1955 - Inauguration of new facilities

On May 26, 1955, President Dwight D. Eisenhower dedicated the new Armed Forces Institute of Pathology (AFIP) building. It was the Cold War, and the building reflected that. The AFIP was a world-renowned second opinion pathology lab that supported military hospitals and Walter Reed as a premier teaching hospital – but also served civilians with unique cases.

Image: AFIP photo by Ron Neafie, Used with Permission.
Armed Forces Institute of Pathology.National Museum of Health and Medicine, AFIP, WRAMC History Collection
Helicopter landing in front of the AFIP 1950s. National Archives and Records Administration