Edited by Roxanne K. Young, Associate Editor.
Robert Anderson Aldrich, MD, was a pediatrician, teacher, and children's
advocate, a catalyst to medical and political leaders for improving
children's health and understanding human development.
Born in Evanston, Ill, in 1917, Dr Aldrich died in Seattle, Wash, on
September 16, 1998, of cardiovascular disease. He graduated from
Amherst College in 1939 and Northwestern University Medical
School—first in his class—in 1944. He served an internship at
Evanston Hospital. In World War II he served as a naval medical officer
at Iwo Jima and Okinawa. After discharge from naval duty, he completed
pediatric residency training followed by a research fellowship at the
University of Minnesota. In 1949 he joined the staff of the Mayo
Clinic. In 1954 he identified and described the Wiskott-Aldrich
syndrome, a serious immunologic disorder of children. In 1951 Dr
Aldrich joined the faculty of the University of Oregon School of
Medicine as assistant professor of pediatrics. In 1956 he was appointed
chairman of the Department of Pediatrics at the University of
Washington School of Medicine, building the department by adding talent
and new teaching methods.
Riley, Jr HD. Robert Anderson Aldrich, MD. JAMA. 1999;281(18):1762. doi:10.1001/jama.281.18.1762