December 18, 2008 - Harrogate, Tennessee, December 18, 2008 – Lincoln Memorial University-DeBusk College of Osteopathic Medicine (LMU-DCOM) officials were given the opportunity to see a little history this week when Tara Samples, a junior biology major at East Tennessee State University (ETSU), and her parents visited the campus. Tara’s great-grandfather, Dr. Ezekiel Howell, received his medical degree from the medical department of Lincoln Memorial University (LMU) in 1914. Tara and her parents, Don and Tammy Samples, brought her great-grandfather’s diploma and leather-bound commencement program to LMU-DCOM to show to school officials. The Samples toured LMU-DCOM during their visit.

In 1905, LMU founder and then Board Chairman O. O. Howard spearheaded an agreement for the University to take over the operation of Tennessee Medical College (TMC) and its hospital in Knoxville, Tenn. In August of that year the two entities entered into an agreement and TMC became the medical department of LMU. LMU operated the medical school and its associated hospital from 1906 to 1914, when the University ceased operation of the enterprise.

The DeBusk College of Osteopathic Medicine is located on the campus of Lincoln Memorial University in Harrogate, Tennessee. LMU-DCOM is an integral part of LMU’s values-based learning community, and is dedicated to preparing the next generation of osteopathic physicians to provide healthcare in the often underserved region of Appalachia and beyond. For more information about LMU-DCOM, call 1-800-325-0900, ext. 7082, e-mail, or visit us online at

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