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Obituaries

From the April ACP-ASIM Observer, copyright 2002 by the American College of Physicians-American Society of Internal Medicine.

Alvan R. Feinstein, MACP

Alvan R. Feinstein, MACP, died Oct. 24, 2001. An epidemiologist and long-time teacher at Yale Medical School, he was 75 years old.

Born in 1925, Dr. Feinstein received his medical degree from the University of Chicago in 1952. After clinical training in internal medicine at Yale University and research training at the Rockefeller Institute in New York, he became medical director at Irvington House, where he studied patients with rheumatic fever.

Dr. Feinstein began teaching at Yale University in 1962. In 1969, he received the Francis Gilman Blake Award for outstanding teaching. Five years later, he became founding director of the Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Scholars Program at Yale. While directing the program, he developed the quantitative clinical epidemiology course that was imitated throughout the country.

In 1991, Dr. Feinstein was named Sterling Professor of Medicine and Epidemiology, Yale's most prestigious academic honor.

In addition to his distinguished career as an educator, Dr. Feinstein published six books and more than 400 articles. He was awarded College Mastership in 1996.

Chatrchai Watanakunakorn, MACP

Chatrchai Watanakunakorn, MACP, an infectious diseases specialist and educator, died July 11, 2001. He was 65 years old.

Born in Thailand in 1935, Dr. Watanakunakorn received his medical degree from Chulalongkorn University in Bangkok in 1961. He completed internships at Chulalongkorn Hospital in Bangkok and St. Francis General Hospital in Pittsburgh in 1962 and 1963. In 1964, he completed residency at Cook County Hospital in Chicago. He went on to complete fellowships in clinical nutrition at the University of Iowa in 1965 and in infectious diseases at the University of Cincinnati in 1966.

From 1968 to 1979, he taught internal medicine at the University of Cincinnati, eventually becoming a full professor. In 1979, he joined the faculty of Northeastern Ohio Universities College of Medicine as a professor of internal medicine and continued to teach there until his death.

In addition to teaching, Dr. Watanakunakorn served as director of infectious diseases at St. Elizabeth's Health Center in Youngstown, Ohio.

In 1994, Dr. Watanakunakorn received the Master Teacher Award from the ACP-ASIM Ohio Chapter for the medical lectures he delivered all over the globe. He became a College Master in 2001.

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