Last Lecture

The Sumner and Hermine Marshall Endowed Last Lecture features a UCSF faculty member nominated and selected by students to answer one question: "If you had but one lecture to give, what would you say?"

Such a lecture series is prominent on many college campuses, made especially famous by Randy Pausch, a Carnegie Mellon professor whose lecture ironically was his last lecture having just been diagnosed with terminal pancreatic cancer. In Spring 2012, the inaugural UCSF Last Lecture received a warm and welcoming response. This year the student-initiated event will continue to build the tradition. This lecture will bring out stories intertwining various dimensions of the chosen faculty member's trajectory - encompassing the professional, personal, spiritual, and cultural experiences that have brought them to where they are today.

2024 Last Lecture
Professor Rupa Lalchandani Tuan [bio] [lecture]

2023 Last Lecture
Professor Kai Kennedy [bio] [lecture]

2022 Last Lecture
Assistant Dean D'Anne Duncan [bio] [lecture]

2021 Last Lecture
Associate Dean Peter Chin-Hong [bio] [lecture]

2020 Last Lecture

2019 Last Lecture
Associate Dean David Wofsy [bio] [lecture]

2018 Last Lecture
Professor David Graham [bio] [lecture]

2017 Last Lecture
Professor Howard Pinderhughes [bio] [lecture]

2016 Last Lecture
Professor Andre Campbell [bio] [lecture]

2015 Last Lecture
Professor Kimberly Topp [bio] [lecture]

2014 Last Lecture
Professor Igor Mitrovic [bio] [lecture]

2013 Last Lecture
Professor Daniel Lowenstein [bio] [lecture]

2012 Last Lecture
Chancellor Susan Desmond-Hellmann [bio] [lecture]

Sumner and Hermine Marshall Endowment

To honor the memory of Sumner and Hermine Marshall, their sons, Gregory Marshall, MD (UCSF Urology 1993), Randolph Marshall, MD (UCSF 1988) and Brad Marshland, have established an endowment for the annual UCSF Last Lecture series, which reflects their parents’ lifelong commitment to education, social equity, and nurturing human potential.

Sumner Marshall, MD became part of the UCSF community in 1961 when he began his Urology residency. He built a thriving practice of pediatric and adult urology in Berkeley over several decades, while also maintaining a faculty position at UCSF, culminating in a full Clinical Professorship. He loved his time teaching urology to third year medical students, which he did for over 50 years. His enthusiasm and authentic connection with students led to multiple teaching awards. As an active participant in weekly UCSF Urology Grand Rounds, he was known for incorporating the patients’ perspective into clinical discussions.

Hermine Marshall, PhD was a lifelong educator who completed her doctorate in Educational Psychology at UC Berkeley in 1967. Her research centered on the development of self-concept and motivation for learning in the classroom. For most of her career, she headed the Early Childhood Master’s Degree Program at San Francisco State University, and served as Associate Editor of the Journal of Educational Psychology. She was sought out for her wisdom in the field, and was a role model for generations of students.