Interview with J. Peter Bentley, Ph.D.
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- University of Oregon. Medical School; University of Oregon Health Sciences Center; Harvard University.; John Dunphy; Oregon Regional Primate Research Center; Biochemistry.; Curriculum and Instruction; Higher Education Administration; Medical Biochemistry; Oral History
J. Peter Bentley, Ph.D., discusses his move from England to work with Dr. John Dunphy at Harvard and his subsequent move with Dunphy to the University of Oregon Medical School where he completed his Ph. D. in biochemistry. He provides background information on William Montoya, Edward West, and Donald Pickering of the Oregon Regional Primate Research Center, and later, after he moved to the Marquam Hill campus with other biochemists, on Dean Charles Holman of the School of Medicine and Chancellor Roy Lieuallen and their roles in the formation of a faculty council. Bentley describes the difficulties that followed the merging of the three Schools (Medicine, Dentistry, Nursing) into the University of Oregon Health Sciences Center in 1974, involving new President Leonard Laster and School of Medicine Dean Arthur Ransom. He recalls the various efforts in curriculum reform and the tension between the clinical and basic science aspects of medical education. Having been a researcher, teacher, and faculty activist, he compares the researcher's perspective with that of the teacher. Dr. Bentley was born in Oldham, Lancashire, England in 1931. He helped start a local chapter of the American Association of University Professors and was an ad hoc member of the Interinstitutional Faculty Senate from its inception in 1969. Bentley was appointed Vice Provost of Academic Affairs in 1997 and retired from OHSU in 2002.