It was with great sadness that we learned over the weekend of the death of Roy A. Payne, M.D., physician and lover of history.
The son of a Portland physician, Dr. Payne graduated from the University of Oregon Medical School in 1955. He practiced internal medicine in Milwaukie from 1959 to 1993 and pioneered the introduction of geriatric medicine in Oregon. He made outstanding contributions to organized medicine in his role as president of the Oregon Medical Association (1975-76), founder of organized medicine’s connection to the Oregon legislature, emeritus clinical associate professor of medicine at OHSU, and member of a broad array of medical associations and political organizations. He was a vigilant proponent of quality patient care for the elderly.
Dr. Payne was a very active member of the steering committee for the history of medicine in Oregon documentary project, giving encouragement and advice right up until his death. Donations in memory of Dr. Payne can be made to the History of Medicine in Oregon Project fund at the Oregon Medical Education Foundation.