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Obituaries

From the March ACP-ASIM Observer, copyright 2003 by the American College of Physicians-American Society of Internal Medicine.

William R. Felts Jr., MACP

William R. Felts Jr., MACP, an arthritis and rheumatology expert, died Feb. 12, 2003. He was 79 years old.

Born in 1923 in Judsonia, Ark., Dr. Felts graduated from the University of Arkansas College of Medicine in Little Rock in 1946. He did part of his residency training at Gallinger Municipal Hospital in Washington. He finished his training at George Washington University Hospital, where he completed residency in 1953 and a rheumatology fellowship in 1957.

Dr. Felts conducted research in arthritis at the VA hospital in Washington from 1953 to 1962 and in rheumatology at the U.S. Naval Hospital in Bethesda, Md., from 1959 to 1970.

He began his long teaching career at George Washington University in 1957. He directed the school's rheumatology division from 1970 to 1979 and became a professor emeritus in 1993.

Dr. Felts served with a number of national organizations, including the National Arthritis Advisory Board, the National Committee on Vital and Health Statistics, a WHO task force on rheumatology in developing countries and the White House Conference on Aging.

Dr. Felts was awarded College Mastership in 1998.

William Parson, MACP

William Parson, MACP, a long-time educator and consultant for medical schools around the world, died Nov. 25, 2002. He was 89 years old.

Born in 1913 and raised in the Bronx, Dr. Parson graduated from Columbia College of Physicians and Surgeons in 1937. During his residency at Massachusetts General Hospital, Dr. Parson discovered pseudohypoparathyroidism, a hormone disorder that makes patients look like they are not producing parathyroid hormone when they are.

At age 35, Dr. Parson became chair of the University of Virginia's department of internal medicine. He held that position for 18 years before moving to Uganda in 1966 to chair the department of medicine at Makerere University, where he established the area's first residency training program. He also served as Idi Amin's personal physician for a year after Amin took control of Uganda in 1971.

In later years, Dr. Parson taught students and advised medical school administrators in China, Indonesia, Papua New Guinea, Taiwan and Zaire. He also held teaching posts at the University of California at Berkeley, Johns Hopkins University and Stanford University.

Dr. Parson served as Governor for the Virginia Chapter from 1965 to 1966 and was awarded College Mastership in 1984.

Irwin M. Weinstein, MACP

Irwin M. Weinstein, MACP, an expert in hematology, died July 19, 2002. He was 76 years old.

Dr. Weinstein was born in Denver in 1926 and graduated from the University of Colorado School of Medicine in Denver in 1949. After completing an internship and residency at New York's Montefiore Hospital in 1951, Dr. Weinstein transferred to the University of Chicago and completed his training two years later.

After practicing medicine for six years at the University of Chicago, Dr. Weinstein moved to Cedars-Sinai Hospital in Los Angeles in 1959. He worked there for 40 years and held numerous positions, including chief of staff from 1972 to 1974.

Dr. Weinstein also taught medicine at the University of California's Center for Health Science in Los Angeles from 1955 to 1999.

He was nominated Surgeon General during the Reagan administration. He also served as an adviser to President Clinton's task force on health care reform and on an Institute of Medicine committee to study HIV transmission.

Dr. Weinstein served as Governor for the College's Southern California Region I from 1989 to 1993. He became a College Master in 1994.

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