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Obituaries

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

John R. Hogness, MACP

John R. Hogness, MACPJohn R. Hogness, MACPa former College Regent and the first president of the Institute of Medicine, died on July 2, 2007. A resident of Seattle, he was 85 years old.

Dr. Hogness received his medical degree from the University of Chicago in 1946. He did a residency in internal medicine at Columbia Presbyterian Medical Center in New York City and then, after a stint in the army, served as chief medical resident at King County Hospital (now Harborview Medical Center) in Seattle. He completed a fellowship in endocrinology before joining the faculty of the University of Washington Medical School.

As dean of the UW medical school, he was responsible for the creation of a regional medical education program in Washington, Wyoming, Alaska, Montana and Idaho which encouraged young doctors to practice in rural areas. Appointed as head of the Institute of Medicine in 1971, he strived to bring national attention to public health problems and to keep the IOM from being politicized. Dr. Hogness was also devoted to advancing the roles of nurses and physician assistants, improving end-of-life care and highlighting the importance of rural primary care. He returned to UW as president from 1974 to 1979, after which he became president of the national Association of Academic Health Centers.

Dr. Hogness served as a College Regent from 1987 to 1990. In 2000, he received his Mastership and the Washington chapter’s Laureate award.

Elias Abrutyn, MACP

Elias Abrutyn, MACPElias Abrutyn, MACP, an infectious disease expert and longtime associate editor of Annals of Internal Medicine, died on Feb. 22. A native of Jersey City, N.J., he was 66 years old.

Dr. Abrutyn received his medical degree from the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine. He completed an internship and residency at the University of Pennsylvania, where he went on to become a fellow in infectious disease. Dr. Abrutyn taught at the Penn School of Medicine for more than 30 years, serving as the senior scholar in the department of epidemiology and biostatistics from 1993 to 2005.

Dr. Abrutyn was also a faculty member at the Medical College of Pennsylvania for many years. The Medical College was consolidated into the Drexel University College of Medicine, where Dr. Abrutyn most recently held the positions of associate provost and associate dean of academic affairs. He was a co-editor of the textbook "Saunders Infection Control Reference Service" and authored many articles, including one recently published in the New England Journal of Medicine on the treatment of bacterial endocarditis.

In addition to his role as an associate editor of Annals for 29 years, Dr. Abrutyn's College activities included serving as Governor for Pennsylvania's Eastern Region from 1992-1996. He received the chapter's Laureate award in 1997 and became a Master in 2002.

Donald W. Chapman, MACP

Donald W. Chapman, MACPDonald W. Chapman, MACP, a former College Governor and groundbreaking physician educator, died on May 3, 2007. A resident of Houston, Texas, he was 90 years old.

Dr. Chapman received his undergraduate and medical degrees from the University of Iowa. After completing his residency at Iowa, Dr. Chapman served in World War II as an army major and cardiac consultant for the European Theater. Upon his return from the war, he joined the faculty of Baylor College of Medicine, where he served as a clinical professor for 45 years. Dr. Chapman worked as a visiting professor at medical schools around the world, including China, Africa, England, Russia, Columbia, and Guatemala, as well as starting a program for Baylor medical students to study abroad.

A founding member of Houston Cardiovascular Associates, Dr. Chapman was also the author of over 100 medical papers, a textbook, and three history books. In addition, he pioneered the use of a mechanical pump to circulate blood during open heart surgery, participated in one of the first coronary bypass operations in a Houston hospital and was a member of the team that researched and developed the initial mechanical heart implants.

Dr. Chapman served as Governor for the Texas Southern Region chapter from 1975 to 1979. He became a Master in 1983 and was honored with his chapter's Laureate Award in 1985.

Paul J. Lena, FACP

Paul J. Lena, FACPPaul J. Lena, FACP, a former College Governor and devoted clinician died on Jan. 30, 2007. A resident of Concord, N.H., he was 77 years old.

Dr. Lena graduated from Dartmouth College in 1951 and received his medical degree from Harvard Medical School in 1955. After medical school, he interned in Evanston, Ill., and was a resident in internal medicine at Mary Hitchcock Memorial Hospital in Hanover, N.H. After serving as a captain in the U.S. Army, he completed his residency and set up practice in Concord.

In total, Dr. Lena served the Concord community as a physician for over 30 years. He practiced internal medicine and oncology at Concord Internal Medical Associates in addition to his work as faculty member on the Dartmouth family practice residency program. Dartmouth honored him with a Teacher of the Year Award in 2001.

After his retirement in 1995, Dr. Lena continued to work as a teacher and a medical practitioner for the Biddeford Free Clinic in Biddeford, Maine.

Dr. Lena served as governor for the College's New Hampshire chapter from 1986 to 1990. He was honored with the state's Laureate Award in 1994. Dr. Lena became a Fellow of the College in 1969.

Richard D. Levere, MACP

Richard D. Levere, MACPRichard D. Levere, MACP, a former College Governor and dedicated educator, died on April 23, 2007. A resident of Marietta, Ga., he was 75 years old.

Dr. Levere received his medical degree from the State University of New York Downstate Medical School in 1956. He completed his internship and residency at Bellevue and Kings County Hospitals. After serving in the military, he held a number of distinguished positions, including chief of hematology at Downstate Medical Center, professor and chairman of medicine at New York Medical College, chief of medicine and vice president of medical affairs at Westchester County Medical Center.

Much of Dr. Levere's life was devoted to education, teaching thousands of medical students and physicians clinical reasoning and a respectful, compassionate approach toward patients. He served as vice dean at New York Medical College and associate dean at New York University Medical School, in addition to holding professorships at those schools and Rockefeller University and the Weill Cornell School of Medicine.

Dr. Levere served as Governor for the New York State Downstate Region I from 1990-1994. He received the New York State Chapter Physician Recognition Award in 1986 and was honored with the Georgia Chapter Volunteerism and Community Service award in 2006. He became a Fellow of the College in 1968 and a Master in 1998.

Ian E. Rusted, MACP

Ian E. Rusted, MACPIan E. Rusted, MACP, a former College Governor and visionary educator, died on July 14, 2007. A resident of Newfoundland, Canada, he was 86 years old.

Dr. Rusted received his medical degree from Dalhousie University in Nova Scotia in 1948. He then spent a year in Montreal at the Royal Victoria Hospital and McGill University, earning a master of science. He later moved to Rochester, Minn., where he worked for three years as a fellow and staff assistant at the Mayo Clinic.

After returning to Newfoundland, Dr. Rusted became the founding dean of Newfoundland and Labrador's first medical school, Memorial University, which produced its first graduates in 1973. He also served the university as director of medical education and director of the Memorial University Research Unit. From 1974 to his retirement in 1989, Dr. Rusted was the university's vice president of health sciences. Until a year before his death, he continued to attend grand rounds for undergraduate classes at Memorial every Friday. Dr. Rusted was granted honorary degrees from the universities of Toronto, Dalhousie, Mount Allison and Memorial, and was named an officer of the Order of Canada in 1985.

Dr. Rusted served as Governor for the Atlantic Provinces Region from 1978-1982, and as College Regent in 1982-1988. He was Board of Regents Vice Chairman from 1985-1986 was honored with a Laureate Award and Mastership in 1992.

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