Wednesday, October 04, 2006

In memoriam: Harold M. Erickson, M.D.

The OHSU community lost another member recently: Dr. Harold Erickson passed away on August 2 at the age of 98. (The Oregonian printed a notice of the upcoming memorial service in this morning's edition.) Dr. Erickson was a graduate of UOMS, Class of 1933; afterwards, he completed the very first pediatric surgery residency here at Doernbecher Memorial Hospital for Children. He wrote a short memoir of that experience, which we have here in the PNW Archives Collection.

Erickson went on to earn his MPH degree from Johns Hopkins and returned to Oregon as director of the state's maternal and child health programs (1940-1942). He also served as state health officer from 1945-1960. A life-long proponent of public health measures, Erickson wrote a book in 1993 called Public health services for all: revitalizing a shattered plan, which is available in the OHSU Library. Erickson had actually resigned his post as health officer here in Oregon in 1960 to protest inadequate state support for public health; he spent the majority of his remaining career in California.

As the Oregonian obituary notes, remembrances can be sent to a pediatric nursing scholarship fund, established in the name of his late wife Marjorie Porter, at the OHSU Foundation.

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