2011 - Jim Reynolds '65

Dr. Jim Reynolds '65Dr. Jim Reynolds '65

Dr. Jim Reynolds, class of 1965, is recognized for his contribution to and impact on the development of Sioux Falls as a significant regional medical center. A chemistry major at Augustana, Reynolds went on to study medicine at the University of South Dakota and Johns Hopkins University. In 1981, he became a founding member of the North Central Heart Institute in Sioux Falls. In 2000, Reynolds was the driving force to start The Heart Hospital. Now known as the Avera Heart Hospital of South Dakota, this world class heart program was recognized as one of the Top 50 Cardiovascular Hospitals in the United States in 2011. Now retired, Reynolds performed more than 4,500 open heart procedures in his career.

From letters of nomination for Dr. Reynolds:

"In traveling with Jim both professionally and personally in South Dakota and surrounding areas, Jim does not go anyplace without someone stopping and telling him, 'you saved my son's life', 'you saved my husband's life', 'you saved my grandfather's life', or 'you operated on me'. Very few people in this world have created this type of living legacy." Jon C. Soderholm, President, Avera Heart Hospital of South Dakota

"Jim's achievements are a source of gratitude for the many who have received sound heart care in Sioux Falls, and they are a unique source of pride for Augustana College and particularly Jim's classmates and friends." Rev. Paul S. Lundborg '65


"Jim was outgoing and easy to get to know. He was always interested in the material being covered in both lecture and laboratory. Not only was he an eager learner, he was bright, diligent, and quick to learn and understand concepts that were new to him. I readily picked him out to be a leader, one who willingly used his wide range of talents for the benefit of others. His undergraduate skill in college chemistry laboratory work was most certainly early evidence of his suitability to excel in his chosen professional field: practicing medicine as a skilled thoracic surgeon." Robert Roy Kintner, PhD, Professor of Chemistry Emeritus