Mount Morris Alum Returns Home to Give Keynote Speech as Medicine Professor

MOUNT MORRIS – A 1972 graduate of Mount Morris Central School is coming home to deliver the school’s commencement address.

According to a press release from Mount Morris Central Schools, Sam Bozzette, MD, PhD, is one of their graduates and is now one of the nation’s leading medical researchers, with over a dozen articles published in the New England Journal of Medicine. Most of his career has been spent with the University of California as a Professor of Medicine and as a Senior Scientist at the RAND Corporation.

“I have always considered Mount Morris home and have carried the lessons learned at MMCS throughout my life. I am thrilled to address the graduating class of this resurgent institution,” said Bozzette.

Most recently, Bozzette has worked with bioMerieux, a French Medical Diagnostics Company, where he headed up the medical affairs for the Americas and Asia as well as global clinical research.

Lewis Schornstein, former MMCS U.S. History and Social Studies teacher remembers Bozzette quite well and has followed his work from a distance since his graduation in 1972.

“Beyond the obvious that he is extremely intelligent, he was a very enjoyable student with a great sense of humor,” said Schornstein. “I taught at MMCS for 38 years and I can honestly say that Sam was one of the best students that I ever had. I can’t think of anybody better to speak to the Class of 2017 than Sam Bozzette, there is no one better to inspire students to maximize their potential because he certainly did. […] Sam as well as others that have graduated from Mount Morris Central School are a prime example that no matter the size of the school that you came from, you can be and do anything.”

Bozzette was Salutatorian of the Class of 1972. While at MMCS, Bozzette was the recipient of several honors including the Bausch and Lomb Science Medal, the New York State Regents College Scholarship, the Georgetown University Scholarship and the Knights of Columbus Scholarship. Bozzette was also on the Honor Roll and was a member of The National Honor Society. He then went on to Georgetown University where he graduated Magna Cum Laude. He then received his M.D. from the University of Rochester, School of Medicine & Dentistry and he went on to receive his PhD from the Rand Graduate School.

“Sam was very friendly, well liked, polite and a fantastic student,” said Ben Orologio, former MMCS Guidance Counselor. “I remember that Sam was awarded the Knights of Columbus Scholarship which is a very rare honor to receive. He is a fantastic choice for the 2017 Keynote Speaker.”

Mount Morris Central School Commencement is scheduled for Sunday, June 25, 2017 at 12:30 p.m. in the High School Auditorium.

(Photo courtesy of the Mount Morris Central School District)