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February 19, 1998

Jack D. Myers

Jack D. Myers, chairperson of Pitt's Department of Medicine from 1950 until 1970, died Jan. 31, 1998, of cardiac arrest. He was 84.

In 1988, Myers lost most of his vision because of illness. But it was a stroke last May that finally forced Myers to quit working.

A New Brighton, Pa., native, Myers earned a bachelor's degree in 1933 and a medical degree in 1937 at Stanford University. He did postgraduate training at Stanford and at Boston's Peter Bent Brigham Hospital. In 1942, he volunteered as a captain in the U.S. Army's medical reserve.

Myers received the Pittsburgh Academy of Medicine Man of the Year Award in 1971 and the Distinguished Teaching Award from the American College of Physicians in 1981, among numerous other awards. He served on advisory councils for the National Institutes of Health, was elected to the National Academy of Sciences, Institute of Medicine, in 1976, and was president of the American College of Physicians from 1976 to 1977.

Myers is survived by his wife, Jessica Lewis; a son, John L. Myers of Bangor, Maine; three daughters, Jessica R. Myers of Salisbury, Md.; Elizabeth R. Myers of Westwood, Mass., and Margaret A. Myers of Radnor, Pa.; and nine grandchildren.

A memorial service will be held May 24 at 2 p.m. in Heinz Chapel.

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