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Obituaries

From the July-August ACP Observer, copyright 2005 by the American College of Physicians.

Marcel Alter Baltzan, MACP

Marcel Alter Baltzan, MACP, a former Governor for the Manitoba/Saskatchewan Chapter, died on Jan.1, 2005. He was 75 and a resident of Saskatoon, Sask.

Dr. Baltzan received his medical degree from McGill University in 1953 and went on to do his residency at Johns Hopkins University. He returned to Saskatoon in 1959 where he established a private practice with his father and two brothersDr. Baltzan set up the first kidney dialysis unit at Saskatoon's St. Paul's Hospital and was a pioneer in kidney transplantation.

Dr. Baltzan took on many leadership roles in the medical community, including president of the Canadian Medical Association, president of the Saskatchewan Medical Association and chair of the department of medicine at the University of Saskatchewan. Active in community politics, he frequently commented on health care on television, radio and in newspapers.

Dr. Baltzan served as Governor for the Manitoba/Saskatchewan Chapter from 1988-92. He received his Mastership in 1999.

Maxwell G. Berry, MACP

Maxwell G. Berry, MACP, the College's first Laureate Award recipient and a former Chair of the Board of Regents, died Aug. 18, 2004. A longtime resident of Kansas City, Mo., he was 95.

Born in 1909, Dr. Berry received his medical degree from the University of Kansas Medical School in 1933. During World War II, he served as an internist in the South Pacific and was awarded the Bronze Star.

He practiced internal medicine in the Kansas City area for more than 50 years and was medical staff president and board member at St. Luke's Hospital. He also taught at the University of Kansas Medical School and was associate provost and clinical professor at the University of Missouri at Kansas City's Medical School.

An author of more than two dozen scientific journal articles, Dr. Maxwell was a founding member and President of the American Society of Internal Medicine. He was named a College Fellow in 1950 and served as Governor for the Missouri Chapter from 1965-1971, Chair of the Board of Governors from 1968-1971, Chair of the Board of Regents from 1972-1978 and College Vice President in 1975. He received his Mastership in 1978 and the College's first Laureate Award in 1985.

James F. Gleason, FACP

James F. Gleason, FACP, a former Governor for the New Jersey Chapter, died on March 5, 2005. He was 87.

Born in New York, Dr. Gleason received his medical degree from Columbia University in 1942 and served in the U.S. Navy Medical Corps during World War II in New Guinea and the Philippine Islands. Following the war, he accepted a fellowship at Lahey Clinic in Boston before going into private practice in 1948 in Ventnor City, N.J.

Dr. Gleason was a prominent member of the Atlantic City medical community before retiring in 1988 at age 70. He was vice president of medical affairs and director of medical education at the Atlantic City Medical Center, where he had also served as president of the medical staff and chair of the department of cardiology. Active in his community, Dr. Gleason also was president of the Atlantic County Heart Association, associate clinical professor at Hahnemann Medical College in Philadelphia and medical director of the Atlantic City Alcohol and Rehabilitation Facility.

Dr. Gleason was Governor for the New Jersey Chapter from 1965-71. He received his Fellowship in 1953.

John H. Moyer II, FACP

John H. Moyer II, FACP, a former College leader and a research pioneer in the 1950s, died Oct. 6, 2004. A resident of Palmyra, Pa., he was 87.

Dr. Moyer served in various leadership roles during his career, including College Secretary and President of the Pennsylvania Society of Internal Medicine (PSIM). He was a key figure in bringing together disparate groups in internal medicine, efforts that led to the merger of PSIM and the ACP.

In the 1950s, Dr. Moyer was involved in the development of chlorothiazide (Diuril), one of the first effective blood pressure medications, as well as of the first portable dialysis machine. He served as a scientific diplomat for the U.S. State Department and became a Fellow of the College in 1960.

Joseph P. Murphy, FACP

Joseph P. Murphy, FACP, a founding member of the College's Wyoming Chapter, died on Dec. 3, 2004. He was a resident of Casper, Wyo., and was 77 years old.

Dr. Murphy, a Casper native, received his medical degree from Loyola Medical School (now Loyola University Chicago-Stritch School of Medicine.). After completing a residency at the University of Colorado, he moved back to Casper in 1956 to set up a private practice. A well-respected physician, Dr. Murphy was also known as a "true humanist," according to his longtime friend and colleague Thomas H. Niethammer, FACP. For 20 years he wrote essays for the local newspaper, exploring topics such as medicine, religion and ethics.

An active College member, Dr. Murphy led the separation of the Wyoming Chapter from the Colorado Chapter and served as its first Governor from 1979 to 1984. He received the chapter's Laureate Award in 1997.

Alwyn A. Shugerman, FACP

Alwyn A. Shugerman, FACP, a former College Governor for the Alabama Chapter, died on Nov. 7, 2004. Dr. Shugerman, a lifelong resident of Birmingham, Ala., was 82.

He received his medical degree from Duke University and served his residency at St. Louis City Hospital in St. Louis and Jefferson-Hillman Hospital in Birmingham. A U.S. Army veteran of World War II, he established an internal medicine private practice in Birmingham in 1952, which he maintained for 25 years. He also held appointments at St. Vincent's and Highland Baptist Hospitals and was actively involved in teaching at the University of Alabama School of Medicine.

In 1977, Dr. Shugerman was recruited by the University of Alabama's department of medicine to form a division of general internal medicine, serving as a full-time faculty member until he retired in 1992.

A former president of the Alabama Medical Society of Internal Medicine, Dr. Shugerman served as ACP Governor for the Alabama Chapter from 1972-1975 and received that chapter's Laureate Award in 1986. He became a College Fellow in 1965.

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