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October 1, 2005

Remembering Claude H. Organ, Jr, MD

Arch Surg. 2005;140(10):928. doi:10.1001/archsurg.140.10.928

“The time to be happy is now. The place to be happy is here. The way to be happy is to make others so.”—Robert G. Ingersoll

I never saw Claude Organ without energy, a passion for his life, or a smile on his face when he approached me at meetings to see how things were going. He seemed to always be way more interested in my issues than his, and he oftentimes would offer an insight into the problem that I would reflect back on many times over the next days to weeks. When I saw him at the American College of Surgeons meeting in 2002, right after I was offered the chair position here at Johns Hopkins, he literally danced up to me with a huge smile on his face. He gave me a big hug and told me how proud he was of me and how he knew this was going to be a great thing for me to do.

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