Monday, November 02, 2009

In memoriam: William E. Connor, M.D. (1921-2009)

Late Friday afternoon we learned of the death of Dr. William E. Connor, M.D., on Sunday, October 25, 2009.

The October issue of the Dean's Update from the OHSU School of Medicine carried a notice of Connor's passing, and the school also put out a longer release on October 29.

We find that we can add little to the short obituaries noted above, except to highlight two of our favorite bits of information about Dr. Connor:

A longtime Lewis & Clark enthusiast, Dr. Connor spent several days in the History of Medicine Room in early 2006 (and undoubtedly countless hours outside of it) recreating the daily diet of the men on the Expedition from their departure in 1804 until their return in 1806. He presented his findings to a rapt audience of students in the history of medicine elective class; we posted a recap here.

In May 2006, the Connor Trail was officially dedicated as part of the Marquam Hill Trail System. A passionate advocate of healthy living, Dr. Connor worked with folks from Portland's Parks & Recreation, Friends of Marquam Nature Park, Homestead Neighborhood Association, AmeriCorps, and landowners OHSU and Kelly Yeung, to create a new trail meant to encourage physical exercise, offer meditative views, and improve pedestrian access to Marquam Hill.

Dr. Connor was a vibrant member of the OHSU community and the Portland community at large. His absence will be felt by many.

UPDATE, Nov. 3: The Oregonian has a long article on Connor in this morning's Metro section.

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