Family Membership Becomes Tradition At Institute Of Medicine

Membership in the Institute of Medicine (IoM) is becoming a family affair. Increasingly, members of the same family-husbands and wives, and also parents and their offspring-are being elected to the honor society. Six couples now boast membership. There also are four instances in which a parent and a son or daughter have been elected to the institute. And in one extraordinary case, there's a husband and wife and their daughter. "Perhaps both nature and nurture helped to shape the offspring," say

Edward Silverman
Feb 1, 1998

Membership in the Institute of Medicine (IoM) is becoming a family affair.

Increasingly, members of the same family-husbands and wives, and also parents and their offspring-are being elected to the honor society. Six couples now boast membership. There also are four instances in which a parent and a son or daughter have been elected to the institute. And in one extraordinary case, there's a husband and wife and their daughter.

"Perhaps both nature and nurture helped to shape the offspring," says Karen Hein, IoM's executive director. "As for married couples, I think it could be interpreted as a sign of the times, given the possibilities these days of dual-career marriages with major accomplishments possible for both partners."

Margaret Hamburg
ALL IN THE FAMILY: Margaret Hamburg and her parents, Beatrix and David, are all IoM members.
The latest case of family membership occurred with the election of Kevin Grumbach, 41, an associate professor...

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