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Obituaries

From the March ACP Observer, copyright © 2004 by the American College of Physicians.

Park W. Willis III, MACP

Park W. Willis III, MACP, cardiologist and professor emeritus at Michigan State University, died on Dec. 28, 2003. A former Governor for the College's Michigan Chapter, Dr. Willis was 78 years old and a resident of Ann Arbor, Mich.

Born in Seattle, he earned his medical degree from the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine in 1948. He then trained in internal medicine and cardiology at Pennsylvania Hospital and the University of Michigan Medical Center. He also enlisted in the Naval Reserve and served in the Korean War.

He was a member of the faculty at the University of Michigan Medical School from 1952 to 1979, serving as its chief of cardiology from 1969 to 1977. In 1979, he joined the faculty of Michigan State University College of Human Medicine, where he remained as professor of medicine and chief of cardiology until his retirement in 1996.

Dr. Willis received numerous awards and special designations during this career, including a Laureate Award from the College's Michigan Chapter in 1991. Dr. Willis also served as Governor for the Michigan Chapter from 1986 to 1990. He was awarded Mastership in 1998.

Rodman Wilson, MACP

Rodman Wilson, MACP, a respected physician and public health and environmental activist, died on Dec. 10, 2003, at age 82. He had been a resident of Anchorage, Alaska, since 1958, and was a former Governor for ACP's Alaska Chapter.

Born in 1921 in Texas, Dr. Wilson earned his medical degree in 1946 from Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. He later became chief of medicine at the Cincinnati Veterans Hospital in Cincinnati.

Moving to Anchorage in 1958, Dr. Wilson was in private practice there until 1982. He then went on to serve as public health director for Anchorage for five years, leading efforts to clean polluted streams and lakes and to ban smoking in public buildings.

An active member of the Alaska State Medical Association and the Anchorage Medical Society, Dr. Wilson was also the first Governor for the ACP's Alaska Chapter, serving from 1977 to 1981. He received his Mastership in 1999.

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