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Obituary—Harriet P. Dustan, MACP

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

Harriet P. Dustan, MACP

Harriet P. Dustan, MACP, a nationally recognized hypertension specialist and the first woman to be named to the College's Board of Regents and the American Board of Internal Medicine, died on July 27, 1999. She was 78 years old and a resident of Burlington, Vt.

Born in Vermont in 1920, Dr. Dustan received her medical degree from the University of Vermont, interned at the Mary Fletcher Hospital and became an assistant resident at Montreal's Royal Victoria Hospital. Returning to Burlington, she helped establish a medical teaching program at Bishop DeGoesbriand Hospital. She then moved to Ohio to begin a fellowship in hypertension at the Cleveland Clinic in 1948. In 1951, she became a staff member of the Cleveland Clinic's research division and was named vice chairman in 1971.

In 1977, Dr. Dustan became director of cardiovascular research and training at the University of Alabama School of Medicine. She returned to Vermont upon her retirement in 1990.

Dr. Dustan had a distinguished career within the College. She served as a Regent from 1979 to 1984 and chaired both the Publications Subcommittee and the Ad Hoc Committee on Ethics from 1982 to 1984. She also served on the Educational Policy, Scientific Program and Credentials Committees. Dr. Dustan was awarded Mastership in 1977 and received a Laureate Award in 1991. She also was given the John Phillips Memorial Award for outstanding work in clinical medicine in 1994.

In addition, Dr. Dustan served on the Board of Governors for the American Board of Internal Medicine from 1973 to 1979 and was president of the American Heart Association from 1976 to 1977. She received the AMA's Scientific Achievement Award in 1988.


Marco Bruschi, ACP—ASIM Member, Bakersfield, Calif.; Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons, 1943; died Nov. 25, 1999, age 85.

Tom A. Kendig, FACP, Honolulu; University of Kansas Medical Center, School of Medicine, 1939; died Dec. 17, 1999, age 85.

Frank Lamberta, FACP, Arlington Heights, Ill.; Georgetown University School of Medicine, 1936; died Oct. 15, 1999, age 89.

Julius Levine, FACP, Cherry Hill, N.J.; Facility of Medicine University of Glasgow, 1935; died in November of 1999.

Benjamin A. Merrick, FACP, Dallas; Baylor College of Medicine, 1938; died Oct. 29, 1999, age 86.

Harry Taube, FACP, New York; University of Toronto, 1938; died Dec. 7, 1999, age 85.

Newman V. Treger, FACP, Topeka, Kan.; University of Kansas Medical Center, School of Medicine, 1940; died Nov. 13, 1999, age 83.

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