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In Memoriam

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.

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.

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.

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