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US Surgeon General Luther L. Terry, MD, will resign to become vice president of the University of Pennsylvania.Dr. Terry said he expects to leave his post about Oct 1.President Johnson, who announced the pending resignation at a bill-signing ceremony at the National Institutes of Health, said "the most adventurous, imaginative doctor in the country" is being sought as Dr. Terry's successor."I don't know where he is, but we're going to look for him," Johnson said.Dr. Terry, a career Public Health Service officer, was named surgeon general by President Kennedy in 1961. At that time, Dr. Terry was assistant director of the National Heart Institute.The 54-year-old physician preferred laboratory and clinical medicine over medical administration, and was interested in research on heart disease and blood pressure.In addition to presiding over the Public Health Service at a time when its activities were being greatly
WASHINGTON NEWS. JAMA. 1965;193(8):15-16. doi:10.1001/jama.1965.03090080061036