Columbia Professor Leads Restoration of Local World War I Memorial


Every working day for the last 20 years, Rudolph L. Leibel has peered down from his sixth-floor window in the Russ Berrie Medical Science Pavilion onto a small triangular park. He likes the view of a bronze statue there that commemorates soldiers from Washington Heights and Inwood who gave their lives in World War I.

Leibel, the Christopher J. Murphy Memorial Professor of Diabetes Research, cherishes the memorial as a veteran himself and an avid student of military history. He served as a major in the U.S. Army Medical Corps from 1969 to 1971. “I count it as one of the most significant experiences of my life, not only my medical career.”

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