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November 24, 1993

George L. Fite, MD: A Decade at JAMA

JAMA. 1993;270(20):2421. doi:10.1001/jama.1993.03510200023006

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GEORGE LIDDLE FITE, MD, a senior editor of JAMA from early 1965 until late 1974 and a developer of the Fite-Faraco stain for demonstrating lepra bacilli in paraffin sections, is dead at the age of 89 years.

Fite, who last appeared on JAMA's masthead in the October 28,1974, issue, was known among The Journal's staff for his ability to summarize even the most complex manuscripts—and his opinion of them—in a few pithy sentences. He was involved when JAMA replaced its front-cover table of contents with art covers and also presided for a time over the Letters pages.

Born in Austin, Tex, February 20, 1904, he grew up in Indiana and New Jersey, graduating from Haverford (Pa) College in 1924 and Harvard Medical School, Boston, Mass, in 1928. He was an instructor at The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, Baltimore, Md, from 1929 until 1932; research assistant at