UNMC History 101: This stork delivered holiday cheer (and babies)Everyone knows that the stork delivers newborn babies -- but for many years in Omaha, that "stork" was Leon S. McGoogan, M.D. (1900-1993), namesake of the McGoogan Library of Medicine at UNMC; whose personalized Nebraska license plates were emblazoned with the word "Stork."
|Leon McGoogan, M.D., displays his holiday artwork.||One of Dr. McGoogan's decorative Christmas trees.|
While busy delivering babies, teaching medical students and volunteering for numerous civic organizations, Dr. McGoogan occupied some of his free time by creating beautiful holiday decorations for Immanuel.
An article in the Immanuel Medical Center "Banner" newsletter from December 1977 ("Christmas at Immanuel-Warm, Friendly, Traditional") provides background on his creations:
|Another creation by Dr. McGoogan|
The article goes on to solicit "colorful costume jewelry pieces" from readers for new creations, and notes he "has a special project in mind for Christmas 1978."
For Dr. McGoogan's service to the library of medicine at UNMC, the library was named in his honor in 1978. Two of his beautiful holiday creations are among his papers and other memorabilia in the library's special collections.
The jeweled trees are on display on the 8th floor of the library during the month of December. The smaller tree (15 by 20 inches) features Dr. McGoogan's initials -- LSM -- in the lower right corner and a multi-colored bejeweled tree topper. The larger tree (20 by 24 inches) has a falling "snowflake" of rhinestones at the bottom and a gold Prussian cross tree topper.