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Presidential Address
May 1, 2006


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Author Affiliation: University of Texas Health Sciences Center, San Antonio.

Arch Surg. 2006;141(5):437-441. doi:10.1001/archsurg.141.5.437

Not a part of this article, but equally important in my mind, is an order of business that I want to note. This past summer saw the death of an individual who was a good friend to Iris and me, who labored long and productively in the surgical vineyard, and who became a genuine figure in American medicine, Dr Claude Organ. I wish to mark his passing with a statement of my profound respect and affection for him. He made a significant mark on our profession, which few are privileged to do. I, for one, will miss him sorely; the Western Surgical Association has lost a true pillar in its structure and we are the poorer in consequence. I would ask those who knew him to pause to recall him and something he did for them.

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