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May 1993

A Tribute to Jack Anderson (1917-1992)

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Birmingham, Ala

Arch Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg. 1993;119(5):491. doi:10.1001/archotol.1993.01880170015002

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The measure of a man's efforts cannot be properly recorded until after he is finished. On November 13, 1992, for Jack Anderson, the marathon came to an end.

Even so, by the standards that history uses to remember mortals, Jack Anderson's memory will stand taller than most. He decisively met the criteria of greatness because in life he gave more than he took. Parlaying his gifts as a politician, publicist, and pacesetter, the artful southern surgeon blazed a thorny trail and ascended to the top of the heap in his chosen field of medicine. Along the way, Jack Anderson, like many pioneers, accumulated bumps, bruises, and scars; nevertheless, his commitment to keeping the passageways open never foundered—his imagination rarely lingered.

Jack was an out-front type of leader. He was not afraid to put his own reputation and his money on the line so that his colleagues could compete on a

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