The College of Medicine hooding ceremony on June 3 proved to be monumental in the journey for over 200 students that took the next step in their medical training. For one family, though, it had special significance and took Buckeye loyalty to a whole new level.
When Kate Kidwell was hooded by her uncle, Link R. Murphy, MD ’80, she became the fifth generation of OSU-trained physicians in her family. Kidwell,whose mother was a Murphy, traces her Buckeye roots back to 1896 when her great, great uncle, William D. Murphy, graduated from the Starling Medical College, which was the forerunner to the OSU College of Medicine. In 1919, Kidwell’s great grandfather, Link M. Murphy, graduated from OSU, followed by her grandfather, Robert J. Murphy, in 1946 and uncle, Link R. Murphy, in 1980.
“It was very special to be back in Mershon Auditorium and to have all the memories come flooding back,” said Link Murphy. “Being a member of the Ohio State family is something that I take a great deal of pride in, and to be there as Katie officially became a doctor is something I’ll always remember. I was there to hood her not just for myself, but also for all the member of my family that have been at OSU.”
In true Buckeye fashion, the Murphy family has been generous with its time and talent to the OSU community. Grandfather Robert J. Murphy served as the OSU football team physician for 41 years and was affectionately known as “Dr. Bob.” Link Murphy followed in those footsteps and was a team physician for 21 years.
“The people I’ve been around at Ohio State have taught me many things, the most important of which is that you treat people the way that you would want to be treated,” said Murphy. “I know that Katie will carry on the tradition and make us all very proud.”
Katie, who said she knew she wanted to attend OSU for medical school from the time she was a child, will remain in Columbus next year when she begins her pediatrics residency at Nationwide Children’s Hospital.
“Growing up in my house, you couldn’t help but want to be a Buckeye,” said Kidwell. “The experience at OSU was all that I expected and more. I feel as though I have the foundation to accomplish anything I want and am excited the start the next chapter in my training.”