Physician Gives Learning Aids, Advice to Concord College Students

For Immediate Release: 
Sep 06 2001

Physician Gives Learning Aids, Advice to Concord College Students

Athens, W.Va. - Dr. Carl Roncaglione didn’t attend Concord College. But when the Charleston physician recently ended his forty-five year career in orthopedic surgery, he had a good reason for donating nearly half a century’s worth of medical journals, study aids and medical dictionaries to Concord College.

“When I decided to retire,” the Medical College of Virginia - Richmond graduate said, “I simply sent out fliers to a lot of colleges and universities. Concord was the first one to respond.”

The medical literature references, approximately 2,000, have proven invaluable to those students at Concord who are studying biology/pre-med and athletic training. Included are video and audio tapes, slides and trays, yearbooks and clinics and textbooks, in addition to serial publications such as the Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery.

“Not just the faculty appreciates this, but the students appreciate Dr. Roncaglione’s gift, too,” said Concord biology major Jessica Coleman, an aspiring physician from Fayetteville, W.Va.

Vice President for Academic Affairs Dr. Dean Turner said, “We at Concord College are very grateful to Dr. Roncaglione. His donations will help countless pre-med students in our biology program and those enrolled in our athletic training program. Dr. Roncaglione can rest assured that his generous and overwhelming donations will have a significant impact on the studies of our students.”

Roncaglione said that in addition to Gray’s Anatomy and copies of the JBJS Bone and Joint Surgery (spanning a period of over forty years), he also has some advice to offer Concord’s pre-med students:

“Be prepared to work hard and long seven days a week, twenty-four hours a day.

“But,” he adds, “it comes to be very satisfying and fulfilling.”

Roncaglione grew up not too far from Concord College, in McDowell County. He explained that the town where he grew up was on the border of Virginia and West Virginia.

“I grew up in Logan County and in Amonate in McDowell County. Amonate was a mining town and it was on the border of West Virginia and Virginia. The Virginia portion was named after the mother of Pocahontas. The West Virginia part was named after the father of Pocahontas,” Roncaglione recalled.

Although his three sisters attended Concord College, Roncaglione got his undergraduate degree at Emory and Henry College before heading off to the Medical College of Virginia for his medical degree.

The young physician settled in Charleston, West Virginia, after medical school, where he began his medical practice and reared his family. The materials that Concord students are now using as they study to meet their dreams of becoming athletic trainers and physicians were collected throughout the forty-five years of Roncaglione’s orthopedic surgery practice in West Virginia’s Capitol.

Roncaglione’s enthusiasm and dedication to his chosen career are characteristics that Concord College hopes to instill in the pre-med and athletic training students who will benefit from Roncaglione’s gift to the college.

Asked if he enjoyed his career, Roncaglione replied quietly and earnestly, “Every minute of it.”

For more information on Concord College’s pre-med/biology and/or athletic training programs, call 1-304-384-5160 or email