Major General Garrison Rapmund, MD
SAC 1934-1945

General Rapmund graduated from St. Andrew's in 1945. In his last year he was both Head Prefect and Cadet Commanding Officer, and won the Bermuda Cup for cricket. After graduation from St Andrew's he pursued post-secondary education at Harvard, followed by medical school at Columbia University where he completed specialty training in paediatrics. While at medical school he became interested in international health and infectious disease research involving developing nations. There were few opportunities to pursue this field so he enrolled as a medical officer in the United States Army assigned to the U.S. Army Medical Research and Development Command.

The Cadet Corps at St. Andrew's follows the traditions of the British and Canadian armies. General Rapmund found this training to be most useful as his military career in the U.S. Army involved working in the field with elements of British and other Commonwealth nations such as Australia, New Zealand, Malaysia, India and Pakistan. For seven years he was assigned to the Institute for Medical Research in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, where he worked on a new mumps vaccine. He did further research in the Malaysian jungles with various Commonwealth forces deployed there, including the renowned Gurkha Rifles.

Later in his career he directed the U.S. Army medical research efforts around the world. He actively built professional ties with military research organizations from as far away as China and as close to home as just down the road in Downsview at the Defence and Civil Institute for Environmental Medicine.

In 1979 he was promoted to general officer rank and appointed Assistant Surgeon General of the Army for research and development, a position he held until his retirement in 1986. Since then he has held positions in industry and is now a consultant to the U.S. Departments of Defense, Energy, Transportation, and Health and Human Services.

General Rapmund is married to Janet and has a son Neil, who is a Chartered Accountant in San Francisco, a daughter Elizabeth, who is an artist in Washington, and a foster-daughter Melissa, who lives in Hong Kong. The Rapmunds are long-time residents of Bethesda, Maryland.

From the 1995 Annual Inspection Program for Which he was Reviewing Officer

Gary Rapmund, M.D., was elected last year as chair of Utah State University Research Foundation's Board of Trustees. According to Gary, the board plans to strengthen and broaden the portfolio of research within USURF. I hope that the advice from this board may facilitate the growth of research activity here at Utah State and enhance the education of undergraduate and graduate students alike.

Excerpted from the Spring 2004 Andrean


US Army - Distinquished Service Medal