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Medical News & Perspectives
June 7, 2006

William R. Barclay, MD, 1919-2006

JAMA. 2006;295(21):2465. doi:10.1001/jama.295.21.2465

In 1975, William R. Barclay, MD, became JAMA's 13th editor during a bleak chapter in the journal's history. Advertising revenue was in the cellar and the page count was shrinking. But Barclay, an avid sailor, used his well-honed navigation skills to set a course that helped lead JAMA to assume a prominent place among medical journals.

“He combined the qualities of a true gentleman, a compassionate physician, and a born teacher,” said M. Therese Southgate, MD, senior contributing editor of JAMA (and Barclay’s deputy editor). “The principal thing he should be credited with is that he never forgot the connection between JAMA and the needs of the clinician.”