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Robert A. Nordyke, FACP

From the January 1998 ACP Observer, copyright 1998 by the American College of Physicians.

By Irwin J. Schatz, MACP

Robert A. Nordyke, FACP, age 78, died Aug. 23 in Honolulu, Hawaii. He was ACP's Governor for Hawaii from 1981-85 and received the chapter's Laureate Award in 1990.

Dr. Nordyke was a pioneer in nuclear medicine and recognized the subspecialty's importance in its infancy. He also had the prescient ability to anticipate advances in many areas of medicine well before his colleagues. The emerging field of medical informatics fascinated him before it became popular, and he constantly reminded us about its potential for changing the way we practice.

At the new University of Hawaii Medical School, Dr. Nordyke worked tirelessly in the department of medicine from its very beginnings, serving as chief of the division of nuclear medicine from 1974 to 1995. He was an invaluable confidante and advisor to the successive chairs of medicine, including myself.

His career was characterized by devotion to his patients and a strong commitment to his fellow practitioners, residents and students. A prolific medical author, he published more than 100 professional papers; these activities in research and writing continued even after his retirement from the Straub Clinic in June 1995.

Dr. Schatz is a former Governor for ACP's Hawaii Chapter.

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