Tollman, J. Perry
James Perry Tollman was born November 6, 1904, in Chadron, Nebraska. He was the son of James M. Tollman of Marsland, Nebraska. He attended elementary school at Marsland, and graduated from high school in 1921, at Crawford, Nebraska. Tollman received his Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Nebraska at Lincoln in 1927, and his M.D. degree from the University of Nebraska College of Medicine in Omaha in 1929.
Tollman completed an internship at the Peter Bent Brigham Hospital in Boston from 1929-1931. He returned to the University of Nebraska College of Medicine as an Assistant Professor of Clinical Pathology and served in this capacity from 1931-1939. In 1938 he was made an Associate Professor in Pathology, and served until 1941, when he became a Professor of Pathology. He was appointed Assistant Dean of the College of Medicine from 1942-1948. In 1948 he became Chairman of the Department of Pathology and Bacteriology. In 1952, Tollman was appointed Dean of the University of Nebraska College of Medicine, a post he held until June 1964. Along with his role as Dean, he also served as Superintendent of University Hospital. After stepping down as Dean in 1964, Tollman returned to teaching and research interests in Pathology. In 1965, he was appointed director of the Regional Medical Program; and in 1970, he was appointed director of the Allied Health Professions Program, and later Interim Associate Dean of the School of Allied Health Professions. He retired from UNMC in 1973
Tollman was a Diplomate of the American Board of Pathology, appointed in 1937, and was certified in Pathologic Anatomy and Clinical Pathology. He was a Fellow of the American Society of Clinical Pathologists, and was a founding Fellow of the College of American Pathology and Necrology. He was a member of Alpha Omega Alpha and Sigma Xi. He was a Fellow of the American Medical Association, and a member of the Omaha-Douglas County Medical Society. Tollman was also a member of the Omaha Midwest Clinical Association, the Nebraska State Medical Association, and the Nebraska Public Health Association. He held hospital appointments at University, Clarkson, Douglas County, Omaha Veterans, and Lincoln Veterans Hospitals.
Tollman served as a Lieutenant Colonel in the United States Air Force in 1951-52, and was a consultant to the Surgeon General of the Air Force. Dr. Tollman was awarded the Distinguished Service to Medicine Award by UNMC in 1975.
Tollman married Elizabeth McVey, and they had three children, James Daniel (1934), Janet Jones (1937), and Thomas Andrew (1939). Tollman died on November 21, 1996. Dr. and Mrs. Tollman’s ashes were scattered in the cemeteries in Marsland and Haigler, Nebraska, their home towns.
Found in 2 Collections and/or Records:
Oral history interview: digital file of interview video and a transcript. The interview discusses medical education and the administration of the University of Nebraska College of Medicine in the mid-twentieth century.
Oral history interview: audio cassette, digital file of the recording, and a transcript. The interview discusses medical education, specifically bacteriology and pathology, and the administration of the University of Nebraska College of Medicine in th early twentieth century.