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AUSTIN E. SMITH, MD, eighth editor (1949-1958) of JAMA, died October 10 in Fort Myers, Fla, where he lived in retirement. He would have observed his 81st birthday November 25.
When he resigned after 9 years as JAMA editor, Smith became the first full-time, salaried president of the Pharmaceutical Manufacturers Association, Washington, DC. He served from 1959 until 1965, heading the association through the period when Sen Estes Kefauver investigated the industry.
Later, Smith was chair of the board of directors of Parke, Davis & Company (now Parke-Davis, a division of Warner-Lambert Company), and board vice chair of Warner-Lambert Company, both in Morris Plains, NJ. He also chaired the board of Sonic Electric Energy Corporation, Randolph, NJ.
He was editor-in-chief of Medical Times from 1975 until 1977. During the late 1970s, he also founded and was an officer of investment companies.
Originally, Smith had been director of the
Phil Gunby. Austin E. Smith, MD: Eighth JAMA Editor. JAMA. 1993;270(18):2157. doi:10.1001/jama.1993.03510180027007