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Obituaries

From the March ACP Observer, copyright 2007 by the American College of Physicians.

Saul Farber, MACP

Saul J. Farber, MACPSaul J. Farber, MACP, a former College President and a renowned educator, died on Oct.12, 2006. A Manhattan native, he was 88 years old.

Dr. Farber spent much of his life at New York University, arriving there in 1935 as an undergraduate freshman. He completed his medical degree and residency at the university and Bellevue Hospital, a teaching affiliate of NYU.

During his career, Dr. Farber served as chairman of NYU's department of medicine for 34 years, director of medicine at Bellevue for 32 years, acting dean of the NYU medical center three times, and dean and provost for 11 years. Throughout his career, Dr. Farber maintained a full teaching schedule, concentrating particularly on third-year medical students, among whom his intellectually stimulating Saturday morning rounds were legendary.

Dr. Farber was also a member of the board of New York City's Health and Hospitals Corporation and the New York State Task Force on Life and Law. He was a principal author of the New York Heart Association's classification of the various stages of heart failure and in the mid-1970s was chairman of a committee that oversaw the Veterans Administration's health care system.

Dr. Farber was President of the College in 1984-85. He served as a Regent from 1978-83 and chaired the Board of Regents in 1982-83. He received the ACP's Distinguished Teacher Award in 1986, the Alfred Stengel Memorial Award in 1992, and the New York Downstate Laureate Award in 2000. He became a Fellow of the College in 1962 and a Master in 1975.

Richard J. Reitemeier, MACP

Richard J. Reitemeier, MACPRichard J. Reitemeier, MACP, a former College President and noted cancer researcher, died on Dec. 18, 2006. A resident of Rochester, Minn., he was 83 years old.

Dr. Reitemeier earned his medical degree from the University of Colorado in 1946. He served in the U.S. Army before beginning his career at the Mayo Clinic in 1950. At Mayo, Dr. Reitemeier was the first chairman of the Department of Internal Medicine. He made significant contributions to the field of clinical gastroenterologic oncology, particularly classical studies using 5-fluorouracil in patients with metastatic cancer of the stomach, colon and pancreas. In all, he published more than 100 papers before his retirement from the Mayo Clinic in 1987.

In addition to his leadership at the College, Dr. Reitemeier was involved with many other medical organizations and hospital boards. He served as a chair of the American Board of Internal Medicine. In 1997, the Mayo Clinic Alumni Association honored his accomplishments with its Distinguished Alumni Award.

Dr. Reitemeier served as Governor for the Minnesota Chapter from 1975 to 1979. He was a member of the Board of Regents from 1979 to 1982, and served as President of the College in 1983-1984. In 1984 he was awarded Mastership. Dr. Reitemeier received the Laureate Award in 1986, and the Alfred Stengel Memorial Award in 1990.

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