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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.
Waugh M. Richey Laughlin Waugh, Jr, MD (1921-2000). Arch Ophthalmol. 2001;119(8):1228. doi:10.1001/archopht.119.8.1228