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From the May 1999 ACP-ASIM Observer, copyright 1999 by the American College of Physicians-American Society of Internal Medicine.

Albert Aranson, FACP

Albert Aranson, FACP, the former chief of medicine at the Maine Medical Center in Portland and a Governor of the Maine Chapter for two terms, died Dec. 21, 1998. He was 85 years old.

Dr. Aranson, who was born in Boston in 1913 and graduated from Harvard University in 1935, attended graduate school at Harvard in biochemistry before getting his medical degree from Boston University School of Medicine in 1941. Dr. Aranson completed his internship and residency at Boston City Hospital in 1944 and served with the sixth Marine division during World War II as a medical officer and assistant surgeon.

After the war, Dr. Aranson trained in pulmonary medicine at the Cushing Veterans Administration Medical Center in Framingham, Mass., and at Temple University Hospital in Philadelphia. In 1947, he became the first chief of pulmonary medicine at Cushing, where he pioneered the use of streptomycin, the first medication developed to treat tuberculosis.

Dr. Aranson moved to Portland, Maine, in 1948 where his medical career continued for 45 years. Until 1967, he was in private practice in internal medicine and pulmonology, while also establishing Maine's first respiratory therapy departments, pulmonary function laboratories and intensive care units. In 1962, Dr. Aranson was appointed chief of medicine at Maine Medical Center, a position he held until 1981. He also served 13 years as director of medical education and was instrumental in establishing Maine's Medical School Without Walls program.

Dr. Aranson was founder and president of ASIM's Maine State Chapter and a two-term Governor of the College's Maine Chapter, which presented him with its Laureate Award in 1986.

Dr. Aranson is survived by his wife, Golde, and four sons; one of them, Robert Aranson, is a Fellow of the College and an assistant professor of medicine at Emory School of Medicine.

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