1969 Horatio Alger Award Winner
"Make each day count."
Michael Rachunis was born in 1906 in Glen Lyon, Pennsylvania, to Lithuanian immigrants. At the age of 14, he left school following his father's death. He went to work in the local mines, where he earned $2.39 a day. At 21, he resumed his education as a freshman in high school. He continued to work nights in the mines. He went on to earn a degree at night from Susquehanna University, graduating with honors. He studied medicine at Jefferson Medical College, and graduated in 1936. He returned to his hometown to practice general medicine. He later moved to New Jersey and completed graduate courses in ophthalmology and otolaryngology at Polyclinic Hospital, Columbia University, and New York University, while maintaining a private practice. He served three consecutive terms as president of the medical staff at Trenton General Hospital. He was also chief of the Department of Otolaryngology at Rancocas Hospital.* Deceased