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April 27, 1984

Children lose a devoted medical champion

JAMA. 1984;251(16):2069. doi:10.1001/jama.1984.03340400009003

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A festschrift can be a tribute during life or it can be a memorial. The March American Journal of Diseases of Children festschrift to C. Henry Kempe, MD, has turned out to be both.

Scarcely had the leader in pediatric medicine whom it honored received his copy—and expressed his pleasure and appreciation—when his life was claimed by the heart condition (complicated by respiratory problems) that had altered the pattern of the later years of his career.

He died March 8 in Honolulu, where he and his wife, Ruth Svibergson Kempe, MD, had moved after Denver's mile-high altitude was found to be aggravating his condition. He would have been 62 this month.

Kempe had gone to Denver in 1956 at the age of 34 from the University of California, San Francisco, School of Medicine—his alma mater—to be professor and chairman, Department of Pediatrics, at the University of Colorado School of Medicine.