Celebrating our multi-generational grads


Earning one’s graduate medical or health sciences degree can be a bonding experience among classmates, but that’s also the case for the many DMU alumni whose parents, grandparents, siblings, children, aunts, uncles and/or cousins are also University graduates. Is having a DMU degree a family affair for you? If so, let DMU know – we want to celebrate you as a Grand Family!

Alumni are the most important lifelong members of the DMU community, and when they share family ties, they’re even more special to the University. The Grand Family Society recognizes these generational alumni for their engagement and support, offers networking opportunities and helps Grands stay connected through exclusive programs and events.


YOU are a Grand Family member if you are a graduate who has a child, parent, grandparent, sibling, aunt, uncle and/or cousin who is also a DMU graduate or is currently enrolled at DMU.

Benefits and Recognition

  • Lifetime membership to the Grand Family Society
  • Exclusive opportunities to interact with other members of the Grand Family
  • Annual induction of new members into the Grand Family Society upon graduation
  • Recognition at premier Des Moines University events
  • Recognition on Grand Family website
  • Recognition in the Alumni e-newsletter
  • Grand Family feature stories in the DMU Magazine

Grand Family Society Members

Are you a “Grand”? DMU wants to know

By Barb Boose

Don Galligan, D.O.’84, and Doreen Rioux-Galligan, D.O.’85, never tried to persuade their daughter Madison to pursue a medical career. But when she decided to do so, Don took her to the annual American Osteopathic Association conference and “made sure” they …

Are you a “Grand”? DMU wants to know Read More

Are you part of a DMU multi-generational family? Let us know

By Barb Boose

Tricia Parks is seeing the pride in her Des Moines University education come full circle. She credits the high-quality education she received for preparing her to be successful in all areas of physical therapy practice. Tricia has practiced in a …

Are you part of a DMU multi-generational family? Let us know Read More

A spirited family affair

By Barb Boose

Jean and Paul Groben, D.O.’75, a radiologist, are thankful their three children and two grandchildren reside in Des Moines. That’s the home of Jasper Winery, which the Grobens launched when son Mason, a viticulturist and enologist, persuaded them to make …

A spirited family affair Read More

Alumni make supporting DMU a family affair

By Barb Boose

Thomas “Tom” DeGregory was contemplating enrolling in a Pennsylvania allopathic medical school when friends suggested he explore osteopathic medical institutions. Then a junior high school music teacher, he was soon enrolled at the College of Osteopathic Medicine and Surgery, now …

Alumni make supporting DMU a family affair Read More

Remembering a musical mother

By Barb Boose

David Lans, D.O.’81, always knew he would follow his father, Allan Lans, D.O.’58, into medicine, but his mother, Joan, inspired his love of music, art and the humanities. The two alumni have created a scholarship that memorializes Mrs. Lans, celebrates her influence and will soon benefit DMU students.

Join the DMU Grand Family

Share your family connections to join the DMU Grand Family today! Benefits of the Grand Family program are free to all members. To become a member fill out the registration form below. You can also send an email to alumni@dmu.edu.

Are you a future grand?

Email dmuadmit@dmu.edu with questions, or visit the Admissions page to learn more about our programs and how to apply to DMU.

Scroll to Top