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Walter S. Coe, FACP

Walter S. Coe, FACP, a cardiologist and resident of Louisville, Ky., died on May 18, 2001. A former Governor for the Kentucky Chapter, Dr. Coe was 84 years old. He was born in 1916 and received his medical degree in 1943 from the University of Louisville School of Medicine. Dr. Coe then served during World War II as captain in the U.S. Army Medical Corps.

In the early 1950s, he participated in the first national telethon with Michael DeBakey, MD, to discuss open heart surgery. He founded and directed the first cardiac catheterization laboratory in Kentucky and was vice-chairman of the department of medicine at the University of Louisville from 1955 to 1957. He served as clinical professor from 1957 to 1978 and worked in private practice from 1957 until his retirement.

Dr. Coe was Governor for the Kentucky Chapter from 1978 to 1982. He also served as president of the Kentucky Heart Association and director of the American Heart Association. Dr. Coe received a Laureate Award from the Kentucky Chapter.

Ceylon S. Lewis Jr., MACP

Ceylon S. Lewis Jr., MACP, a former President of the College and Chair of the Board of Governors, died June 1, 2001. A retired cardiologist and longtime resident of Tulsa, Okla., Dr. Lewis was 80 years old.

Dr. Lewis served as President of the College from 1986-87. He also served as Governor for the Oklahoma Chapter from 1975 to 1979; as Chair of the Board of Governors from 1978-79; and on the Executive Committee of the Board of Regents from 1980 to 1986. He earned both his undergraduate and his medical degrees at Washington University in St. Louis. He set up Oklahoma's first heart catheterization lab at St. John Medical Center in Tulsa, where he later served as chair of the department of medicine and member of the board of directors.

Dr. Lewis was one of a group of physicians who successfully lobbied to establish the University of Oklahoma College of Medicine in Tulsa in the early 1970s. In 1990, he established Oklahoma University's international studies in medicine program, giving students and faculty the opportunity to experience health care in developing countries by creating exchange programs with medical schools in 13 different countries.

Dr. Lewis was awarded Mastership in 1987.

John F. Mueller, FACP

John F. Mueller, FACP, a former Governor for the Colorado Chapter, died May 18, 2001. A longtime resident of Denver, Dr. Mueller was 78.

Born in Indiana in 1922, he received his medical degree from the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine in 1946. He finished much of his subsequent training in Cincinnati in hematology and nutrition.

During the 1950s, Dr. Mueller went to Colorado to work at the Fitzsimons Army Medical Center, where he performed some early research in IV lipids. He later returned to the University of Cincinnati to teach from 1957 to 1973.

In the 1960s, he led a group of health care professionals to Burma to study nutrition. He returned to the country annually for many years to follow up on that initial study.

In 1973, Dr. Mueller was named director of the internal medicine residency program for St. Luke's Hospital in Denver, later serving as director of medical affairs at Presbyterian/St. Luke's Hospital after the two hospitals merged. He continued in private practice after his retirement and remained active in the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center.

Dr. Mueller was Governor for the Colorado Chapter from 1985 to 1989. He was also Chair of the Board of Governors' Finance Advisory Committee in 1988-89.

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