In 2012, the Christian Medical College Vellore (CMC) and the United States-based organization, Vellore CMC Foundation, joined hands to establish the Dr. Ida S. Scudder Humanitarian Oration. The objective of this partnership was to perpetuate the legacy of Dr. Ida Sophia Scudder by honoring individuals who exemplify her courage, compassion, integrity, and character, in order to inspire future generations to emulate her dedication to the well-being of humanity.
On the 150th anniversary of the birth of Dr. Ida S. Scudder, we were delighted and honored to welcome Dr. James Hamilton Taylor, to deliver this very special year’s Oration. As a member of the Scudder family, and as the great-great-grandson of Dr. Silas Scudder, the founder of Scudder Memorial Hospital, Ranipet, Dr. Taylor has given a lifetime of compassionate service as a radiation oncologist. Dr. Taylor has encouraged research and is the author of many publications that have further helped in the advancement of knowledge in radiation oncology. Dr. Taylor has also supported CMC very generously for many years resulting in notable improvements in the quality of care delivered through CMC’s Low-Cost-Effective Care Unit (LCECU), its Rural Unit for Health and Social Affairs (RUHSA), and the Department of Radiology within the Main Hospital. In 2020, Dr. Taylor and his family responded very generously and immediately to CMC’s request for financial assistance during the institution’s preparation for the COVID-19 pandemic, and most recently to CMC’s plan to renovate the Heritage Center.
CMC Director, Dr. J.V. Peter, welcomed the gathering and was followed by a reading of the Citation by local author and Foundation Board member, Ms. Usha Jesudasan. Mr. John A. Riehl, President of the Vellore CMC Foundation introduced the honoree, and Dr. Anna Pulimood, Principal of the medical college proposed the vote of thanks. The oration was attended by the CMC global community virtually.
A recording of the Oration may be viewed below:
The Oration followed a weekend of celebrations around the globe coordinated by CMC. On the 5th of December, 2020, CMC held a 24-hr global online event to honor the legacy of our founder, Dr. Ida Scudder, born 150 years ago. A recording of the main program may be viewed below