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Special Article
November 1, 2005

West African College of Surgeons Bids Farewell to Claude H. Organ, Jr, MD, MS(Surg), FACS, FRCSSA, FRACS, FRCS(Ed), FWACS(Hon)

Author Affiliations

Author Affiliations: Department of Surgery, Wright State University School of Medicine, Dayton, Ohio; and Chief, Surgical Service, Dayton VA Medical Center, Dayton.

Arch Surg. 2005;140(11):1038-1039. doi:10.1001/archsurg.140.11.1038

Lives of great men all remind us, We can make our lives sublime; And departing leave behind us, Footprints on the sand of time

A Psalm of Life

Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

The death of Dr Claude H. Organ, Jr, has left a gigantic footprint on the sand of the surgical world that is too big for many of us to step into. He was a distinguished and renowned African American surgeon who was well known and respected for his humanitarian work all over the world. Dr Organ first came into the West African surgical arena early in 2001 when he was nominated for an honorary fellowship of the West African College of Surgeons (WACS). Prior to that, Dr Organ had been working on building the “bridge of international collegiality” between surgeons in West Africa and our sister colleges in the United States, especially with the Society of Black Academic Surgeons and the American College of Surgeons.