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Obituaries

From the March 2001 ACP-ASIM Observer, copyright © 2001 by the American College of Physicians-American Society of Internal Medicine.

John L. Decker, MACP

John L. Decker, MACP, died July 13, 2000, at age 79. A former College Governor, he was a resident of Rockville, Md.

Dr. Decker was born in Brooklyn, N.Y., in 1921 and earned his medical degree in 1951 from Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons. He completed his residency at New York's Presbyterian Hospital and completed a research fellowship at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston.

After joining the faculty at Seattle's University of Washington Medical School in 1958, he rapidly gained national recognition as a leader in rheumatology research. In 1965, he was named chief of the arthritis and rheumatology branch of the NIH's National Institute of Arthritis, Metabolism and Digestive Diseases. He became director of the NIH's Clinical Center in 1983.

Dr. Decker served as ACP Governor for the Department of Health and Human Services from 1982 until 1986, and he received a gold medal of distinction from the American College of Rheumatology in 1989. He was awarded College Mastership in 1990.

George B. Long, FACP

George B. Long, FACP, a former Governor for the College's Oregon Chapter, died May 7, 2000. A practicing gastroenterologist in Portland, Ore., for almost 40 years, Dr. Long was 87 years old.

Born in Montana in 1913, Dr. Long received his medical degree from Northwestern University Medical School in 1939. He moved to Portland in 1941 for his residency at the University of Oregon Medical School (now Oregon Health Sciences University).

He served in the U.S. Army Medical Corps during World War II, first in an English field hospital and then at an Allied prison camp in France. After the war, he returned to the University of Oregon where, from 1946 until he retired in 1983, he was a clinical faculty member. He was the head of the gastroenterology division there from 1958 to 1959, and he maintained a private gastroenterology practice until 1983.

Dr. Long was Governor of the Oregon Chapter from 1977 to 1981. He also served as president of the North Pacific Society of Internal Medicine and volunteered to teach medical residents in Kabul, Afghanistan, in 1973.

Federico Hernandez-Morales, MACP

Federico Hernandez-Morales, MACP, a former Governor for the Puerto Rico Chapter, died Oct. 20, 2000. He was 89 years old.

Dr. Hernandez-Morales graduated in 1935 from the Virginia Commonwealth University School of Medicine and pioneered the use of gastroenterology in Puerto Rico. He made many contributions to the research and treatment of parasitic diseases and introduced laparoscopy in Puerto Rico.

Over the course of his career, he held positions with the University of Puerto Rico School of Medicine, the San Juan Veteran Administration Hospital and the Puerto Rico Medical Association while maintaining his own medical practice.

Dr. Hernandez-Morales served as Governor for the Puerto Rico Chapter from 1957 to 1966. He was awarded College Mastership in 1980 and received a Laureate Award in 1994.

Alvin L. Schultz, MACP

Alvin L. Schultz, MACP, a former College Regent and Chair of the Board of Governors, died Jan. 19, 2001. Dr. Schultz was a resident of Minneapolis and 79 years old.

Born in Minneapolis, Dr. Schultz received his medical degree from the University of Minnesota Medical School in 1946. He served his internship at Ohio State University Hospital and an endocrinology fellowship at University of Minnesota.

In a career that spanned more than 40 years, Dr. Schultz was a major force in Minnesota medicine. He was recognized for his work with radioisotopes at several Minneapolis hospitals. He was chief of medicine at Hennepin County Medical Center from 1965 to 1988 and established an internal medicine residency program there. He later worked with nonprofit companies to develop health care systems in the Twin Cities area.

An active member of the College, Dr. Schultz served on the Board of Regents from 1988 to 1994; was Chair of the Board of Governors from 1987 to 1988; and was Governor for the Minnesota Chapter from 1983 to 1987. He also chaired numerous College committees and received the Laureate Award from the Minnesota Chapter in 1989. Dr. Schultz was awarded Mastership in 1996.

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