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CHEMISTRY AND PHYSICS ALUMNI OF THE YEAR 2008

Dr. Daniel Fary is an ophthalmologist in Fort Atkinson, Wisconsin.  His practice includes diagnosis and treatment of a large array of diseases, ophthalmic surgery, and many other procedures.  He also teaches cataract surgery to residents at the University of Wisconsin.  He attended PUC from 1965 until 1969 (Harlan Fayle was chair at the time) and was one of the first PUC graduates with the ACS approved BS degree in chemistry.  He began studies toward a PhD in pharmacology at the University of Chicago but decided that medical school was a better fit and entered the IU Medical School in 1970.  He then did a 2 year family practice residency at St. Joseph’s Hospital in South Bend and returned to IU for an ophthalmology residency completed in 1979.  He then moved to Wisconsin and opened a solo practice.  He now is part of a group practice in Fort Atkinson.    Reflecting on his time at PUC, Dr. Fary says:  “Attending Purdue Calumet was my key to a future in science.  My father was a machinist in East Chicago, Indiana, who paid my first two years of college (starting with tuition of $242 per semester in 1965), and I paid the rest by working summers at Inland Steel.  I didn’t have the grades to get scholarships to go to other colleges, and I knew I had to study long hours to reach my goal, so I didn’t want to jeopardize that chance by working, having a car, and paying for an apartment.  I lived at home on 171st Street, 2 miles from Purdue Calumet, for all 4 years, and rode a bike to classes most of that time.  Purdue Calumet developed my ability and opened the door for me to gain entrance into and compete successfully in graduate school and medical school.  It permitted me to attain a satisfying and rewarding career in Ophthalmology.  I am extremely grateful to all the professors who taught and encouraged me during those 4 years at Purdue Calumet.”
His advice for current students is:  Aim high!  “You have to have a dream, otherwise how are you going to have a dream come true?  as Bloody Mary says in the musical ‘South Pacific’.  It’s fine when your dream develops and changes  –  all of life’s experiences guide and mold our images of what we can and should do as a career.  Then intently concentrate your thought and effort on accomplishing that goal  – don’t let yourself be distracted by too many unnecessary commitments or by other goals, plans, or desires that can be accomplished when you are more established.  If you can manage to reach your academic goal in the minimum required time (often 4 years of college), plan on trying to accomplish it in that minimum time.”   Dan Fary was at PUC to receive the 2007 Purdue University Calumet Alumni Committed to Excellence Award for Chemistry and Physics on the evening of Friday, November 30, 2007, at the Calumet Conference Center.