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From the January-February ACP Observer, copyright © 2006 by the American College of Physicians.

Roy H. Behnke, MACP

Roy H. Behnke, MACP, a former College Governor and a well-known educator, died on Nov. 4, 2005. A resident of St. Petersburg, Fla., he was 84 years old.

Dr. Behnke was born in Chicago in 1924 and received his medical degree from the University of Indiana in 1946. After serving in the U.S. Army Medical Corps, he returned to University of Indiana to complete his residency.

In 1952, he joined the faculty, becoming a professor of medicine in 1961. He moved in 1972 to the University of South Florida (USF) in Tampa, where he founded the school's department of medicine and served as its chair for more than 20 years.

Dr. Behnke and his wife, Ruth, were avid supporters of USF, with Lake Behnke at the USF Botanical Gardens being named in their honor in 1994. He also received numerous teaching awards during his career and was named chair emeritus of the USF's internal medicine department and an honorary USF alumnus in 1995.

Dr. Behnke was elected Governor for the Florida Chapter in 1980. Under his leadership, that chapter developed a set of bylaws and established a Governor's Advisory Council. He received the Florida Chapter's Laureate award in 1991 and became a Master of the College in 1996.

Arthur W. Feinberg, MACP

Arthur W. Feinberg, MACP, a former College leader and a respected New York internist and educator, died on Nov. 28, 2005. He was 82 years old.

Dr. Feinberg received his medical degree from Columbia University's College of Physicians and Surgeons in New York and later served as an Army doctor in the Philippine Islands at the end of World War II.

In 1953, he became a founding physician of North Shore University Hospital in Manhasset, N.Y. A board-certified geriatrician, Dr. Feinberg also served as the first medical director of North Shore's Center for Extended Care and Rehabilitation and the first chief of geriatrics.

While at North Shore, Dr. Feinberg received a federal grant to establish one of the first primary care training programs in the country, according to an obituary in the New York Times. He was one of the founders of the hospital's division of ambulatory care, which provides care to the frail and elderly in their homes. He also helped establish North Shore's vascular diseases laboratory.

His academic appointments included professor of medicine at Cornell University Medical College and later at New York University School of Medicine in New York.

Dr. Feinberg was deeply committed to the College and held many leadership positions. He served as Regent from 1985-91, Chair of the Board of Governors from 1984-85 and Governor for the New York Downstate Region II Chapter from 1980-85. He was awarded the New York Downstate's Laureate Award in 1993 and the Ralph O. Claypoole Sr. Memorial Award in 2001. He received his Fellowship in 1960 and was awarded Mastership in 1994.

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