» Joseph C. Sodaro Bust

"The human body is the most complex and beautiful engineering design in existence." 
- Joseph C. Sodaro

Joseph C. Sodaro (1895–1983)

A man dedicated to the sciences is one way to describe Dr. Joseph C. Sodaro. An innate philanthropist and humanitarian would be another appropriate way to describe him. As he saw every single person as a miracle, it is no surprise that he committed his life to serve people, both within and outside of his career as a physician and surgeon.

In his own words, “The human body is the most complex and beautiful engineering design in existence.” Such a statement speaks volumes about his character. It details his unwavering admiration for people in a way that explains his philanthropic spirit and illustrates the scientific lens through which he saw the world. It is without a doubt that Joseph Sodaro was passionate about the fields of science and cared deeply about helping people. He committed so much of his life toward practicing medicine — he even worked as a delegate for the Chicago Medical Society — and he made many contributions to the medical arena, impacting countless lives.

Though his primary career was dedicated to benefiting humanity, he sought additional outlets for his desire to serve his community and others. He listed in Illinois’ Selective Service System to best serve his country during World War II. This system was characterized by individuals responding to an incomparable patriotic urge, with many freely giving their time and efforts. In Illinois, such patriots as Joseph helped the state contribute more than its proportionate share of support to the armed forces and exhibit incredible industrial and agricultural production. He was also a member and two-term president of a branch of the Lions Clubs, which is known today as Lions Clubs International. The spirit of the group, which he exemplified as president of his local club, was focused on serving the community through humanitarian work and philanthropic contributions.

Joseph was wholly committed to the betterment of humankind, and through his example, he inspired many. His son, Donald Sodaro, exemplifies this truth, as he is a well-recognized philanthropist throughout California and often dedicates gifts to his father’s memory.

For Chapman University to be able to immortalize Dr. Joseph Sodaro’s presence and spirit on its campus would be a boon to its scientific community and enormous honor for Chapman. His bust would serve as an inspiration to the Chapman undergraduates who pass his image on their way to becoming doctors, therapists, physician assistants or pharmacists.

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Joseph C Sodaro bust
October 11, 2018

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Campus Location
Keck Center of Science and Technology, Orange Campus