Carlyle F. Jacobsen & Ellen Cook Jacobsen Timeline
Carlyle F. Jacobsen PhD and Ellen Cook Jacobsen MD were both influential in the early years of Upstate Medical University. Carlyle “Jake” Jacobsen was the first President of the University and spent the later half of the 1940s establishing both Upstate and Downstate medical schools for the newly established SUNY system. He was a reknowned researcher whose work with fronal lobe ablation in chimpanzees was foundational for later work on human frontal lobes. Ellen “Cookie” Jacobsen was a 1950 graduate of the Syracuse University College of Medicine and the first woman to become a faculty member in the Department of Medicine at Upstate. She established the employee and student health services on campus and was the first faculty member to hold appointments in two departments (Medicine and Psychiatry). This exhibition celebrates their careers and highlights their many contributions to the history of Upstate.