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Torrence A. Makley, Jr, MD, professor emeritus and former chairman of the Department of Ophthalmology at the Ohio State University College of Medicine and Public Health, passed away on January 3, 2005, just 8 days prior to his 87th birthday. His passing marked the end of a significant period in the history of our department as well as that of the College of Medicine at Ohio State. Not only was Dr Makley a major player in the development and growth of the ophthalmology department, but he was also an important contributor to the progress of the college.
Just a few years ago, with the help of 2 of his colleagues who were also pioneer members of the faculty, Dr Makley developed an informative document concerning the history of the department and that of the college. This document was a source for some of the comments in this obituary. Few individuals remain who could provide this historic perspective. To all of us, Dr Makley was our senior colleague and friend. He was always there to provide us with needed insight and sound wisdom. He was a relatively quiet, modest man and rarely talked about himself or his accomplishments, but those who knew him were well aware of his many contributions to the profession and his devotion to the department. Dr Makley was highly respected and loved; he will surely be missed.
Craig EL. Torrence A. Makley, Jr, MD (1918-2005). Arch Ophthalmol. 2006;124(1):143–144. doi:10.1001/archopht.124.1.143
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