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March 1984

C. Henry Kempe, MD—A Biographical Sketch

Author Affiliations

From the Department of Pediatrics, University of Colorado School of Medicine, Denver.

Am J Dis Child. 1984;138(3):224-227. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1984.02140410004002

It is most fitting that this issue of the AJDC honors C. Henry Kempe, MD, an internationally renowned physician, humanitarian, laboratory and clinical investigator, educator, administrator, author, medical statesman, and crusader. Dr Kempe has, for almost 40 years, influenced generations of medical students, residents, other physicians and health professionals, as well as the general public. He has been an effective worker, powerful advocate, and an extraordinary force in improving health, preventing disease, and furthering the rights and welfare of children throughout the world. He is one of the outstanding physicians and scientists of the 20th century.

EDUCATION AND ROLE MODELS  Dr Kempe was born in 1922 in Breslau, Germany, where he spent his childhood. His early teen years were overshadowed by the troubles in Germany under Adolf Hitler, and in 1937, his family left Germany; he went to England under the auspices of a Quaker program, while his parents went

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