Helping Future Doctors

Dr. Ulrich R. Plante

Annette Plante on her father:

"My father, Dr. Ulric R. Plante, was my inspiration. He never forgot that he came from a poor family. One of the oldest of 16 children, at about 7 or 8 years of age he was responsible for milking the cow, feeding the chickens and doing all the outside work.

After borrowing money from his school teacher sister to go to medical school at the University of Vermont, he received his M.D. in 1915. With only one year of internship, he set up a practice in Massena, NY among the immigrants arriving from Europe. Charging only $3 for office visits, $5 for house calls, and $25 for obstetrical deliveries in the home, he knew he would never become a rich man. But he was happy doing what he had dreamed of since he was six years old, when he broke his wrist. It was not until the 1950's when Massena built its first hospital that he had the "luxury" of delivering babies in modern circumstances.

When he died in 1976 after 56 years of medical practice, a friend paid him this compliment, 'He was a humble man with a great sense of humor'.  Thanks to my late husband, James Canning, we have been able to fund this scholarship in honor of my father."

Our friend Annette Plante passed away on February 19, 2012, at the age of 90. She will be missed indeed.  Her community spirit was embodied by the Dr. U. R. Plante Medical Scholarship at Adirondack Foundation.