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School of Medicine Living Legends: Diane Klepper, MD

Professor Emerita Diane Klepper, MD, was honored as a UNM School of Medicine Living Legend in August during the 50th Anniversary Alumni Reunion. The award recognizes extraordinary contributions to the School of Medicine and the community.

Klepper and Roth

Diane Klepper with Chancellor Paul Roth.

Dr. Klepper came to UNM as a pulmonary fellow in 1967. She was the medical school's assistant (later associate) dean for admissions and student affairs for 31 years. She's known for her interest in helping students from rural areas earn their medical degrees at UNM and stay in the state to establish their practices. Her clinical practice was statewide, providing a touchstone for healthcare in rural New Mexico.

Although she retired in 1999, she continues to teach in the undergraduate program and is active as a pulmonary medicine specialist in the Department of Medicine. She is swarmed by admiring current and past students at any School of Medicine event she attends.