C. Frank Webber, M.D., was named dean by Health Science Center President Roger Bulger following Dr. Ernst Knobil’s resignation.
Dr. Webber joined the Medical School in 1974 as clinical associate professor of family medicine and was chair of the Department of Family Practice and Community Medicine from 1975 to 1984 and assistant dean for community affairs 1982–84. He also served as vice president for health affairs and senior executive associate to the president of the Health Science Center. He was the director of medical education for the Memorial Hospital System for a decade.
He received his medical degree from The University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston. He completed an internship at the University of Mississippi Medical Center in Jackson and a residency in surgery there. He graduated from the School of Aerospace Medicine and was a flight surgeon with the XVIII Airborne Corps at Ft. Bragg, NC.
He died due to heart-related illness just 5 months into the dean role.
The greenspace between the Medical School and the Jesse Jones Library Building is dedicated in his honor—Webber Plaza.