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March 2000

Louis A. Karp, MD (1940-1999)

Arch Ophthalmol. 2000;118(3):449. doi:10.1001/archopht.118.3.449

Ophthalmologists lost a valued friend and colleague on September 20, 1999, with the death, at age 58, of Louis A. Karp, MD, chief of the ophthalmology section at Pennsylvania Hospital and clinical professor of ophthalmology at Thomas Jefferson University and the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia. Countless patients and friends also were saddened by the untimely loss of this compassionate, devoted physician.

Louis Karp, a magna cum laude graduate of Franklin and Marshall College, Lancaster, Pa, went on to medical school at Thomas Jefferson University where he graduated at the top of his class in 1965. He completed his residency training in ophthalmology at the University of Pennsylvania under Harold G. Scheie, MD, and later completed a residency in anatomic pathology at the same institution. This was followed by a year of study in ophthalmic pathology at The Armed Forces Institute of Pathology in Washington, DC, where, along with others, he wrote a landmark article on primary intraorbital meningiomas.1 All of his academic training was a source of great pride to him, and he made good use of it during his years of practice and teaching. In the end, however, he chose service to patients above all else.