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From the April 1997 ACP Observer, copyright 1997 by the American College of Physicians.

Morton J. Fuchs, FACP

By David J. Gullen, FACP

Morton J. Fuchs, FACP, ACP Governor of Arizona since 1994, died Jan. 29, 1997. He was 73.

An internationally renowned authority on hypertension and edema, Dr. Fuchs promoted medical education throughout his career. Dr. Fuchs graduated first in his class from both St. Joseph University and Hahnemann Medical College. He began private practice in internal medicine in 1956 and was board certified in 1959. He taught at Hahnemann Medical College in Philadelphia, Pa., from 1956 to 1971.

In 1969, Dr. Fuchs was elected to Fellowship. From 1972 until his death, he served as program director of the Internal Medicine Residency Program of Tucson Hospitals medical education program. He also served as president of the Arizona Society of Internal Medicine from 1979 to 1980 and president of the Pima County Medical Society in 1981.

Dr. Fuchs is survived by his wife, Harriet, four children and nine grandchildren. The family requests donations be made to the Arizona Chapter of the American College of Physicians Education Fund in care of Tucson Hospitals Medical Education Fund, Box 42495, Tucson, Ariz. 85733.

Dr. Gullen is an ACP Regent.

Gordon Meiklejohn, MACP

By Robert Gibbons, FACP

Gordon Meiklejohn, MACP, a pioneering researcher and clinician recognized for his work in eradicating small pox, died on Jan. 28, 1997, after a long battle with Parkinson's disease and the complications of cancer.

Dr. Meiklejohn was born April 9, 1911 in Providence, R.I., and received his medical degree from McGill University in Montreal. He joined the faculty at the University of Colorado School of Medicine in 1951 as chairman of the department of medicine, a position he held until 1975.

Dr. Meiklejohn spent much of his time in the laboratory studying influenza and the development of vaccines and was asked by the U.S. Army to head a commission on this subject. In 1968, he took a sabbatical to serve as a consultant to the World Health Organization and work on its campaign to eradicate smallpox.

Dr. Meiklejohn belonged to more than 25 professional societies and received numerous honors and awards throughout his career. He was described by his colleagues and students as a scholar, gentleman, gifted administrator, outstanding researcher and clinical teacher, and superb clinician.

Survivors include his wife, a son, two daughters, a sister and a brother.

Dr. Gibbons is ACP's Governor for the Colorado Chapter.

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