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February 1998

Charles E. Iliff III, MD, 1911-1997

Arch Ophthalmol. 1998;116(2):262. doi:10.1001/archopht.116.2.262

Charles Edwin Iliff III, MD, died on August 19, 1997, in Hilton Head, SC, at the age of 86 years. His distinguished career was inextricably bound to The Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, Md, its hospital, its medical school, and the Wilmer Eye Institute. Dr Iliff was born and raised in Cincinnati, Ohio, the son of physicians who sparked his interest in a career in medicine. He was graduated from Williams College, Williamstown, Mass, in 1932, and he obtained his doctor of medicine degree from The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine in 1936. Initially planning to enter the field of urology, he became fascinated with ophthalmology. Alan Churchill Woods, MD, recruited him into the residency program at the Wilmer Eye Institute, and he became the 20th chief resident in 1944. "He was one of the premier surgeons at Wilmer, one of the pioneers in ocular plastic and orbital surgery, corneal transplantation, and cataract surgery," said Robert Bond Welch, MD, of Annapolis, Md, a colleague and friend of 53 years.