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Special Article
November 1, 2005

Claude H. Organ, Jr, MD: A Son’s Tribute

Author Affiliations

Author Affiliations: Dr Organ is in private practice in Atlanta, Ga.

Arch Surg. 2005;140(11):1052-1054. doi:10.1001/archsurg.140.11.1052

On behalf of my mother Elizabeth and the entire Organ family, I would like to express our deepest appreciation and gratitude to Archives of Surgery for honoring Dr Claude H. Organ, Jr's, significant contributions to American and international surgery in this November issue.

It is indeed difficult for all of us to be without him. I am sure, however, that the characteristics and values that made him a good brother, husband, father, and uncle are those that made him a good surgeon, teacher, mentor, colleague, friend, confidant, and counselor for many more.

My father was a keen listener who would consider many angles to aid one in assessing a problem, identifying relevant options that then led you to an appropriate conclusion. Armed with an agile mind and a firm sense of himself, there existed a strong moral foundation within about right and wrong. He possessed a quick and uncanny ability to get to the heart of an issue, “telling it like it is” but in a calm and cogent manner. These are some of the characteristics that made him so effective in many diverse and challenging situations. His sense of humor was quick and, at times, biting, yet it was purposefully direct and frequently deployed when least expected so as to soften his own temper or diffuse that of others.