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In Memoriam

Dr. Nanci Yuan, 1968 - 2016

Dr. Nanci YuanNanci Yuan, M.D., former pediatric pulmonology subboard member to the American Board of Pediatrics, died on July 1, 2016 after a 12-month battle with colon cancer.

Dr. Sherrel Leyton Hammar, 1931–2016

Dr. Sherrel HammarSherrel Leyton Hammar, MD, former committee and board member of the American Board of Pediatrics (ABP), died May 17, 2016, in Honolulu, HI. He was 84.

Between 1981 and 2001, Dr. Hammar volunteered for many roles at the ABP. He was an oral examiner, certifying exam committee member, certifying exam planning committee member, credentials committee chair, adolescent medicine subboard member, and Board of Directors member.

Dr. Laurence Finberg, 1923 - 2016

Laurence "Larry" Finberg, M.D., former Board of Directors member and Emeritus of the American Board of Pediatrics, passed away peacefully on January 22, 2016, in San Francisco, CA. He was 92.

Dr. Finberg became involved with the American Board of Pediatrics in 1969 and served until 1993. During his time with the ABP, Dr. Finberg served two six-year terms on the Board of Directors, and chaired the board twice, in 1978 and 1987.

Dr. Melvin Earl Jenkins, Jr. 1922 - 2015

Melvin Earl Jenkins, Jr., M.D, former Vice President of the Board of Directors at the American Board of Pediatrics, passed away peacefully on October 3, 2015 in Silver Spring, Maryland. He was 93.

Dr. Grace Susan Wolff 1938 – 2015

For many years, Dr. Susan Grace Wolff volunteered her time and expertise to the American Board of Pediatrics (ABP). She served as a Subboard Representative on the Board of Directors, was chair of the Cardiogology Subboard, and was a consultant to the Cardiology Subboard.

Dr. Wolff passed away peacefully in her home, surrounded by her family, on Saturday, July 16, 2015.

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.

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.

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.

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