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Daniel Ruge ’39

Zoology major, chemistry minor

As White House physician under President Ronald Reagan, Daniel Ruge, M.D., was part of the team that helped save the President’s life after an assassination attempt. Ruge’s protocols for care of the President after he was shot were credited with contributing to his quick and full recovery. A world-renowned neurosurgeon and expert on spinal cord injuries, Ruge also served as chief of staff and chairman of Northwestern Memorial Hospital’s neurosurgery division, and as director of Washington, D.C., VA Hospital’s spinal cord injury section. 

Ruge was elected to the North Central College Board of Trustees in 1961, served as chair beginning in 1975, received the Outstanding Alumni Award from North Central College in 1978 and was named a Life Trustee in 1981.