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Obituaries

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

Craig W. Borden, MACP

Craig W. Borden, MACP, known for his innovative work with patient care and physician training, died on July 19, 2004. He was 88.

Born in Springboro, Ohio, Dr. Borden received his medical degree from Harvard Medical School in 1941 and served as an Army physician during World War II. After the war, he worked for several years on the faculty of the University of Minnesota Medical School, then moved to Northwestern University and the Veterans Administration Research Hospital in Chicago, where he remained for 24 years.

As chair of the American Board of Internal Medicine's oral examination committee, Dr. Borden was a driving force behind the eventual elimination of that exam. His committee initiated the practice-still used today-of assessing a resident's clinical and bedside skills throughout his or her residency. Dr. Borden was vice chair of the residency review committee for internal Medicine from 1970-71 and was founder and president of the Association of Veterans Administration Chairs of Medicine.

He moved to Little Rock, Ark., in 1977, where he became director of medical education for internal medicine and of continuing medical education at St. Vincent's Infirmary. He retired in 1986 and was awarded Mastership in 2001.

Leighton E. Cluff, MACP

Leighton E. Cluff, MACP, an internationally recognized expert in infectious diseases, died April 13, 2004. He was 80 and a resident of Gainesville, Fla.

Dr. Cluff was born in Salt Lake City and received his medical degree from George Washington University School of Medicine in 1949. He served as professor of medicine and chief of infectious diseases and clinical immunology at Baltimore's Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine from 1955-1966, and as chair of the department of medicine at the University of Florida College of Medicine in Gainesville from 1966-1976.

He was also the author of nine books on various health care and medical topics and helped edit several others on long-term care, home care and the art of caring. He was a consultant to the National Institutes of Health, the World Health Organization, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, the Department of Health and Human Services and the Department of State.

Dr. Cluff was Governor for ACP's Florida Chapter in 1975. He also served as executive vice president and president of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation in Princeton, N.J., and was known for his work in the field of education and health policy. Following his retirement in 1995, he continued to act as an advisor to the University of Florida College of Medicine.

He received his Mastership in 1989.

James J. Feffer, FACP

James J. Feffer, FACP, a former president of the American Society of Internal Medicine (ASIM), died Feb. 9, 2004, in Clearwater, Fla. He was 90 years old.

Born in New York City, Dr. Feffer received his medical degree from Indiana University in 1938. He spent his academic career at George Washington University in Washington, where he served as director of pulmonary diseases, chief of staff, associate dean of clinical affairs, vice president of medical affairs and chief executive officer until 1975.

He received his Fellowship in 1962 and served as ASIM president from 1967-68.

Charles C. Johnson, FACP

Charles C. Johnson, FACP, died on Oct. 13, 2003. A former Governor for the Idaho Chapter, he was 86.

Dr. Johnson was born in Oreana, Idaho. He earned his medical degree from St. Louis University in 1943 and went on to serve in the U.S. Army and to complete his residency at the Mayo Clinic.

In addition to running a successful private practice in Boise, Dr. Johnson served as president of the medical staffs of several Boise hospitals. Active in his community, he also founded the Idaho Diabetic Association and the Diabetic Camp for Children.

Dr. Johnson became a Fellow of the College in 1956. He served as Governor for the Idaho Chapter from 1966-72 and received the Idaho chapter's Laureate Award in 1989.

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