Altvater graduated from Duke University (A.B., 1930 and M.A., 1932). He earned a certificate in hospital administration in 1933. An original member of the faculty, held the position of the superintendent of Duke Hospital from 1930 to 1946.
J. Lamar Callaway graduated from Duke University School of Medicine in 1932. Callaway, Wiley D. Forbus, Mary A. Poston, Edward Orgain, Douglas Sprunt, William Schulze, and Elbert Persons are assembled in a Duke Hospital meeting room.