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LONG BEFORE color illustrations became the "in thing" for many publications, JAMA was among the few to use them regularly, and broke new ground in 1964 when color reproductions and fine art began to appear on JAMA covers weekly.
The quality of all these reproductions—but especially the fine art covers—even in the earliest days remains a tribute to Thomas J. Handrigan, whose recent sudden death came on June 16, 1997, just 4 days short of his 64th birthday.
Tom joined JAMA's staff in 1963 as an artist and undertook increasing responsibilities with the years. He had been the American Medical Association's (AMA) publishing operations color manager (among a variety of other production duties) for 8 years at the time of his retirement in 1994.
While his extraordinary eye for and insistence upon true reproduction of color was an immeasurable asset to JAMA, the Archives journals, American Medical News
Gunby P. In Loving Memory: Thomas J. Handrigan. JAMA. 1997;278(4):274. doi:10.1001/jama.1997.03550040028014
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