Dr. Donovan Ward ('27)

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Donovan Ward HOFDr. Donovan Ward, M.D., F.A.C.S, was a two-year starting quarterback as well as member of the baseball and track team. "Duke" left UD after his sophomore year upon gaining early admission to the University of Iowa. He received his M.D. degree from the Iowa College of Medicine in 1930. He served as UD's team doctor during the 1940's and 1950's for all men's sports. 

Ward began his practice in Dubuque in 1931 and continued with the exception of four wartime years as a Navy surgeon. He was one of the founders of the Blue and White Club. In 1980 he was named University Alumnus of Distinction. 

Dr. Ward was elected president-elect of the American Medical Association and was president from 1964-1965. He represented Iowa as a delegate to the AMA for 10 years. He holds fellowships in the American and International College of Surgeons. He has held numerous leadership positions in the medical profession and in organizations such as the Navy League, the Masonic Shrine, Finley Hospital Board, Lions Club, VFW and St. Luke's Methodist Church.

Dr. Ward's excellent medical skills and careful attention kept many athletes from suffering permanent injuries. "He directed the plays in able style," reported the 1926 Key school yearbook when describing his ability as a quarterback. He continues that able style today during his active retirement in Dubuque.