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George Dale Zuidema, son of Jacob and Reka Zuidema, was born in Holland, Michigan in 1928. In 1953, he married Joan Houtman and together they had four children—Karen, David, Nancy and Sarah. Zuidema was a graduate of Holland High School in 1946, Hope College in 1949, and Johns Hopkins University in 1953. He served in the United States Air Force Medical Corps and completed his surgical residency at Massachusetts General Hospital. Zuidema was named chief resident surgeon from 1958-1960. Throughout his career, he was chief of surgery at Johns Hopkins University, assistant professor of surgery at University of Michigan and served two terms as Vice Provost for Medical Affairs for the University of Michigan. Zuidema has written numerous publications and received many awards for his scholarly and professional work. He received an honorary degree from Hope College in 1969 and was appointed to NASA’s Science and Technical Advisory Committee during the Apollo space missions.

The collection consists of correspondence, publications, news clippings, photographs, documents, ephemera and awards pertaining to Zuidema’s academic, professional, and personal life. The bulk of the collection is from 1948 to 2009. Photographs include images of George Zuidema, Joan Houtman Zuidema, Jacob Zuidema, Reka (Hendrika) Dalman Zuidema, Marjorie Zuidema Hoffman, Jay (Jacob) Zuidema, Alle Zuidema, Karen Zuidema, David Zuidema, Tim Harrison, Roger Kempers, Sissy Llort (?),and Jack Lousma. Also included are the Dalman, Steketee, and Zuidema family histories, as well as film and photographs from NASA’s Apollo missions and STAC meetings.


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