There was no hospital in Massena until after World War II. For 20 years, Dr. Plante held office hours (no appointments necessary) six days a week and then went out on house-calls morning, afternoon and evening. After 1939, when he moved his office to his home, he eliminated the Saturday afternoon and evening hours, but still made house calls.
His patients tell many stories about those old days and his kindness. Many times Dr. Plante went out into a snowstorm in the middle of the night to deliver babies in the patients' homes. At first he rented a horse and sleigh; later he had a Chevrolet coupe.
It is estimated that Dr. Plante delivered approximately 9,000 babies during his more than 56 years of practice. He also served his community as village trustee, school physician, member of the Board of Health and other boards. He retired in 1972 due to illness, and died four years later.
The Adirondack Community Trust is managing this scholarship fund. Many people recognize that the key to their success in life is their education, and they want to make it possible for others to benefit similarly. ACT can work with donors, like the Plante family, to makes it possible for generous, caring people to fulfill their dream of establishing scholarship funds - and for people who want an education to get one.
For applications or more information on the Dr. U. R. Plante Medical Scholarship Fund contact Scholarship Coordinator, Andrea Grout at the Adirondack Community Trust 523-9904 or download an application at www.GenerousAct.org