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Obituaries

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

J. Russell Elkinton, MACP

Russell Elkinton, MACP, former Editor of the Annals of Internal Medicine, died April 6, 2002, at age 91.

Born in 1910 in Moylan, Pa., Dr. Elkinton graduated from Harvard Medical School in 1937. He completed his internship and residency at Pennsylvania Hospital in Philadelphia in 1939, then worked as a research fellow and assistant professor at the Yale School of Medicine. During his eight years at Yale, Dr. Elkinton gained the experience in fluid and electrolyte physiology that would shape much of his career.

In 1948, he joined the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, where he formed its chemical section and built it into a top research center for blood chemistry and kidney disease. He co-authored the widely used text "Body Fluids: Basic Physiology and Practical Therapeutics" in 1955.

Dr. Elkinton became Editor of Annals of Internal Medicine in 1960. Because of his insistence on peer review for all articles, the journal's circulation more than doubled during his tenure and became a prime resource for clinicians.

Dr. Elkinton became a College Master in 1971.

Edward C. Rosenow Jr., MACP

Edward C. Rosenow Jr., MACP, former Executive Vice President of the College, died June 3, 2002. He was 93.

Born in 1909, Dr. Rosenow received his medical degree from Harvard Medical School in 1935. After completing an internship at Faulkner Hospital in Boston, he worked as an internal medicine fellow at the Mayo Clinic from 1936 to 1940. He then joined a private practice in Pasadena, Calif., where he worked until 1957. While in private practice, Dr. Rosenow also served as a clinical professor of medicine at the University of Southern California School of Medicine.

In 1959, Dr. Rosenow was appointed Executive Vice President of the College, a position he held until 1977. During his tenure, membership grew from 10,000 to 40,000, in part because of the creation of the Associate program. In addition, circulation of the Annals of Internal Medicine rose from 24,000 to 84,000, and the College introduced its Medical Knowledge Self-Assessment Program. While serving as the College's EVP, he also worked as a clinical professor at the University of Pennsylvania Medical School and taught at Philadelphia General and Pennsylvania Hospitals.

Dr. Rosenow also played a major role in establishing the Council of Medical Specialty Societies. He was awarded College Mastership and the Alfred Stengel Memorial Award in 1976. He received the ASIM Distinguished Internist Award the following year, as well as a Laureate Award from the Eastern Pennsylvania Region in 1986.

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