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In Memoriam

The ABP Remembers Russell Chesney, MD

It is with deepest sadness that we inform you that our colleague, Russell W. Chesney, MD, Le Bonheur Professor at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center, and formerly Chair, Department of Pediatrics at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center passed today.

Dr. William L. London IV 1930 - 2014

Dr. William L. London IV treated generations of children in Durham, NC, for more than 40 years. He generously volunteered countless hours to the American Board of Pediatrics (ABP) over two decades. In 2000, he received the Distinguished Service Award from his alma mater, the University of North Carolina School of Medicine.

Dr. London died Oct. 20, 2014, just days before his 84th birthday.

Dr. Louis E Underwood (1937-2014)

Dr. Louis E Underwood, pioneering pediatric endocrinologist, died July 21, 2014 in Rockville, MD. He was 77 years old.

Born on Feb 20, 1937, he was an alumnus of the University of Kentucky and Vanderbilt Medical School, where he also completed his internship, residency, and chief residency in pediatrics. Dr. Underwood also served in the United States Navy.

Thomas Holcomb, MD

As an official examiner of the American Board of Pediatrics (ABP) for 17 years, Dr. Thomas Holcomb launched questions at young doctors who hoped to become certified pediatricians in the United States. He was one of only 205 pediatricians who presided over ABP's oral exams from 1935 until 1989, when the oral portion of the exam was discontinued.

Dr. Holcomb died Oct. 3, 2013, at his home in Ocean Pines, MD. He was 88.

Lewis A. Barness, MD

TAMPA - Lewis Barness, a friend of the American Board of Pediatrics (ABP) and considered by many to be one of the founding fathers of modern pediatrics, died Monday, Nov. 18, 2013. He was 92.

Dr. Barness was the first chairman of the Department of Pediatrics at the University of South Florida's Morsani College of Medicine and had conducted research, taught students and treated patients in Tampa for more than four decades. In 1972, Barness was named chairman of the newly established USF Department of Pediatrics. He focused on recruiting top-tier faculty, building a curriculum and bringing in medical graduate students, nudging them toward careers in pediatrics.

Richard Leonards, MD

Dr. Richard Leonards, a retired pediatrician who served on the Board of Directors for the American Board of Pediatrics (ABP) for 23 years, died Tuesday, Sept. 17, 2013. He was 88.

A California native, his passion for medicine led him to UCLA for his undergraduate studies and Stanford University for his medical degree. Dr. Leonards also served on the Board of Directors for the California Pacific Medical Center and as Vice Chief of Pediatrics and Acting Chief of Pediatrics.

Jerry Umanos, MD

Dr. Jerry Umanos, 57, a Chicago pediatrician who was a volunteer at the Cure International Hospital in Kabul, Afghanistan, died Thursday, April 24, 2014, when a security officer began shooting hospital personnel, according to news reports. Two other physicians were killed and at least one person was wounded in the attack.

Dr. Umanos had volunteered at the Cure hospital in Afghanistan for nine years, treating children and helping train Afghan doctors. CURE is a network of charitable hospitals and surgical programs in 29 countries that delivers medical care to children and families with treatable conditions.

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