Making a Lasting Impact at the College of Medicine

When looking to define the word passionate, look no further than Alan Bedrick, M.D. ’78. He is passionate about many things in his life, but two that top the list are pediatrics and Penn State College of Medicine.

Bedrick’s interest in working with children was sparked during his teenage years working as a camp counselor. That experience translated into a passion for pediatrics during his time at Penn State College of Medicine through the mentorship and guidance of Drs. Cheston Berlin, Ian Zagon and Roger Ladda. These physicians guided him on his journey through medical school and long after.

During his first year at the College of Medicine, Dr. Ladda helped Bedrick secure a March of Dimes Scholarship. Not only did this scholarship help ease the financial burden of medical school, it solidified his interest in pediatrics. Dr. Bedrick currently holds an endowed chair in neonatology research in the Steele Children's Research Center at the University of Arizona College of Medicine and is medical director and section chief of the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at the University of Arizona Medical Center.

Years after graduation, Bedrick rekindled his relationship with the College of Medicine and founded the Bedrick Family Medical Student Research Program Award as a way to pay-it-forward and help students lessen their debt load as the March of Dimes Scholarship had done for him.

Bedrick’s eagerness to serve also led him to the Alumni Society Board of Directors, where he served as President from 2006 to 2008. He is also a member of the Penn State Alumni Association Alumni Council and was awarded the Penn State Alumni Association Alumni Fellow Award and Penn State College of Medicine Cheston Berlin Service Award.

In addition to annual donations to the Bedrick Family MSR Award, Bedrick and his wife, Sally, have pledged a gift through their estate to ensure Penn State College of Medicine is part of their legacy. “We have a responsibility to students to help relieve some of the financial burden, to make it so they don’t have it as hard in the future.”

Bedrick’s advice to other alumni considering an estate gift would be to start making plans now. “Knowing students would benefit immediately from our gift was a major motivating factor in starting this process now rather than later.”

If you would like information about leaving a legacy at Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center and Penn State College of Medicine through a planned gift, please contact Devon Dominick Johnson in the Office of University Development and Alumni Relations at 717-531-8497 or

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