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Robert E. Beamish, FACP

Robert E. Beamish, FACP, former Governor for the Manitoba-Saskatchewan Chapter, died Feb. 17, 2001. A cardiologist, Dr. Beamish was 84 years old.

Born in 1916, Dr. Beamish received his medical degree from the University of Manitoba in 1942. After a residency at Children's Hospital in Winnipeg, he spent two years in the Royal Canadian Army Medical Corps and later completed a cardiology fellowship in England.

After returning to Canada, Dr. Beamish worked as a cardiologist at the University of Manitoba, the Winnipeg Health Sciences Centre and the Manitoba Clinic. In 1970, he became vice president and medical director of Great West Life Assurance Co. while continuing to teach and research at the university. He became professor emeritus in 1989.

Dr. Beamish served as founding director of the Manitoba Heart Foundation. He became founding editor of the Canadian Journal of Cardiology in 1984 and remained as editor-in-chief until 1997. He also pursued a longstanding interest in the history of medicine and co-authored "Manitoba Medicine: A Brief History."

Dr. Beamish was Governor for the Manitoba-Saskatchewan Chapter from 1972 to 1976.

Robert E. Blount, MACP

Robert E. Blount, MACP, an Army veteran and resident of Jackson, Miss., died Dec. 8, 2000. He was 92 years old.

A 1932 graduate of Tulane University School of Medicine, Dr. Blount commanded an Army hospital in Europe during World War II and served as Gen. Douglas MacArthur's personal physician.

In the 1950s, Dr. Blount worked as an internist at Walter Reed Army Medical Center and Brooke General Hospital. He also served as second in command in the Office of the Surgeon General. A major general, he later commanded the Fitzsimons Army Medical Center in Denver.

After retiring from the military, Dr. Blount joined the medical staff at the University of Mississippi Medical Center, where he served as director and dean of the school of medicine from 1971 to 1973.

Dr. Blount was awarded Mastership in the College in 1983.

Dorothy M. Horstmann, MACP

Dorothy M. Horstmann, MACP, who helped develop vaccines for both polio and rubella, died Jan. 11, 2001. A longtime resident of New Haven, Conn., Dr. Horstmann was 89.

Born in Spokane, Wash., in 1911, she received her medical degree from the University of California at San Francisco School of Medicine in 1940. She came to Yale University School of Medicine in 1942 as a preventive medicine fellow, beginning a teaching and research career at Yale that spanned most of the next 60 years.

She joined the Yale Poliomyelitis Study Unit in 1945 and was the first scientist to demonstrate that the polio virus circulates in the blood stream. That discovery led to the development of successful polio vaccines.

Dr. Horstmann later led research to establish the effectiveness of a rubella vaccine. In 1961, she became the first woman named to a full professorship at Yale's medical school.

A former president of the Infectious Diseases Society of America, Dr. Horstmann was elected to the National Academy of Sciences. She was awarded Mastership in the College in 1973.

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