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Obituaries

From the April 2000 ACP-ASIM Observer, copyright 2000 by the American College of Physicians-American Society of Internal Medicine.

George W. Pedigo Jr., MACP

George W. Pedigo Jr., MACP, a former member of the Board of Regents and former Governor of the Kentucky Chapter, died July 23, 1999. He was 84 years old and a longtime resident of Louisville, Ky.

Born in 1914, Dr. Pedigo graduated in 1939 from the University of Louisville School of Medicine, where he later taught during his long career. He served with the Army during World War II and was associate editor of the Journal of the Kentucky Medical Association.

Dr. Pedigo served on the College's Board of Regents from 1974 to 1979 and was Governor of the Kentucky Chapter from 1969 to 1974. He also served on a number of College committees including the Nominations Committee and the Finance Committee.

Dr. Pedigo received the Kentucky Chapter's first Laureate Award and was made a Master in 1991.

Russell A. Palmer, MACP

Russell A. Palmer, MACP, a former Governor of the British Columbia Chapter, died Dec. 22, 1999. He was 94 years old.

Born in Canada's Yukon Territory in 1905, Dr. Palmer held degrees from the University of British Columbia, McGill University and the Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh, Scotland. He practiced internal medicine in Vancouver from 1935 to 1985, taking time to serve in a medical division during World War II.

A faculty member at the University of British Columbia, Dr. Palmer was also instrumental in developing an artificial kidney machine and a catheter for prolonged peritoneal dialysis. He was recognized by both the Kidney Foundation of Canada and the AMA for his pioneering work in hemodialysis and peritoneal dialysis. He was the first honorary member of the Canadian Society of Nephrologists.

A fellow of the Royal College of Physicians of Canada and of Edinburgh, Dr. Palmer was Governor of the British Columbia Chapter from 1963 to 1970. He was made a Master in 1975.

Roman Marvin Bala, FACP

Roman Marvin Bala, FACP, a former Governor of the Manitoba & Saskatchewan Chapter, died Jan. 4, 2000. He was 64 years old and a resident of Saskatoon, Saskatchewan.

Dr. Bala was born in 1935 in the farming community of Rochfort Bridge, Alberta. He received his medical degree from the University of Alberta in 1958 and went on to train at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn. and in Winnipeg.

In 1967, he was awarded an endocrinology fellowship at the Royal Victoria Hospital and McGill University in Montreal. In 1970, when he became head of the endocrinology division at the University of Calgary, he was one of the new medical school's pioneer faculty. He moved to Saskatoon in 1980, heading the department of medicine at the University of Saskatchewan Hospital until 1994 when he retired. Throughout his career, Dr. Bala did extensive research and publishing on human growth hormone and diabetes.

Dr. Bala served as College Governor from 1992 to 1996. He also served on the Awards, Masterships and Honorary Fellowships Committee from 1994 to 1996. He was a fellow of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada and served as board vice president of the Canadian Diabetes Association, which gave him its Banting Award.

Dale Groom, FACP

Dale Groom, FACP, a former member of the Board of Regents, former Chair of the Board of Governors and former Governor of the South Carolina Chapter, died Dec. 23, 1999. A resident of Jacksonville, Fla., he was 87 years old.

Born in 1912 in Tulsa, Okla., Dr. Groom received his medical degree from the Medical College of Virginia in 1943. He served his internship at Passavant Memorial Hospital in Chicago and was a lieutenant in the U.S. Navy during World War II, providing medical care on Omaha Beach during the Normandy invasion. He completed a cardiology fellowship at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., and a master of science in medicine from the University of Minnesota in 1949.

After establishing a private practice in Miami from 1949 to 1953, Dr. Groom became associate professor of medicine at the Medical College of South Carolina in Charleston. In 1969, he joined the faculty at the University of Oklahoma Medical Center in Oklahoma City and served as director of the Oklahoma Regional Medical Program. He retired in 1978.

Within the College, Dr. Groom was a Regent from 1970 to 1975, Chair of the Board of Governors from 1968 to 1969 and Governor of the South Carolina Chapter from 1965 to 1968. In addition to serving on many College committees, Dr. Groom also authored several books and research studies, served on the AMA's council of postgraduate programs and was national cardiology consultant to the Surgeon General of the U.S. Air Force.

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