James H. Gosman


Distinguished Alumni Service Award (1978)
B.S., 1936; M.D., 1938


From his southern Indiana home, James Hubert Gosman brought a keen academic motivation to his college days at Indiana University, which led him on a direct path to the field of medicine. He was a superb clinician who was respected by his colleagues and emulated by his students, his interests ranging far beyond his private practice.

Gosman was a volunteer faculty member in IU's School of Medicine, and as a staff member of the major hospitals in Indianapolis, he taught thousands of medical students, interns and residents in the classroom and clinic. He led the way in establishing elective residencies, encouraging and facilitating the entry of many young physicians into his specialty of dermatology. With willingness and expertise, Gosman served on many committees, study commissions, and professional organizations, and was a former president of the Indiana State Medical Association.

His loyalty to Indiana University was expressed in the important role he played in mobilizing the support of practicing physicians for the Indiana statewide system of medical education and in his service as vice chairman of the advisory board of Indiana University-Purdue University at Indianapolis. His accomplishments in the field of sports nurtured a lifelong interest in university athletics program, which he supported as one of the founders of the Hoosier Hundred.