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Obituaries

Douglas L. Gordon, FACP and Henry A. Sparks, FACP

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

Douglas L. Gordon, FACP

By Frank P. Incapreara, FACP

Douglas L. Gordon, FACP, former Governor for ACP's Louisiana Chapter, died May 18, 1997, at the age of 73 of metastatic cancer.

Dr. Gordon practiced internal medicine and endocrinology in Baton Rouge, La., from 1954 until he retired in 1992. He was a clinical professor of medicine at Louisiana State University School of Medicine and a senior visiting physician at Charity Hospital in New Orleans.

Dr. Gordon was a charter member of ACP's Louisiana Chapter and served as Governor from 1987 to 1991. After his retirement, Dr. Gordon continued to be active in diabetes research. He received the ACP's Laureate Award in 1992.

Dr. Gordon is survived by his wife, Florence (Dolly) Vine Gordon; son Douglas L. Gordon; daughter and son-in-law, Pamela G. Lauman and Paul S. Lauman; son and daughter-in-law, Dr. Stephen V. Gordon and Sheila K. Gordon; son and daughter-in-law Dr. Stewart T. Gordon and Clarice Gordon; brother A. Neal Gordon and five grandchildren.

The family requests memorial donations to be made to the Diabetes Center through General Health Systems Foundation or a charity of your choice.

Dr. Incapreara is Governor for ACP's Louisiana Chapter.

Henry A. Sparks, FACP

By Capt. Stephen C. Beuttel, FACP

Henry A. Sparks, FACP, former Governor for ACP's U.S. Navy Chapter, died of cancer Feb. 7, 1997, in Meadow Vista, Calif. He was 72.

In addition to his work for the College, Dr. Sparks served in the military for many years. He saw combat in the Korean War, cared for the U.S. vice president from 1965 to 1969 and was awarded a Legion of Merit decoration in 1974.

Dr. Sparks graduated in 1949 from the University of Southern California School of Medicine in Los Angeles. Following graduation, he entered the Navy and served as a medical officer in military detachments in Japan, Egypt, San Diego and Oakland, Calif., as well as Inchon, Korea. It was while serving at the U.S. Naval Hospital in Bethesda, Md., that he cared for Vice President Hubert Humphrey.

After leaving the Navy, Dr. Sparks worked for the World Health Organization and served as a consultant to the government of Saudi Arabia and medical director of hospitals in Rome, N.Y., and Watertown, N.Y. He was elected to Fellowship in 1966 and served as Governor for ACP's Navy Chapter from 1978-81.

Dr. Sparks remained active in the Navy Chapter until his death and attended the regional meeting in San Diego, Calif., last year.

Dr. Beuttel is Governor for ACP's Navy Chapter.

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