On This Day in IUPUI History: April 28, 1971

April 28, 1971. 

On this day, IUPUI and Indiana University Medical Center leaders dedicated a new $8.3 million wing to James Whitcomb Riley Hospital for Children. The wing was part of a phased development of the Riley complex and would accommodate new maternal care facilities, a burn unit, and laboratory spaces.

The dedicatory ceremonies commenced in Lecture Hall on the IUPUI campus, followed by ribbon-cutting and tours. The featured speaker was Dr. Julius B. Richmond (1916-2008), a noted American pediatrician and in the 1960s creator of Project Head Start for pre-school children. Later, he became surgeon general of the United States during the presidency of Jimmy Carter. 

Children playing in Riley Hospital, 1971 UA24-001568

To learn about the development of the IU Medical Center campus, please consult records in IUPUI Special Collections and Archives. Contact staff at specccoll@iupui.edu.

Updated Apr 28, 2019 by Editor Name Missing