Lyman Maynard Stowe, M.D. was the first dean of the University of Connecticut School of Medicine. Dr. Stowe was appointed to this position in 1963, two years after the Connecticut legislature authorized the University to establish schools of medicine and dental medicine. Dr. Stowe’s previous position had been at Stanford University where he had been an associate dean with responsibilities for education and research in Stanford’s school of medicine. As dean of a newly established medical school, Dr. Stowe intended to implement curricular reform. Unfortunately, he was unable to see the realization of his plans; Dr. Stowe died of coronary arrest on June 2, 1965 at the age of 51.
Dr. Stowe was a native of Connecticut. He was born in Hartford on March 15, 1914 and received his high school education at the Loomis School in Windsor. His alma mater was Yale University class of 1934. Dr. Stowe graduated from the Yale University School of Medicine in 1938 and subsequently was a teaching fellow in obstetrics and gynecology at the University of Minnesota Hospitals.
In World War II, Dr. Stowe saw active service in the U.S. Navy aboard the U.S.S. Effingham. Dr. Stowe’s naval unit was engaged in the invasion of Okinawa.
Dr. Stowe’s academic positions after the war were at the University of Minnesota, Yale, and Stanford Universities. His published articles dealt with gynecology and, later, with the revision of medical education. At the time of his death, a colleague in the enterprise of establishing the schools of medicine and dental medicine at the University of Connecticut noted: “I never met anyone with more dedication and commitment. [Lyman Maynard Stowe] was ahead of his time by at least ten years in planning an institution that would be responsive to society.”