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August 2001

Richey Laughlin Waugh, Jr, MD (1921-2000)

Arch Ophthalmol. 2001;119(8):1228. doi:10.1001/archopht.119.8.1228

Richey Laughlin Waugh, Jr, MD, died in Townshend, Vt, on December 22, 2000. The son of American parents, Richey Laughlin and Lyda (Leamer) Waugh, he was born February 5, 1921, in Manila, Philippine Island, where his father was assigned to the US Public Health Service. From grade school through college, he grew up living in a medical community on hospital grounds with his family wherever his father's assignments took them. Following his father and uncle, he and 2 brothers also became physicians.

Graduating from Harvard College in 1943 and receiving his medical degree from Johns Hopkins University in 1946, he completed postgraduate education in ophthalmology at Harvard Medical School in 1950. After an internship at Baltimore City Hospitals, he served as an Assistant Surgeon in the US Public Health Service. Duty included 7 months at sea in the Pacific and Aleutian area. Before specializing in ophthalmology and receiving a teaching appointment, he assisted a physician in the practice of general medicine in rural Montana for a 9-month period.

Although considered a Fellow in Ophthalmology, his ophthalmic training at Louisiana State University Medical School had many aspects with varied responsibilities. He taught medical students, assisted in running the clinics at Charity Hospital, and assumed responsibility of a small laboratory for experimental eye pathology. He also assisted the head of the department of ophthalmology in caring for patients in his large private practice and coauthored several published articles presented before the American Medical Association and the Southern Medical Association.

From 1954 through 1983, he practiced ophthalmology in Springfield, Mass, where he was a member of the staffs of Wesson Memorial Hospital and Shriner's Hospital for Crippled Children. He was a diplomate of the American Board of Ophthalmology, a member of the American Academy of Ophthalmology, the American Medical Association, the Massachusetts Medical Society, the Hampden District Medical Society, and the founding president of the Massachusetts Society of Eye Physicians and Surgeons.

After retirement to his home in East Dover, Vt, he enthusiastically embarked on a new career of scholarship. His 2-volume history, The Eye and Man in Ancient Egypt, was published in 1995. It is the first monograph in the first English edition of Julius Hirschberg's History of Ophthalmology, published by JP Wayenborgh in Oöstende, Belgium. His next project was a translation into English of a German work by Hugo Magnus. Ophthalmology of the Ancients was published in 2 volumes in 1998 and 1999. The Ophthalmology of Aëtius of Amida, which was published in 2000, included his translator's afterword and expanded commentary and illustrations.

He is survived by 3 brothers, 3 children, 3 grandchildren, a great-grandchild, and his wife.