringing me to South Dakota. Under his leadership the two year Medical School was converted to a four year degree granting institution. I was also able to practice Laboratory Medicine as Director of the Laboratory at Sioux Valley Hospital and the Laboratory of Clinical Medicine.

Laboratory Medicine is an ancillary field in Medicine which is often not noticed by most patients but is very important in quality patient care. I tried very hard to instill this in the students I taught as well as become interested in the fascinating and ever changing field.

In 1985 we decided to move to the beautiful Black Hills where I continued to teach and practice. We have been extremely happy to have moved to this beautiful part of the state where Anne now has her mountains and trees (like New Hampshire). We are both from the East Coast but now love South Dakota and consider it home where we have lived for the past 50 years. We have lived on both sides of the state and I have worked at Sioux Valley and Rapid City Regional Hospitals. I have served on many boards and committees east and west including being Chief of Staff in both places. It is always a challenge to keep the Medical Staff and the Administration on the same page.

I have realized that you have to take part in both Professional boards and organizations in your community. My parents taught me the value of trying to give back to the community in which you live.  I have had the support of my wife and our two daughters, Deborah and Karen. Anne and I have always been interested in theater and have supported theatrical arts not as an active participant but in helping with offstage activities. We have enjoyed working with the Black Hills Community Theater and the Black Hills Playhouse. About 10 years ago we were given the Governors Award for the Arts by individuals. We are very interested in the importance of the environment and have been active with the Black Hills Nature Conservancy.

As I am sure all inductees to this Hall of Fame know we did not get here alone, but with tremendous support from others. I want to thank the following for submitting my name for consideration for this honor; Dr. Milton Mutch (a member of the Hall of Fame), Jon Soderholm (a former administrator at Sioux Valley Hospital), Dr. Charles Hart (CEO at Black Hills Regional Hospital), and Dr. Ron Reed who I worked with in many areas of the Art Community of the Black Hills.

When we moved West we decided to be tourists and hiked all over the Hills. We are so fortunate to live in this beautiful state!!
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