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Obituaries

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

William M. Cooper, MACP

William M. Cooper, MACPWilliam M. Cooper, MACP, a former College Governor and distinguished hematologist, died on Sept. 12, 2006. A resident of Fox Chapel, Pa., he was 87 years old.

Dr. Cooper graduated from Hahnemann Medical School in Philadelphia in 1943. He served with the First Army in Europe during World War II before his residency in internal medicine at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine. He completed a fellowship in hematology at the Cleveland Clinic, and in 1951, helped to found the Central Blood Bank of Pittsburgh, where he served as founding medical director.

A member of the faculty at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, Dr. Cooper also served as vice chancellor for the Pitt Schools of Health Professions. He was medical director of the Pittsburgh Skin and Cancer Clinic, and in 1987, at the age of 69, he graduated from the University of Pittsburgh School of Law. In 1995, the William M. Cooper Endowment Chair in Medicine became the first teaching chair in the history of Shadyside Hospital.

During his long membership in the College, Dr. Cooper served as Governor for Pennsylvania’s Western Region in 1964-1970. He received the Western Pennsylvania Laureate Award in 1985 and was awarded Mastership in 1999.

Michael M. Karl, MACP

Michael M. Karl, MACPMichael M. Karl, MACP, a former College Governor and nationally renowned internist, died on Nov. 22, 2006. A resident of Richmond Heights, Mo., he was 91 years old.

Dr. Karl received his medical degree from the University of Louisville in 1938. In 1940, he joined the faculty of Washington University School of Medicine, where he was named professor in 1972. In 1946, he introduced needle biopsy of the liver in Missouri. Dr. Karl also co-founded the Maryland Medical Group in St. Louis, where he practiced medicine for almost 50 years.

As a member of the national advisory committee of the White House Conference on Family in 1978-1980, Dr. Karl was among the first to call for family leave protections for working parents. He was also an active proponent of medical education and national health insurance and was a co-organizer of one of the first health clinics for the poor in St. Louis, the Jeff-Vander-Lou Medical Clinic.

Dr. Karl was one of few general internists to become a member of the Institute of Medicine and was honored with numerous teaching awards, as well as being named the Most Distinguished Internist by the Osler Society in 1964.

Dr. Karl served as Governor for the Missouri chapter in 1983-1987. Among many awards, Dr. Karl was honored by the ACP with the Missouri Laureate Award in 1988 and the Ralph O. Claypoole Sr. Memorial Award in 1990. He became a Master in 1991.

Charles A. Rosenberg, FACP

Charles A. Rosenberg, FACPCharles A. Rosenberg, FACP, a former College Governor and senior Veteran Administration official, died on Feb. 9, 2007. A resident of Boca Raton, Fla., he was 85 years old.

Dr. Rosenberg received his undergraduate and medical degrees from Syracuse University, before interning at Michael Reese Hospital in Chicago. He completed residencies at the Binghamton (N.Y.) City Hospital, University of Utah Medical Center and the New York Diabetes Camp. As a member of the U.S. Naval Reserve Medical Corps, Dr. Rosenberg served in World War II and the Korean War.

During a long and distinguished career with the Veteran’s Administration, Dr. Rosenberg served at V.A. facilities in Syracuse, N.Y., Memphis, Tenn., Albany, N.Y., Batavia, N.Y., Washington, D.C. and Miami, Fla. He held positions including assistant chief medical director for policy and planning and chief of staff of a medical center. A committed educator, he taught at the medical schools of the University of Utah, University of Tennessee, University of Rochester and George Washington University, and the University of Miami. He also conducted research, particularly focused on diabetes and endocrinology.

Dr. Rosenberg served as Governor for the Maryland chapter of ACP from 1969 to 1975. He received Fellowship from the College in 1961.

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